The Moment Collector

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How did I get it?:
Received free from Hatchette Children’s books with no obligation to review!

Synopsis:

“The yard of this house is a graveyard of moments and everything left behind is a clue. And I am here to dig.”

There’s a ghost haunting 208 Water Street. She doesn’t know who she was, or why she’s still here. She does know that she is drawn to Maggie, the new girl in town, and her friends – beautiful, carefree Pauline and Liam, the boy who loves her.

But the ghost isn’t all that’s lurking in Gill Creek… Someone is killing young girls all across the county. Can the ghost keep these three friends safe? Or does she have another purpose?

Thoughts:

This is my first experience reading a book by Jodi Lynn Anderson. I’m glad that I’ve heard some amazing things about her other books as I wasn’t that impressed by The Moment Collector. That’s not to say it’s a bad book. It’s not. The writing is beautiful, but I felt the story itself was slow (despite the fact that it’s a short book) and incredibly confusing.

The Moment Collector is stuck between three genres, it almost reads like a contemporary read but that it has a paranormal edge, but I’ve also seen it described as fantasy. It’s a ghost story, but then it’s not. It’s so hard to describe! The Moment Collector is about a girl named Maggie who moves to a remote neighbourhood with her parents. However, her new neighbourhood is surrounded by mystery as killings are occurring.

The characters were interesting. Maggie, our main character, can only be described as a nice, polite girl. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s good to read about nice characters. I just wonder if she’ll bore many readers. There’s nothing overly exciting about her. I did like her relationship with her parents. She was always polite to them and seemed to have solid relationship with them. Her parents were present (which isn’t that common in YA) and they seemed to really care about her. I also liked that Maggie was home-schooled and intelligent. She was worried about raising enough money to go to college. She just seemed like a very relatable character.  Liam and Pauline are some stand out characters. They make some interesting choices…
 
The Moment Collector does have a murder mystery. I think it was this element of the story that really perked up the story for me. I was intrigued and wished for a bit more information around the murders.  The ending is such a twist and so confusing. I can’t really speak about it without ruining it for others, but it certainly made me think and puzzle over what I had just read!

Would I recommend it?
Yes!- it’s worth giving it a go!

This book is a strange one. It’s beautifully written, but it’s not got the most clear or straight-forward storyline.

WWW Wednesday #81

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I’m just over halfway through Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse. I’m enjoying it but it’s ever so dramatic! I shall be reviewing this book shortly with Beth as part of our ‘Talking About’ feature.

What did you recently finish reading?

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I recently finished Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid. I thought it was okay, but I had some problems with it being so contrived.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Next up for me, is my first Jodi Lynn Anderson book The Moment Collector. I’m very intrigued to read this!

So what are you reading this week? Leave your link to your WWW Wednesday post in the comments below or feel free to answer the questions! Happy Reading! 🙂

Stacking The Shelves #57

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page!

Bought:

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Hereafter by Terri Bruce has been on my radar for a while now. I’m hoping to read this book soon! I’m attempting to get up to date with the majority of my series, so I pre-ordered Into The Still Blue by Veronica Rossi, it arrived this week and I’m very much looking forward to finishing the series.

NetGalley:

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If you’ve visited this blog before, or regularly come back, you may have noticed that I can never stay away from NetGalley. It’s an addiction I tell you! Luckily, I’ve got my NetGalley ratio above the 80% ratio that they recommend, so I feel less guilty about requesting new pretties! 😉 Out of this selection I’m particularly looking forward to Tease by Amanda Maciel.

ARCS received/donated

Random House

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I was supposed to be attending the Random House event, but I was unwell so couldn’t go. My lovely friend picked me up a goodie bag though, with these four books. My copy of Echo Boy by Matt Haig is signed. I can’t wait to read it. Bird by Crystal Chan seems to be really popular too. I’m reading Running Girl by Simon Mason with Luna for our ‘Comparing’ feature next month. I’ve read The Name On Your Wrist by Helen Hiorns as an e-book, but it’s lovely to have a ‘real’ copy. If you click on the book image for that particular book, it’ll go to my review!

Oxford University Press

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I received final copies of Who Framed Klaris Cliff? and Storm and Stone. I have read and reviewed these already, book images go to my reviews! I’ve heard good things about The Private Blog of Joe Cowley by Ben Davis, so I’m looking forward to reading it! Disregarding the freaky cover of Replica by Jack Heath, it actually sounds very good!

Hatchette Children’s Books

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I’m so excited to read Riot by Sarah Mussi. I’ve heard some brilliant things about it! It might have to be bumped up the TBR list! I also like the look of Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington. I also received a copy of The Moment Collector by Jodi Lynn Anderson.

What have you received this week? Have you read any of the books in my haul yet? Feel free to leave your link to your Stacking The Shelves post and I’ll come by and visit!