Book Review: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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Read between: 14th- 20th October
Format: ebook
Published: May 30th, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Synopsis: One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

Rating: 003d1-threestar

Review: Firstly, thank you to Netgalley and the author for letting me read this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Five students end up in detention- then one of them dies. Tragic accident or deliberate? Whatever happened, the other four become murder suspects and their lives change dramatically.

To make it worse, the boy who died, Simon, was going to post incriminating gossip about all four of them on his app, gossip that could effect their personal lives. It gives them motive, so- did one of them actually do it or is it all a misunderstanding of an accident?

The author is really good at building suspense from the moment Bronwyn, Addy, Nate and Cooper become persons of interest in Simon’s death. Obviously, they all had secrets they wanted to hide, and Simon knew about them. It would make a lot of sense that one of them could have done it.

However, the more I read, the more I found it difficult to pin it onto one of them, even if Nate did have a criminal record. It would point towards one of them, and then the plot would change direction and I’d be unsure again!

There are lots of twists in the story, especially the reveal that one of the characters is gay- but it’s used negatively, seen as something scandalous and used against him. I like that the author decided to include LGBTQ+ representation, but she could have done it a little better I feel. There is also representation of depression that could be seen as negative representation so take this book with a pinch of salt if you decide to read it.

The representation of depression is very important to the story however.

When it came to the outcome of the story, even though the author did use it as Simon’s way to entertain people after he’d gone, the idea of his depression didn’t make a whole lot of sense. However, I admit that I didn’t see the ending coming.

At first it didn’t make any sense, but when I thought about it, it was actually really obvious.

It was a good book, and I did enjoy it, despite the slightly controversial and problematic scenes.

3/5 stars.

Thanks for reading!
~Katie

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Book Review: Saven Deception by Siobhan Davis

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Read between: 8th-14th October
Format: ebook
Published: December 22nd, 2015
Rating: 5521e-4stars

Review:

Firstly, I received this book via email from the author. I wasn’t asked to review it, so this is an unsolicited review and my personal opinions 🙂

Sadie wants to get away from her life- so she signs up for ‘The Experimento’ set up by the government which selects a number of people to move to the underwater Thalassic City as part of a new government experiment.

Her family aren’t pleased, but then they never are- so once she’s chosen- she leaves as fast as she can. She can start a new life, get an education, as long as there are no distractions…

Enter Logan, a boy Sadie can’t seem to avoid. Something about him keeps drawing her in….

What is it? And who is he? And why does he have such an effect on her?

It’s a great story- a dystopian world, class systems, government secrecy and aliens. It did take me a while to get into the story and get properly immersed, but thankfully, the chapters are relatively small so that helped!

As for characters, Sadie is actually really likeable (unlike the majority of YA Dystopian heroines) in the way that she’s a normal girl, just trying to make a life for herself- it’s not her fault people are out to get her. Logan isn’t one of those people.

I mean, to start with he was a little stalkerish, but her grew on me and actually has a really kind heart- I love characters with kind hearts because then you know that everything they do is for a good reason.

There were a few characters I took an instant dislike to, but I don’t want to spoil anything as to why- I just didn’t like them.

It’s such a good dystopian book- the idea of an underwater city is very interesting- it made me wonder if humans would adapt to it easily. It wasn’t a typical alien invasion either and it all moulded together really well- sometimes I forgot and shocked myself.

This is my first book by Siobhan Davis and I really like her writing style.

I’d definitely recommend it!

Thanks for reading
~Katie

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Book Review: Thread of Hope by Jeff Selby

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Read between: 30th September- 7th October
Format: ebook
Genre: Mystery
Published: December 30th, 2011
Synopsis: If someone took your child, how soon would you stop looking for her? If someone accused your best friend of a terrible crime, when would you stop defending him?

Seven years after Joe Tyler’s daughter Elizabeth was abducted, he hasn’t stopped looking for answers, and he hasn’t forgotten the friend who stood by him as he lost his wife, his home, and his career in his search. Now he’s been brought back to San Diego by the news that this friend has been arrested for beating up a teenage girl—a girl not much older than Elizabeth would be now.
Joe is convinced Chuck Winslow is innocent, but Chuck is in a coma and can’t explain what happened. And the more Joe hears about what Chuck’s been up to in the years he’s been gone, the less Joe recognizes his old friend. To find out the truth, he will have to face his ex-wife, his former bosses, and a hometown full of wealth, lies, and illicit privilege. When Chuck’s accuser goes missing, Joe must decide where his loyalties truly lie.

Rating: 003d1-threestar

Review: I got this book for free in an email from the author, so thanks Jeff!

Joe Tyler hasn’t been to Conorado since his daughter, Elizabeth, went missing- but now he’s back to help his friend. He wants to find out who beat Chuck up- and if the rumours that he beat up a teenage girl are true- because that’s not the Chuck he knows!

I enjoyed this novel- Joe trying to solve the case whilst haunted by the past really gave him character. Although, I admit that the scene where he punched a teenage boy hard in the face wasn’t exactly his beast quality- you don’t really want to advocate violence in an abuse case- but it was for a good reason.

There’s secrets and lies amongst the teens of Conorado and Joe finds himself stuck in the middle of it all. There are some consequences and surprises- for me as a reader, and for Joe!

It’s very well written- and although it started off show as the story progressed it got better and I got more involved in the story. I liked how we got Joe’s backstory too- I understood how he felt.

Another great element that I liked about the novel is that I didn’t predict the outcome which is good writing 🙂

I’m very interested in reading the sequel- I want to know if Joe is going to find his daughter!

3/5 stars.
There were some problematic scenes but it’s a good read!

Thanks for reading.
~Katie

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Top Ten Book Boyfriends

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is the fictional boyfriends we all want. 

So without further ado, here are my top Ten book boyfriends.

  1. Gale Hawthorn from The Hunger Games
  2. Edward Cullen from The Twilight Saga
  3. Levi from Fangirl
  4. Cedric Diggory from the Harry Potter series
  5. Billy from Billy and Me by Giovanni Fletcher
  6. Nathaniel from Inherited by Freedom Matthews
  7. Four from Divergent
  8. Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pridr and Prejudice
  9. Luca Falcone from the Blood for Blood trilogy by Catherine Doyle
  10. Maxon from The Selection series by Kiera Cass.

And that’s all my favourite book boyfriends! I hope you enjoyed this list! Thanks for reading

~Katie

September Wrap Up

I am so surprised at how fast this year is flying by! Christmas is almost here as is Halloween but before I start thinking about books for those times of year- here is a list of the books I read this month!

The first set of books I read complete the Cousins War series by Philippa Gregory.

The reviews can be found below:

The next book I read/listened too was actually an Audio Adventure from Big Finish (it’s on goodreads so I’m counting it as a book).

It was Doctor Who: Time Reaver by Jenny Colgan, starring David Tennant as The Tenth Doctor and Catherine Tate as Donna Noble.

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It was so much fun to be back with the characters as I love Ten and Donna so much and I found myself laughing at Donna’s sass. Ah, I love that Big Finish produce these stories so I can reconnect with my favourite characters no longer on television.

So of course, I rated it 5/5 stars!

And finally, the last book I read was a sci fi novel- Breakthrough by Michael C Grumley.

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It was a good book and you can read my thoughts in my review here:
Book Review: Breakthrough by Michael C. Grumley

So a pretty good reading month!
What did you read this month?

~Katie

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Book Review: Breakthrough by Michael C. Grumley

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Read between: 21st-29th September
Format: ebook
Published: 6th March, 2013
Synopsis: ONE OF THE GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS IN HUMAN HISTORY.
A SECRET THAT WAS NEVER SUPPOSED TO BE FOUND.
AND A CRISIS THAT CANNOT BE STOPPED.

Deep in the Caribbean Sea, a nuclear submarine is forced to suddenly abort its mission under mysterious circumstances. Strange facts begin to emerge that lead naval investigator, John Clay, to a small group of marine biologists who are quietly on the verge of making history.

With the help of a powerful computer system, Alison Shaw and her team are preparing to translate the first two-way conversation with the planet’s second smartest species. But the team discovers much more from their dolphins than they ever expected when a secret object is revealed on the ocean floor. One that was never supposed to be found.

Alison was sure she would never trust the military again. However, when an unknown group immediately becomes interested in her work, Alison realizes John Clay may be the only person she can trust. Together they must piece together a dangerous puzzle, and the most frightening piece, is the trembling in Antarctica.

To make matters worse, someone from the inside is trying to stop them. Now time is running out…and our understanding of the world is about to change forever.

Rating: 003d1-threestar

Review: The concept of this book is great- the main premise follows a bunch of aquarium works using technology to enable them to communicate with Dirk and Sally- the aquariums resident dolphins! That had to be my favourite part because I love dolphins and it really goes to show how intelligent they are!

I love the fact they had their own vocabulary.

Strange things start to happen- a Navy submarine suddenly veers off course- and then another one mysteriously disappears. On top of that, there’s an Earthquake in Antarctica, and what is with the strange glowing ring on the bottom of the ocean floor?

Is it an experiment? A military thing? Or something extra terrestrial?

As I said, it’s a very interesting concept to mix science, nature, extraterrestrial and naval genres all together but it works and its done extremely well!

The dolphins are a big part of the novel- they’re used on naval mission and there were moments when during these missions I was left in so much suspense and had to keep reading- I really didn’t want anything bad to happen to Dirk or Sally!

I just loved the dolphins so much ❤

However, I’m not sure if the way the Navy was written is satirical or not but there were times when I got really angry about how selfish they were with their decision making! Despite that, I did grow to like a couple of the characters who worked for the Navy, because in the end they weren’t as bad as some of their colleagues. They had morals.

There was so much going on, spread across different scenarios but it wasn’t overwhelming. It’s a great piece of sci-fi and I definitely enjoyed it. It’s the first in a series so who knows if I’ll continue?

3/5 stars!
Well worth the read!

Thanks for reading
~Katie
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