Review: The Leaf Reader by Emily Arsenault (DNF)

The Leaf Reader

Marnie Wells knows that she creeps people out. It’s not really her fault; her brother is always in trouble, and her grandmother, who’s been their guardian since Mom took off is…eccentric. So no one even bats an eye when Marnie finds an old book about reading tea leaves and starts telling fortunes. The ceremony and symbols are weirdly soothing, but she knows—and hopes everyone else does too—that none of it’s real.
Then basketball star Matt Cotrell asks for a reading. He’s been getting emails from someone claiming to be his best friend, Andrea Quinley, who disappeared and is presumed dead. And while they’d always denied they were romantically involved, a cloud of suspicion now hangs over Matt. But Marnie sees a kindred spirit: someone who, like her, is damaged by association.
Suddenly the readings seem real. And, despite the fact that they’re telling Marnie things about Matt that make him seem increasingly dangerous, she can’t shake her initial attraction to him. In fact, it’s getting stronger. And that could turn out to be deadly.

I gave this book 35% before I realised that I just wasn't gripping me. I'd been putting my kindle down, trying again - rinse and repeat for around three days and then I gave up. I liked where it was going, it was just taking it's sweet time to get there. I did like Marnie as a character, but unfortunately I just didn't care enough about what happened to carry on.

I felt like the other characters aside from Marnie were not getting the development they needed, and I'm sad about that because with the right effort and development, this could have been a great book.

Unfortunately, I couldn't finish it.

Overall Rating: DNF

Book released 13th June 2017 by Soho Teen
Book received from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review

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