Waiting on Wednesday: Firstlife by Gena Showalter

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the
Spine
 that spotlights upcoming releases that give us those book tingles!

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The book I’m waiting on this Wednesday is… Firstlife by Gena Showalter!

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Title: Firstlife
Author: Gena Showalter
Pages: 480
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Release Date: February 23, 2016
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

You can also register your preorder HERE to get the first 5 chapters now!
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Review: Ten by Gretchen McNeil

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Title: Ten
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Format I Read: Kindle eBook
Pages: 296
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis from Goodreads


In case you haven’t heard of Ten:

SHHHH!
Don’t spread the word!
Three-day weekend. Party at White Rock House on Henry Island.
You do NOT want to miss it.

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.

But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

General Impression


For those of you who enjoy mysteries reminiscent of Agatha Christie, but like a little taste of YA, Ten is definitely a book you need to pick up. McNeil eloquently and expertly wove a tale that adapted And Then There Were None in our day and age, with a cast of teenagers who are somehow all connected.

I’m not one to normally read the mystery and thriller genre. My genre is typically romance with a side of paranormal, mystery, thriller, etc. However, above all, Ten was a mystery novel. It had a side of romance, but the main focus was the murder and the suspense. This was a really refreshing change of pace for me! I really adored this novel and couldn’t put it down.

Characters


I also really enjoyed the characters. McNeil adds a fantastic layer of casual diversity. There’s a girl with anxiety and other disorders who needs to take medication. There’s a black football star. There’s an Asian singer. It was really refreshing to see such a diverse cast of characters! I also loved all of their backstories, especially the friendship between Meg and Minnie. They had a really complex and interesting history.

 Plot


McNeil created a fantastic puzzle that kept the reader guessing. I spent the whole novel trying to figure out who the murderer was; I even fell for McNeil’s trap and guessed the wrong person, just like some of the other characters. In the end, I wasn’t disappointed. The murderer had such an intricate plan and the puzzle fit together perfectly. Everyone’s role made sense and it all just worked.

I also really loved the homage to And Then There Were None. It was cool how McNeil even included a dead fakeout, like Christie does in the novel. In Christie’s mystery, the deaths follow a nursery rhyme about ten little Indians. In McNeil’s story, the deaths follow a different pattern, though every single murder has a meaning. I thought that was a really cool addition to the puzzle! And, of course, the base of the story was the same. A mysteriously absent host invites the characters to a party on an abandoned island with no exit routes.

Writing


McNeil also added some cool aspects to make the story realistic. The characters were invited through Facebook. The storm prevented them from getting off the island. It definitely felt more believable. It’s easy to say, “There’s no way they’d be stuck on an island in the 21st century. They have so much technology!” However, McNeil makes sure to cover all of her bases and make it completely plausible that the characters are stranded.

Conclusion


Overall, I’d probably give Ten 4 stars. It was an interesting, pull-me-in, edge-of-your-seat novel that I ate right up. It just wasn’t a wow book. However, I had no complaints. I’d definitely recommend to anyone looking for a taste of suspense in their TBR!

4 stars

With lots of bookish love,

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Someone Special Sunday: Lizzie @ LizzieLovesBooks

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“Someone Special Sunday” is a little something I came up with to help spread some blogger appreciation. Feel free to join in if you’d like! If you want to spread a little blogger love using “Someone Special Sunday” just link back to me and use the graphic.

The idea of Someone Special Sunday is just to spotlight a fellow blogger, booktuber, author, or member of the book community on a Sunday. Show the world how amazing these people are!

This Sunday’s lovely star is Lizzie @ LizzieLovesBooks! Continue reading

Review: The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong

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Title: The Masked Truth
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Format I Read: Physical ARC
Pages: 340
Genres: Thriller, Contemporary, Young Adult
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Doubleday
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis from Goodreads


For those who are unfamiliar with The Masked Truth:

Riley Vasquez is haunted by the brutal murder of the couple she was babysitting for.

Max Cross is suffering under the shadow of a life-altering diagnosis he doesn’t dare reveal.

The last thing either of them wants is to spend a weekend away at a therapy camp alongside five other teens with “issues.” But that’s exactly where they are when three masked men burst in to take the group hostage.

The building has no windows. The exits are sealed shut. Their phones are gone. And their captors are on a killing spree.

Riley and Max know that if they can’t get out, they’ll be next—but they’re about to find out that even escape doesn’t equal freedom.

General Impression


I honestly don’t know how to write this review. I’m still reeling from that wild ride. Wow. I’m quivering, shaking, absolutely dying right now. The Masked Truth deserves every single one of those five stars–it deserves more than just those five stars. Continue reading

Waiting On Wednesday: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the
Spine
 that spotlights upcoming releases that give us those book tingles!

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The book I’m waiting on this Wednesday is… Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard, the highly anticipated sequel to Red Queen!

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Title: Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Pages: 448
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Release Date: February 9, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t

toptentuesdayEach week, The Broke and Bookish hosts the Top Ten Tuesday discussion. They provide a bookish prompt and other bloggers are welcome to share their “Top Ten” in the specific topic!

Today is a Tuesday, which means it’s time for a Top Ten! Today’s topic is “Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t.” So let’s get this show on the road. Continue reading