ARC Review: Even If We Break By Marieke Nijkamp

51210722From Goodreads:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp comes a shocking new thriller about a group of friends tied together by a game and the deadly weekend that tears them apart.

FIVE friends go to a cabin.
FOUR of them are hiding secrets.
THREE years of history bind them.
TWO are doomed from the start.
ONE person wants to end this.
NO ONE IS SAFE.

Are you ready to play?

My Review:

Heading in, I didn’t know what to expect. I thought the cover looked cool, and I read This Is How It Ends by this author several years ago and recalled really liking it, so I was excited to give this one a chance. 

What I got was a fast-paced, interesting YA mystery thriller.

Diverse characters and a suspenseful plot kept me turning the pages, but it was the mystery that kept me hooked. I enjoyed the way the characters’ RPG roles intertwined and influenced their realities, but found the game itself a bit distracting (although I’m sure there are people who will love it).

The mysterious ghost story about the cabin was a nice touch – I would have liked to see a little more of this element, if only to keep the reader guessing, as the ending was a little predictable – not enough was done to make everyone a viable suspect. But all in all I enjoyed this story and look forward to her next book!

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Monday (Mini Book Review) Madness

This week I read:

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When I first started this one, I almost set it aside – I did not like the writing style at all. But there was something that kept me reading, and I’m really glad I kept at it because this was a great story. Well thought and plotted, full of tension and suspense, at times I felt breathless. The writing style either grew on me or I stopped noticing it. 
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          To be released August 3, 2020              Find my ARC review here.
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This was 1 of the 2 books I bought for the #BlackPublishingPower movement, and while this one has mixed reviews, I loved it. It was fast-paced, tense, and exciting. I read it in two sittings, devouring the first 46% when I was supposed to be sleeping. Co-written by both a black and a white author, this YA book provides unique insight into racial tension while also being a suspenseful thriller. I did wish that the characters had a little more depth, and the ending felt a little sudden, but the story kept me breathless, so I’m happy.

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ARC Review: The Scam List by Kurt Dinan

53431362From Goodreads: Meet the best teen con artist team around.

Boone McReedy: high school conman, smooth-talking charmer, and the idiot who just got scammed out of $15,000 of his mom’s money.

Darby West: ass-kicker, straight-shooter, and Boone’s ex-girlfriend.

Now, they must team up to save their parents’ business, one con at a time.

That is if they don’t kill each other first.

Of course, they’re only going to scam people who deserve it.

That’s a promise.

Would they lie to you?

As he did in his award-winning debut, DON’T GET CAUGHT, Kurt Dinan brings laughs, twists, and heart to THE SCAM LISTS’ funny world of teen con artists, exes, and outrageous five-dollar bets.

Review: What a fun book! Sometimes you just need to read something lighthearted and enjoyable for sheer amusement, and this story is it! I read Don’t Get Caught by this author last year and thought it was a blast, so I was thrilled to get my hands on this one – and it didn’t disappoint! Engaging characters, an entertaining plot, and an easy read – this one is sure to appeal to even the most YA reluctant readers!

The subject matter might seem a bit risque to some – there is underaged drinking and, of course, scams, but there is a moral to the story and it’s all in good fun. Also, it’s written by an experienced high school teacher – when you consider what many teenage students are exposed to (remembering back to my own HS years) – this pales in comparison. However, if you are a parent with concerns I suggest you read it first.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Scam List is slated for release August 3, 2020!

Monday (Mini Book Review) Madness

This week I read:

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Location, location, location! This one had atmosphere and motives for days, characters to love and hate, and so much suspense I couldn’t put it down! This author plays fair – all the clues are there for the reader to put together, but even if you do, you still won’t know exactly what happened until the end! I enjoyed this one immensely!!!

 

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This was an easy, quick paced YA mystery-thriller that kept me turning the pages. A solid read, engaging, but I was left wanting just a little more. 

 

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Monday (Mini Book Review) Madness

This week I read:

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Very simplistic in its style, and a little bumpy in places, but it’s a CLUE pastiche! CLUE!!! After a childhood (and adulthood) spent defending my undefeated CLUE championship title, I feel like there was no way that I couldn’t have loved this book – and I did! Looking forward to the next book in the series! 
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I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as The Sundown Motel, but still a solid, suspenseful ghost story. Plenty of atmosphere and mystery made this a hard book to put down!

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Monday (Mini Book Review) Madness

This week I read:

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This was sweet, and cute, and everything good. I didn’t like it as much as Simon, but it checked all the boxes you look for in a feel good YA story. Quick and easy and fun (and funny!), well developed characters and a plot that makes you care.
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I almost DNFed this multiple times. There were too many POV characters, and Hawkins didn’t develop them well enough in the beginning for me to keep them straight and know who was who, which I found frustrating. It finally picked up about 60% in. Yikes! It ended up a decent story, but I doubt I’ll read one of her books again.

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Monday (Mini Book Review) Madness

This week I read:

This one was a quick paced, easy read with plenty of suspense and tension. It wasn’t completely predictable – it did keep me guessing – but there were only a couple of ways the author could go with the storyline and I felt a little disappointed by the ending. That said, I did enjoy it. Recommended for those looking for easy eeriness. Not recommended for those looking for something deep and profound. 
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My thoughts while reading this book. “Eh.” “Meh.” “Oh.” “Hmm.” “Ooh, where’s she going with this?” “Okay, now it’s getting creepy.” “WTF is going on here?” “Is it or isn’t it?” “Must. Know. Now.” “Whah, whah.” There was a stretch where I was on the edge of my seat, biting my nails, so I’d probably give this author another try. Recommended if you’re looking for a “Sun Down Motel” vibe. Not recommended if you aren’t willing to stick it out a bit to get there. 

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Monday (Book Review) Madness

This week I read:

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I have mixed emotionas about this one. Several pages in, I knew it wasn’t what I was looking for. The writing, pacing, characters – all fine, just not what I wanted. I considered DNFing, but I rarely ever do that, and the plot was interesting enough that I felt I’d be haunted by wondering what happened if I didn’t stick with it, so I did. It’s not fair to say this is a ‘meh’ book, but that’s how I felt about it. Recommended for people who want a bit of therapy and a side of deep thoughts with their thrillers. Not recommended for those looking who just want to be entertained.
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This book was lovely and charming and all good things. From the characters to the dialogue, I found the entire thing delightful. Recommended for fans of YA who enjoy wit and happiness. Not recommended if you’re looking for sci-fi or something completely unpredictable. 

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Monday #Book Madness

This week I read:

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I’ve read a book by this author before, so I started this one expecting some campy fun and eerie horror – which is exactly what I got! It’s hard to go wrong with a quick, easy read that holds your attention without requiring too much concentration. I’d suggest this for fans of #YA creeps and chills. Not recommended if you’re looking for literature.
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I wasn’t sure about this one at first – sometimes the first few pages don’t feel right, especially if the writing is a different style than the book I’ve just finished, but I found myself pleasantly surprised. This author did a great job of misdirection and peppering red herrings throughout the pages, making for some nice twists. I’d suggest this for fans of mysteries. Not recommended for readers who get hung up on imperfect reading – this one could had a few typos and could use a final edit.

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