One of Us Is Lying was
my first YA “Whodunit” book, and it did not disappoint. Karen M. McManus writes
in a way that hooks you right from the very beginning and keeps you guessing
until the end!
One of Us Is Lying
follows the story of five Bayview High students, Bronwyn, Addy, Nate, Cooper
and Simon. Bronwyn is an intelligent and introverted girl whose goal is to get
into Yale. Addy is the popular high school girl who wishes to become the
homecoming princess. Nate, also known as the school “bad boy”, is on probation
for dealing and doesn’t believe he has a future doing much else. Cooper is a
star athlete who has many successes ahead of him. Finally, there is Simon, the
outcast and the creator of Simon Says, the high school’s notorious gossip
On Monday, these five students find themselves all wound
up in detention. At the end, only four exit the classroom. Why you ask? Because
Simon is dead, and according to the investigation, it wasn’t an accident. Simon
had planned to reveal dirty secrets on the four survivors the next day. Once
this is found, Bronwyn, Addy, Nate and Cooper all become prime suspects… is one
or all of them guilty?
This novel is definitely a page-turner. It is impossible
to put down once you start reading as you want to figure out what happened to
Simon. The story is told from the viewpoint of the 4 “prime suspects”, so you
get to really relate to each of the characters in unique ways. I thoroughly
enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to any teenager or YA!
“I didn’t invent this twisted system that pits us against each other
and makes us do crappy things for status—but I do know how to play it.”
Ace of Spades in 7 words (because 7 is the perfect number): Queer. Mystery.
Racism. Quick-read. Young Adult. Does this interest you at all? No? What if I
told you it was described as a mix between Gossip Girl and Get Out?
Yeah… I wasn’t able to resist either.
Summary: Chimaka is perfect — everyone says so and everyone thinks so. Devon is
a nobody musician
— no one
thinks so and no one says so, because it’s true. The only thing the two have in
common, besides going to the same school, is their skin color. Oh, and the fact
they’re both being threatened and harassed by someone — or someONES — named ‘Aces’. When
‘Aces’ starts to reveal too many of their secrets… Chimaka and Devon team up to
take them (singular… or is it?) down.
Things I liked: Diversity (black and queer main characters), the writing
(super easy to follow and breeze through), the romance (there is both a
man-loving-man relationship and a woman-loving-woman relationship and they’re
both super cute), the plot twists (while I wasn’t surprised at many of them — I’m black and I’ve
watched Gossip Girl AND Get Out — the few that did
surprise me made me gape at a wall).
Things I disliked: Chimaka (super, super annoying — did I mention annoying?),
the “Plot twists” (again, some of them were great but I predicted the majority),
and the simplicity of figuring out the Aces ordeal.
Final rating: 4 stars
Quote: “When you grow up like this, whether it’s in your nature or not, sometimes survival overpowers doing the right thing.”
If you ask anyone in the town of Fairview who killed Andie Bell five
years ago, they’d all tell you the same answer: Sal Singh. Everyone believes
it, and no one ever asks any questions; no one, except Pippa Fitz-Amobi. She
knew Sal and can’t believe he would ever murder anyone. Especially his own
girlfriend. For her senior project, Pippa decides to look into the case and
solve it once and for all. With the help of Sal’s brother, Ravi, she follows
each and every lead to find the truth about Andie’s murder and Sal’s suicide.
Instead of finding answers, Pippa keeps turning up with more questions. As she
starts getting closer to the truth, someone keeps trying to cover up their
tracks. Pippa starts to get threats, but her interest in the case only grows.
It starts to take over her life. She starts questioning everyone and everything
around her. A detective can never trust anyone. She decides no matter what, she
needs to find out who killed Andie Bell?
I couldn’t put this book down! Each time I thought I solved the mystery, there was a new twist that completely threw me off course. Each character was so complex and had a key role in the story. Pippa’s perspective was very enjoyable to read, and I felt like I could really relate to her character. This is the best murder mystery story I’ve read, and I recommend it to everyone, even if you don’t usually enjoy mystery books. There are elements of comedy, romance and thrill to keep everyone intrigued. The story was so fast-paced, and I was never bored. If you’re looking for an entertaining, suspenseful read, this is the book for you.
The story of Someone We Know by Shari Lapena
takes place in a small, quiet town in New York, where a young teenager named
Raleigh Sharpe has been mysteriously breaking into his neighbour’s homes. After
her mother, Olivia, finds out about her son doing this sort of unpleasant act,
she contacts her lawyer for some advice on how to deal with the situation.
However, she also sends anonymous notes for the neighbours that her son had
targeted, which read a brief apology of his actions. She feels happy about
herself and thought writing apology letters was the right action to do.
However, the action of her son’s break-ins has been known throughout the
neighbourhood. Why would Raliegh Sharpe want to break into his beloved
neighbour’s home, and why so hack their computers as well? Olivia tries to
dismiss her son’s action from her mind and mention it as a memory from the
past, that is until one of her son’s victims is confirmed to be dead. As the
heartbreaking news of the victim named Amanda Pierce starts to spread, Olivia
starts worrying about her son’s innocence, knowing her son wouldn’t do any sort
of action to harm anyone. Who really killed her? Who knows more about what
they’re telling? Will the actions of Olivia’s son travel into a deeper, more
frightening story? Find out by reading Shari Lapena’s novel, Someone We Know.
I found this well-crafted novel to be very enjoyable. The writing and story of the author were so well that they kept me on the edge of my seat with excitement and curiosity. The main suspense started with the first page of the novel, all the way towards the end. The novel overall was a fascinating, fast-paced novel, and would recommend this book for ages 12 and above.
It’s July 4th, and the people in the small town of New
Hampshire are celebrating by putting on a huge parade. Everything starts going
well until a mysterious worker from Garland Mountain Labs is seen himself in a
vehicle and starts to plow through the crowd. Panicking, many people witness
the car’s driver hopping out of the vehicle and touching people. Within a few
seconds, the people of the town drop dead due to the sickness that person had
attained. As worriedness and pressure start to grow, a parade attendee named
Maeve uses a baseball bat to hit the guy and fully knock him out, but not
before the mysterious person touches her. Surprisingly, she seems to be fine
and immediately goes to check on her family, but when she touches them, they
instantly die too. Filled with trembling fear, she flees into the mountain to
hide, struggling with her own grief and confusion.
Scientist expert, Ben Walker is called upon to help
investigate the problem. He must not only find Maeve but to find out the exact
secret weapon Garland Moutain Labs have unleashed. Meanwhile, Maeve looks for a
hiding spot. Filled with terror and exhaustion, she begins to hear voices
inside her head, and her desperation to touch another human being continues to
grow. Will Maeve die? Can Ben Walker exactly figure out the secret weapon? Find
out by reading Red Hands by Christopher Golden.
This well-crafted book was very entertaining, and I
highly enjoyed it. The novel grabs you in the first couple of pages, and it is
then nearly impossible to put down! The energy is held in tension throughout
the entire development of the story. To conclude, this is simply a fantastic
read, and I highly recommend this novel to fans who enjoy thriller books.
Flora Calhoun has a history of finding dead bodies. First, it was Lucy, a classmate whose body she discovered while out for a jog. Now, years later, Flora is still resentful toward the polices inability to arrest the killer.
At school, Flora now has a reputation for sticking her nose in other people’s business and getting into trouble. One night, Flora receives an unexpected phone call from Ava McQueen, a girl who captured her heart, then stopped talking to her.
When Flora arrives to help Ava, she finds her bleeding on the pavement, and Flora is launched back into her memories of finding Lucy. Now, after finding not one, but two bodies, Flora sets herself out to find the murderer, no matter the cost.
Kylie Schachte has written a gripping thriller! An intense story with a flawed main character, You’re Next is bound to be your next favourite read.
At Bayview High, everyone has
secrets. Thanks to Simon Kelleher, runner of the school’s notorious gossip app,
About That, those secrets are displayed for everyone to see. In one week, Simon
is planning his juiciest reveal yet, but unfortunately, the plan is
interrupted. The day before the reveal, five students enter detention–Bronwyn
(the brain), Cooper (the athlete), Addy (the beauty), Nate (the criminal), and
Simon himself. Only four of them make it out alive, the same four students
whose deepest secrets were scheduled to be released the next day. But Simon is
dead, and the four are now the prime suspects in his murder.
Everyone has secrets, but who
would go this far to prevent them from getting out?
This book is perfect for fans of The Breakfast Club, Riverdale, Pretty Little Liars, and Love, Simon, since it feels like a crossover between all of them. This book is fast-paced, exciting, and the plot twists will continue to shock you and keep you guessing. It also has a bit of everything, from drama to mystery to coming of age, friendship and romance. I’d recommend this book to people who enjoy teen dramas, people looking to get into mysteries, or anyone who may have gotten bored of reading and needs something that moves along quickly to keep them interested. I’d also recommend listening to the audiobook if you like that format because it’s read by a full cast! I’d rate this book 4 out of 5 stars and suggest reading the sequel, One of Us is Next, or Karen McManus’ other book Two Can Keep A Secret if you want more.
Anna Cicconi has high hopes for the summer. A fresh start, and a babysitting gig at an elegant home in the Hamptons. What could go wrong? Almost immediately, Anna notices something off about the small town of Herron Mills. After asking some questions she realizes she has stepped into a town that is still reeling from the loss of one of it’s residents; teenager Zoe Spanos. Not only does Anna bear an uncanny resemblance to Zoe, she also finds herself remembering Zoe, even though she has never met her.
But Anna brushes this off, chalking it up to nerves and her lack of sleep.
However, when Zoe’s body is found at the bottom of a lake, Anna can’t ignore the memories she is having of Zoe, and her possible murder.
When Anna confesses, local podcaster Martina Green immediately notices that her confession is full of holes, and sets off to prove the truth of what happened to Zoe Spanos.
A slow burn thriller, Kit Frick amps up the chills in this compelling YA novel.
Three years after the school shooting at North Hampton High, Skye Gilchrist is moving back to Riverside to live with her aunt Mae. Though her brother Luka Gilchrist died in the shooting, he wasn’t exactly innocent. He was one of the shooters. Jesse Mandal, Skye’s best friend before she left Riverside, was also affected. His brother Jamil was one of the few who were killed in the shooting. With unresolved feelings from the shooting, Skye and Jesse’s friendship came to a halt until she returned three years later. Together, they uncover pieces of evidence that shatters everything people came to believe happened that day, including Luka Gilchrist being guilty.
had the perfect amount of mystery/suspense, with relatable relationships
throughout every character in the book. This was a fast-paced
novel and never had a dull moment. I was constantly on the edge of my seat!
Aftermath has a beautifully crafted plot and a phenomenal ending that was both
unexpected and yet came to a full conclusion. When reading, I felt very
connected to the characters, almost like I knew every single detail about them
because they were so intricately described. I wish the author made the message
of the book more prevalent. I wasn’t sure what the underlying message or take
away was from the novel. Other than that, I thought it was a good read and
entertaining. It included many aspects of a good novel such as character
development, suspense, humour and twists. I
recommend this to anyone who appreciates a cleverly crafted, jaw-dropping
mystery/ suspense including adorable wittiness and teen romance all in one.
Allegiant is the final instalment in Veronica Roth’s captivating Divergent Trilogy. After the fall of vicious Jeanine Matthews and the release of the Edith Prior video, a new sense of panic has reined over the city. Evelyn and her band of Factionless are taking over and destroying the faction system. Through all these events the video of her ancestor is haunting Tris, and to uncover the truth she will have to venture far beyond the walls of their city. As Tris, Tobias, and their friends escape outside the walls of their city, they are faced with uncharted dangers. The new world outside isn’t any better and what they find out once they got there was better left unfound. Tris’s connection to her mother is stronger than ever while her search for answers leads her to find some shocking truths. Tobias’s world shits as he meets others in the new world. They all struggle to find out the truths the outside world is hiding in order to save a future that might already have no hope. Tris must define sacrifice in her own terms and figure out what love truly means to her.
This novel is the perfect finale for this dystopian series. It will shock you with a new twist around every corner and exciting action in every chapter. You will instantly be submerged in this exhilarating trilogy and make Tris’s journey your own. With true to life emotions filling this book, you will feel for the characters and support them all the way through until the end. Veronica Roth captivates the readers as she invites them to enter the world of the Divergent. -Anaya M.