REVIEW: ONE OF US IS LYING – KAREN M. MCMANUS

REVIEW: ONE OF US IS LYING – KAREN M. MCMANUS

 

Image result for one of us is lyingTitle: One Of Us Is Lying

Author: Karen M. McManus

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary

Format: Paperback

Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy book: Amazon

Review: I spent a lot of time picking this book up and then walking away from it for a good few weeks before finally deciding to take the leap and purchase it and I’m so glad I did!

Five students in detention however, only four leave alive. After the death of the school gossip, Simon, the four students that were in the room with him soon become suspects in the investigation into his death, turning all their lives upside down as secrets about their past start to come out during the questioning. Would Bronwyn, Cooper, Addy and Nate really go as far as to kill someone just to keep their secrets, well, secret?

One Of Us Is Lying’ is basically a modern day “The Breakfast Club” but there’s a death during detention which makes it that bit different. Each of the characters are similar to the characters in “The Breakfast  Club” but at the same time have their own uniqueness at as well. Nate and Bronwyn were my favourite characters in the book and personally I found them to be two of the strongest characters as well and couldn’t wait to read each of their parts. The rest of the characters I found to be pretty bland except Cooper who I was surprised about with his twist but at the same time also not surprised (if that makes sense???)

I disliked how much this book dragged on and the fact there were so many irrelevant characters that I just couldn’t connect with and felt like they added nothing to the story at all and because so many characters were being introduced and then brought up again every so often I found myself occasionally getting confused. Although I’ve said the book does drag a little, I must admit that there is plenty of things happening that makes it hard to put this book down. I really want McManus to do a book just purely about Bronwyn and Nate because they were two characters I adored and I loved Bronwyn’s sister as well as Nate’s Bearded Dragon, Stan. I loved how strong minded Bronwyn was and how she dealt with being investigated for a murder, she literally never let anything get her down and she tried to fix everything for everyone without actually harming anyone.

This book was exactly what I was expecting in almost every way, although I definitely didn’t see the twist in the book coming at all and the last 100 pages or so were a wild ride which I loved! If you’re looking for a new contemporary, murder mystery then I do highly recommend you check this book out!

If you’ve read this book already, then I’d love to hear what you thought of it so let me know in the comments!!

 

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Demon Road – Review

Demon Road – Review

Title: Demon Road

Author: Derek Landy

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: Amazon

Review: The first line of this novel had me gripped straight away. “Twelve hours before Amber Lamont’s parents tried to kill her…” WELL NOW YOU HAVE ME CURIOUS AS TO WHY THEY WANT TO KILL HER SO OF COURSE I’M GOING TO READ ON!!

Usually with books that grasp your attention right from the start make me weary of them because they’re most likely to leave me disappointed however this novel is one of the few that has impressed me. Demon Road follows the story of sixteen year old Amber whose life is in grave danger. As the storyline goes on we meet the many varieties of monsters, villians and friends she encounters on her search for freedom.

Demon Road is a book that contains a little bit of everything. The humour in the novel made the book brilliant for me because it made the story more light-hearted at times and in my opinion I don’t think the book would’ve been as good if those humorous parts weren’t included in the final product. It also took you away from all the doom and gloom in Amber’s life too. There was a lot of action and bloody violence throughout the book and it just made you keep turning the page to find out what was next for each character in the story. I like the fact there was a lot of dialogue included too as it made you feel part of the story and like you were experiencing it along with the characters. One of my favourite things though is, THERE WAS LIKE NO ROMANCE!!!! I’m honestly starting to get fed up of authors having to include some sort of romance plot in their book. I know the majority of my favourite books all include a predictable love story but come one, is there any need for almost every YA novel to have one?

I loved the characters in this novel. Amber was a fantastic heroine and wasn’t your typical YA female. She’s awkward, self-conscious and not very good at making decisions and lets be honest, that’s more realistic to teenage girls in real life so she was a realistic character (minus the whole she’s also a demon thing but that’s not the point right now). When she had to be she became strong and independent even if it did take her a while but it’s admirable as she’s going through a lot more than any normal sixteen year old should. One of the touching things was that although she is a demon, she worried about killing people which showed the reader, her humanity is a lot stronger than her demonic side and she is able to resist the temptation.
Milo was another fantastic character. From the minute you meet him you’re unsure whether to trust him as he acts pretty strange and doesn’t really say much however, as he helps Amber on her journey we learn that he’s one of the good guys. He’s serious all the time and although he doesn’t talk much, he is a very protective father and helps Amber with every problem she faces even if he’s the one that gets hurt in the process. Also, he drives a pretty cool car which is all I’m going to say about that. (If you want to know what makes it cool, READ THE BOOK!)
Glen was probably my favourite character. From the minute you’re introduced to him you’re laughing because just like Amber, he’s awkward and doesn’t really have any friends but he’s funny even if he doesn’t mean to be. He’s so sweet and endearing that you can’t help but love him and you hope that good things will come his way.

This book was so much better than I thought it would be! I’ve been wanting to read Derek Landy’s work for a while now and I don’t think I could’ve started it off any better. I never wanted to put it down and got so upset when I had to leave for work because it meant having to wait another 7 hours before I could find out what would happen next!

If you’re interested in books that include vampires, witches and demons then this book is right up your street. I would highly recommend this book to anybody because it’s got a bit of something for everyone! I received an e-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review so I’d just like to them for giving me this opportunity. I’ve since went and bought a physical copy of the book so I can read it over and over again in the future!

 

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (Day 3)

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (Day 3)

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Hey guys! It’s the final day of my 3 days, 3 quotes challenge! I was tagged to do this by Deanna over at A Novel Glimpse so go head over and check out her blog!


The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Nominate 3 new bloggers each day.

 

Today’s quote is taken from John Green’s Looking For Alaska.

“When I look at my room, I see a girl who loves books.”

This quote is literally me. My room has been completely taken over by books as I just keep buying more whenever I’m out!


I nominate:

I had a lot of fun doing this so thank you again to Deanna for tagging me! I’m hoping to have a book review up for you all by the end of next week so keep an eye out for that!

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (Day 2)

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (Day 2)

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Hey guys! So I forgot to schedule my posts for this challenge so I’m a few days late in doing day 2. I’ll schedule a post for tomorrow so it actually posts in time! I was tagged to do this challenge by Deanna over at A Novel Glimpse so thank you!


The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Nominate 3 new bloggers each day.

Today’s quote is from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

This quote definitely has to be one of my favourites from this book! If you constantly live wondering ‘what if?’ then you end up missing out on so many opportunities in life!


I nominate:

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Dark Inside Review

Dark Inside Review

darkTitle: Dark Inside

Author: Jeyn Roberts

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Sci-Fi

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy book: Book Depository

Review: I picked this book up for £1 in the clearance section of a bookstore as I was reading The 5th Wave at the time and this sounded quite similar so I was intrigued to see what it was like. Now that I’ve read it I wish there was so much more hype around this book! It was so much better than I expected it to be.

After multiple earthquakes people start changing and begin to turn on others including their own families and friends making it impossible to trust anyone. Dark Inside follows four characters; Michael, Mason, Clementine and Aries as they come across many struggles in their path to escape the madness that has been caused. Every where they go things seem to be getting worse and people are becoming more and more monstrous. As the book continues the characters eventually find each other and the hunt for safety continues.

I loved this book. It was fast-paced, full of action and there was some horror tied in too. You were thrown into the action pretty much straight away which for me made the story exciting from the start. Each character had their strong points but my favourite was probably Mason as he had it tough from the very beginning, first off losing his mother and on the same day finding out he had lost all his friends too in a terrorist attack. As well as all this and trying to find safety he himself was trying to fight off the madness that was slowly trying to take over him. I’ve seen a lot of people say they didn’t like this book because it had four POVs but for me it made the book even stronger and I felt so many emotions for the characters as they struggled towards safety.

There was so much action packed into this book and a lot of it was very bloody and violent. I liked that with the descriptive language used you could picture it all happening clearly which made it even more exciting! I found a lot of the scenes could be quite scary too. As I said before the reason I bought this book is because it reminded me of The 5th Wave however after reading it and finding out how the madness affects everyone then it turned out to be very similar to The Kill (for those of you who don’t know, that’s the prequel to The Maze Runner). It all sounded extremely like the Flare which takes over someone’s mind. This didn’t put me off the book though as there are many dystopian novels out there that are similar to each other.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and now that I’ve finished it, I’m desperate to read the second book in the series! If you’re a fan of dystopian/apocalyptic/thriller novels then I highly recommend this novel to you. The characters are likeable and when they’re put in certain situations then it makes you question what you would do if you were in the position which I liked because it made you feel like you were involved in the story.

Are You Still There Review

Are You Still There Review

 Title: Are You Still There

Author: Sarah Lynn Scheerger

Genre: Young Adult, Suspense, Mystery

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis/Buy Book: Book Depository

Review: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Starting this book you are thrown right into action. Gabriella Mallory, the perfect student and daughter is hiding in the bathroom whilst her school is on lockdown after a bomb threat. You automatically feel the panic and fear she is feeling as she is stuck there and it’s as if you are in the situation with her. After the bomb threat interviews begin making every single student in the school a suspect.  As investigations go on throughout the book, Gabriella and a group of peers are chosen to start up an anonymous crisis helpline in order to help the students with any problems they may have and there is the hope that the guilty person will come forward to the helpline. Not long after this starts up the bomber starts to target Gabriella.

I found this book gripping from the start and I think they way Scheerger started the novel off is one of the reasons for this. You can’t help but keep reading to find out why this bomb threat ever happened and I was desperate to find out who it was. There were many points in the book where I was like ‘OOOOH THIS IS WHO IT IS!!!’ but it was too obvious for me to actually be right. At the time I was happy about who it was but now that I’ve had a few days to reflect on it I’m pretty disappointed by who it was. PLEASE DON’T LET THAT PUT YOU OFF THE BOOK THOUGH BECAUSE THE BOOK IS STILL BRILLIANT OKAY!

The characters in this book were great. Gabriella was the perfect daughter and straight A student. She could do no wrong. That is until after the bomb threat and after she meets her new friends and boyfriend. As the book goes on Gabriella’s personality starts to grow. The relationship she has with her sister is one of my favourites in the book as it reminds me of the relationship between my sister and I. The friendship created between Gabriella and Janae whilst being part of the helpline was one of my favourites. It felt so much more genuine than the friendship between Gabriella and Beth. Miguel was another one of my favourite characters. He cared about Gabriella and although he was protective of her he wasn’t possessive apart from one incident in the book. My favourite scenes in the book took place whilst the characters were working during the helpline hours. Everything between each of the characters was a genuine bond rather than them just being nice to each other just because they had to work together.

There really isn’t anything bad I can say about this book apart from the slightly disappointing ending. It was tense, funny, fast paced and the storyline was great. I was sad when I got to the end. I highly recommend this book to you all. You will be gripped throughout the book. Thank you again to NetGalley for sending me a copy of this book for a review.

The Blackmail Of Evelynn Faust Review

The Blackmail Of Evelynn Faust Review

Title: The Blackmail Of Evelynn Faust25198437

Author: Shirley Anne Edwards

Genre: Young Adult

Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis/Buy Book: Book depository

Review: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange of a review.

It took me a while to get into this book but I’m so glad I stuck with it because it was a fantastic read. Evelynn Faust doesn’t seem to have much luck in her life. She’s involved with drugs and Eric becomes obsessed with her after he finds out her secret. He wants her to be his girlfriend in exchange of keeping his mouth shut about what he knows. Whilst struggling with all this, she meets Adam. Her gorgeous new neighbour. He seems perfect and she finally has someone who cares about her no matter what she’s been through.

Eric was such a disgusting and horrible character. He was creepy and vile. He bullied Evelynn and as the title of the novel says, he blackmailed her into being with him. Adam was such a likeable character and he was just so caring towards Evelynn from the minute he was introduced to us. He’s the total opposite from every other guy in the book. At times I thought there was going to be a twist because it seemed too good to be true with everything poor Evelynn had been through but she finally finds some happiness in her life with him.

I absolutely detested Evelynn’s mother. She never listened to anything Evelynn had to say and she constantly pushed her into being with Eric even though it was clear how uncomfortable he made her feel. She was selfish and only wanted Evelynn to do what she wanted her to do.

I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone! The only thing is it should come with a trigger warning for drug abuse and rape. Although it doesn’t out right mention rape it’s obvious that it has happened. This was a brilliant read and I’d just like to thank Reading Alley for giving me a copy to review.