I think that the title of The World Breaks Everyone by Laura McNeill comes from this quote from Ernest Hemingway.
“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.”
The World Breaks Everyone is set in New Orleans. Have you ever been there? It’s not like most places. I think it’s an interesting mix of rich and poor, music and history. I haven’t been there since 1997 so I cannot say how it’s different since Katrina. Hopefully, there will be a trip to New Orleans in the future.
Olivia Jacobs is 16 years old. Her mother passed away so her father is raising her alone. She seemed like a spoiled brat. Add some depression mixed anger and she is a downright unpleasant person. I should be more understanding but I struggled to get past disliking Olivia.
Olivia’s father has a new girlfriend, Kate. Theo and Kate have kept their relationship under wraps because they didn’t want to upset Olivia. Kate seems like a decent person with secrets of her own. When Olivia meets Kate, she is downright rude to Kate.
Someone attacks and kidnaps Olivia’s dad, Theo. Olivia manages to escape but the bad guy finds her. She eludes capture but has to stay hidden until she can figure out what to do. At some point, she reaches out to Kate. Kate is a good person so she helps Olivia. Most people would not be so forgiving but Kate just wants to do what is best for this lost teenager.
Some things in the book were repeated quite often.
* Olivia’s mother was extremely beautiful and generous. She was a saint.
* Olivia was fair like her mother, who was white. Her father is African-American.
* Her grandparents did not approve of the choices her mother made. She has a non-profit organization to help those less fortunate. They also did not like Theo. They are constantly trying to drag his name through the mud.
If you are looking for a book to read in between long or difficult books, then this could be a good choice.
If you are a literary snob, then you may or may not enjoy this book.
The Kat Ellis book, Harrow Lake,is set in the town of Harrow Lake. Approximately 20 years ago, the town was the setting for Nightjar, a horror movie directed by Nolan Nox.
He met and fell I love with the actress who played the main character, Little Bird. Her real name was Lorelei. Doesn’t everyone always fall in love with the Loreleis of the world? Nolan and Lorelei married and had a daughter, Lola.
Several years later, the wife disappears after visiting her mother in Harrow Lake. The rumor is that Mr. Jitters from the movie finally captured her. The townspeople think that he captures whoever plays the part of Little Bird in the parade. Why do people still want to get the lead in the parade?
After Nolan is hospitalized, Lola is sent to stay with her grandmother at Harrow Lake. Lola doesn’t think her father’s assistant, Larry, is telling her everything. He’s a creep so she might be right.
She’s not happy about going to her mother’s hometown. Lola thinks that her mother abandoned her.
Her grandmother steals her suitcase so Lola has to wear her mother’s clothes. It’s a weird situation. It’s even more weird that the clothes are Lorelei’s wardrobe from Nightjar.
When Lola was a little girl, she had a doll, Mary Ann, from another horror movie. She loved the doll but her father and his assistant got rid of the doll.
After arriving at Harrow Lake,Lola starts to see Mary Ann, except in a more human form. I thought that having the creepy doll was distracting from Mr. Keepers. Was Mr. Keepers real? Was Mary Ann real? I still don’t know. Sometimes an urban legend is as creepy as real life. I was too scared to read this book when no one else was awake.
After she gets to Harrow Lake, Lola finds out things about her mother that lead her to believe that Lorelei’s disappearance was more suspicious than anyone else thought. Maybe Lola had not been abandoned by her mother.
If anyone is interested in creepy urban legends or horror movies involving dolls, then you might enjoy this book.
Scaredycats should not read this book while home alone with dolls.
* All of the reviewers on the blogtour received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for doing a review. All opinions on this post are my own. Obviously.
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