Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott (★★★★☆½)
After being kidnapped by Ray, Alice becomes a living dead girl, forced to stay small forever. Alice has resigned herself to her fate and even looks forward to her impending death at Ray’s hands, until he demands she recruit another girl — a younger Alice who will take her place. Disturbing yet beautiful, Scott’s novel comes with all the trigger warnings.
The Amateurs by Sara Shepard (★★★☆☆)
Sara Shepard’s The Amateurs is a super problematic novel with one hell of a twist ending. From the one-dimensional characters to the deeply disturbing male POVs and the weird way race is handled — not to mention all the relationships centered around statutory rape — Shepard has gone off the rails with this series, and not in her usual good way. [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION]
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis (★★★★☆½)
Pitched as young adult Dexter, The Female of the Species is actually a feminist novel disguised as a serial-killer novel. Read: I was pleasantly surprised. In the story, McGinnis unflinchingly tackles rape culture, filling her (at times) disturbing novel with complex women and strong female friendships.
For inexplicable reasons, Alan Moore’s disturbing Batman graphic novel The Killing Joke is being adapted into a full length movie — a straight to video animated movie.
And despite its more adult subject matter, long-running Batman and Joker voice-actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill are both on board.
You can watch the official trailer below, which also stars Ray Wise as Commissioner Gordon and Tara Strong as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, who will allegedly be treated with more respect in this adaptation.
2015 was the year I said goodbye to goals and decided to focus on quality over quantity. Despite promising not to judge my end result, I was still bummed I didn’t hit 100 books. Regardless, even though I still took all of May off to move apartments, I was only two books shy of my goal-centric 2014 total, reading 94 books in 2015.
For this year’s best and worst of wrap up, I decided to do things a little differently and divide my favorites and least favorites of the year by genre. Note: these are the books I read in 2015 and are not limited to books published in 2015.
You can check out a visual list of all the books I read in 2015 over on GoodReads — for the best and worst, continue scrolling!
Essex County, the best-selling (and critically-acclaimed) graphic novel trilogy written and illustrated by Jeff Lemire will be adapted for television by First Generation Films.
According to a press release on Lemire’s website, the series is currently being developed by Canadian television network CBC, which makes sense seeing as the comic is set in an imaginary version of Lemire’s hometown: Essex County, Ontario.
The pilot will be penned by fellow Canadian Aaron Martin, whose writing credits include Degrassi: The Next Generation and Killjoys.