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Estelle: Last Cut by Wren Handman

Last Cut by Wren Handman Publication Date: Republished April 1, 2013 Publisher: James Lorimer Pages: 143 Targeted audience: Young adult Keywords: high school, acting, secrets Format read: ARC from NetGalley via Publisher. Summary: Desperate to have a legitimate acting job to put on her resume, Caitlin lies about her age in order to obtain a […]

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April 7, 2013 - 12:20 pm

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April 7, 2013 - 2:17 am

Alexa Y. - I’m sorry that this didn’t turn out as well as you would’ve liked! I do dislike it when an ending doesn’t feel like it’s enough for me or when something feels unfinished in a book (unless it’s something minor). This book sounds like it could have been good… if it had a better resolution.

I will honestly admit I usually don’t read books from publishers I don’t recognize unless the story really, really tempts me. It’s hard for me to discern whether I’ll appreciate the editing or style of the story, so I tend to stay away. It’s kind of an awful thing though, since I know there might be gems out there somewhere!

April 6, 2013 - 7:12 pm

Estelle - A, I didn’t even get to think about the cover much. It doesn’t make that much sense really? Although the girl looks like Idina Menzel. (She’s a Broadway actress and was on Glee too.) You make some really good points… big pubs do have a lot of books and most of them ARE good. I feel like I’m always on search for that diamond in the rough though. This, unfortunately, was not it. I do think though if the author went in and worked on it… it could be a good story! It just felt very unfinished for me, and definitely not worth 10 dollars. Thanks for stopping in and commenting today!

April 6, 2013 - 7:10 pm

Estelle - M, this made me LOL. I like to pick up self-pubbed books every now + then!! And yes to your comment on the ending. YES YES YES.

April 6, 2013 - 5:52 pm

VeganYANerds - I did a double take when I arrived here and saw the cover because it looks like a self-pub’d book or a lesser known book (I’d certainly never heard of it) and I was surprised to see it here.

It is hard knowing when to say yes to a request for a book like this, especially when there aren’t many reviews to go on, especially if the reviews are not by people you know.

Sounds like the ending could have used a bit more planning?

April 6, 2013 - 3:24 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Estelle, this book sounds like a mess (just like the cover, if we’re being honest here!). It seems like there was definitely potential for this, although I’m sorry it basically failed miserably. =( That ending also sounds pretty terrible.

And to answer your question, again, if I’m being honest, I’d have to say yes. In my humble opinion, there’s already tons and tons of books published by major publishers that I don’t have the time to read, so I’d rather focus on those, since most of the time, they’re good. If a smaller pubbed book is getting some attention, then I may pick it up, but otherwise, I like to stick to bigger publishers. That’s just how I like to think of it.

Thanks for the honest review, Estelle! <3

-Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life