Review: The Naturals and Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


The Naturals and Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Mystery/ Thriller, Secret Agent
Published by: Quercus Books
Pages: 308 | 376
Format: Library book
Rating: ★★★★★

Both of these books have been sat, unassuming, on our local library’s shelves for a while now, and never before had we picked them up. The last visit we had, it was about time we gave them a chance. They’re blurbed by Ally Carter, after all, and I love a good spy story. From books I picked up on a whim, to the best books I’ve read so far this year, I loved reading them back to back. There’s nothing better than discovering a new favourite book, especially if it’s one you haven’t heard anyone else talk about. So, let’s talk about all the reasons to love The Naturals series, and why it had my heart racing from beginning to end. Fangirl mode: activated! Continue reading “Review: The Naturals and Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes”

Review: The Lost and the Found

20685157The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Crime (?)
Published by: Quercus
Pages: 441
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★

The Lost and the Found has been on my radar for a while. It follows Faith thirteen years after her adopted sister Laurel was abducted and suddenly reappears. Laurel is thrust back into her family life and it’s a lot to adjust to. Meanwhile, Faith is struggling with her older sister’s return as what little attention she got from her parents before is completely non-existent now that Laurel’s back. Last year I read If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch, which is about sisters who are returned to civilisation after growing up in the woods. It has a similar tone and the same mysterious and volatile tone that I really loved from Murdoch’s book and overall, I’m pleased I was immersed in the harrowing tale of the Logan family.

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Review: See How They Run by Ally Carter

See How They Run by Ally Carter24644814Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Published by: Orchard Books
Pages: 320
Format: ARC e-book
Rating: ★★

I received a copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

After placing All Fall Down in my Top 15 Books of 2015 list, See How They Run has been one of my most anticipated reads of 2016. Because of this, I partly put the blame on myself for hyping this book up so much. The reality was bound not to meet my expectations. Normally, Ally Carter’s books are a definite fave for me, but See How They Run wasn’t what I thought, or wanted, it to be. Here’s why…

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Fracture by Megan Miranda

9548964Fracture by Megan MirandaMegan Miranda
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
Published by: Bloomsbury
Pages: 262
Format: Paperback

I picked this book up on a whim because it sounded similar to the movie ‘Age of Adeline’, however what I got instead was a weird mix of Mara Dyer and a high school thriller.

Fracture did not leave a lasting impression. As soon as I put the book down I practically forgot it. It follows Delaney Maxwell who falls into a frozen lake and almost dies. After her recovery she gets a strange twinge in her head that means someone in the local area is going to die.

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Review: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

17623143Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
Genre: Contemporary, Thriller
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 388
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

I’ve read a lot of YA thriller contemporaries this year: BirdyMade For You and Black Cairn Point being a few examples. You’d think I’d get bored of this genre by now, but Dangerous Girls had me on the edge of my seat and if I wasn’t strong willed then I would’ve sat down and read this from start to finish without thinking about my other responsibilities. It’s that good – it can make you forget about everything else, because all you’ll want to do if find out what happens next. If you loved Gone Girl then you’ll love this!

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Review: Seed by Lisa Heathfield

23711685Seed by Lisa Heathfield 
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Published by: Electric Monkey
Pages: 335
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

Firstly, this cover is ridiculously beautiful. Secondly, I’m not getting any sleep tonight! Seed was haunting and had me so on edge throughout the whole book. There’s this giant sense of foreboding that something has to go terribly wrong. Part of me wished I could unread this book because it was just so unsettling!

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Review: Made For You by Melissa Marr

24261482Made for You by Melissa Marr
Genre: Contemporary, Thriller, Romance
Published by: Harper Collins
Pages: 336
Format: ARC E-Book
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

The premise made this book sound super duper interesting. Girl can see the deaths of others? Bring it on. Crazy murderer on the loose? I’ll give it a go. Completely cliched romance that pops out of nowhere and characters with little personality or development? Eh, maybe not. I was so ready for this book to be exciting and thrilling, but it turned out that the only original part of this book was the chapters from the killer’s perspective – which were gross and creepy, and kind of uncomfortable to read. I was looking forward to read something by this author as I’ve been meaning to look into the Wicked Lovely series. Now I’m not so sure.

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Review: Conspiracy Girl by Sarah Alderson

22449950Conspiracy Girl by Sarah Alderson
Genre: Thriller, Action, Romance, Contemporary
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 320
Format: e-book
Rating: ★★
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

I’d previously read The Sound by Sarah Alderson, so when I saw Conspiracy Girl on NetGalley I thought, “Why not?” However, it’s safe to say that I haven’t found my new favourite Sarah Alderson, and I even found the ending a little predictable given the plot twists in The Sound. It had the same basic structure: conspiracy, bad boy love interest, the ‘big’ reveal – none of that was problematic, it was just that I felt I’d read the book before.

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Review: The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

the retribution of mara dyerThe Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Romance
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 470
Format: E-Book
Rating: ★★★★
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (#1) | The Evolution of Mara Dyer (#2)
Where to Find: Goodreads Amazon

This was probably my favourite book in the trilogy. It started out gross. I never thought I’d get to read about someone cutting out another person’s eye. (You can guess I haven’t read A Song of Ice and Fire!) Mara is no longer just troubled but bordering on insane. Everything that’s happening to her is unbelievable and that’s why it’s so interesting to read.

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Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

19288043Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Genre: Mystery, Contemporary, Romance
Published by: Broadway Books
Pages: 422
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

This book. How can I even explain this book without going into spoiler-y detail? I think it’s one of those reads where you read it and suddenly you’re in the know. You know the secrets that no one else does, so when you see someone reading it in public and they’re not at the bit, you can look at him or her with a smirk and think, “Just you wait, because you have no idea.”

I really enjoyed the writing style, it was so different from anything I’ve read before, not only because it was a roller coaster ride of emotions and a constant question of ‘is this real?’, but because the emotions felt insanely real. Disturbingly real.

I hated the ending. I’ll put that out there, because it was horrible. I suppose the ending is one of the reason’s why this book is talked about so much, because it’s so contraversial.

The characters were toxic and so was this book. It was so well paced with the different time lines and perspectives. It had me second-guessing everything I’d already read, and I was so surprised at the lengths these characters would go to get back at each other. There were slow sections that effortlessly built up to the next big reveal, and that reveal would shock you just as much – if not more- that than the last one.

If you do decided to pick up Gone Girl then don’t read ahead, don’t skip any sections and don’t look for spoilers. Also, don’t think that watching the movie trailer will give anything away, because it won’t. (I tried.) This book is full of suspense and mystery and is really worth the read!