Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Suttering Tattoo by Greg Logsted

Title: The Stuttering Tattoo
Author: Greg Logsted
Release Date: December 13th, 2011
Publisher: TKA Distribution
Pages: 220
Format: Electronic Copy
Acquired: ARC; Netgalley
Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: 4 Stars

Steven Bishop is extraordinarily ordinary. He goes to school. He rides his motorcycle. He stutters. His best friend is a former Colombian cartel hit man turned cook/construction worker. You know, ordinary. All that changes the day Becky Moore walks into his classroom. Becky is dazzling, enigmatic.
One day Steven gives Becky a ride home on his motorcycle. There, they discover a severed arm, one of the fingers of which still has an unusual ring attached: a circle, in the middle of which is a heart, at the center of which is a bold number 37. While comforting Becky, Steven discovers a tattoo at the base of her neck: it is the same symbol. And so begins a thrilling descent into a world of crime and murder, a ride wilder than any Steven has taken before.

I'm not going to lie, it was a little difficult getting into.

Steven is this young man who has a stuttering issue and who meets Becky, a new girl in his school. After offering her a ride home on his motorcycle, they discovered a severed arm, and suddenly things go from dull to wow.

This turns into an adventure, with mystery and twists at each corner. Armed with his ex-con best friend, a pen, and Sudoku Steven and Becky go through the world that Logsted has created filled with action at every turn.

There were moments when I couldn't put it down, but there were also moments when I rolled my eyes and wished that the book would just end already. I don't know how to describe my feelings, besides this being a book that, unless really really interested, should probably just be borrowed from a friend.

I gave it four stars because I could a) finish it and b) Steven had held my interest at some points.

There was also a lot of questions I kept asking, which some got answered, and others are left up to the reader to decide. And I like that, because as annoying as it is at times, it just adds a little something to the novel to make it come alive.

A little more could have happened, some better character developments for example, but besides that it's not so bad.


roro said...

tnx 4 the review
reading it soon

Jeremy Bates said...

i love an honest review