ARC review – Bloody Seoul

Title: Bloody Seoul.

Author: Sonia Patel.

Format: E-arc.

Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press.

Page count: 282.

Release day: July 2nd 2019.

Genre: YA, contemporary.

Rating: 2 stars.

*Thanks to Edelweiss for providing this arc!*

What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)

Rocky’s the most loyal 16-year-old you’ll ever meet: loyal to the Three Star Pa gang, which his father runs in Seoul, Korea; loyal to his best friends, who accompany him everywhere he goes; loyal to his ever-escalating public bullying of Ha-na, a girl at school; and, finally, loyal to the memory of his mother, even though there are some things about her that he tries to forget. He loves his friends, his city, and the power he wields. But when he catches his father in a lie, the truth is exposed, and his life begins to unravel―and Rocky has no idea where it’s going to lead.

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My thoughts:

First off all, trigger warnings for bullying and self-harm! (and maybe more, but I’m unaware)

I had such different expectations of this book. From the summary you know it includes bullying, but I did not think it would go to these extremes! I felt so bad while reading it! I don’t even know why I finished it.. I probably would have DNF’ed if I had something else to read with me!

I feel like the author wanted us to feel bad for the main character, the one that bullies, because he has a bad home situation, but I just could not feel bad for that guy. He treated everyone like shit, with as reason that his father treats him badly.. Like yes his father is a very bad person, but it does not excuse bullying, especially not to this extend!

Also, the ending.. Most unbelievable ending possible.. Like yes people can change, but not this quick this much! And I don’t understand how this character (no spoilers) can be this forgiving.. I just don’t get it..

Besides hating the characters, I was not a fan of the writing.. All the sentences were so short, it read kinda annoyingly.

The reason for giving this book 2 instead of 1 star, is that I did like how the author describes Seoul. I’ve never read a book that took place in Korea before so that was nice.

Happy reading!

5 Replies to “ARC review – Bloody Seoul”

  1. Ugh – I can’t stand excusing bullying behaviour. That would be a no for me, big time. Thanks for the honest thoughts.

  2. Not a fan of “I’m a bully but I’m in a bad situation so that’s an excuse” stories, either. Hopefully, your next read will be much more enjoyable!

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