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review 2016-05-03 16:33
Nearly digging up the past...quite literally
Nearly Found - Elle Cosimano

Nearly Found is even better than the debut novel by Elle Cosimano.


Cosimano uses the same style in this sequel to make the reader never want to put the book down. If you thought, "hmmm, where could the story line go from here?' at the end of the first book, you obviously didn't think much about the surrounding characters...hint hint. 


Nearly tries hard to make amends with Anh and Jeremy, while trying to keep Reece within an arms reach. She gets into a bit of a pickle, with the same notes from before. But how could that be since TJ is in jail? 


Don't worry, it all comes together in the end and you'll be asking when a third book will be published. 


Riveting and full of surprises! I honestly cannot wait to see if Cosimano keeps going on with Nearly's character. I know its a YA title, but seriously, aren't they the best?!







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review 2016-03-02 16:03
Homicide, powers, and Nearly Boswell
Nearly Gone - Elle Cosimano

This was such a great read, especially being from Maryland and knowing locations in DC and Virginia. Elle Cosimano grew up under the supervision of a teacher and an maximum security guard, so she knows a bit about YA and the government sector. Living in DC, this book was a great way to showcase her knowledge of the area for the reader. 


Now, with that all being said, this book is full of mystery and thriller. Nearly Boswell is sort of this rough 16 year old who might as well be a genius. She is competing for a scholarship while decoding messages in the classifieds every Friday. This gets her into some deep trouble when her tutor subjects start going missing...and dying. 


Well-written with all the right details and emotions, this YA book is a must read! Cosimano puts enough suspense in it without feeling like this can't be solved- of course not without a few obstacles in the way. The 'powers' i speak of in the title of this post will make sense when you actually read it! I can't give it away!


4.5 stars just because it may take a while to get the full circle of the plot, especially when it comes to Nearly's family and her 'power'. Nearly Found is on the way to my house and I cannot wait to read what is next for Nearly. 



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review 2015-08-22 00:00
Nearly Gone
Nearly Gone - Elle Cosimano

This review was originally posted on One Curvy Blogger

Nearly Gone is a book that I was recently drawn to thanks to #booksfortrade. It totally escaped my notice when it came out in March 2014, but since I am always a fan of YA murder mysteries, I quickly snatched it up. Unfortunately, I found Nearly Gone to be another YA thriller that could've spectacular had it had less irritating characters. While I did ultimately enjoy the mystery, the rest of the book underwhelmed me.

Nearly is an obsessive character that will do whatever it takes to find what she needs, no matter who she unwittingly steps on along the way. She is not clueless to the feelings of the people around her, but she rarely seems to think about them on her journey to find the missing puzzles of…well…everything. She also has a hard time listening to anyone else advice besides her own. This makes her hard to stand as the narrator of Nearly Gone.

Her obsession with searching the personal ads for messages from her father. This is one obsession she has had for years and has recently caused her friendship with best friend Jeremy to suffer and her already strained relationship with her mother to become even more tense. Though I can understand why she is trying to find him, seeing as he might have the answers to why she can feel people’s emotions with a simple touch. It’s this obsession that leads her to realize that the killer who has been offing the students she tutors has learned of said obsession and is now communicating with her, while also pinning the murders on her.

I get her need to solve this horrifyingly personal crime, find out who the serial killer is and clear her good name. What I don’t understand is the need to alienate everyone Nearly came into contact by listening to no one except the (figurative) voice in her head that keeps getting her into stupid situations and those around her killed. What does she do when she realizes the students she is assign to tutor turn up dead? She hopes they don’t turn up dead and continues to search for hidden messages without involving the police. All so she can get that community service credit and qualify for that science scholarship.

If you haven’t realized yet, Nearly is an idiot.

Reece was nothing special

This is mostly because he was the least frustrating of the two. Reece takes an assignment from the police in exchange for an erased police record so he can start over and change his life. He is sent to Nearly’s school to get close to her and uncover any evidence that she might be involved in the death of the students she tutored. It doesn’t take long for him to realize he’s in love with her and needs to be saved from herself. I normally don’t like heroes that feel the need to fix everything for their love interests, but let’s be honest, if anyone needs saving, it’s Nearly.

To be honest, he just really didn’t stand out when compared to other YA heroes. There isn’t anything about him that makes him special, except that he wants to be a better person and atone for all the mistakes he made in his life, like getting his brother killed.
The mystery was fun, but the research was iffy

The mystery angle is really what saved this book for me. Serial killer mysteries are a dime-a-dozen in adult fiction, but it’s always new and exciting when I come across one that is young adult. I had to keep reading more, because there was no way I was going to stop until the killer had been found. When I find out who the murderer was, I was floored! I thought I had it all figured out, but boy I was wrong wrong wrong.

The only issue I had was the bits of information that the author threw at us here and there that brought me to an expected conclusion: Cosimano didn’t put nearly enough research into the process as I would have liked. For one, hospitals might look like they have lax security, but they’re pretty secure, especially when the patient is a) a minor and b) recouping from an attempted assault. There were more issues here and there that took away from the plot, but all-in-all, I enjoyed the mystery aspect of the book.

So basically, Nearly Gone was flawed

I didn’t care for the characters or the romance plot, but the mystery was successful in keeping my attention. I will probably pick up the sequel, (mostly because I want to know what could possibly come after capturing a serial killer), but it’s not all that high up on my list of books I have to have. I will probably wind up checking it out at the library or something.
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review 2015-06-20 00:00
Nearly Gone
Nearly Gone - Elle Cosimano I thought this book would be good, as I love chemistry! But it employed very little usage of the subject. The book was good enough that I'd read the sequel, but not good enough to recommend.
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review 2015-04-30 00:06
“Are you going to give me a reason to stay?” --Elle Cosimano, Nearly Gone
Nearly Gone - Elle Cosimano

Book Title:   Nearly Gone

Author:   Elle Cosimano

Series:  Nearly Gone #1 



Why I picked that quote:  I forgot to highlight any while reading it and that was best one from goodreads.❖❖








My Rating:


Plot:  4   Kept me guessing all the way to the end.

Characters:  4.5  Complex and unique (Unique--a nice word for odd...sometimes I like odd.)

Theme:  4.5/5

Flow:  3.8/5 Few issues here...nothing major.

Originality:  4.5/5 For sure different than what I've been reading lately.

Book Cover:  5/5 Part creepy, part dirty.  Gritty.

The Feels:  3.8/5 Just because your kind of geeky doesn't mean you don't want a boy to like you.

Ending:   5/5  Cliffhanger:  No 


Overall Rating:  4.5/5 Stars 




Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Living in a DC trailer park, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Like her mother's job as an exotic dancer, her obsession with the personal ads, and especially the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone's skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn't trust: the new guy at school—a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance. . . on her.

Nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn't figure it all out soon—she'll be next.



My Thoughts:


I really enjoyed this book, but after I was finished reading it, I went on Goodreads and seen such bad reviews for it.  One in particular made me question whether it was really as good as I thought it was.  Which, in turn, made me upset.  I know...I know I shouldn't do that, though...I should know that everyone likes and dislikes a book for their own reasons.  So...yeah, I liked it, Damn it...


I did see more than one person say something about how their isn't any Trailer Parks in the DC area...for one, who cares (it's a made-up story) and two, how do they know for sure their isn't any...I mean, they like to hide those kinds of places behind a bunch a trees and sh*t. 


So yeah, in closing, now that I'm done with my rant, I was thoroughly entertained by this young adult Sci-fi/Mystery.




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