Review: Snitch (Bea Catcher Chronicles #2) by Olivia Samms

Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Mystery
Series: Bea Catcher Chronicles
Previous Reviews: Sketchy (#1)
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Publication House: Skyscape
Number of pages: 246
Source: Finished copy from Author
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Secrets. Lies. They smother. But the truth—sometimes the truth is worse. It kills. Leaves blood on your hands.

As the days count down to her eighteenth birthday, Bea feels trapped. Trapped by her dark past, by her parents’ expectations, even by her own dreams for the future. The road ahead is unclear, blurred with secrets and lies.

The only constant, sure thing in her life is Sergeant Dan Daniels. He’s faced with a gang-related murder case and asks Bea to use her “skill” to see and then draw the truth out of the suspect…literally. But when she does, it leaves her with more unanswered questions. And then another teen is shot—clinging for his life.

Time is running out. Can Bea find the killer before someone else gets hurt?

When I first read about Bea in Sketchy last year, I was instantly captivated. She was a seventeen year old girl of African American and Italian descent, loved anything vintage, had a cool gay best friend, had just finished rehab, and had the power to draw the truth from people she eye contacts with. Aside from all these, she had a realistic voice for a seventeen year old that gave the overall air of the book a fun edge. I loved getting to know her as well as her frustrations not only with demons in the past and in the present, but with her parents as well. And in Snitch? I loved her even more here. She continues to be feisty, curious, brave, and lovable as ever.

Ever since encountering and being helped by Sergeant Dan Daniels a few months ago, Bea has been meeting up with him secretly to help with his cases. One day, he brings her in to draw the truth out of Junior, a young teenager they caught having drugs in his stash, who they suspect is actually innocent and covering up for someone else. And they want to know who. Bea successfully draws some hints out of him, but when she sees how Junior is so scared and would rather stay in prison than walk free, it becomes apparent that there is more to the situation than what meets the eye. Would Bea really have the heart to tell Sergeant Dan Daniels the clues when it could mean Junior’s life?

First of all, let’s talk about Bea.

I said it before and I’ll say it again: I love her. You can tell that despite having flaws here and there, and having done countless mistakes in the past, she is a good person who looks out for other people, even those she doesn’t personally know. The way she immediately changed heart after seeing Junior’s vulnerability only goes to show how some people with tough facades can also have soft hearts deep inside. Her determination to know the truth, her courage to find it despite having to plow through deep, dangerous waters, was not only so inspirational but endearing, too. She still has a lot of spunk in her, as she does what she wants but is careful not to step the toes of other people. So many times we’ve seen heroines who are too reckless, or too impulsive, that they don’t see beyond themselves. Of course this is to show their selfish sides, which is very human and not uncommon, but for me, there are other ways to be flawed and still be humanely compassionate, and Bea is the perfect role model for that.

I do have a few complaints, though…

COMPLAINT #1:

There was this one instance at the beginning where Bea goes to school and sees her best friend, Chris, making out with another guy. She talks about the scene in this manner:

Chris is standing behind his car, madly sucking face with his boyfriend, Ian, a junior, and, LOL, the guy he wants me to draw because he’s afraid he isn’t into him anymore.

ASDASFASFASDASFAFDAS

Why? Why use the word “LOL” in an internal narration? I can understand if it’s in a text message or even in a chat service, but while describing a scene? I can even tolerate it when you say it in jest or as a way of mocking internet slang by inserting it in everyday phrases, but, here? Come the fuck on. It’s out of place, it’s ridiculous, and just annoying. I swear as soon as I read this one, I put the book down and stared at it with judging eyes for a good 5 minutes. I love Bea, I really do, but shit like this just gives me a big migraine. Lesson of the day? Internet acronyms/abbreviation have no place in books/literature. NONE. Unless of course it’s in a text or chat message. I’ve asked around on Twitter and almost every response agreed with me on this. It makes us cringe and shake uncontrollably.

COMPLAINT #2

There was another scene in a flashback episode where Bea got some girl-to-girl action with some dude’s gorgeous girlfriend. I support LGBT 100% but this scene where they enter the bathroom and just did… it… felt so unnecessary. It felt like it had no purpose to the storyline at all other than to provide a bit of shock value, and its meaning was just completely lost on me. And seriously, the girl already has a boyfriend. She may be using him for this or that, but she still has one, and doing that with her behind closed doors is just kind of reprehensible. I’m sorry to say but  Bea lost a bit of brownie points from me after that.

Aside from that, the plot and pacing were quite fast-paced and fit nicely in the storyline. We do have some internal narration and monologues from Bea every now and then, but they don’t drag and the story knows when to move on so we the reader doesn’t get too bored. It has a bit of unpredictability in it as I wasn’t able to guess who the suspect was, but it was not surprising or shocking as well.

A good thing about this book and this series as a whole so far is that parents are present (insert gasp here. PARENTS? PARENTS WHO ARE NOT DEAD/LIVING AWAY/SEPARATED/WORKAHOLICS?!). They are an integral part in Bea’s life as she starts piecing her life together and finding out what she really wants. They are frustrating and annoying, but are also wise and loving. They also make mistakes. They also are human, just like each and every one of us. They can be vulnerable, too. In a nutshell, I loved how real they are here and how flawed they are, too. So many times we think parents know everything, are immune to mistakes, and are all-encompassing. Snitch however reminded us they also  have their own demons to face.

Another good thing about this series is that it’s episodic. You can try the series by reading the second book and you won’t feel left out at all. It’s like the series as a whole has one huge storyline, but it is told through smaller subplots that are in each book. If you haven’t read the first book, Sketchy, and want to dive in already by reading Snitch, go right ahead. All in all, a good book to a good and promising series.

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Overall: 3.9

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    • FayeFaye says

      The cover of this really one really is awesome. I wasn’t that much of a fan of the first book’s design, but this one is just fabulous!

  1. says

    “PARENTS WHO ARE NOT DEAD/LIVING AWAY/SEPARATED/WORKAHOLICS?” HAR HAR. YES. Why is it always like that?! It bugs me no end. -_- I think it’s entirely possible to have an exciting story without offing the parents. *ahem* I think this sounds interesting! Isn’t there a movie called Snitch too? Mm. Popular name. ;) I’m kind of with you on the context of that LOL, though. I mean, I have no problem with text-talk, using it or whatnot on the internet. But in books?? It definitely dates things. And sometimes makes it feel cheesy.
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    • FayeFaye says

      What, you didn’t get the memo? So these heroes and heroines can have an excuse to do whatever they want! :P

      I have no idea about the movie but I liked the name as a whole. It sounds pretty catchy. As for the LOL scene, cheesy is one of the better adjectives I can describe it. It’s just so cringe-worthy!

  2. laila BC says

    I love to read about a new strong heroine flawed and all…and good thing about that parents issue. That happens to be the most common thing with other YA books as if dealing how to be different as a teenager is not hard enough, their parents should at least be there to support or guide them as they grow up. I haven’t heard of this series but i will give this a try. Thanks for this review Faye :)

    • FayeFaye says

      I know! Parents are an integral part in a teenager’s life, especially in that phase of their lives where they’re trying to find their own place. Their absence in the majority of the books is so sucky :( Parents are the most resilient support group so I hope that in 2014 and the years beyond we’ll see more of them.

  3. says

    I personally hate it when LOL is inserted into inner monologues in books too. It makes me mad and makes me want to cry for humanity. Also, the girl-on-girl action seems a little unnecessary. I haven’t heard of this series before today, but Bea does sound like a fabulous character. And wait did you just say that the parents are involved in the story? Hell YES! I love it when family members are present in the book and play a role in their kids’ lives, so that makes me happy.
    Great review, Faye!
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    • FayeFaye says

      Bea is a fabulous character, Nick. Very real voice for a seventeen year old, just minus the LOL scene, haha. It makes me happy, too! There needs to be more books like this!

  4. says

    Bea sounds fantastic and I laughed about the LOL and shock-value make-out session. I am not sure the LOL would have pulled me from the story, since I see it everyday on the internet, but agree I do not think LOL internally and it is not how I would have chosen to express a laugh. Great review Faye :)
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    • FayeFaye says

      I would have chosen just the usual “hah! Hah! hah!” instead of the el-oh-el. It’s just so off-putting to see it there in a book!

  5. says

    I have not heard of these books. :o I’m always on the look out for more diversity, so I think I’ll add this series to my reading list.

    The only way I could see the LOL thing working internally is if it was already established that the character liked to do text speak in their head, for sarcasm purposes or not. . .

    Anyway, great review, Faye! :)
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  6. says

    So glad that the MC did not disappoint :) uh-uh! Describing a scene–that’s the place where I wouldn’t use the word “lol” then again, it’s like my parasite word that I use in speech all the time–speaking and writing–but in a scene description? Nope. Don’t. Hmm, the bathroom scene does feel a bit out of place even if I don’t know the full concept. Oh, really? I could read this and not feel the missing pieces by skipping out on the first book? That’s.. kind of awesome in a way. I’m glad you enjoyed this one, my friend!
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  7. says

    I’ve never actually knew about this series till I read this review. I’m definitely going to check it out now though, it seems quite promising. It’s cool that the books are episodic, so it doesn’t matter which one I read first. Bea sounds like a wonderful main character, one that I’d definitely support and actually enjoy reading about.

    Ahhh! Text talk in literature definitely doesn’t work for me. It automatically makes things seem very juvenile and honestly super cringe worthy. We (at least I hope most people) don’t say text abbreviations out loud as they’re solely meant to be used in message for convenience. Agh. I just don’t see why authors include dialogue with abbreviations. It’s silly. I also dislike it when books include scenes that just seem so out character, that scene you mentioned with Bea kissing somebody’s girlfriend definitely sounded like that. Also like it didn’t add anything to the course of the novel.

    :o No missing parent syndrome!? There’s a shocker. I’m glad to hear the parents in this series aren’t backpacking in Africa, following a pack of polar bears in the Arctic or gone on a holiday that lasts exactly the same amount of time as the book takes place. It makes things seem much more realistic. I also like having parents featured in a book as they tend to be very interesting side characters.

    Lovely review! You’ve totally convinced me to give this series a whirl :)

  8. says

    Beautiful review Faye! I agree, chat-speak should NEVER EVER EVER EVER (to infinity and beyond hehehe) be included in an inner monologue. Seriously, what the hell is happening to the english language and literature. -_-

    Bea sounds like a wonderful, realistic character…but I’m lost on the girl-girl scene too. Shock value does not drive a book, so I’m surprised the editor thought it should be included.

    I’m glad you liked it overall. Not sure whether I’ll pick this one up but I love the colourful cover. Pretttttyyyy :3 :3
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  9. says

    This is another book which I’ve not heard about before, but Faye seriously you are doing your job of adding books to my tbr pile! I love the sound of this book and Bea, (minor issues aside) I think I could really connect with her character too. And there are parents present? and they are actually half decent? I will have to read this book for that reason alone. I like that you can read this book without having read the first book, but I will probably have to read the first book first as I’m kind of ocd like that! Gorgeous review as always and thanks for putting this book on my radar!
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    • FayeFaye says

      I knew I could count on you for puns, Jeann ;)

      It really was. I just didn’t know why it was there in the first place, especially when she started describing the pleasure she felt of having a hand… down there… x_x ugh. *washing hands and brain clean*

  10. says

    I have noticed that a lot of authors put LOL in inner monologues! I mean I don’t say LOL in my head, it’s weird. I use it in writing. Also I don’t like when authors add some scene just for sake of adding something when it means nothing. But I’m still glad you enjoyed this one and the story does sound great. I was a bit of scared of your rating as that cover is so pretty! :) Great review, Faye :)
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    • FayeFaye says

      Ugh, really? You mean there are more of where those come from? *not impressed*

      I don’t say LOL in my head either. I do sometimes say it in jest when I’m joking with friends, but it’s just so off-putting when you see it in a book, you know? Thank you, Tanja!

  11. says

    Oh my god this cover is FABULOUS and the story seems refreshingly different. Although your complaints would be mine as well but I will definitely be adding the first book to my TBR. :)

  12. says

    Your gripes are pretty detailed… LOL… I hope that’s ok? At least the book’s redeeming qualities were enough to make this enjoyable, overall. Her powers are pretty awesome but scary, I’m a believer of “ignorance is bliss” except if the situation is similar to her bff and I’m trying to get a feel if my partner is still into me or not… juvenile I know
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  13. says

    So I’d never heard of this book, but BONUS—it’s amazon prime, so I can read it for free (and by “it” I mean “Sketchy” since I obviously don’t want to start with book 2). Only two complaints is a Big Deal, as is liking book 2 even more than book 1, so I’ll definitely be checking this out and soon. Sorry for being like 4 days late comment-wise, but I’ve been BAD sick :( Feeling better now (FINALLY), and trying to play catch-up!
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  14. says

    I wasn’t overly impressed by Sketchy, and I remember thinking that Bea wasn’t fleshed out enough for me to understand her motivations. I do remember really liking certain parts though, despite my issues. Sounds like that trend kind of continues with Snitch. I’m on the fence about whether or not I’ll give it a shot, but I’m happy to hear that you really liked it!