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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-11-16 03:44
One Was Lost
One Was Lost - Natalie D. Richards

Okay, time for a proper review. 

 

One Was Lost follows Sera as she and three others - Jude, Lucas, and Emma - are stranded in the woods on a school campout. When they wake up with cryptic words written on their arms and their supplies shredded, it's made clear someone is following them and wants them dead. What was supposed to be a simple backpacking trip soon turns into a fight for survival with a lot of teen angst. 

 

Overall it was a fun book. There was suspense and I enjoyed trying to unravel the mystery. There were a lot of parts where I didn't want to stop reading due to how intense parts of it were, such as with the bears. Sera was a good main character and I liked watching her react to things. In particular, she felt real in her reactions. Like, freaking out when she sees a finger? That's totally what a normal person would do and I like that Richards went for making her normal rather than trying to make her this steely badass like some other writers might. 

 

The biggest flaw to the book is it felt very drawn out. Like, when you actually look at the events, not much actually happens. Most of the book is either the teens arguing or Sera dealing with her sexual frustration over Lucas. By the time I finished the book, I realized just how hollow the story really was. 

 

Similarly, while the mystery wasn't horribly constructed, it wasn't developed as much as it should have been. The identity of the bad guy wasn't totally out of left field but the method they were employing didn't make as much sense. It reads like Richards knew who she wanted her antagonist to be and just thought we could put it all together. The problem with this is we didn't get to know the antagonist well enough to recognize the significance of all the events. They can be linked together, it's just by a very feeble thread. 

 

Final rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. It's a cotton candy read and really more about Sera's relationship with Lucas than an actual mystery. But if you go in knowing that and your expectations are appropriately adjusted, I think you'll enjoy it. 

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review 2017-11-15 23:58
One Was Lost - Natalie D. Richards

At work so the full review will have to wait. It’s all right though. Not spectacular but all right.

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review 2017-07-25 01:18
Book Review: One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards
One Was Lost - Natalie D. Richards

While on a field trip, a group of students are thrown into a crisis when large amounts of rain cause a river to flood and wash out a bridge. The students are forced apart - four students and a teacher on one bank while the other teacher and two students remain on the other side. With night approaching the students must set up camp and wait out the rain. As easy as that may seem, the students wake up the next day in a daze, the teacher is severely ill, and someone has been in their camp and destroyed their belongings. Accusations are quick to fly and the students are left not knowing what to do or who to trust.

 

After reading the blurb for this book I was really intrigued. I love suspense thrillers and I knew the story could have great potential. The story starts with the students already in the woods on their field trip and I really enjoyed that. I was thrust into the characters' lives and the environment that they are enduring. I felt a connection with them and felt bad at their current situation. Once the mysterious character enters the picture - destroying belongings, writing words on their wrists, cutting hair, etc - I was urged to keep reading so I could see how the story ended. Without giving away spoilers, it was immediately clear to me that certain characters (whether active or just mentioned in passing) either were or were not guilty of being involved. I think the author got so wrapped up in trying to create confusion on who was involved that some parts had too many details. It really slowed the story down for me.

 

Overall, the story was intriguing and I finished the book in two sittings. I was able to guess the antagonist about midway through, which was a little disappointing, but their motive was a surprise to me. I also liked the message that the author was trying to send, or at least the one that I took away from the story. Though we may come from very different backgrounds, we all have issues we are going through and you should never judge a person without knowing them.

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review 2017-07-05 00:39
Worth the Read
The Darcy Monologues - Joana Starnes,Nat... The Darcy Monologues - Joana Starnes,Natalie Richards,Sophia Rose,Melanie Stanford,Caitlin Williams,Susan Adriani,Sara Angelini,J. Marie Croft,Karen M Cox,Jan Hahn,Jenetta James,Lory Lilian,Beau North,KaraLynne Mackrory,Ruth Phillips Oakland,Christina Boyd

This was a collection of stories by various authors giving their versions of Pride and Prejudice, all in Darcy’s POV. Be it a remake of a scene or a newer version of the story. It’s basically a collection of P&P fan-fiction. The stories vary from really good to not worth reading but overall it’s worth checking out for any any die hard fans who fell in love with Mr. Darcy.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2017-03-27 21:15
One Was Lost - Natalie D. Richards

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Going Under by Evanescence  --this is for…you-know-who…ya know the one who shall remain a mystery…

♫Blurring and stirring the truth and the lies
So I don't know what's real and what's not
Always confusing the thoughts in my head
So I can't trust myself anymore

 

Book Title:  One Was Lost

Author:  Natalie D Richards

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  YA, Mystery

Source:  E-Book (via hoopla)

 

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My Thoughts

 

A fast paced, suspenseful mystery, that's not without it's flaws.  But, overall I found this nail bitingly intense and hard to put down.  As long as you're not expecting literary perfection, and you enjoy YA Suspense/Mysteries this is a thrilling read.  Seriously, I just kept waiting for the banjo...

 

 

  

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Characters:  3.8/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Addictiveness:  4.5/5

Theme:  4/5

Flow:  3.2/5 (disjointed at times)

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  3/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I might…

 

OVERALL RATING: 4/5 STARS or B+

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