Oct 26, 2017

Quick Reviews #8 | Bedbugs by Ben H. Winters // Bang by Barry Lyga

NOTE → This is a quick set of reviews on books I read some time ago, in attempts to catch up on reviews. I do not have a star rating for these reviews, but I do try to express how I felt about the book. This is a feature I am bringing back and will be regularly used to share my thoughts on books.

Bedbugs by Ben H. Winters

Synopsis: FOR RENT: Top two floors of beautifully renovated brownstone, 1300 sq. ft., 2BR 2BA, eat-in kitchen, one block to parks and playgrounds. No broker’s fee.

Susan and Alex Wendt have found their dream apartment.

Sure, the landlady is a little eccentric. And the elderly handyman drops some cryptic remarks about the basement. But the rent is so low, it’s too good to pass up.

Big mistake. Susan soon discovers that her new home is crawling with bedbugs . . . or is it? She awakens every morning with fresh bites, but neither Alex nor their daughter Emma has a single welt. An exterminator searches the property and turns up nothing. The landlady insists her building is clean. Susan fears she’s going mad—until a more sinister explanation presents itself: she may literally be confronting the bedbug problem from Hell.

Quick Thoughts: This is one of those books that sat on my shelf for years before I picked it up, with high hopes that it would be a creepy and fun read. It wasn't, and for the most part, I found myself bored. I had to skim through most of the book because I had such a hard time really getting into it. It wasn't creepy at all, although there was an added mystery to it since we never really knew whether we could trust the protagonist at all. The conclusion also felt really rushed and forced.

Bang by Barry Lyga

Synopsis: Sebastian Cody did something horrible, something no one—not even Sebastian himself—can forgive. At the age of four, he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister with his father’s gun.

Now, ten years later, Sebastian has lived with the guilt and horror for his entire life. With his best friend away for the summer, Sebastian has only a new friend—Aneesa—to distract him from his darkest thoughts. But even this relationship cannot blunt the pain of his past. Because Sebastian knows exactly how to rectify his childhood crime and sanctify his past.

It took a gun to get him into this.

Now he needs a gun to get out.

Quick Thoughts: This had a very interesting premise, and I can't say that I didn't enjoy, because I did but I still felt a little unsatisfied. I have loved a couple of Barry Lyga's books, but this one felt sort of meh. While I was intrigued a bit, I didn't feel a connection with the protagonist that I was hoping to feel, and felt that maybe it was too young for my liking. Middle grade isn't what I normally read, but I had higher hopes for this one and it didn't live up to my expectations.

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