One of us is Lying by Karen McManus

One of us is Lying
By Karen McManus


Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date: 2017
Pages: 361
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Mystery
Days to Read: 2
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, 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.
AndSimon, 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.

Throughout One of Us is Lying we follow the perspective of multiple different characters. We begin with a Breakfast Clubesque set up with out protagonists in detention. All from different walks of life. We have all the classics from stereotypical groups. As the book progresses we move quickly from a heart warming 80’s movie to an intense murder mystery. It really put a twist on the classic high school story.

As we learn more about each of characters as a reader I began to make predictions about the whole ‘Who done it?’ situation. I was definitely not correct in these, eventually I did predict some of the twist, which I will not divulge here at all, but I believe at this point I think most people would would figure it out before me.

It was interesting to see the growth in the characters and that throughout this difficult time where they are suspected of murder as well as having more personal information divulged to the members of their high school. All the characters show growth… that I love.

There were a few characters that I did not like! One in particular, a side character was genuinely the worst person ever and I hated him,to the point where I thought it might ruin the book for me! Luckily, it didn’t and I decided to stick through to the end.

The end of this story is FIRE. I’ve recently discovered that as a reader I love a great plot twist or plot development, i eat them up!

The overall premise of ‘One of Us is Lying’ combines some of my favorite things, I love anything breakfast club themed as well as stories that keep me on the edge of my seat. This is definitely a tale that will stay with me.

Plot: 7/10
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 7.5/10
World Building: 6/10
Quality of Writing: 7/10
Overall: 4/5

February 2020 TBR

After having what I consider a decent start to the year, when it comes to reading specifically, I am keen to get into February and continue on this reading streak!

Overall I really want to get to all 13 of these books in February. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

What are your reading plans for February?

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Sadie
by Courtney Summers

Publisher: Wednesday Books
Date: 2018
Pages: 308
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Mystery
Days to Read: 3
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD Scribd

A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page. 

‘Sadie’ was a story that was so far from my comfort zone that I genuinely wasn’t sure I was going to read it. But I heard so many good things about it that I was ready to pick it up.

I’m so glad that I did. This book is an amazing exploration of determination, family wanting to protect family and being a survivor. ‘Sadie’ definitely comes with a trigger warning.

I did find portions of the story difficult to read, but I think it was also quite an eye opener and one that definitely drew a lot of emotion from me as the reader.

Sadie is a seriously strong character. She is in pursuit of justice for her little sister Mattie who has been murdered. She is determined to find the person she believes murdered her sister. She is stoic and goes to the complete extreme to stop people that need to be stopped. She is to me the epitome of strength.

Having the story told through both Sadie’s perspective and the perspective of a crime podcast following in her footsteps I found very interesting and important to the story. It really gave the reader the whole story as the podcasters followed Sadie and spoke to her family and the people she interacts with a couple of steps behind. It really gave the story great depth.

‘Sadie’ by Courtney Summers was a book that examined things that are important to be spoken about in todays society. I felt this story deeply and it is definitely one that will stick with me for a long time. I listened to the audiobook which I would recommend to anyone wanting to read and completed it in three days. It left me wanting to know the next piece of the puzzle the whole time.

Plot: 8/10
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 7.5/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Overall:4/5

October Book Haul

I know this is a little late but I wanted to post it anyways, so here is my October book haul.

Waiting for Spring
Volume 2
by Anashin

Mitsuki Haruno has a timid personality and she doesn’t have any friends at school. Towa Asakura is Mitsuki Haruno’s classmate. He is on their school’s basketball team. Due to a case, Mitsuki Haruno begins to hang out with four good looking basketball players: Towa Asakura, Rui Miyamoto, Kyosuke Wakamiya and Ryuji Tada. Her school life changes profoundly.

Mitsuki Haruno begins to have feeling for Towa Asakura and Towa Asakura holds feelings for her, but, Mitsuki Haruno meets her childhood friend Aya Kamiyama. He came from USA and is a basketball player at another high school. He likes Mitsuki Haruno.

This is Where it Ends
by Marieke Nijkamp

10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity High School finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03 a.m. The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05 a.m. Someone starts shooting.

Told from four different perspectives over the span of fifty-four harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

The Tyrant’s Tomb
Book #4 in the Trials of Apollo Series
by Rick Riordan

It’s not easy being Apollo, especially when you’ve been turned into a human and banished from Olympus. On his path to restoring five ancient oracles and reclaiming his godly powers, Apollo (aka Lester Papadopoulos) has faced both triumphs and tragedies. Now his journey takes him to Camp Jupiter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the Roman demigods are preparing for a desperate last stand against the evil Triumvirate of Roman emperors. Hazel, Reyna, Frank, Tyson, Ella, and many other old friends will need Apollo’s aid to survive the onslaught. Unfortunately, the answer to their salvation lies in the forgotten tomb of a Roman ruler . . . someone even worse than the emperors Apollo has already faced.

Sadie
by Courtney Summers

A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.

Ninth House
book #1 in the Alex Stern Series
by Leigh Bardugo

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

Loki: Where Mischief Lies
by Makenzi Lee

This is the first of three young adult novels from New York Times best-selling author Mackenzi Lee that explores the untapped potential and duality of heroism of popular characters in the Marvel Universe.

Before the days of going toe-to-toe with the Avengers, a younger Loki is desperate to prove himself heroic and capable, while it seems everyone around him suspects him of inevitable villainy and depravity . . . except for Amora. Asgard’s resident sorceress-in-training feels like a kindred spirit-someone who values magic and knowledge, who might even see the best in him.

But when Loki and Amora cause the destruction of one of Asgard’s most prized possessions, Amora is banished to Earth, where her powers will slowly and excruciatingly fade to nothing. Without the only person who ever looked at his magic as a gift instead of a threat, Loki slips further into anguish and the shadow of his universally adored brother, Thor.

When Asgardian magic is detected in relation to a string of mysterious murders on Earth, Odin sends Loki to investigate. As he descends upon nineteenth-century London, Loki embarks on a journey that leads him to more than just a murder suspect, putting him on a path to discover the source of his power-and who he’s meant to be.

It Wasn’t Me by Dana Alison Levy

It Wasn’t Me
by Dana Alison Levy

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Date: 2018
Pages: 734
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 5
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks

The Breakfast Club meets middle school mystery in this story of six very different seventh graders forced together in the aftermath of a vandalism incident.

When Theo’s photographs are vandalized and trashed beyond all recognition, there are five kids at the scene: The Nerd, the Princess, the Jock, the Weirdo, and the Screw-Up.
All anyone will say is “It wasn’t me.”
Theo doesn’t care who it was, he just wants to stop being the victim. The sooner the school forgets the whole humiliating thing, the better. But his favorite teacher is asking the six of them to spend vacation week together “learning to trust” and getting to the truth. She calls it a Justice Circle. He calls it his worst nightmare.
Theo knows everything he needs to know about his classmates, and he’s sure this Justice Circle is going to be an epic and totally mortifying waste of time. But after a few days of sock puppets gone wrong, artificial flesh wounds, and dangerous candy reconnaissance missions, he’s not so certain. As they share their secrets, Theo realizes that he doesn’t know anyone as well as he thought, not even himself. And the truths they share might change their lives forever.
Hilarious, awkward, surprising, and ultimately heartwarming, IT WASN’T ME is a guessing game that keeps readers wondering: what lies behind the labels we wear?

I picked up ‘It Wasn’t Me’ by Dana Alison Levy as part of the N.E.W.T.S. It filled the prompt ‘choose a book that is black under the dust jacket.’

Throughout ‘It Wasn’t Me’ follows Theo and his fellow students as the enter a week of detentions after Theo’s photographs are destroyed at an exhibition. While at these detentions the students are asked to complete a survey at the beginning of each day they then spend the day in a Justice Circle all in an attempt to find out the day that Theo’s work was destroyed.

It is an interesting examination of social justice and how this can work within a school setting. With it’s Breakfast Club vibes, I knew I wanted to get to this book as soon as I could. One thing to know about me is that I love The Breakfast Club!

I really enjoyed seeing the characters growth throughout the book. It’s obviously following the growth and ideas from the breakfast club but its never gets old. These characters are young but hold so much on their shoulders whether that be that be family, school or self pressure it really shows what young people are experiencing today.

‘It Wasn’t Me’ is a thought provoking story that really looks at the experiences of the young American Teenager.

Plot: 7/10
Ease of reading: 9/10
Character Development: 7/10
World Building: 6.5/10
Quality of Writing: 7/10
Stars: 4.5/5