Monday, April 13, 2015

ARC Book Review: Still Waters by Ash Parsons

Still Waters by Ash Parsons
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars    
Source: ARC Copy from Penguin Teen
Publisher: Philomel Books, Penguin
Published: April 21st, 2015

A gritty, powerful debut that evokes The Outsiders. You won't be able to look away. 

High school senior Jason knows how to take a punch. Living with an abusive father will teach a kid that. But he's also learned how to hit back, earning a reputation at school that ensures no one will mess with him. Even so, all Jason truly wants is to survive his father long enough to turn eighteen, take his younger sister, Janie, and run away.
Then one day, the leader of the in crowd at school, Michael, offers to pay Jason to hang out with him. Jason figures Michael simply wants to be seen with someone with a tough rep and that the money will add up fast, making Jason's escape plan a reality. Plus, there's Michael's girl. Cyndra, who looks at Jason as if she sees something behind his false smile. As Jason gets drawn deeper into Michael's game, the money keeps flowing, but the stakes grow ever more dangerous. Soon, even Jason's fists and his ability to think on his feet aren't enough to keep his head above water.

Still Waters is an intense, gritty thriller that pulls no punches- yet leaves you rooting for the tough guy. A powerful, dynamic debut.

** I want to thank Penguin for providing me with an early copy of this book **  

I've got a lot to unload for this book. Right now I'm pretty unsettled towards my thoughts and feelings but I have enough to sit down a write a proper review that will either convince you to read or leave you hanging. 

Unique and something else ~ Rarely do I ever get the chance to read a book where I'm rooting for the tough guy and where the tough guy always always turns out to be the most exposed and emotional in the end. I loved the change in direction that this book took. I really hope this isn't the end for Ash Parsons' writing. 
Great morals ~ This book does not only excel at its writing but it makes some great life lessons that can be carried through life. Don't make deals without reading their contracts first. Keep your head above the water, not just below. Don't make deals with the devil. Keep your head in the game and don't lose sight over love. I think those are mostly the predominant ones but there are definitely a lot more!
Dark YA ~ What makes a book 'dark'? Well to me it's mostly a book that depresses you or it can happen to be the tone of the author. When the tone of the author is painful or very touching, that's when you know you've got a dark book in your hands! Books with dark plots seem to circle around the story of abuse and violence because it's definitely shown here.
- Male Heroine ~ It feels really good to be reunited with a male heroine since most YA books these days focus on building up the proper confidence of women and young girls. I think I stated before that this book was pretty unique. 

A little violent ~ The book features an abusive father that hurts his children and the main protagonist is a just a violent person in general. I liked how although he was violent and a little rough, he had a sweet and lovable side as well. At some points in the book, it was clear that there was too much violence and blood. 
- Abusive Romance? ~ The reason there is a question mark is because I was really unsure of the romance really happening between the characters. It all really seemed cliche, like the popular and rich boy got all the cheerleaders and was in control of them. This book focused a lot on sex, which I didn't necessarily like and thought was pretty provocative.

I thought Still Waters was a beautiful read and definitely worth the try if you want a kick out of reading something unique and that will you blow you out of the water. It's a little dark in a sense but nothing you can't assimilate with. It has great morals that will teach you something in life and/or teach you something you already knew. Still Waters comes out April 21st, so go preorder your copy or get it in stores when it comes out near you! 
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is a book-hoarding, binge-eating anime lover that loves to read and write on her free time. When she hasn't got her head stuck in an enthralling fantasy novel, she's outside collecting rocks or re-organizing her bookshelves for the 100th time. Alex also has nightmares of her TBR pile falling down and crushing her underneath.


  1. This one has been sitting on my shelf for a while now and I go back and forth on how I feel about reading it, so it was nice to hear someone elses thoughts on it. I think I will still give it a try! :)

    1. That's great! I thought it was quite a unique read :D


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