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review 2020-02-04 22:07
One of Us is Next
One of Us Is Next - Karen M. McManus

What a ridiculous ass book. 


Okay. I am going to say something more substantial. I have eaten flavorless oatmeal that had more to it than this book. Character development is non-existent. You get to see characters from the previous book briefly, but we don't get to get into their heads. McManus decides to bring in a new crop of people for the most part that I didn't care about. 

I saw the twist coming as soon as a certain scene happened. And then I saw the next twist after that. Nothing was a shock and the why behind this was not even believable.


I had a huge problem with her last book, "Two Can Keep a Secret" because she has young adults acting in ways that other teens would scoff at. The whole truth and dare game made zero sense. But how did no adults even hear about it? Seriously? Considering social media today no one talked about it for this to get discussed? 

The jumping back and forth between 5 or I think 6 characters did not help matters either. There is zero tension going on. There was some tension in the first book because people were accusing teens of murdering their own. The murder in this book happens I think more than halfway through and I ended up loathing the characters so who cared in the end? Not me. 


The romance between all of the leads were lame and I didn't care about who ended up with who even a little bit. I think McManus was trying for some epic romance up there with Logan and Veronica with two of the characters and I was over it. 

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text 2020-02-01 19:45
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
One of Us Is Next - Karen M. McManus

I need to stop reading her books. I called everything. Also the back and forth among characters drove me up the wall after a while. This just dragged and I found myself rushing to the end.  

The story was so convoluted and there were too many exposition dumps along the way. 

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review 2020-01-14 13:36
Two Can Keep a Secret
Two Can Keep a Secret - Karen McManus
I picked this audio book up because I enjoyed the author’s first book, One of Us is Lying. This book was totally different. I enjoyed this book in the beginning but then, I thought the book dragged on.
The book is about a set of twins that have to live with their grandmother in Echo Ridge, as their mother is sent away for a while. The small town of Echo Ridge might be little, but within its borders, it contains big time drama. With a tragic past that include girls that have either come up missing or dead, this year is no exception. With a history to these crimes, the girls can’t take this year’s case lightly.
I enjoy a novel where an author slowly reveals the mystery to its reader but I thought there was too much other stuff in this novel that didn’t matter. Let’s cut to the chase and give me, what’s important. I also felt so lost with all the individuals in this novel. I was so confused with all the people that I had to keep track of. In short, this book just wasn’t right for me. There are tons of great reviews for it so, perhaps it’s right for you but I will pick-up One of Us is Next and read it. 2.5 stars


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review 2019-10-08 00:31
So much fun
One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus

I enjoyed this a whole lot more than I expected! I came of age in the eighties, so I saw The Breakfast Club in the theater, and the set up for this book was really appealing to me. 


Each of the main characters is outwardly a teen archetype: bad boy Nate, star athlete Cooper, ivy-league bound brain Bronwyn, and homecoming princess Addy, but, as in life, there is so much more to each of them than their classmates know. I actually ended up really liking all of them. McManus did a great job making them multi-dimensional. And Addy was straight up bad ass, as it turned out, which was awesome.


The main issue I had with the book is that the murder victim, Simon, was such a rotten person that it was hard to feel any sympathy for him. In keeping with everyone else in the book, he had many other elements to his character swirling around, but none of them made him even remotely more likeable.


I had a couple of guesses for the whodunnit. My first one was wrong, but my second one was right.


I read this for Baker Street Irregulars, and given the amount of teen ninja investigation was happening in the book, it fit the square perfectly. I thought it was a lot of fun!



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review 2019-05-20 03:25
3.5 Out Of 5 STARS for Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus
Two Can Keep a Secret - Karen McManus


๏ ๏ ๏ Highlights ๏ ๏ ๏


Small Town Atmosphere
Halloween Themed Amusement Park
2 POV's
Possible Linked Murders



With Audio Performed by Sophie Amoss & Kirby Heyborne


๏ ๏ ๏ My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏


The title is a totally like the Pretty Little Liars theme song and the plot did kind of remind me of the PLL series, overall (based on the random episodes I've seen here and there)...so maybe that's why she called it what she did. Otherwise, the title doesn't go with the story at all. Overall, the story is okay, the characters are okay and the mystery was somewhat twisty but somewhat predictable, with a dollop of eww thrown in. It wasn't terrible and it even entertained me for a bit.

The narration was passably okay, despite having Kirby Heyborne, he has one of those voices that I just can't take listening to for that long. Sophie Amoss was fairly good, though.


๏ ๏ ๏ MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏




๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

Plot⇝ 3.8/5
Narration Performance⇝ 3.7/5
Characters⇝ 3/5
The Feels⇝ 2.7/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 3.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Originality⇝ 3/5
Ending⇝ 3.7/5
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Book Cover⇝ Meh...why do Authors have covers that look the same...even though the stories aren't connected?
Setting⇝ Echo Ridge, Vermont
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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