Review: Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen [Skink #7/ Standalone-ish]


“The #1 New York Times bestselling author Carl Hiaasen serves up his unique brand of swamp-justice in Skink—No Surrender.

Classic Malley—to avoid being shipped off to boarding school, she takes off with some guy she met online. Poor Richard—he knows his cousin’s in trouble before she does. Wild Skink—he’s a ragged, one-eyed ex-governor of Florida, and enough of a renegade to think he can track Malley down. With Richard riding shotgun, the unlikely pair scour the state, undaunted by blinding storms, crazed pigs, flying bullets, and giant gators.

Carl Hiaasen first introduced readers to Skink more than twenty-five years ago in Double Whammy, and he quickly became Hiaasen’s most iconic and beloved character, appearing in six novels to date. Both teens and adults will be thrilled to catch sight of the elusive “captain” as he finds hilariously satisfying ways to stop internet predators, turtle-egg poachers, and lowlife litterbugs in their tracks. With Skink at the wheel, the search for a missing girl is both nail-bitingly tense and laugh-out-loud funny.”

Goodreads Description

Thanks to NetGalley and Orion Publishing Group for the copy! 🙂

I love Carl Hiaasen’s writing. He’s the author of Hoot, which I adored. You get a real feel for the area he’s describing; it’s like you’re there, it’s so vivid. You also get a great feel for the wildlife and how passionate about them the author must be.

Skink No Surrender is the latest in a series. There are six books already out. This one is due out September 23rd. I haven’t read the others and I didn’t feel like I’d missed anything when reading Skink No Surrender. I will definitely be chasing down the first six and devouring them ASAP though, because this book was FANTASTIC!

Hiaasen’s writing is so good, it just cocoons you in the story he’s telling. The characters were all well-developed, even the very minor ones. Everyone was interesting and had their own voice. And if anyone does quirky characters well, it’s Carl Hiaasen. The plot moved at just the right pace – it was fast enough to keep me hooked, but slow enough to let the scenery and the people develop well.

I genuinely don’t have anything negative to say about this. The synopsis for Hiaasen’s books never excites me that much, but when I pick them up and start reading, they’re awesome!

If you’ve never tried a Hiaasen novel, do pick one up. Even if you think it’s not your thing – the writing is so gripping, it’ll pull you in within a few pages. They are really easy books to get into and quick, short reads.

I recommend this book to people who want a book they can just sink into without much effort (I find some books I have to work at a bit before I really get into it and reading feels relaxing again; if you’re like this too, then I recommend Carl Hiaasen); and people who are after gorgeously depicted books about Florida and/or the wildlife found there. Oh, and if you like your characters quirky with a capital Q, you will love Skink, Malley and Richard.


Quality of Writing: 5 out of 5

Enjoyment Level: 5 out of 5

Emotional Depth: 4 out of 5

[Goodreads Rating: 5 out of 5 ]

*Plus kudos for amazing writing that sucks you in and doesn’t let you go

Have you read this one? What did you think? If not, is it on your TBR?


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