The Captain’s Log – premeditated (Josin L. McQuein)

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premeditated (Josin L. McQuein)

I first was introduced to this author by reading arclight, so when I saw that she had written this novel, I picked it up. This is what I would term a “young adult thriller.” The main character, Dinah, is a bit screwed up by her cousin’s suicide attempt. She wants revenge . . . but how to get it?

This was a decent read. I certainly liked the main character and her two best friends were super fun – especially Brucey. The bad boy plot was sadly sort of predictable as was a good portion of the ending. There were a couple of side plots that were better in terms of the twist. I know that Dinah’s emotions are supposed to be running rampant and clouding her judgment. But I wish our heroine could have been a little smarter about how she chose to handle it. Though maybe part of the deeper substructure of the plot was about what revenge gets people in the end.

While I liked Dinah’s father and Uncle as a concept, all the adults in this novel seemed to be two-dimensional and clueless. Dinah’s mother is just plain nuts and why in the world are those parents still together. I mean I know in young adult novels, the parents have to sort of be out of the way for young people to have their stories but seriously. I know it’s a small gripe but still.

If you are looking for a realistic novel this ain’t it, but it was a decent way to pass the time. Not sure if I would want another story about Dinah specifically but a story about Brucey . . . hmmm.

Side note: In writing this blog I realized that I still need to get and read the sequel to arclight AND learned that that she has a new book out that I missed called sing down the stars! Grrrr . . . must remedy that. Of course I likely missed the new book as it was written under the pen name L.J. Hatton. Go figure.

To give you a taste of what the book is about from the author’s blog:

A week ago, Dinah’s cousin Claire cut her wrists.

Five days ago, Dinah found Claire’s diary and discovered why.

Three days ago, Dinah stopped crying and came up with a plan.

Two days ago, she ditched her piercings and bleached the black dye from her hair.

Yesterday, knee socks and uniform plaid became a predator’s camouflage.

Today, she’ll find the boy who broke Claire.

By tomorrow, he’ll wish he were dead.

To visit the author’s blog visit:

Josin L. McQuein – Author

To buy this book visit:

premeditated – Book

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