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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…



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text 2016-12-16 15:44
One Was Lost
One Was Lost - Natalie D. Richards

I received a copy from Netgalley.

The premise of this one sounded interesting enough, a group of teens on a senior field trip wind up stranded in the woods, spooky things start happening, teachers go missing and they're being stalked by an unknown figure who writes strange things on the arms of four of the kids. Dangerous. Darling. Damaged. Deceptive. With no clue what's happening, stranded from their classmates by bad weather, and suspicions mounting, the kids must pull together and figure a way to get to help and safety.

Kind of reads like a cheesy teen survival movie. It's certainly got all the right elements, and the plot was fairly fast paced. Only once it got to the reveal it was more eye rolling than shocking, at least for me anyway. The other problem I had with it was there are no depth to any of the characters. The main character Sera is sensible enough with a snarky tone, and clearly has some sort of a past with one of the boys on the trip, Lucas. Rich boy Jude has a clear attitude problem, ditzy Melanie and Hayley seem to be into drama, and quiet Emily doesn't seem to say much at all.

But there's no real reasons explained for anyone's attitude. We get a little insight into Jude as the novel progresses and there are a few flashbacks as to what happened with Sera and Lucas, some sort of a potential romance that didn't go very far, and Sera backed off. All that's mentioned is something to do with her mother and not wanting to repeat her mistakes.

More questions than answers. Once the spooky things started happening, the suspicion and tension builds fairly quickly, though it seems everyone is quick to point figures without much evidence. And while they're trying to figure things out with scary shit going down Sera and Lucas seem to be inexplicably drawn to each other. Cue more eye rolling from the reader. The romance felt forced and unnecessary, though in a way I can understand wanting someone to cling to in an increasingly dangerous situation.

There is a fair bit of background on Lucas's character, but almost nothing on Sera herself. Though to be fair, stupid romance decisions that can be blamed on teen hormones aside, Sera is pretty logical and fairly sensible for the most part.

Spoilers, but these bits really irritated me


There was one stupid scene where she hears something at night whilst in the tent and thinks it might be bears in their camp. And she goes OUTSIDE in the pitch DARK to see what's going on. Leaving her tent-mate Emily asleep inside the tent. For fuck's sake.


One teacher is missing, presumed dead after an icky find and the other is alive but appears ill, and all they want is a grownup who can help get them sorted, so it becomes all about waking the teacher and getting him on his feet. Sensible, no? Though once the teacher is awake enough to get his bearings and not being sick, once he doesn't immediately believe every word they tell him they start thinking he's the one responsible.

(spoiler show)


There's also a story about a girl who died in the woods many years ago on a trip similar to theirs.  Deemed an accident when kids went partying in the woods, but there are hints there may be more to the story. Never really explored until the end.

Which in typical teen horror movie fashion, turned completely stupid. At least, it did for me.

Kind of a blah read for me in the end. Interesting premise, not so great execution. Would have liked some more character depth and background info filtered into the story.

Thank you Sourcebooks Fire and Netgalley for approving my request to view the title.

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review 2016-09-28 02:04
"We Were Sleeping, And They Were In Our Tent..."
One Was Lost - Natalie D. Richards

One Was Lost is about a group of high school seniors that have to participate in a mandatory field trip and for various reasons they get stuck with an outdoor camping trip. As soon as they start their trek through the woods though, things start going wrong and when they wake up after their first night, they realize that someone was in their tents...


Oh God.

My heart trips itself and then races.

"What the hell happened to us?" Lucas asks.

"They did it to you too," Emily says. We all turn to her, "Your word is different."

"What - " He never finishes. Because when he turns his left wrist up,

we all see the letters like an ornate tattoo: DECEPTIVE. 

Emily lifts her wrist: DAMAGED.

Lucas checks his and snorts. "Of course." DANGEROUS.

My turn, I swallow against the lump in my throat and it goes

down hard, bruises my insides.

My word is DARLING. 



I had so much fun reading this book! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time! I read through some of the sections so fast because I just had to find out what happened next. This is a YA thriller so there's not a lot of gore and stuff so if you're squeamish or scare easily you can still read it. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because there were a few of those moments where you just want to slap the characters for doing the exact opposite of what they should do. It is very suspenseful though which is a plus and perfect I think for younger and older adults as well.  If you're in the mood for a thrilling page-turner, this one's perfect! You won't fall asleep reading it, I guarantee it!  


*I received this ARC from NetGalley & Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! 


Professional Reader Reviews Published 2016 NetGalley Challenge



**I read this for my 2016 Halloween Bingo: ~Young Adult Horror~ square


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