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Review: Need by Joelle Charbonneau

20550148 Genre: YA Contemporary/Thriller
Published: November 3, 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Length: 352 pages
Source: HMH Books for Young Readers (ARC)

“No one gets something for nothing. We all should know better.”

Teenagers at Wisconsin’s Nottawa High School are drawn deeper into a social networking site that promises to grant their every need . . . regardless of the consequences. Soon the site turns sinister, with simple pranks escalating to malicious crimes. The body count rises. In this chilling YA thriller, the author of the best-selling Testing trilogy examines not only the dark side of social media, but the dark side of human nature.”

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I’m happy to say, this book was 10x better than Joelle’s debut book, The Testing. Guys, I despised The Testing so much. I think this author’s forte is definitely contemporary / thriller books and not dystopia.

Anyways, Need was a fantastic novel about Kaylee who will go through anything in order to find a kidney donor for her little brother. Lucky her (or not), there is a new social media just for their school called Need. TA-DA. But, there is something shady about it because it grants your “need” by doing a simple task such as inviting 5 other classmates to this website. But the website gets creepier and creepier because the task gets harder and just way out of the line.

I really need to talk about Kaylee’s mom. GOODNESS GRACIOUS this woman was annoying as hell. She was the irresponsible one, and I hated how she won’t listen to her daughter! So frustrating. But props to the author for making me “all the negative feels” for Kaylee’s mom! I love it when authors make me feel so much passion to a character even though it’s negative.

The only thing that prevented me from rating this 5 stars is because it switches from Kaylee’s 1st person point of view to other characters’ point of views in 3rd person. It was hard to remember characters since there was a lot, but for the most part it helped the book balance out. It was interesting to see the effect of Need to other people’s lives. Overall, if you are a fan of thrillers and mysteries, I suggest you pick this up!

4 of 5

Review: The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens

24892774 Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: November 3, 2015 by Harper Teen
Length: 336 pages
Source: HarperTeen (ARC)

Sadie Kingston, is a girl living in the aftermath. A year after surviving a car accident that killed her friend Trent and left her body and face scarred, she can’t move forward. The only person who seems to understand her is Trent’s brother, Max.

As Sadie begins to fall for Max, she’s unsure if she is truly healed enough to be with him — even if Max is able to look at her scars and not shy away. But when the truth about the accident and subsequent events comes to light, Sadie has to decide if she can embrace the future or if she’ll always be trapped in the past.”

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The Lies About Truth is a novel about family, friendships, and forgiveness. What I enjoyed most about it was Sadie’s relationships with her friends: Max (the love interest), Gina, and Gray (her ex). I just wish we got to see more of how Sadie and Max got closer. They were already close when the book started, and we were given snippets of their email conversations, but I wish we got to read how they build their relationship. I also like how both Sadie’s and Max’s families are very supportive of their children.

The romance was interesting because it was fun to see the awkwardness between Gray and Sadie when Max was around :P. There is also a bit of mystery towards the end which made me kept on reading. Overall it was a great read, but I think Courtney’s other novel, Faking Normal, left much more impact on me than this one. The Lies About Truth did not make me feel a lot of emotions and it got a bit boring at times. Nonetheless, I still suggest you pick it up especially if you’re going through tough times.

3.5 of 5

Review: Vanished (Vanished #1) by E.E. Cooper

23110067 Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: May 12, 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
Length: 320 pages
Source: Katherine Tegen Books (ARC)

Gone Girl meets Pretty Little Liars in the first book of this fast-paced psychological thriller series full of delicious twists and turns.

Friendship. Obsession. Deception. Love.

Kalah knows better than to fall for Beth Taylor . . . but that doesn’t stop her from falling hard and falling fast, heart first into a sea of complications.

Then Beth vanishes. She skips town on her eighteenth birthday, leaving behind a flurry of rumors and a string of broken hearts. Not even Beth’s best friend, Britney, knows where she went. Beth didn’t even tell Kalah good-bye.

One of the rumors links Beth to Britney’s boyfriend, and Kalah doesn’t want to believe the betrayal. But Brit clearly believes it—and before Kalah can sort out the truth, Britney is dead.

When Beth finally reaches out to Kalah in the wake of Brit’s suicide, Kalah wants to trust what Beth tells her. But she’s swiftly realizing that nothing here is as it seems. Kalah’s caught in the middle of a deadly psychological game, and only she can untangle the deceptions and lies to reveal the unthinkable truth.”

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Oh my GOSH. This book was just SPECTACULAR. I loved the suspense and mystery that were thrown throughout the book. If you’re going to read Vanished (which I highly recommend) I would read it during the night when everyone else in your house is asleep because that way, you’ll be able to FEEL ALL THE FEELS. I read the 2nd half of the book until 3am and it just gave me the creeps.

I really liked the main character, Kalah. She has anxiety and OCD and I really do feel for her. I get really anxious too but not to the point where I start imagining worse case scenarios of someone, in this case our main character does. I think the fact that she worries a lot and starts imagining awful things makes her an unreliable narrator which added more suspense.

At first I didn’t like how everything revolved around Beth and Britney, but that made their character mysterious so I was very intrigued! I was curious about the secrets they kept to each other, and why people centered around them so much even before they both disappeared.

This book also screams out DIVERSITY. Kalah and Beth has a thing but unfortunately, Kalah has a boyfriend so there IS cheating involved. I really feel bad for Kalah’s boyfriend, Zach, because he has been nothing but supportive to her.

I also love how this book is not only about friendship, but it’s also about family. It was so sad how Britney’s parents only cares about themselves. However, I do like Kalah’s relationship with her family. They always try to cheer her up, and are very supportive.

Overall I recommend this to everyone who likes mystery and suspense. The beginning was a bit slow though, but I promise you it picks up especially towards the second half of the story.

5 of 5


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