Monday, November 10, 2014

The Cellar by Natasha Preston | Review♥

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Cellar
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Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire 
(March 1, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1492600970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492600978
  • Genre: Young Adult/Thriller
  • Buy It: Amazon | B & N  

Synopsis: "Lily?"
My stomach dropped as a tall, dark-haired man stepped into view. Had he been hiding between the trees?
"No. Sorry." Gulping, I took a step back. "I'm not Lily."He shook his head, a satisfied grin on his face. "No. You are Lily."
"I'm Summer. You have the wrong person." I  could hear my pulse crashing in my ears. How stupid to give him my real name. He continued to stare at me, smiling. It made me feel sick."You are Lily," he repeated.Before I could blink, he threw his arms forward and grabbed me. I tried to shout, but he clasped his hand over my mouth, muffling my screams. My heart raced. I'm going to die. For months Summer is trapped in a cellar with the man who took her—and three other girls: Rose, Poppy, and Violet. His perfect, pure flowers. His family. But flowers can't survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out...


  • I really liked Summer's relationship with her boyfriend, it was adorable reading the flashbacks. I smiled and giggled at two parts. Lewis seems like the perfect boyfriend. He was my favorite character in the book. This book has three alternating POV'S: Summer, Lewis, and Clover/Colin which I thought was great because we get to see the victim's side, the boyfriends, and the psychopaths.
  • I didn't understand the psychopath's strange obsession with flowers besides his deceased mother who liked flowers. He has actual flowers at home in the forms of Rose, Poppy, Violet, and Lily. He even refers to the four girls by that particular names too. He calls himself Clover which is strange. He's clearly an educated man, his thinking of why the flowers, the actual flowers (not the girls) are dying is unreasonable. If flowers do not receive proper sunlight, they die. There is clearly a biological explanation for it! I don't understand why he doesn't know or ignores it. Psychopaths are usually smart. You cannot deny science.
  • The Cellar isn't that dark with explicit details, but it has a disturbing topic. There were some intense gruesome scenes, but they were bearable, and I strangely felt okay unlike I did with American Psycho. I had really high hopes for this book. I liked the concept, and I thought it had some potential but I felt let down. Clover was completely insane and stupid.



(I'm clearly obsessed with Damon and his gifs as you can see :) )


  • It was engrossing, and I wanted to know what happened next, but it wasn't exactly well written. Also, this is one of the few kidnapping/abducted novels where the female does not develop Stockholm syndrome, which I thought was great. She has positive feelings for the girls she was with in the house, but not towards the captor.
  • There were four other girls with Clover, they weren't in a complete cell or a dungeon. They were in a giant, comfortable room. They weren't handcuffed or tied up in case they tried to run. They were free to move. There was a door that caged them in though. They had no weapons in the house, and no closed windows. I don't understand how four women together could not take down one man. He was lean, not big at all. I figured none of them could really fight that much. Cling to his legs, pull out his hair, gouge his eyes out, put salt in his eyes, do something! If they all worked together or even just three of them, they could have clearly took him down. He didn't carry weapons with him when he was around the girls. As much as I enjoyed reading this novel,  I felt it was unrealistic and disappointing.

Shukran for reading this! Leave your blog links in the comments & I'll be sure to check them out & follow :) Stay in tuned pretty creatures..


Disclosure: Review Copy was sent free of charge from Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review.

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21 comments:

  1. That seems like a really good book! Love the Damon gif :PLove your blog, would you like to follow each other? Let me know!

    http://crisisbeauty.blogspot.com.es/

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    1. Hehe thank you, my posts are incomplete without Damon's gifs! & sure following you right away ♥

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  2. Great review!! I love reading so much, will have to check this one out! Just followed you back on GFC! Thank you for the lovely comments!!

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    Chione XX

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  3. This sounds like an interesting read, I'll have to add it to the TBR pile :)

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  4. This is next on my to read list! Im so excited I'm racing through my current book :)

    Jenna || Jennafifi.co.uk

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  5. Sounds like a realy nice blook, you make me curious!
    Kisses

    http://www.alisagromova.com/

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  6. Thanks for your lovely comment.
    I follow you now on GFC.
    Kisses

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  7. I read this one...it is a little disturbing, but overall I enjoyed it. I wasn't too thrilled with what happened to one of the girls and I wished his need to keep his 'flowers' was explained more too. Thanks for the follow, I am now following you on BlogLovin and GFC!

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    1. Yes, i agree with your points! Thank you hun ♥

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  8. Oh, this sounds like it started out genuinely good and then turned out to be a bit of a let down. The concept sounds good, but I am a little confused as to the mention of flowers? Oh well, at least the cover is nice!

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    1. He calls them his flowers mainly because his mother liked flowers, which is pretty confusing because I'm sure his mother liked other things as well. It's a decent read but flawed.

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