Book Review–Four in the Morning by Christi Goddard

Christi was one of the first people that I met when I started blogging a few years back. Over time we’ve talked more and more sporadically (life for both of us), but I still smile any time I see her comments around the bloggersphere or catch one of her posts. I’m sure a lot of you recognize her blog icon.

Anyway, as soon as I saw that her book was available for purchase, I did. And I read it that very week. Let me just say, WOW!

From Goodreads:
Kathleen Hayson thinks her biggest problem is her mother. The only runner up—her mouth. With a wit sharper than her mother’s perfectly manicured nails, her clever remarks create more problems than they solve.

But it’s not her clever remarks landing her knee-deep in trouble. This time, Josh Colby is to blame. Kathleen’s former childhood friend has become the school’s most stuck up jerk. Before, she’d have told him to piss off and write his own stupid letter to the town slut/minister’s daughter. Now Kathleen’s escalating problems at home force her to reevaluate how flexible her principles are. She agrees to write the controversial letter Josh has requested.

Enter Rigel, a smartass magical creature who invades her room one night, promising he has come to help. When a boy Kathleen hates turns up dead and her mother goes missing, the letter becomes a key piece of police evidence—implicating Kathleen. As she fights her way out of a web of lies, the trust she has in those closest to her shatters. In the end, she’s pushed to a terrible choice: who lives, and who else dies.

My Take:
First thing I noticed? The voice. It’s excellent! You should read the book just to see how an author can ooze voice. Yeah, it’s that good.

I loved everything about Kathleen–the fact she wasn’t your normal skinny beauty queen teen or sickly sweet. She had a scathing wit that she wore like chain mail. and it was AWESOME. This story is NOT your typical YA. Not even close. I’m not even sure how to explain how it’s different, but the words raw, real, snarky, angry, surprising all come to mind.

The only thing that bugged me was the part about the letter to the minister’s daughter–hold on, let me explain. I kept waiting for that to go somewhere. That character was a non-player and I was starting to fear it was a dropped thread. But don’t worry, it wasn’t. And I can’t explain it without giving away some spoilers. I will say that Christi dropped the bomb to explain things right before I was too frustrated with it. And then it all made perfect sense–>more so than this paragraph, I promise.

And the end! I sure hope there will be more of Kathleen’s story.

I give Four in the Morning by Christi Goddard a 4. There is some language and one scene the very chaste might cringe at

Rating scale for book reviews.

1-5 scale and what it means:
1: I couldn’t even finish it / just plain bad
2: I hope I didn’t pay for this / disappointing
3: I didn’t hate it, but it was still missing something / forgettable but inoffensive
3.5: On the line between good and ok / like, not love
4: Solid mind candy / worth reading
4.5: So very close to perfection! / must read
5: I could not put it down and I’m still thinking about it! / a true treasure

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About charitybradford

Science fiction and fantasy writer and blogger. My first novel is now available--The Magic Wakes (WiDo Publishing, 2013)

Posted on June 21, 2012, in Book Review, debut books. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Excellent review. I like the direction that this story seems to take from reading the blurb and your analysis. I like cringe worthy…so that's actually a plus for me. I'll probably be investigating this offering soon.

  2. I love stories where a seemingly dropped plot thread suddenly gets picked up and makes the story. I follow those writers anywhere after that.

  3. I think you'd enjoy this. There is so much I'd like to say, but it might spoil some of the surprises. 🙂

  4. By the end of the book a theme starts to show up that is quite intriguing. It seems (ah! it'll spoil the surprise). LOL, this book is hard to talk about!

  5. You've intrigued me! I love books with a strong voice so I'll definitely be adding this one to my list! 🙂

  6. Thanks for the review, Charity! I'm really so glad you liked it.

  7. This is a nice post.Keep up with the good work!And thanks for sharing……John Smithson.Fundraising consultants West Midlands

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