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review 2017-07-05 08:34
pretty great breakfast / murder club mashup
One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus

"It’s a great story: four good-looking, high-profile students all being investigated for murder. And nobody’s what they seem..."

 

"Now here’s your assignment: connect the dots. Is everybody in it together, or is somebody pulling strings? Who’s the puppet master and who’s the puppet? I’ll give you a hint to get you started: everyone’s lying. GO!"

 

 

I must crow a bit...I KNEW this was going to be awesome WAY before the library loving released it into my anxiously awaiting clutches. It's high school drama with a dollop of Breakfast/ Kill Club mixed in. The writing was extremely laid back which made it easy to devour large portions in a single sitting. In fact that might be my super power of late...capable of tackling great tomes in a single bound...fights off even the worst case of late-night bleary eye.... motto: one more chapter...can't leave things off like that...just a hundred pages til the end...oops, is that the last page?... I know it's long, I'll keep working on it....aaaaand I digress (frequently)...back to the book at hand. One Of Us Is Lying is unsurprisingly easy to consume in absolutely no time at all. After just a few hours I turned to the epilogue and silently swore because it was quickly coming to an end (great sign). The world building was a little sparse but the characters were sufficiently complex though undeniably trite. It was told via multiple POVs which got a bit confusing at times, causing some pack peddling to find out which character's head we were in, but in the end it worked out well. Be warned: There are some heavy triggers (which I will not disclose...no spoilers here but be aware) within BUT the ugly spots are effectively sterilized, lacquered over and buffed to a PG tint. The ending wrapped things up so neatly as to almost be too saccharine....not my thing but right up your alley if you're one who likes their endings nice and tidy for all.

 

The takehome is: this is a quick, easily addictive read with a minimally showcased, predictable yet insta-love free romance.

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text 2017-06-30 20:07
June Re-Cap...A seriously crazy month.
The Deal - Elle Kennedy
One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus
If I Fix You - Abigail Johnson Dodge
The Girl from Everywhere - Heidi Heilig
Dragon Teeth: A Novel - Michael Crichton
Gods of Anthem - Logan Keys
Underwater - Marisa Reichardt
Siege and Storm - Leigh Bardugo
Of Dreams and Rust - Sarah Fine

This year, June has been a month from hell...It started out with my birthday/Open House for my daughter, then a few days later her graduation ceremony, that all went okay...just very hectic.  Two days after my oldest daughter graduated high school, my youngest daughter and I went up the road a mile to Subway and came home and a car had driven into our house.  Like, seriously, drove through the front porch and the garage...then proceeded to go through the wall of the garage into the woods behind the house, where he hit a tree.  

 

 

 

 

 

This photo is the aftermath of what happened...apparently the guy driving had a seizure. It's pretty scary, to pull into your driveway and see that...insane.  But, hey...now we get to do some remodeling.  The month closed out with some serious medical stuff for me, that I'm unfortunately, still dealing with.  :(

 

Anyway, my reading hit a bit of slump (as in I found it hard to concentrate on reading and listening at all), with everything going on lately.  

 

(Kindle eBook) The Deal by Elle Kennedy

Finish Date:  06/06/17

5 Stars

 

(Audiobook) One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus

Finish Date:  06/07/17

5 Stars

 

(Kindle eBook) If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson

Finish Date:  06/11/17

4.3/5 Stars

 

(Audiobook) The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Finish Date:  06/13/17

2/5 Stars

 

(Audiobook) Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

Finish Date:  06/19/17

4/5 Stars

 

(Netgalley Arc) The Last City by Logan Keys

Previously titled Gods of Anthem (booklikes won't update)

Finish Date:  06/20/17

3.8/5 Stars

 

(Kindle eBook) Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

Finish Date:  06/23/17

4.7/5 Stars

 

(Audiobook) Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Finish Date:  06/26/17

4/5 Stars

 

(Kindle eBook) Of Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine

Finish Date:  06/30/17

4.5/5 Stars

 

9 Books Total (3,074 Pages Read)

4 Audiobooks, 4 eBooks, and 1 Netgalley Arc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-06-17 20:56
The Breakfast Club meets…a twisty murder plot???
One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus

 

 

Book Title:  One of Us is Lying

Author:  Karen M McManus

Narration:  Kim Mai Guest, MacLeod Andrews, Shannon McManus, & Robbie Daymond

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Mystery, YA

Setting:  Bayview High- Bayview, CA

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Don't You (Forget About Me) by Glee  --A new take on an old hit…I thought there's only one song for this story, but I wanted something with a new spin, new feel and so this feels…just right.♫

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

5/5 STARS

A+

 

 

My Thoughts

 

An ingenious take on one of my all-time favorite movies, The Breakfast Club.  Reconstructed and varied with a twisty murder plot.  Each of the original players are represented from the princess all the way to basketcase…but they're changed up a quite a bit. 

 

While listening to One of Us is Lying, I thought I had a fairly good idea of who actually killed Simon.  In part, my theories were right, but ultimately, I significantly missed the mark with this one, so props to the Author.

 

This is a bonus as an audiobook because each of the four main characters has a separate person narrating.  So, I wholeheartedly recommend Audio for this book.

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  5+/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope!

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I definitely would.

 

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review 2017-06-07 20:38
One of Us Is Lying
One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus

[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.]

I’m not sure how I feel exactly about this book. I did expect a lot clichés when I started this book (which the blurb makes clear anyway), and clichés there were, but I’m still not sure I liked or not? Sometimes I do want to see how they pan out; sometimes I want something different from the start. Here, I’d say that mostly they don’t really deviate from the usual outcomes (girl falls for the bad boy, girl/boy cheats on partner, etc.), and the plot is a little heavy on high school stereotype drama at times. I suppose I also expected that the four teenagers’ secrets would be ‘darker’ than ‘oh noes I cheated on my partner’, since this seems to be so very common in plots (and here’s a reminder about how everything feels like the fate of the world depends on it, at that age).

On the other hand, even though these things were predictable, and even though I had my suspicions about the murderer halfway throughout the story, I found myself reading fairly fast because I wanted to see if other secrets would pile up on the existing one, if other characters would help shed light on what really happened, or what other clues would appear. Not that many, it turned out, but... it still kept me entertained.

The mystery was... okay-ish? The story focused more on the characters and their lives unravelling than on providing lots of clues or red herrings—entertaining, but not thrilling.

I had trouble with the 1st person narrative: our four suspected murderers take turns to tell the story, but their respective voices sounded too much like each other, so at times I found myself not too sure of who was telling a specific part, and I had to re-read, or use the ‘chapter’s title’ to see who it was about. The style is somewhat juvenile, however it wasn’t jarring (and definitely -less- jarring than that trend of having teenagers speak like 40-year-old chaps!).

Conclusion: Probably a novel that will hold more appeal for younger readers, but not so much if one is already used to such themes/plots and want to go further than stereotypes.

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review 2017-06-06 12:37
Karen McManus - One Of Us Is Lying
One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus
Wow, this was a surprise. I did not expect that I would enjoy this book so much.

I am not a fan of YA books. Usually I am not interested in kid’s problems and teenage stuff. When I found this book on NetGalley I was intrigued by the blurb and hit the Request button. I just did not think about the fact that students having detention means they would be quite young. Stupid me. But I am glad now that I requested it because I really enjoyed it. I was into the story from page one. The mystery about the sudden death of one of their friends is a classical whodunit. It is hard to guess what happened and the revelation at the end was a surprise for me.

It is really funny that I liked this book so much. It has a lot of high school stereotypes and the typical teenage love mess. But somehow it worked. I liked the characters and how they changed during the investigation. The story is only told through the 4 students who were in detention when Simon died. There is no insight into the police work. But the whole thing stays a mystery until the end. I could see some things coming but I did not guess the end. It is an easy read and a very likable book. I enjoyed reading it and because I am so surprised that I liked it so much I give it 5 stars.

I would llke to thank NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review
 
 
 
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