Review: Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams – Woods + Psycho on the loose = TERROR

Review: Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams – Woods + Psycho on the loose = TERROR
by Carolyn Lee Adams

Genres: Psychological, Thriller, Young Adult
Publication date: July 14, 2015
by Simon Pulse

Format: ARC


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Ruth Carver has always competed like her life depends on it. Ambitious. Tough. Maybe even mean. It’s no wonder people call her Ruthless.

When she wakes up with a concussion in the bed of a moving pickup truck, she realizes she has been entered into a contest she can’t afford to lose.

At a remote, rotting cabin deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ruth’s blindfold comes off and she comes face-to-face with her captor. A man who believes his mission is to punish bad girls like Ruth. A man who has done this six times before.

The other girls were never heard from again, but Ruth won’t go down easy. She escapes into the wilderness, but her hunter is close at her heels. That’s when the real battle begins. That’s when Ruth must decides just how far she’ll go in order to survive.

Back home, they called her Ruthless. They had no idea just how right they were.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Yup, this book was amazing, guys.

(and seriously, watch the video – I did another reenactment there!)

A summary of why the book’s awesome:

It’s atmospheric. Guaranteed to put you on your toes. I mean, a psycho’s out there; you can’t let your guard down now, can you?!
– It’s character-driven and plot-driven at the same time, which is actually a very great combination here.
The heroine is fan-fucking-tastic. She is smart, tough, goes through a lot of HARD obstacles and fights through them tooth and nail.
– It’s good, period.

Fun fact: You’ll notice that a few seconds were cut from my re-enactment. I was recording this in the middle of the night and was completely alone in my room. But, when I watched the video, I noticed something strange and eerie. As soon as I asked, “Is anybody there?” (I was talking to the camera), a small voice from the background replied, “Yeah”, which, honestly, is FRICKING CREEPY AS HELL. I decided to cut that portion out because 1.) creepy; 2.) I don’t want to give y’all nightmares; 3.) just in case… I don’t want to be haunted, just in case O.O

Thanks to HappyCrab for Alternative 

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Rating Report
Overall: 4.2

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A 21 years old Filipina who loves books, games, languages, and most especially, food. Secretly wishes to be an astronaut so she can explore the stars. Has a love-hate relationship with Philippine politics. To get in her good graces, offer her Foie Gras, Or shrimp. Or a JRPG. A YA sci-fi book works, too. You can follow her on twitter here: @kawaiileena


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    • FayeFaye says

      It really was a crazy book. So engaging and full of tension, and you never feel annoyed by the main character. I wish more thrillers were like this.

    • FayeFaye says

      Same here! I have so much love for smart heroines. I wish more thriller heroines are this way instead of the stupid reckless ones we get all the time!

  1. says

    Lol, that would have been totes creepy. I mean… I always watch your videos at night, and if that happened I don’t know how I would be able to sleep, lol. I must read this! I love to be scared with books and I haven’t been scared for a while. :)
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  2. says

    Love the vlog, especially your re-enactment which gave me a nice laugh! The book sounds interesting, though admittedly thriller is not really my thing most days. But your video rocks!
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  3. says

    So this is the video where the creepiness came in!! I would have made a book fort and stayed in there for awhile xD I’m glad the book is character-driven. From what I hear the main character is not a good person in the beginning of the book, and I can’t wait to see how her character develops. Yay for good heroines!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this, lovely video and review <3
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  4. says

    Oh my goodness, Faye, you had me laughing so hard with your video! You “let out a breath you didn’t know you were holding”? Priceless! I’m so happy to hear this was worth the read. Many time in YA suspense/mystery the heroine IS “stupidly, stupid” or TSTL and that just really diminishes my enjoyment! I’m rolling my eyes or huffing in irritation and then I just want to smack some sense into the character. Nick started out as a mystery/suspense junkie like me and so I fully trust her opinion when it comes to reads like this. I’m happy to hear you stealthily snatched this up at your blogger event. Sounds like you had fun there, too. Fab video and review. Hope nothing is haunting you! :)
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  5. says

    I need to use this phrase more often, “stupidly stupid”. HAHAHAH. DID YOU JUST POP UP WITH A SHIRT STUCK ON YOUR HEAD?????? Such a psycho hahahhaha.

    I think I will be too scared to read this book Faye. I will leave the psycho books to you :P
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  6. says

    Whenever you like a book, my ears tend to prick up a little bit. This looks fabulous. I have not read a good YA thriller/horror in a very long time! I’ll definitely be picking this up soon! :)

    Sorry I have not been around in a while! First year of university got the better of me. I’m loving the theme! I also see that you have started a podcast! I will definitely have to start listening to it ASAP! :) Hope you and the gang are doing well! :)

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