Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Blog Tour: Review of The Spite Game by Anna Snoekstra

Author: Anna Snoekstra
Publisher: Mira
Date of  publication: November 1. 2018

Everyone does bad things when no one is watching

Mercilessly bullied in high school, Ava knows she needs to put the past behind her and move on, but she can’t—not until she’s exacted precise, catastrophic revenge on the people who hurt her the most.
First, she watches Saanvi. Flawlessly chic and working hard at a top architectural firm, Saanvi has it all together on the surface. But everyone does bad things when they think no one is watching and Ava only wants what’s fair—to destroy Saanvi’s life the way her own was destroyed.
Next, she watches Cass. She’s there as Cass tries on wedding dresses, she’s there when Cass picks out a cake, she’s there when Cass betrays her fiancĂ©. She’s the reason Cass’s entire future comes crashing down.

Finally, Ava watches Mel. Mel was always the ringleader and if anyone has to pay, it’s her. But one tiny slip-up and Ava realizes the truth: Mel knows she’s being watched, and she’s ready to play Ava’s games to the bitter end.

The Spite Game is about Ava who was bullied in high school by three mean girls.  Unable to let it go, she sets out to seek revenge on them later in life.  I'll be honest, I can't put my finger on what I feel about this book.  In a way, I liked it because who doesn't like a good revenge story. The ending did have a ice twist.  But on the other hand, I felt kind of unsatisfied by the end. Because, how much did Ava really change?

I struggled to like Ava or feel sorry for her. A lot what happened to her in her life was her own fault. Yes, she was bullied and what happened to her was gross. But once she got out of school, wasn't it time to get over it and move on? I mean we all have hurts from our school days.  Yet, she never really did; going so far as to almost lose what was right in front of her.  Every time Ava got "revenge", it didn't seem to make her any happier.  I think I'll have to put this one out as one to read and judge for yourself.  It was compelling enough for me to finish yet it left me a bit unsettled in the end.  I'll probably be thinking about this one for a while.

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About Anna Snoekstra

Anna Snoekstra was born in Canberra, Australia to two civil servants. At the age of seventeen she decided to avoid a full time job and a steady wage to move to Melbourne and become a writer. She studied Creative Writing and Cinema at The University of Melbourne, followed by Screenwriting at RMIT University.

After finishing university, Anna wrote for independent films and fringe theatre, and directed music videos. During this time, she worked as a christmas elf, cheesemonger, a waitress, a barista, a nanny, a receptionist, a cinema attendant and a film reviewer.

Connect with Anna

Instagram Tour:
Monday, October 29th: @_ebl_inc_
Monday, October 29th: @amberafterglowreads
Tuesday, October 30th: @ladyofthelibrary
Wednesday, October 31st: @bookishconnoisseur
Thursday, November 1st: @jessicamap
Thursday, November 1st: @dropandgivemenerdy
Friday, November 2nd: @girlsinbooks
Saturday, November 3rd: @bookclubwithbite
Saturday, November 3rd: @love_my_dane_sailor
Sunday, November 4th: @bookishwinterwitch
Sunday, November 4th: @jennblogsbooks

Review Tour:
Monday, October 29th: @scaredstraightreads
Tuesday, October 30th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, October 31st: Jathan & Heather – review and excerpt
Thursday, November 1st: Cheryl’s Book Nook
Friday, November 2nd: Wining Wife
Monday, November 5th: @wherethereadergrows
Wednesday, November 7th: A Chick Who Reads
Thursday, November 8th: Why Girls Are Weird
Friday, November 9th: Books & Bindings
Monday, November 12th: Midwest Ladies Who Lit
Tuesday, November 13th: Staircase Wit
Tuesday, November 13th: @thecityofdarkclockwork
Wednesday, November 14th: @mountain_reader and Really Into This
Thursday, November 15th: Books a la Mode – excerpt
Friday, November 16th: @novelgossip
Tuesday, November 20th: @bibliotrix.lestrange
Friday, November 23rd: Kahakai Kitchen