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This would be a good, solid book with a nice plot and character development, if it weren t about a teenaged girl There are no real plot spoilers below, though I do point at some specifics in this review.It smacks of first novel , overwritten in some parts slow in the beginning around things and people that don t end up meaning much in my view, and weirdly descriptive about New York in negative ways that are curious and jumping from one setting to another in a confusing way how does the main character get robbed on a train without any description of how it happened when we are supposed to believe she is facile with self defence soon after It also seems to need an editor, as the author s presumed gender and age shows through many times For instance, how could a young woman who never really drinks surmise that a wine is from Argentina and describe it s character in specific terms By the same token, how does this young woman know so much about so many things in general Maybe it would have been better in third person of some sort That way the political and cultural development of cities in the Czech Republic could be exposedbelievably, but otherwise how would a 17 year old know these things I believe that if this were about an older person, and male, it would actually be pretty good I liked the story, and I liked the ideas and the writing in general, but it just isn t believable as it is It s not about the physical stuff, it sabout the tenor of the thing, would a girl who lost her father be flirting with a boy she doesn t know within the week It s hard to say I guess, but the setup and the payoff don t seem logical in many places.The other thing that comes up over and over is a fascination with dystopian future novels , the author seems to hate these and takes at least three instances to point out that they exist, with a certain amount of disdain I am not sure why, is it a dig at the Hunger Games series If it is, then it s hard to understand why the author is clearly trying to get the same ball rolling with this character strong girl, discovering herself, besting adults on the way Once again we see that women are objects to male writers, in addition, although it seems like the author is trying to make some point about how bad this is She transforms from being a little zaftig into a lean fighting machine, which is clearly the desired state for everyone, as she issuccessful when she feels she can use her sexuality to get the job done Is saying it s bad while including some lurid details about human trafficking really avoiding objectifying women I don t think so It makes me wonder how old the author is, some of this feels like a boy of 16, gleefully pointing out that guns go boom and cars are fast and women have bodies that are different.In general, the abhorrent moral choices the author has his main character take notwithstanding, I dont think I would read a sequel, let alone a series of these Maybe an editor would help, or maybe it was originally written for an older male character and the author changed it to catch some of the lightning in a bottle that Hunger Games type books have struck on with strong, young female characters Too bad, I think I would read a follow up in this style, but not in this same mold.
[[ Download ]] ✐ The Cruelty ↛ When Gwendolyn Bloom S Father Vanishes, She Sets Off On A Journey She Never Bargained For Traveling Under A New Identity In A World Of Assassins, Spies, And Criminal Masterminds, She Uncovers A Disturbing Truth To Bring Her Father Back Alive, She Must Become Every Bit As Cruel As The Men Holding Him Captive Taken Meets The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo And The Bourne Identity In The Cruelty, Scott Bergstrom S Action Packed Debut Thriller Optioned For Film By Jerry BruckheimerThis Program Includes A Bonus Interview With The Author 4 STARSThe hardest part about not believing in God isn t knowing there s no heaven.It s knowing there s no hell The thing with human trafficking is, it has been glamorized beyond recognition in contemporary romance it has started to sound like an appealing way to meet your one true pair Such a horrible reality has been fluffed out by exceptionally attractive, kinky and ruthless alpha heroes with a heart of gold in fiction that it has started to become a selling point in books.This is not that kind of book.For readers who have seen the film Taken, this is exactly that storyline except it s the daughter who has to find her kidnapped father who turns out to be a CIA field agent With the help of their former Mossad agent neighbour and a hacker friend, seventeen year old prep school senior Gwendolyn Bloom discovers the truth about her father who just disappeared after a meeting in Paris The secrets that he harbours sends her on an elaborate chase across Europe, opening her eyes to a world beyond the comforts of the Upper East Side that she loathes, changing her from a bullied introvert to a creature of infinite cruelty in order to save her family.At its core, The Cruelty should be a five star, favourite shelf book for me It s 4472 kindle pages, with an addictive, easy to latch on narrative dragging Gwendolyn in an impossibly adrenaline pumped, gruelling adventure with Mossad operatives in Paris, prostitutes in Berlin and the Czech Mafia in Prague It takes you to their seedy underbellies, the world of desperate refugees and runaways A culture and a civilization away from our own, shrouded in an atmosphere of abandon, hopelessness and decayThis is the Paris of the Nigerians who wash the visitors coffee cups, the Paris of the Arabs who sell them little Mona Lisa magnets from blankets spread out on the curb by the Seine The pace is unrelenting and makes you sorry for that third caffeine cup you had this morning It has Krav Maga taught by a bacon eating Mossad agent Achilles tendons get slashed Balls get kicked numerous times Somebody fires a rocket launcher somewhere in the story I now know it takes two hours to wire transfer money from a Swiss Account, four hours from a bank in Seychelles or Cyprus North Korea is apparently good in making two things nukes and rat poison It s that kind of an adventure And like any other spy thriller post Cold War, this used some well trodden twists, employed complex characters with unreliable motives and alliances that makes you question everything up to the very end I love the kind of characters this managed to bring to the fore The bad guys were believably evil but the personality given the foot soldiers brought a new complexity to the story Everyone sounds like an extra in Jersey Shore I love it The Eurotrashiness of it all was fresh and convincing, adding texture to the already decrepit feel of the novel as a wholeThe English phrase is slumming it, not slamming it, I say over the awful Czech rap blasting through the speakers Fuck do you know You re Russian, he says Can I turn down the music That s me That s my album MC Vrah is my name It means, like, gangster, assassin Did you know I was a rapper He s a human trafficker and a sentimental rapist by the way.The story is told entirely from the POV of Gwendolyn who certainly lived through interesting days but, I found in the end, I had very little emotional investment to start with Before the story kicked into Robert Ludlum territory, what I know of Gwendolyn is that she speaks five languages, her mom is dead, she likes jazz and she s getting bullied by her rich classmates for being poor Oh and she likes her red Doc Martens, because she s a rebel that way I had very little sympathy for her cause in finding her father because not much was established about their relationship The sentimentality is often ephemeral, the emotional foundation of the chase shaky and vague Such that this missed on capitalizing on certain scenes, failing to give me that scratchy feeling in my throat, that pinch in the feels.This will also require some suspension of disbelief, some leniency in logic Certain parts of the story were far too convenient for my tastes, clues were found a little too easily The day before her father gets kidnapped, she meets a boy from school who just happens to be a hacker A secret warehouse storage Of course she ll search the box where her father left the next clue, right before the authorities come in She finds a torture chamber Of course there s a flashlight handy for her to explore its every corner Gwendolyn s evolution from point A to point B was also a little uneven A little bit of insta bad assery was at play a three week program where you become as dangerous as an undercover Mossad agent How much water do I need to add It was a bit jarring to have that fantastical quality to it juxtaposed with the intense realism of where Gwendolyn finds herself in towards the end that it breaks a bit of the spell this has managed to put me under.Not that you want the old Gwendolyn back but you have to ask How did we get here The inability to choose your next read, rush hour traffic, that asshole customer service representative you just got off the phone with, that s our reality Though far from flawless, this book mirrors a reality so distant from that it s easier to pretend its all fantasy Where the trafficker will fall in love with the contraband and take her away from all that horror and into the beautiful sunset and have kinky, but love filled sex in their HEAsThese girls are, you know, too young I think about it and maybe they have family who miss them I think maybe that redhead wants to be a schoolteacher or something back in Petersburg, but now we make her a whore So it does anger you I ask, looking for something human in him When I think about it, yes, Emil smiles That s why I don t think about it So do you want to read this bookI lay out the accessories any good princess would take for an evening at a fancy dress ball Dove gray satin elbow length gloves made in Paris Black beaded clutch made in Milan Brownish yellow capsules of rat poison made in North Korea I dunno, you tell me ARC provided by JKS Communications thru Netgalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review Quotes may not appear in the final edition.Also on BookLikes. I would rather claw my own eyeballs out. It lost me at the sexist bullshit Also a female protagonist who s chubby and does not accept the patriarchy imposed standards of beauty but her quest imposes her to become standard beautifully lean Because god help us if less than perfectly thin women are portrayed as being athletic and physically strong note strongmen are all chubby and heavy set they re also the strongest humans on earth, because the chub serves to protect the inner organs There is no reason why this couldn t have been applied to the protagonist Also, getting cat called and harassed in the street is romantic, it seems Can you tell this was written by a man Of course you can. DNF at page 100I was really excited to read this book I thought the premise sounded interesting and author drama aside, I went into the book with an open mind Sadly, this wasn t for me.I couldn t connect with Gwendolyn She s obviously way smarter than I am, but I am 100% on board with that Annnnnd at the same time, I think that s where I started to lose interest The story doesn t read like YA I constantly put it down and would take days between picking it back up At one point, I went to look at other reviews from people who had actually read it I saw several people say there were scenes of rape and sex trafficking I don t know if that s true or not I didn t get to anything like that , but it is a hard limit and I would immediately DNF at that part Huge thanks to Feiwel Friends for sending me the arc and super awesome spy name in exchange for an honest review Edit 9 23 16 another reader told me that she didn t read any rape scenes, but they were implied. When her diplomat father is kidnapped and the U.S Government is unable to help, 17 year old Gwendolyn Bloom sets off across the sordid underbelly of Europe to rescue him Following the only lead she has the name of a Palestinian informer living in France she plunges into a brutal world of arms smuggling and human trafficking As she journeys from the slums of Paris, to the nightclubs of Berlin, to the heart of the most feared crime family in Prague, Gwendolyn discovers that to survive in this new world she must become every bit as cruel as the men she s hunting.The story starts off very slow for 2 3 chapters, and nearly gave up She travels to Paris and she meets and works with Yael, the best character in the book.With the story travelling from New York City, to Europe and through cities like, Paris, Berlin and Prague, seeing the underground areas of these cities.The book travels through at a reasonable pace, some quite far fetched action scenes, not really much tension, twists or gripping story.To me just an average pace okay book, nothing special Not muchyou can say Over hyped about Three Stars Marked as DNF 9 19 16 I agreed to read THE CRUELTY before I even knew about the author controversy when the publisher asked me if I would be interested I truly had no idea what had happened with the author and agreed to read the book since an international mystery sounded right up my alley Still not knowing the drama, I managed to read a few chapters before I got that rude awakening I have to say Finding out that an author who wrote a YA book totally puts down YA books in general did not help my motivation to read I might have been able to ignore it and just read book but truly the book wasn t good Even before I knew about all the drama, I was having a hard time with it Right off the bat, the tone is just off I have zero issues with young adult books that read older or younger but this was one of those books that honestly felt like it was written as adult for an adult audience and then randomly changed to a teenage character to try to fit into a young adult market And based on the author s comments and general foul attitude towards YA, he clearly doesn t understand how complex it is, how important it is to get characters right, and how easily readers see through poor structure.I suppose I can t really comment too much about the plot since I didn t make it far enough to judge that but I had the absolute hardest time with the main character Gwendolyn was such a caricature of a badass female but she wasn t actually a badass female Everything felt very on the surface, easy to see through, and she wasn t a convincing character at all I felt like the author was trying way too hard to make her come off as strong, confident, and all around kickass but it wasn t a natural feeling It was all way too stereotypical and lacked the depth that true badass females radiate Yes, men can write badass women but this just wasn t it It s like he didn t understand what it really means to be a strong woman and it was all the surface things that you could possibly pick to make Gwendolyn seem strong I can t imagine I would have liked much later based on all of the reviews and what seem like unnecessary poor treatment of women and a sex trade plot that probably didn t need to be what it was BUT that s speculation on my part so I ll stop my comments there All of the characters were just totally flat and the little plot that I did read was lackluster as well Again, it all felt like it was just trying too hard to be awesome and it just seemed so obvious that it just wasn t working Not to mention the boy she meets and it s like totally random instalove maybe not love but like insta trust, which yeah, that s likely considering her dad was just taken and it totally didn t work for me I did promise to give the book a shot for the publisher but it sat on my counter for weeks at a time and I just couldn t pick it back up I did give it a fair shot, I think, and it just wasn t working for me I really cannot make myself push through books because I just end up staring at the pages and even skimming felt like it was taking forever I promised to give my honest feedback and my honest feedback is a DNF and not just because of author drama though that didn t help me want to read it. Note to self, do not read Author is a jerk Ah yes, you are the chosen one who will elevate the YA genre I mean it s not like your financial success could have anything with your background as an ad executive or anything.