The Cellar by Natasha Preston (no spoilers)

For the first time in quite a while, I actually started reading again. I used to love reading. It relaxes me, and I love the feeling of letting go and moving into a new world where you can be who you want to be and do what you want to do. Nothing is impossible in books.

Now, this isn’t necessarily a blog based on book reviews, but for some reason I really just wanted to do one on the book I just read, The Cellar by Natasha Preston. When I first picked up the book at Barnes and Noble, I was really impressed to learn that it was a story that was originally written on Wattpad. I’ve read some of the stories on Wattpad, and I think it’s a really great opportunity for aspiring authors, so I wanted to support it.

When I read the preview on the back I got super excited because it sounded like a plot straight out of Criminal Minds (which we all know I love), but it was also original. There are quite a lot of kidnapping stories out there, but this one really felt like it could have a lot of depth to it. At the end of the book, I had very mixed feelings about it. That’s probably why I’m writing this review. I’m still trying to decided whether I liked it or not

Short Overview

Without giving away too much, the story follows a teenage girl, Summer, who, despite the warnings of her boyfriend and family, goes out alone at night (yeah, that part is not that original) and ends up getting kidnapped. After being brought to her kidnapper’s house, she finds that she is not alone. He has been kidnapping for years and views those girls that he kidnaps as his family. He also changes the girls he kidnap’s names after flowers (Summer is renamed Lily) which he views as nature’s version of perfection, and he hates imperfection.

What I enjoyed

  • The book kept me turning pages and reading late into the night which is always a good sign.
  • I really liked the plot line and thought that it had a lot of potential, most of which it delivered on.
  • Some of the characters, like Clover and Rose, had interesting and detailed backstories which I really enjoyed.
  • It switched to the point of view of the kidnapper. It gave you a different perspective, and you begin to view him as a human, someone with feelings and family, instead of just a monster.

What I didn’t like so much

  • I wish she had done more with the character development of Rose, Clover, and Poppy. She started off giving Rose and Clover lots of depth, but didn’t really do anything with it.
  • The main character had a tendency to get on my nerves a bit.
  • There was a lot of (what I felt like was) unnecessary swearing.

Overall, I did enjoy it and would recommend it to anyone who’s bored and needs a book to read. It does have some swearing and lots of gory details, so if you don’t like either of those, I would stay away from it, though.

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