Friday, 6 June 2014

Disconnected by Lisa Cronkhite

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Poisoned Pen Press and Netgalley.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Seventeen-year-old Milly has a huge problem on her hands.  She is being bullied by Amelia Norris. Day in and day out, Amelia torments Milly and even threatens to hurt her, but she can’t tell anyone—not a soul.  Milly’s reasoning—she does not want anyone to know where her tormentor lives.  They only share one thing in common.  Both co-exist as one in the same body. Milly is so disconnected from her past that she feels compelled to find out what truly happened to her when her parents were still alive.  After a mysterious fire, she and Grandpa George move into Aunt Rachel's Victorian home where Milly then begins to unravel puzzling clues to her family history. Through dreams and scattered memories, Milly journals her breaking story, trying to cope by putting the shattered pieces back together, all the while resisting with her inner demon.  Amelia is determined to cut Milly out of the real world—literally.Milly starts to wonder who her real family is after stumbling across Aunt Rachel’s notebook—having the intuitive sense that something terribly awful is missing.  All she had thought to be true now seems like one big lie.

Disconnected by Lisa Cronkhite

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Disconnected(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Poisoned Pen Press and Netgalley.)

17-year-old Milly has had problems with her alter ego ‘Amelia’ since her parents were killed in a car crash, but things seem to be getting worse.

Is there any way for Milly to get rid of Amelia? And what will it take to stop her self-harming?

This was an okay story, and well done to the author for writing this despite her own mental health problems, but I just didn’t find it all that entertaining.

Milly was an okay character, but like the title – I just felt disconnected from her. I felt kind of sorry for her, and I understood why she was having a tough time, but I just couldn’t empathise with her, and this really didn’t help me to get into the story.

The storyline in this was okay, and I liked the twists at the end. I did have some issues when Milly was told that her blood tests and MRI scan indicated that she had schizophrenia, because as far as I am aware, blood tests and MRI’s can rule out other stuff, but can’t diagnose schizophrenia.

There was some romance, and whilst the opening flirtation I kind of got, when the relationship suddenly fast-forwarded to love I wasn’t all that impressed, as it seemed to come out of nowhere for me.

The ending was okay, and like I said, I did like the little twist we got at the end, even if it was pretty bad for poor Milly. It was the best part of the book for me though.

Overall; an okay story, with an interesting twist at the end.

6 out of 10.

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