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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Review: There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

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Review: There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake
There Will Be Lies
Nick Lake
Genre: Thriller, YA
Publication date: January 6th 2015
by Bloomsbury

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In four hours, Shelby Jane Cooper will be struck by a car.

Shortly after, she and her mother will leave the hospital and set out on a winding journey toward the Grand Canyon.

All Shelby knows is that they’re running from dangers only her mother understands. And the further they travel, the more Shelby questions everything about her past—and her current reality. Forced to take advantage of the kindness of unsuspecting travelers, Shelby grapples with what’s real, what isn’t, and who she can trust . . . if anybody.

Award-winning author Nick Lake proves his skills as a master storyteller in this heart-pounding new novel. This emotionally charged thrill ride leads to a shocking ending that will have readers flipping back to the beginning.
-A copy was provided by Bloomsbury for review-

After reading the synopsis for this, I was super excited to read it. It sounded like a fantastic thriller that would keep me on the edge of my seat. The writing style bothered me at first, but when I realized there was a reason that it was written that way, it was easy to just go with it. There was plenty of action and an emotional element to it, though I didn’t quite feel the level of emotion I wanted from it. There was also a really weird part of the plot that had me scratching my head. Like, I wasn’t aware that there was a paranormal or magical element to this. Anyways, I feel like I’m babbling, but it all makes sense when you finish the book.

Shelby is the one telling this story. It’s her recollection of what happened and she is writing it for us. I did have a little bit of a hard time with the writing style, but that’s not why. All the dialogue is just written in italics and there is no use of quotation marks. So moving on from that, I liked Shelby. She is very sheltered and her mom is super overprotective. Like, way too over protective. There is a reason why which we do discover. I felt for Shelby though. She really wanted to go out an do things and meet people. It’s just been her an her mom. She is home schooled and has no friends. It was sad really. Then she has these really weird dreams and she actually seems to be in an alternate world. Her feelings seemed so real and I could empathize with her. I really liked her story.

This had a lot of action to it both in the real world, and in her dreams. (When she enters the Dreaming, which may or may not be a real alternate world) It had a good pace to it so it never felt rushed or too slow. I pretty much guessed what was going on really early in the story, but it was still interesting to see where things lead and how it all ended up. It was a good thriller novel and I did quite enjoy it despite the odd way it’s written. Shelby was a great narrator for her story and it did feel like she was telling me what happened. I will definitely be picking up more books from this author.

3.5 Stars
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Review: The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian

Review: The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian

Posted by on 04/02/2014 • 24 Comments

A funny, recurring conversation I always have with my friends is about the stark contrast between books I like and movies I like.  See, I love me a good action movie. Give me Jason Statham, Mark Wahlberg or a nice gory horror film any day of the week. But when it comes to reading, I want the “chick-flicks” I want heartbreak, I want emotion, I want to be left so emotionally wrecked that I can’t even see through my tears.  The Wicked We Have done brought everything that I like in movies so perfectly to a book that it surprisingly worked incredibly well for me!

What struck me right off the bat with this one was how original it was. First of all there is the fact that it is…

Review: Still Waters by Emma Carlson Berne

Posted by on 12/20/2011 • 30 Comments

Still WatersEmma Carlson BerneRelease Date: December 20th, 2011by Simon Pulse

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Hannah can’t wait to sneak off for a romantic weekend with her boyfriend, Colin. He’s leaving for college soon, and Hannah wants their trip to the lake house to be one they’ll never forget. But once Hannah and Colin get there, things start to seem a bit…off. They can’t find the town on any map. The house they are staying in looks as if someone’s been living there, even though it’s been deserted for years. And Colin doesn’t seem quite himself. As he grows more unstable, Hannah worries about Colin’s dark side, and her own safety. Nothing is as perfect as it seems, and what lies beneath may haunt her forever.

*A copy was provided by Simon…