One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

Book-Cover-One-Of-Us-Is-LyingTitle: One of Us is Lying
Author: Karen McManus
Date Started: August 12
Date Finished: August 19
Format: Hardcover from local library

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. And Simon, 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.

One of Us is Lying is really tricky for me. At first, this book was actually really boring and the constant switching between POVs was a pain in the butt to keep track of. But then, when Simon dies, the plot gets thicker and I found myself flipping pages. Out of the four, I loved Bronwyn and Nate the best. Cooper wasn’t too bad, but Addy annoyed me the most. Her relationship with Jake was almost abusive – and in the end it kind of was, wasn’t it? – and I was so happy when they broke up I may or may not have done a little dance of joy. And Addy’s mother was almost as bad as Jake. There was a point near the end of this book that she literally told Addy that she needed to start dating again so that way she would seem more desirable to the other guys. Really?

As for Cooper, I really liked him because he was so supportive of Addy after the breakup, and he was a real asset to the team as they tried to figure out what really happened to Simon. And yes, I do get why people were mad with his character because of this huge element to his character that was a plot twist that shouldn’t have been, but… I don’t know considering how this was being written and what happened next, I don’t think it was that big of deal.

The big reveal though I kind of had a problem with. I mean, on one hand it was pretty genius, if a little bit disturbed. But on the other hand the fact that a character not in the group was the one to figure it out was kind of suspect. How is it none of the other four – or even the police – were able to figure it out?

Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. I really did enjoy reading this for most of the book. I just had a few problems with the beginning, the characters, and the big whodunit moment.

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These Ruthless Deeds by Tarun Shanker

30199421Title: These Ruthless Deeds
Authors: Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas
Sequel to: These Vicious Masks
Date Started: August 16
Date Finished: August 17
Format: Paperback from local library

England, 1883. Still recovering from a devastating loss, Evelyn is determined to use her powers to save other gifted people from those who would harm them. But when her rescue of a young telekinetic girl goes terribly wrong, Evelyn finds herself indebted to a secret society devoted to recruiting and protecting people like Evelyn and her friends.

As she follows the Society’s orders, healing the sick and embarking on perilous recruitment missions, Evelyn sees her problems disappear. Her reputation is repaired, her friends are provided for, and her parents are newly wealthy. She reunites with the dashing Mr. Kent and recovers the reclusive Mr. Braddock (who has much less to brood over now that the Society can help him to control his dangerous power). But Evelyn can’t help fearing the Society is more sinister than it appears… Continue reading

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Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce

emperor-mageTitle: Emperor Mage
Author: Tamora Pierce
Series: The Immortals Quartet
Previous Books in the Series:
1. Wild Magic
2. Wolf-Speaker
Date Read: August 15
Format: Hardcover from local library

When Daine is sent to Carthak as part of a Tortallan peace delegation, she finds herself in the middle of a sticky political situation. She doesn’t like the Carthaki practice of keeping slaves, but it’s not her place to say anything—she’s only there to heal the emperor’s birds. Her worries only expand once she learns that her own power has grown in a dark and mysterious way. Continue reading

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

27883214Title: Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber
Date Started: August 11
Date Finished: August 14
Format: Hardcover from local library

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner. Continue reading

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The Last Ever After by Soman Chainani

61rgu-5ycil-_sy344_bo1204203200_Title: The Last Ever After
Author: Soman Chainani
Series: The School for Good and Evil
Previous Books in the Series:
1. The School for Good and Evil
2. A World without Princes
Date Started: August 7
Date Finished: August 11
Format: Hardcover from local library

In the epic next chapter of Soman Chainani’s New York Times bestselling series, The School for Good and Evil, everything old is new again as Sophie and Agatha fight the past as well as the present to find the perfect end to their story. As A World Without Princes closed, the end was written and former best friends Sophie and Agatha went their separate ways. Agatha was whisked back to Gavaldon with Tedros and Sophie stayed behind with the beautiful young School Master. But as they settle into their new lives, their story begs to be re-written, and this time, theirs isn’t the only one. With the girls apart, Evil has taken over and the villains of the past have come back to change their tales and turn the world of Good and Evil upside down. Continue reading

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The Savage Dawn by Melissa Grey

32956745Title: The Savage Dawn
Author: Melissa Grey
Series: The Girl at Midnight
Previous Books in the Series:
1. The Girl at Midnight
2. The Shadow Hour
Date Started: August 2
Date Finished: August 9
Format: ebook from the digital library

The sides have been chosen and the battle lines drawn. Echo awakened the Firebird. Now she is the only one with the power to face the darkness she unwittingly unleashed . . . right into the waiting hands of Tanith, the new Dragon Prince. Tanith has one goal in mind: destroy her enemies, raze their lands, and reign supreme in a new era where the Drakharin are almighty and the Avicen are nothing but a memory. Continue reading

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Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty

perfectfifths.jpgTitle: Perfect Fifths
Author: Megan McCafferty
Series: Jessica Darling
Previous Books in the Series:
1. Sloppy Firsts
2. Second Helpings
3. Charmed Thirds
4. Fourth Comings
Date Started: August 3
Date Finished: August 5
Format: Hardcover from my shelf

Captivated readers have followed Jessica through every step and misstep: from her life as a tormented, tart-tongued teenager to her years as a college grad stumbling toward adulthood. Now a young professional in her mid-twenties, Jess is off to a Caribbean wedding. As she rushes to her gate at the airport, she literally runs into her former boyfriend, Marcus Flutie. It’s the first time she’s seen him since she reluctantly turned down his marriage proposal three years earlier–and emotions run high. Marcus and Jessica have both changed dramatically, yet their connection feels as familiar as ever. Is their reunion just a fluke or has fate orchestrated this collision of their lives once again? Continue reading

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