Review: A Spy in The House by Y. S. Lee.

Saturday, March 31, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

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  Introducing an exciting new series Steeped in Victorian atmosphere and intrigue, this diverting mystery trails a feisty heroine as she takes on a precarious secret assignment.

  Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan (and thief) Mary Quinn is surprised to be offered a singular education, instruction in fine manners - and an unusual vocation. Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls is a cover for an all-female investigative unit called The Agency, and at seventeen, Mary is about to put her training to the test. Assuming the guise of a lady's companion, she must infiltrate a rich merchant's home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships. But the household is full of dangerous deceptions, and there is no one to trust - or is there? 

Packed with action and suspense, banter and romance, and evoking the gritty backstreets of Victorian London, this breezy mystery debuts a daring young detective who lives by her wits while uncovering secrets - including those of her own past.

From: Goodreads.

Get the e-book from: Amazon, B&N, The Book Depository or Kobo (Not available in my region. You have to visit the website and search for the book).

The cover:

I really love this cover. I think the model in it does represent Mary Quinn very well. And the fonts are awesome.

The storyline:

This book was recommended to me by both Goodreads and Amazon. I did look for reviews on it and they were all promising. I wasn’t so sure if I’d like it though, because I’ve never really read a novel set in the Victorian era (Unless you count Stefan’s Diaries, of course…). But, as a reader, I should try different genres and writing styles so I can find my new favorites.

And guess what? I adore this novel ^_^. The author, Y. S. Lee, did a wonderful job with it. The story itself is very unique and captive. There’s a bit of everything in this book: romance, tragedy, family, friendships and a lot of mystery and thriller.

As a thriller and mystery fan, I’m happy to say that A Spy in The House exceeded my expectations. I was expecting a nice storyline, a good thriller with suspense and a good ending. What I got instead was an amazing story, a lot of mystery and suspense from the start of the book to the end of it, oh and the ending, it was completely funny and opening for the sequel.

The writing was a bit strange for me, although it was clear and somehow easy to understand (there were many times when I needed the dictionary, maybe because I’m not that fluent in English? or probably because it was written in British English? Anyhow…), it began with the chapters from Mary’s POV (point of view) and then suddenly there were chapters with James’s point of view. It completely disoriented me for some time and then I got used to it and I actually liked the method.

The relationships in this book are complicated and not so easy to predict and they have their own mystery. Especially the relationship between James and Mary, it totally blow me away and I was always anticipating what was coming next.

I loved the new Mary and how she used her past skills in her new assignment. She was brave and courageous and never looked back but also was ashamed of her origins. I hope this will change later.

And to sum things up:

What I loved:

  • The story was unique and thrilling.
  • The writing style was great!
  • The characters are interesting and not boring at all. Even the maids had a place in this story.
  • The suspense amazing.
  • It was interesting and fun to see the Victorian era in general and in London specifically.
  • The few last chapters were breath taking. I had to stop myself from sneaking on the next page. I wasn’t 100% successful >_<”.
  • It was set in London! What’s not to like?!

What I disliked:

  • I would be crazy if I hated one thing about this book.

The characters:

I’m going to talk about the main characters that we follow through the book, the others, you’ll have to read the book to know more about them Winking smile.

Mary Lang/Quinn is the main protagonist. She’s been thru a lot and when a second chance was offered to her, she took it gladly and developed in this amazing spy lady. Thought the story, we see that the real her didn’t change but it was made better. She’s friendly, supportive, shy, strong, stubborn, dependent and courageous.

Anne is Mary’s supervisor and mentor, if I could say so. She’s calm, kind, serious and supportive. She respects the other girls in the school and their wills. She’s the one who brought Mary to the school and later enrolled her in The Academy.

James Easton is an Engineer in London. Mary first meets him in the Thorolds estate and they keep meeting for the rest of the book. Their relationship is really unique. They fight, laugh, do crazy stuff but always find comfort in the other’s presence. The ending of the book showed the end of their relationship, but after reading a sneak peek of the sequel, I’m happy to say they’ll meet again Open-mouthed smile.

Top three favorite quotes:

“Speaking of nursing . . . I hope your hand is beginning to heal nicely.”   

Her right hand was on fire. “Yes, thank you.”   

“Did the special salve help at all?” His tone was vaguely . . . insolent, she’d have said, except that he was her social superior.

Mary’s chin lifted a fraction. “Indeed it did.” If anything, the greasy ointment seemed to make everything worse.   

“Such a relief to hear that,” he murmured. --- Chapter 5.

Why? Was she being annoying just for the sake of it? “On second thought, never mind. I’ll just dump you in the Thames instead.”   

She startled him by grinning — not sarcastically but with genuine amusement. “You’d like that, wouldn’t you?”   

“It’s tempting,” he admitted. --- Chapter 10.

She’d gone about thirty paces when she heard his voice.   

“Mary!”   

She spun about. “What is it?”   

“Stay out of wardrobes!”   

She laughed, shook her head, and began to walk again. She was smiling this time. --- Chapter 29.

Conclusion:

If you’re looking for a wonderful YA thriller and mystery, this is your book. You won’t regret it at all even if you don’t enjoy stories set in the Victorian era.

I should thank Y. S. Lee for writing such great books, I’m definitely a big fan of yours Open-mouthed smile.

5/5

mevideo

Randa

Review of a past read: Die for Me by Amy Plum.

Thursday, March 29, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

Die for Me

 

  My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything.

  Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent.

  Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen.

  Of course, nothing is ever that easy. Because Vincent is no normal human. He has a terrifying destiny, one that puts his life at risk every day. He also has enemies . . . immortal, murderous enemies who are determined to destroy him and all of his kind.

While I'm fighting to piece together the remnants of my life, can I risk putting my heart--as well as my life and my family's--in jeopardy for a chance at love?

From: Goodreads.

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The cover:

I Love it!

The storyline:

I read this book in August. I didn’t have a book blog at that time but now that I do have one and the sequel is coming soon, I needed a proper review for it. It deserves it.

Usually, when you’ve read a book almost a year ago, you wouldn’t remember a thing about it unless it was a favorite book of yours. This book is one of those books that leaves you speechless and dying for more. I loved every bit of it and I totally still remember the story like I read it yesterday! Open-mouthed smile.

The story begins with Kate, sad and unable to feel her surroundings or care about anything, after her parents died in a car accident. She, along with her older sister Georgia, went to live with their grandparents in Paris, the City of Lights.

Because she’s a fan of reading and she’s trying to get her mind off her parents’ death, she takes a book with her to a nearby Café and sits at the far end where no one will notice her, and that’s when she sees, for the first time, Vincent.

After that first sight, she kept thinking about him until Charlotte one day saved her life before the Café fell to the ground. And the story keeps unfolding for her; she meets the rest of the amazing characters: Jules, Ambrose, Jean-Baptiste Charles (Charlotte’s twin brother) and Gaspard. Of course, there are villains that always interfere with beautiful couple and although I usually side with them, in this book, I was totally with Team Kate.

Along the story, I was impressed by how courageous, smart and yet normal she was during all this. And oh my God those last chapters where she fought against Lucien, they were my favorite one!! *_*

What I loved:

  • The writing was perfect for the story. It was paced right and everything happened in the right place at the right time.
  • The suspense!
  • The romance. I’m totally not a romantic person and I usually avoid books with romance as their main subject. But this book was my exception, the romance was just right.
  • The story itself is unique, so when you read it you’re always waiting for what to come.
  • The ending was just perfect and intriguing at the same time.
  • I love Amy Plum!!

What I hated/disliked:

  • Are you kidding me?! Nothing!

The characters:

Kate is the main protagonist and the one who speaks in the book. She’s 16 and totally brave. She makes me want to be like her!

Vincent is the male protagonist and he’s gorgeous, funny, serious, mysterious… you know, all those awesome adjectives?! Winking smile. His family trusts him a lot.

Jules is the crazy, sexy boy. He’s an artist who keeps asking Kate if she wants to ever dump Vincent for him, he’ll be waiting!

Ambrose is the somehow serious yet fun to be around guy. Charlotte has a thing for him yet we don’t know if he knows or not. Maybe their relationship will develop in Until I Die??!

Gaspard is the oldest and most serious one

Charlotte and Charles are twins. While Charlotte is super friendly, cute and cool, Charles seems to like to keep things for himself and for some reason, I sensed that he didn’t like Kate…

Jean-Baptiste is the one keeping them together. He keeps them organized, well hidden and always knowing their goal. I’d say he’s like a father to all of them, even Kate, you see, even though he didn’t trust her at first, she proved herself and he trusted her all the same :).

Favorite quotes:

Hmmm… I do have a lot of them but I’ll just give you the top three as a teaser ;):

But this time was different. Paris was the same as it had always been, but I had changed. Even the city’s sparkling, glowing air couldn’t penetrate the shroud of darkness that felt superglued to my skin. Paris is called the City of Light. Well, for me it had become the City of Night. --- Chapter 1.

I looked back up to see him inspecting my book.     

“To Kill a Mockingbird. En anglais!” he commented, his voice tinged with surprise. And then, in slightly accented but perfect English, he said, “Great book—have you ever seen the film . . . Kate?”      My mouth fell open. “But . . . how do you know my name?” I managed to utter.     

He raised his other hand and showed me my driver’s license, which featured an exceptionally bad head shot. By this point my humiliation was so great that I couldn’t even look him in the eyes, although I felt his gaze burning into me. --- Chapter 4.

“Vincent, that you in there?” Ambrose said, stepping away and looking at me. My head nodded. “Well, it better be, because if that’s you alone, Katie-Lou, I am officially afraid.” I smiled at him, and he shook his head in disbelief.     

“Come out of there, Vin, you’re freaking me out,” he said. --- Chapter 37.

Conclusion:

I adore this book and it’s totally one of my all time’s favorite. I can’t wait until Until I Die is out (I wish I had the ARC and there’s no e-ARC as far as I know :( ).

If you haven’t read this one yet, you should go and get it, it has romance, suspense funny moments, friendship, family… everything that could possibly make it that good.

If I could rate it 100 flowers (stars) I would have.

5/5

mevideo

(For those of you who’ve been asking about the meaning of this picture, it means it’s one of my favorites Smile).

Randa

In My e-Mailbox : n°3

Friday, March 23, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

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In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi fromThe Story Siren and inspired by Alea from Pop Culture Junkie. It gives us, book bloggers, the opportunity to share all the books we bought, borrowed, and received this week whether they are ARCs, paper books or e-books. More info here.
Covers are linked to Goodreads.

This is going to be a two-weeks worth of e-books!

I couldn’t post last week because I had exams, but this week I got some amazing books, most of which you might have already read.

So, let’s get started:

E-books I got:

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E-books I got as a gift:

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Thank you so much Chantel from Little Miss Bookworm, you’re the best!

E-books I won:

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Thank you to both Heather and Uniquely Moi Books for the opportunity Smile. I can’t wait to read it!

E-books for review from NetGalley:

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This is one beautiful cover!!! *___*

I can’t stop staring at it!! Open-mouthed smile.

Thank you to NLA Digital Liaison Platform LLC and NetGalley.

Phew! That’s it!! Quite a lot, no? And so little time… Most of these will be read after I’m done with my school year, but the others… oh well, I can’t wait that long!

I hope you had a wonderful book week and happy weekend!

Randa

Review: The Asylum by L. J. Smith.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

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  The hunters become the hunted. . . .
  Driven from their hometown of Mystic Falls, both Stefan Salvatore and his brother, Damon, arrived in Europe looking for a fresh start. But Samuel, a wealthy and cunning vampire, has other plans for them. First he ruined Stefan’s framing Damon for the most gruesome murders London has ever seen.
  United against their common enemy, Stefan and Damon are stunned when they realize that the source of Samuel tied up with the woman who forever changed their lives. Haunted by the memory of Katherine, the brothers find that their uneasy alliance is tested. Can they overcome their rivalry to defeat Samuel before he exacts his final revenge?
  Based on the popular CW TV show inspired by the bestselling novels, Stefan and how the Vampire Diaries love triangle began.

From Goodreads.

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The cover:

I hate Elena but I love Nina Dobrev and Katherine, which means, when I look at this cover, I say to myself that this is Katherine and not Elena, or else I’ll dislike the cover. Just a point of view. Anyways, I love all TVD: Stefan’s Diaries’ covers, for some reason, I’m a huge fan of The Vampire Diaries font style *____*.

The storyline:

I got used to L. J.’s writing style. When reading her books, I embrace myself for a very slow paced beginning, a somehow intriguing middle and a very captivating end. I wish she would change that, but, well, I still love her books!

(p.s: I haven’t read neither The Vampire Diaries nor her new trilogy, The Hunters, books. I’ve heard mostly negative things about them but I’m going to read it anyway because I need to have my own opinion and I also need to read where my favorite TV show came from Smile).

What I loved:

  • The title perfectly fits the story!
  • The Prologue and the Epilogue are very good. One of the best things about L. J.’s writing style.
  • The non-stop fighting between Damon and Stefan is crazy good. I can see why they act like that now in 2012. They’ve been thru a lot.
  • Cora, the female protagonist, is amazing. I loved everything about her.
  • I liked how every now and then, we get to have a glimpse of Katherine. I really like her character because she’s unique and mysterious.
  • The ending was breathtaking, as usual, and now I’m going to start the sequel immediately!

What I disliked:

  • If there was one thing I would change about the book (all of the books in the series actually), it would be the pacing at first. It always gets boring that I wish I could stop reading it all at once. What keeps me reading is knowing that the best is yet to come.

The characters:

Stefan is sweet and nice but too naïve. I used to dislike him before reading his Diaries, but now, I actually respect him. He’s been trying his best at everything but for some reason, he always fails miserably :s.

Damon is the impulsive, seductive and arrogant brother. Sometimes he gets on my nerves, the other times he’s just bad charming. Just imagine Ian Somerhalder reading his sentences and acting him and you’ll know what I mean Winking smile.

Cora is Violet’s sister from the previous book, The Ripper. She is very courageous and amazingly understanding. She kept the Salvatore brothers united and organized. A good friend to them.

Samuel is definitely Klaus <3. I don’t hate him at all, in fact, I’m liking him even more. He’s rich, mysterious, very well positioned, a blond vampire and Katherine’s running from him… Does that remind you of anything?! Yep! I’m like 75% sure he’s Klaus.

Henry is Samuel’s younger brother. He’s impulsive and dead at the end of the book, which sparks the anger of Samuel. But it makes me wonder, if Samuel is Klaus, then who is Henry? Could he be the mysteriously dead younger brother?

Violet was human at first, but now she’s a hungry and immoral vampire. She was turned by Samuel and he keeps her around like a pet and she likes it.

James is a new character introduced in this book. He sells witchy stuff to anyone who pays. He helps Damon, Stefan and Cora thru the story and has a very good since of logic.

Favorite quotes:

“May I see?” Cora asked, holding out her hand expectantly.

Damon ignored her. “They could have run a better picture of me, at the very least. That illustration doesn’t do me justice at all,” he said sulkily as he settled onto the bench next to me and crumpled the paper into a ball. But I could see his hands shaking—the faintest of tremors, so subtle, they would be invisible to the human eye. This wasn’t the confident Damon I knew. --- Chapter 1.

I’d thought we’d have to protect Cora, but it seemed Cora was protecting us. Did this dependence on a human to lead us to safety mean we were worse off than we thought? Or was Cora the good luck charm I’d asked for? Either way, I trusted her. --- Chapter 1.

“Thank you for the etiquette lesson, brother. But I don’t need to go inside. All I need is to speak with Samuel, man to man. Or, should I say, vampire to vampire,” Damon explained. --- Chapter 4.

The more steps we took into the basement, the hotter it became. Damon had been wrong. The tunnel wasn’t the closest we could get to hell—the basement of the Magdalene Asylum was. --- Chapter 7.

“Samuel thinks he’s so clever, but we know all of his moves now. And that’s encouraging. My guess is that we’ll kill him and his brat of a brother before the week’s out. And then, brother, the city is ours. Or”—Damon scratched his head, as though he were deep in thought—“the city will be mine. And maybe, if you don’t annoy me, I’ll let you live here, too.” --- Chapter 8.

“Really?” Damon’s eyes widened. “That’s their blood supply. That’s brilliant,” he said.

“It’s awful!” I retorted.

“Right. Of course it is. But just think. No hunting, and so many girls available that they don’t feed enough to kill them. I hate to say it, but Samuel knows what he’s doing,” Damon said grudgingly. “If they weren’t trying to kill me, I would probably join them.”

I grimaced. I knew Damon wasn’t saying it to shock me—he actually would have. --- Chapter 10.

“I’m all in,” I said calmly. “And Damon… I’m sorry.”

Damon nodded. “All right,” he said. In Damon’s vocabulary, “all right” was as good as “apology accepted.” I decided I’d take it. I had to. --- Chapter 17.

Conclusion:

This is definitely a favorite book of mine. It has action, friendship, family, horror and vampires!

If you love the TV show, I really do recommend this one, but you’ll have to start with the first book, Origins, first or you’ll be in the unknown in this one Smile.

4/5

mevideo

Randa

Review: Kill You Last by Todd Strasser.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

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  "They always agreed to meet me. Of course, I told them I was bringing them money. I said it was cash and I didn't want to send it through the mail. They might have hesitated at first about meeting me, but I never had to work very hard to convince them. Why?. . . It was the only way they could prolong their pathetic dreams of someday becoming rich, famous models."
  Shelby's life in Soundview has always been comfortable. Her dad provides a luxurious lifestyle for his family through his photography business. He makes a ton of money taking headshots of pretty young teens who are desperate to become models. Shelby
has always enjoyed driving around town in a red sports car, shopping with her best friend at her side. And her Mom is laidback, so it's all good.
  However, as reports of girls disappearing from nearby towns start to appear on the news, Shelby's seemingly perfect life begins to fall apart. The three missing girls have one thing in common--they were all clients of her dad's photography business. Secrets
begin to surface as the investigation continues. Shelby receives threatening e-mails, battles the nosy media, and tries to keep her family together. Now that her dad is implicated in the disappearances, can Shelby figure out a way to clear his name? Or is dad not as innocent as he seems?

From Goodreads.

Get the e-book from: Amazon, B&N, The Book Depository or Kobo(Not available at the moment).

The cover:

I love it and it totally fits the subject of this book. Period.

The storyline:

How do I even start this?!

After finishing Blood on My Hands, I immediately started reading this one. I knew I’d love it because I became familiar with the writing style and because I was anticipating the thriller in it :).

The writing style was somehow different which got this book another star (or flower in my case.). The pacing of the story was just right. There were some times when I’d be like “Seriously, now?” but I’d forget about that the instance I read the next sentence, so it wasn’t a big deal for me.

In this book, we meet Shelby, a nice and wealthy girl who lives in Soundview and goes to the Soundview High School. Her father is a well known photographer and a modeling agency director and a father that other girls would dream of. Her mom is a housekeeper who’s been keeping to herself since Shelby’s little brother of 4 months died of Pneumonia.

Then, three girls go missing, and while all the three girls are from different cities other then Soundview, the only thing in common between them is the fact that all three of them were photographed by Shelby’s father.

Shelby finds herself in a mess and later in shock while trying to prove her father innocent and at the same time deal with the revealed truths about her family.

At the end, she does reach her goal of revealing the real murderer but it came with a price she had to pay.

What I loved:

  • The story was heartbreaking and breathtaking. It had suspense, a lot of twists and a horrifying aspect.
  • Shelby, the main protagonist, was a very believable character. She was thinking exactly like a real teenager put in her situation.
  • The chapters of course. There are 45 which are not long at all, and in each chapter you start, you find a new twist that you can’t but finish it and so on until you find yourself at the end of the book!
  • There’s Spanish in here! I love it when I find other languages in books, they make it more interesting ^_^.

What I disliked:

  • Nothing!

The characters:

Shelby is my favorite in the three books by far. She was normal and brave at the same time, and when you read the ending you’ll find that she’s especially brave and very responsible.

Mr. Sloan, who’s Shelby’s father, needs more than one therapist, seriously. But, to be fair, I admired him being honest to her, even if it was at the end, and how he loved her.

Mrs. Sloan needs a therapist too. I figured that at the beginning of the book, but the reason she needed the different for turned out to be totally different from what I had in mind for her.

Roman is Shelby’s best friend and let me tell you something, I wish I had a friend like her!

Whit is a journalist who gradually becomes Shelby’s friend as they discover the truths behind the disappearances together.

Other characters worth mentioning are: Gabriel, the good looking guy who works for her dad, he has plenty of secrets ;). Janet is another worker in her father’s modeling agency, she has secrets too. Mercedes is a worker too, but she’s too nice and kind. Oh, and Chief of police Jenkins is here too! :D (If you don’t now who he is, then read Blood on My Hands first :)).

Favorite quotes:

Despite all the times I’d fantasized about being with him, this was definitely a be-careful-what-you-wish-for moment. --- (Shelby speaking of Gabriel) Chapter 9.

“So instead of snooping around yourself, why not let the police take care of it?” Whit asked.

“Because I think I could be in a position to find out things they can’t,” I said.

“Like pillow talk with Mr. Kissy Face?”

“Stop it!” I snapped, but then admitted, “Well, maybe a little, but believe me, not on any pillows.” --- (p.s: Mr. Kissy Face is Gabriel xD) Chapter 22.

I was impressed by his intelligence, ethics, and empathy. But despite all that, I knew I had to keep trying to prove my father’s innocence.

Meanwhile, Whit gazed at me with a placid, though slightly amused, expression. “You didn’t listen to a thing I just said.”

He was so right. --- Chapter 22.

I was wondering about how to answer him when an e-mail popped up from vengeance13772388@gmail.com: I like you, Shelby Sloan. If I have to kill you, I’ll kill you last. --- Chapter 27.

I’d been taught to be careful and watchful and suspicious. There were men who would say or do anything to get what they desired.

But whoever thinks…that one of them could be your own father? --- Chapter 35.

Conclusion:

This was a great book. The best out of the three ones in the thrill-ogy. This one deserves 5 flowers.

Would I recommend the thrill-ogy?

If you like thrill, mystery, suspense and twists brought to you in a unique style each time then, definitely, you won’t regret reading it at all.

5/5

mevideo

Randa

Review: Blood on My Hands by Todd Strasser.

Saturday, March 10, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

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Callie is at an October keg party in the woods, when she notices that her friend Katherine has gone missing. The kids spread out to look for her and Callie finds her, lying on a path, with a big, bloody fake knife in her. She reaches for the knife and raises it, only to discover, to her horror, that it is real. At that moment, another of the search party stumbles on them, and takes a photo of Callie holding the bloody knife. Now she is the suspect in a grisly murder. How can she prove her innocence - and find the true murderer?

From Goodreads.

 

 

Get the e-book from: Amazon, B&N, The Book Depository or Kobo.

The cover:

This is the UK cover, and for some reasons, I like it better than the US cover, probably because Wish You Were Dead’s, the previous book’s, UK cover is way prettier than the US one. Although, the US one makes more sense….

The storyline:

This story has less horror in it than the previous book but way more suspense. I was holding my breath all the time because I knew something bad was going to happen.

The mystery in this story was the number one thing that kept me reading, it was a great journey with Callie trying to figure out who killed Katherine and framed her. I’ve been thinking about the killer and the possibilities all the time while reading the book, and I’m sad to say, I totally didn’t expect the ending…!!

What I loved:

  • The writing style was very good, it is somehow different from the first book, but it only made the book better.
  • I was expecting it to be a sequel in story to Wish You Were Dead and was somehow shocked to find that it is a totally different story. I loved how the story was built from ground zero and developed its own surroundings and characters but it also happened in the same city, so this tiny detail didn’t change :).
  • The main protagonist, Callie, was very brave and smart too.
  • The story wasn’t boring despite its 51 chapters and I actually remember each one because they were short and weren’t long.
  • Two words: the ending!
  • My favorite chapter is 47!!
  • The twists and the ongoing cobwebs of weird events.

What I hated/didn’t like:

Hmm.. nothing really I can remember.

What I missed:

  • I wish there was a bit more horror in the story?! It lacked that compared to the first book and there weren’t any gore or horrifying descriptions or scenes (Call me crazy, but I love these and really liked them in the first one, it’s not like they’re too scary or disgusting, they just add this feel to the story).

The characters:

Callie is the protagonist. She’s been framed for a death she didn’t commit and she was courageous and strong while trying to prove her innocence.

Slade is Callie’s boyfriend. He really loves her and helps her thru the book, but at the end, you’ll find many unsettling truths about him.

Dakota is the one who’s been blamed by Callie in the book for killing Katherine and setting up Callie. She’s not totally innocent either.

Katherine, the dead girl, is basically the mean girl in the Soundview High school. She’s been manipulating a lot of students including Callie, Dakota and Mia.

Mia is another girl who happens to want to be in Katherine’s circle but ends up being kicked out by her. She becomes Callie’s friend.

Other characters worth mentioning are Callie’s parents and brother, Sebastian, who’s in jail for attacking their father and causing him permanent brain damage. Chief of police Jenkins who’s Dakota’s uncle and an old friend of Callie’s father.

Favorite quotes:

After all, two years ago my older brother, Sebastian, made national news by bludgeoning our father nearly to death with a two-by-four, leaving him brain damaged and mute and paralyzed from the neck down. What’s so hard to believe? Like brother, like sister, right? – Chapter 2.

The other thing is you can tell yourself you’re a charity case without really believing it. And then the day comes when you forget. And you think you really do belong. Because you want to so badly. – Chapter 3.

And why had she kept Dakota?

Maybe she was thinking like the Chinese general who said, “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.” --- Chapter 34.

Conclusion:

This was a really good read. I don’t have words to describe it, but if you love thriller and mystery books with twists, this is definitely one to check :).

4/5

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