11 November, 2017

{ ARC Review } White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig


about the book }


White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig
Standalone novel
Publishes April 24, 2018 Feiwel & Friends
e-ARC provided by Netgalley
Rufus Holt is having the worst night of his life. It begins with the reappearance of his ex-boyfriend, Sebastian—the guy who stomped his heart out like a spent cigarette. Just as Rufus is getting ready to move on, Sebastian turns up out of the blue, saying they need to "talk." Things couldn’t get much worse, right?

But then Rufus gets a call from his sister April, begging for help. And then he and Sebastian find her, drenched in blood and holding a knife, beside the dead body of her boyfriend, Fox Whitney.

April swears she didn’t kill Fox—but Rufus knows her too well to believe she’s telling him the whole truth. April has something he needs, though, and her price is his help. Now, with no one to trust but the boy he wants to hate yet can’t stop loving, Rufus has one night to prove his sister’s innocence…or die trying.

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my review }

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No offence, but this felt a lot like watching an entire season of 90210 in one season—but, like, that remake because I never watched the original. There was so much drama. So many lies. Stupid high school kids doing stupid shady shit, y'know?

So. Much. Drama. I can't fathom it.

Okay, so anyway. This book isn't out for a few months so this review will be sort of vague. The only reason I'm posting it now is because I'm tired of postponing reviews soooo late—and let's be real, I have a bad habit of sticking to a schedule.

SO! That being said: White Rabbit.

I liked it! It moves at a steady pace, one that isn't too overwhelming and one that isn't excruciatingly slow. With a book that literally takes place in the span of a few hours, Roehrig did a great job with the structure of the book.

With only a few hours, though, there i'sn't much room for any sort of development for many of the characters. I didn't mind it, but I could see how it could affect other readers—it's just not enough time to really know Rufus or Sebastian. But I thought it worked well. There were a lot of flashback scenes, which helped, but at the same time, that was one of the things I wasn't too big a fan of. It provided backstory to some scenes so oh well lol.

I also was a fan of the writing—especially the dialogue. It felt like authentic Teen(tm) dialogue—so yeah, expect a lot of cursing. It wasn't awkward or clunky and, god, if I don't appreciate that. I know saying the f-word is off-putting for a lot of people, but honestly, it's one of the small things that so many teens say. Like I said, a small thing, but soo thankful for it.

Roehrig did a great job at creating some reaaaallly unlikable characters. Other than Sebastian and Rufus, I was pretty much a fan of no one that was significant to the mystery. Rich kids are honestly so horrible? They're cruel for no reason and I was amazed that Rufus had to just take that kind of shit from them—admittedly, it was a bit hard to read sometimes because they were just plain terrible for no apparent reason. 

I thought the romance was sweet! It was definitely a weird conversation to have while in the middle of a murder mystery BUT WHAT CAN YOU DO. I really liked Sebastian—he was so adorable! 

Overall, the mystery aspect of the novel worked out. I wasn't able to tell who the person was, so it definitely left me guessing. I wished there was a bit more to the ending than what was there, but it did tie up nicely. 3.5 stars!

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about the author }


Caleb Roehrig is a writer and television producer originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Having also lived in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Helsinki, Finland, he has a chronic case of wanderlust, and can recommend the best sights to see on a shoestring budget in over thirty countries. A former actor, Roehrig has experience on both sides of the camera, with a résumé that includes appearances on film and TV—as well as seven years in the stranger-than-fiction salt mines of reality television. In the name of earning a paycheck, he has: hung around a frozen cornfield in his underwear, partied with an actual rock-star, chatted with a scandal-plagued politician, and been menaced by a disgruntled ostrich.

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