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Official Review: The Diary of Vanessa Rocoso

Post by KristyKhem » 06 Jun 2019, 09:32

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Diary of Vanessa Rocoso" by Z. D. Boxall.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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"We write what happened today so we can learn for tomorrow" ~ V. Rocoso.

What would you do if you were kidnapped by pirates while on your way to a cruise ship? If your kidnappers burned all of your luggage but allowed you to keep only one item, what would you choose? Vanessa Rocoso chose her diary.

In it, she documented the events which took place when she, her sister, and several strangers realized that they were not heading to meet the holiday cruise ship. The boat they had cheerily boarded was sailing in the wrong direction. It was now taking them to another vessel – a floating gaol on which wealthy clients rented girls for sexual pleasures and paid to watch men fight to the death. Vanessa, Shae, Michael, Edward, Jonathon, Ben, Gwendolyn, Melanie, Bob, Catharine, and Jacqueline became victims of this horrible fate in December 2017. The chances of escaping were slim, but they had to try. Would they be able to defeat their monstrous kidnappers or would they become monsters themselves? Read The Diary of Vanessa Rocoso by Z.D. Boxall to find out what happened in this thrilling tale of survival.

There were so many things I wanted to dislike about this book like the bloody gore, the graphic ways in which some of the characters died, and the explicit subject matters of the book (which I was totally unprepared for). However, once I started reading, the story kept sucking me in with each plot twist. It was like watching a riveting horror movie where you can’t predict the ending, but you simply can’t turn it off because you have to get to the end to find out what happened to the characters. I noticed my heart racing and my breathing naturally pausing because more often than not, the characters sunk into dire situations where I could not predict what would happen next. I commend the author for writing such a riveting story, whether or not it was based on true events. The story also largely consisted of dialogue which at first I disliked. Later on, I appreciated this because I preferred not to read the descriptions of certain graphic scenes such as when a character was viciously mauled by a crocodile or when cannibalism emerged in the tale.

What I liked most about this book was that the author purposely left things to the reader’s imagination. Certain events which happened without much explanation caused me to think about why certain characters did the things they did. Some characters had fully developed backstories, while the author only left vague bits of information throughout the book about the others. This made me try to analyze the characters based on what I knew about them. There was also a Christian element to the book which seemed to operate in the background of the story. It added a peaceful balance to this dark tale which I really appreciated.

There were two things which caused me to deduct a star from the final rating. Firstly, one character was referred to by three names. Jonathon was also referred to as ‘John’ and ‘Johnny’. Since there were other characters to keep track of (who also had nicknames), using multiple nicknames for Jonathon made the story feel as if there were even more characters. Secondly, there were nine noticeable grammatical errors in the book.

In conclusion, I rate The Diary of Vanessa Rocoso 3 out of 4 stars for its unpredictable plot twists, thought-provoking elements, and riveting storyline. Adults who like thrilling adventure stories and maritime suspense tales will appreciate this tale. However, readers who are easily triggered by themes such as prostitution, kidnapping, torture, cannibalism, violence, and murder may not enjoy reading this.

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Post by Kibetious » 08 Jun 2019, 03:35

Thanks for the review. You've brought out the summary of the book nicley as well as highlighted some flaws such as the three names for a single character. Is this fictional or true?
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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 08 Jun 2019, 08:35

Great review! While this book isn't something I would usually read, your review piqued my interest. I like that the character chose a diary as her one item and she was able to keep a record of this horrible occurrence.

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Post by Nisha Ward » 08 Jun 2019, 10:25

Pirates and cannibalism seem like an odd combination when you think about it but if it works, it works. I might check it out because those two things hooked me and I want to know how Vanessa survives.
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Post by TuyetMai » 08 Jun 2019, 11:25

KristyKhem wrote:
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It was like watching a riveting horror movie where you can’t predict the ending, but you simply can’t turn it off because you have to get to the end to find out what happened to the characters.
That's exactly my thought when I read your summary of the book. I'm a bit surprised that this book is listed in Young Adult. I'm usually not a fan of gore, but the plot sounds very intriguing. Plus, I love it when authors leave things to readers' imagination. Thank you for the insightful review.

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Post by KristyKhem » 08 Jun 2019, 11:52

TuyetMai wrote:
08 Jun 2019, 11:25
KristyKhem wrote:
06 Jun 2019, 09:32
It was like watching a riveting horror movie where you can’t predict the ending, but you simply can’t turn it off because you have to get to the end to find out what happened to the characters.
That's exactly my thought when I read your summary of the book. I'm a bit surprised that this book is listed in Young Adult. I'm usually not a fan of gore, but the plot sounds very intriguing. Plus, I love it when authors leave things to readers' imagination. Thank you for the insightful review.
I also found it strange that this book was listed as a Young Adult novel. I think that the events in it were catastrophic and frightening! Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

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Post by KristyKhem » 08 Jun 2019, 11:54

Stephanie Elizabeth wrote:
08 Jun 2019, 08:35
Great review! While this book isn't something I would usually read, your review piqued my interest. I like that the character chose a diary as her one item and she was able to keep a record of this horrible occurrence.
Thanks for commenting Stephanie, yes it certainly was an interesting book!

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Post by KristyKhem » 08 Jun 2019, 11:56

Kibetious wrote:
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Thanks for the review. You've brought out the summary of the book nicley as well as highlighted some flaws such as the three names for a single character. Is this fictional or true?
I was wondering the same thing. It seems like a fictional tale, but the foreword and epilogue hinted at it being a true story. It was never explicitly stated whether it was based on factual events, so I don't know for sure.

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Post by kdstrack » 08 Jun 2019, 15:23

That the author can make you wonder if this is fact or fiction points to excellent writing. Your exciting description is contagious and piques the interest in what was in that diary! Great review. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Post by Prisallen » 08 Jun 2019, 16:14

This does sound like a very intense book to read. Do you know if it was fact or fiction? Thanks for a well-written review!

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Post by kandscreeley » 08 Jun 2019, 17:31

The plot of this one sounds interesting. The graphic nature of the story, though, definitely turns me off. I'm sure it's realistic, but it's not something I enjoy reading about. Thanks anyway.
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Post by Scarlet Nicoll » 09 Jun 2019, 03:33

I love the idea of this read. I understand its a memoir and clearly unexpected, yet it is something quite unique. According to your synopsis I'm surprised you didn't see this coming: "There were so many things I wanted to dislike about this book like the bloody gore, the graphic ways in which some of the characters died, and the explicit subject matters of the book (which I was totally unprepared for)." Though unfortunate, it's a driving read. Thank you!

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Post by Nyambura Githui » 09 Jun 2019, 17:20

Interesting review. The book is intriguing. I'm curious to know what happened to Vanessa in the end.

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Post by Devika menon » 10 Jun 2019, 07:35

Thanks for the review. The intensity of the plot twists you mentioned definitely sounds like a must-read. I cannot wait to read what happens!

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Post by AKShanmar12 » 14 Jun 2019, 17:55

OK, that sounds very traumatic! Does it actually have a happy ending or is everything just awful?
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