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The Amateurs by Sara Shepard Review

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The Amateurs by Sara Shepard Review

Plot Outline

Aerin Kelly posts on a site called Case Not Closed a website for amateur sleuths as she wants help finding out what happened to her sister Helena who was murdered. Seneca sees this post and instantly wants to help as this was the case that got her interested in crime. A group of teens from the site along with Aerin try to discover what happened to Helena but the killer is watching them and does not want the case to be solved.

My Opinion

Sara Shepard is well known for the Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game series so I know that she can write mysteries. This book instantly drew me and I ended up reading it quite quickly as I couldn’t put it down. The majority of the book was fast paced however there were some moments where the plot seemed to move quite slowly. I didn’t like the characters in this book as much as some of Sara’s other characters. I don’t know if that is because I have seen those characters portrayed on the screen so I feel more connected to them but there was something about the characters in this book that I didn’t quite connect with. The plot is quite unrealistic as it is unlikely that a group of teenagers would be able to solve a murder that the police were unable to solve but Sara’s other books aren’t realistic either so that didn’t bother me too much. There was a lot of action within the last 10% of this book and we saw a lot of twists. The ending left me very shocked as it was unexpected. I am really looking forward to the next book which is coming out in November. My only hope is that this will be a short series and not dragged out like the PLL series.

4 Stars

What did you think of this book?

Kirsty xoxo

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Something In Between by Melissa de la Cruz Review

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Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz

Plot Outline

Jasmine is a hard working student and she has big ambitions but when she finds out that her family is in the country illegally everything changes. She starts to rebel and do things that she never did before.

My Opinion 

The topic of this book really interested me and I think that it is a really important topic. The author used some of her own experiences to create this novel which is really interesting. I did feel a little disappointed that the romance overtook the main plot of the story. The romance was very insta-love and had too much drama. The boy that Jasmine was seeing was the son of a congressman which was very convenient and helped the author to create a happy ending for Jasmine. I found the relationship very realistic and Jasmine seemed to fall in love very quickly and she kept saying that Royce was The One which did make me roll my eyes a little. Whilst the romance felt unrealistic the whole situation did feel very realistic. I think the author did a good job at showing the emotions that go along with finding out that you are in a country illegally. I think drawing on her own experiences really helped to give this book a realistic portrayal of the situation. I did mark this book down because of the romance element of this book if it had been a bit more of a side plot I wouldn’t have minded but it did become the main focus of the story in parts. Overall I think that this is an important book as it addresses an important topic. If you were looking for another book that covers this topic then I would suggest The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon.

I received a copy from Net Galley.

Kirsty xoxo3 Stars

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Every Day by David Levithan Review

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Every Day by David Levithan 

Plot Outline 

A always wakes up in a new body every single day. A tries not to interfere in the person’s life and A never knows whose body they will wake up in. Things change when A wakes up in Justin’s body and meets his girlfriend Rhiannon.

My Opinion 

I liked the overall concept behind this book, however, this book did not impress me as much as I was hoping it would. The story got quite repetitive although I did appreciate that the author tried to show us a range of different characters and show us the different lives that they live. I really didn’t like the romance which is probably why I did not enjoy this book as the romance is a big part of the plot. Overall I was very underwhelmed with this book and I do not plan to read the sequel.

3 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver Review

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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Plot Outline 

Samantha dies in a terrible accident but she wakes up to the same day over and over again. She realises that by making small changes to that day she can change some of the events that happened.

My Opinion 

It took me quite awhile to get into this book because at first, it was a bit confusing. The story did get quite repetitive as Sam was reliving the same day so we got to see the same events over and over again which did get a little boring. I think the book does show how important it is to be nice to people. The ending felt very abrupt. It was a bit unexpected but I am not really sure how else the author could have ended the book. Something that I have noticed with other Lauren Oliver books is that the endings often feel very abrupt and rushed and this book was no different. I felt that this was quite good for a debut novel but overall it was just an ok book for me. I am looking forward to the upcoming film as I think that this book will translate well into a film. You can check out my trailer reaction here.

 

 

3 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

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Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson Review

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Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Plot Outline

This book follows Lia who has been in competition with her friend to be the thinnest. Cassie ends up dying because of her eating disorder and she haunts Lia who is battling her eating disorder.

My Opinion

This book was quite difficult to get into as it was quite slow at the start. I do think that the author did a good job at portraying eating disorders. I really felt Lia’s struggles and at times the story was difficult to read as we see Lia’s condition getting slowly worse. There are a lot of metaphors used in this book which at times was quite confusing. All the metaphors made it difficult to separate what was real and what wasn’t. At the end, we get to see Lia getting the help that she needs which was a satisfying end to the story. This book is very popular with a lot of people and whilst I thought that it was ok I didn’t feel that it lived up to the hype.

 

3 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

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Small Great Things By Jodi Picoult Review

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Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult 

Plot Outline 

Ruth has been a delivery nurse for twenty years. When she is attending a new baby she is switched with another nurse as the parents don’t want Ruth to touch their baby because they are white supremacists. When the baby has trouble breathing she hesitates as she doesn’t know whether to follow the orders of not touching the baby or save its life. When the baby dies she is charged and has to go on trial.

My Opinion 

This book deals with racism which I think is such an important topic. This topic needs to be discussed more and I think that Jodi Picoult did a really good job of highlighting this issue. This book is really thought provoking and it left me thinking about it even after I’d finished it. I think that this is a really powerful read and highlights the struggles that people of different races face on a regular basis. The story wrapped up well although the ending was a little convenient which is why I marked it down. Whilst reading this it was clear that the author had done a lot of research which helped to make the story realistic. The characters felt very realistic and I felt very attached to Ruth and I wanted her to get the justice that she deserved. Overall I thought that this was an excellent read and I would highly suggest it. I have now read two novels by Jodi Picoult and she is very good at writing realistic characters and creating a powerful story.

.4 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

I received a copy from Net Galley.

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One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus Review

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One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Plot Outline

Five teenagers go into detention but only four make it out alive. It looks as if one of the four teens killed the other. They all had reasons to want Simon dead and they all have secrets that they want to keep hidden.

My Opinion 

I really enjoyed this book. Right from the start, I was hooked. The book is being marketed towards fans of Pretty Little Liars and I definitely got these vibes with the anonymous Tumblr posts. I did guess quite early on the culprit but the author kept revealing new information that made me doubt all of the characters. You couldn’t really trust any of the characters as they all had something to hide. We get to hear from each character’s POV which made you feel connected to all of the characters and I got a better understanding of them compared to if it had been told from one POV. Overall I found the mystery to be really engaging and well written and I would like to see more from the author in the future. I think that this has the potential to make a good film and I would love to see it adapted.

 

 

4 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

I received a copy from Net Galley.