May 15, 2020

#BookReview: Bent Heavens by Daniel Kraus

Synopsis: Liv Fleming's father went missing more than two years ago, not long after he claimed to have been abducted by aliens. Liv has long accepted that he's dead, though that doesn't mean she has given up their traditions. Every Sunday, she and her lifelong friend Doug Monk trudge through the woods to check the traps Lee left behind, traps he set to catch the aliens he so desperately believed were after him.

But Liv is done with childhood fantasies. Done pretending she believes her father's absurd theories. Done going through the motions for Doug's sake. However, on the very day she chooses to destroy the traps, she discovers in one of them a creature so inhuman it can only be one thing. In that moment, she's faced with a painful realization: her dad was telling the truth. And no one believed him.

Now, she and Doug have a choice to make. They can turn the alien over to the authorities...or they can take matters into their own hands.


Rating: ★★★
My Review: This book was really hard to love and hate.  It had parts that were way way dark and then others that was more middle grade vs. young adult.  I loved the aspects of the aliens but the main twist at the end was kind of a let down.  Really for me this felt like it was a little all over the place and it didn't have a solid direction.  It wanted to be dark but light, it wanted to be serious and not.  I wished that it would have had a more clear story and plot and that the characters would have been better done. 

Go Into This One Knowing: Aliens, Mystery, DARK!! 

“Kraus gets under your skin with brutal, elegant efficiency. Necessarily horrifying, devastatingly timely.” – Kiersten White, New York Times-bestselling author of The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein and Slayer
Bent Heavens is the darkest, angriest alien horror story that I've ever encountered. Hell. Yes.” – Stephanie Perkins, New York Times-bestselling author of There's Someone Inside Your House

"With a gripping, twisty story line and assured writing, this book will be a powerful and confrontational read for mature teens." – BooklistStarred Review

"Beautiful prose does little to mask the anger of this powerful narrative. Readers will have a hard time putting this down." – School Library JournalStarred Review

"Kraus's blend of sci-fi and heart-stopping horror...offers a viscerally terrifying examination of grief, othering, and the price of vengeance." – Publisher's Weekly

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