My thoughts: I have been in a bit of a reading slump as of late. Everything I pick up is worn out, tired, and the same ol same ol. I can't decide if I want to read contemporary, romance, fantasy, YA or NA. I've been jumping around, back and forth, and it's been very disappointing. Nothing can hold my attention for more than about 40% and I find myself skimming to the end or ditching the book all-together. I broke that slump with the first book of the year (for me). Badger was released in August 2015, and frankly, I'm shocked that it hasn't received more "air-play" than it has. In fact, the only reason I learned about it at all was from reading blog posts from several people who chose Badger as it favorite read in 2015. When I saw it on one list, I thought, okay. When I started seeing it on blog after blog, I sat up and took notice.
Badger is so completely different from anything I've read in a long, long time. It isn't pretty at times. In fact, it's downright unimaginable and horrifying. But it sucked me in from the beginning and didn't let go. Skimming pages did not happen with this book. I didn't want to miss a thing. Adrian is a very real character. Sadly, so is Isaac. The people are real. The situations are honest. No perfect people. No perfect world. CM McKenna's writing is flawless and I didn't find myself self-editing at all. (That right there is BIG). This book was a very solid 5 star read for me and I highly recommend you read it - if you're not afraid of a little reality.