Sawyer Dodd is a star athlete, a straight-A student, and the envy of every other girl who wants to date Kevin Anderson. When Kevin dies in a tragic car crash, Sawyer is stunned. Then she opens her locker to find a note:
Someone saw what he did to her. Someone knows that Sawyer and Kevin weren't the perfect couple they seemed to be. And that someone—a killer—is now shadowing Sawyer's every move... from goodreads.com
Beth says 3.5 Stars...
I'll start off with a problem I had with the book; I spent the whole time I was reading the novel with the Savage Garden song "Truly, Madly, Deeply" stuck in my head. Just like Impossible by Nancy Werlin had me humming "Scarborough Fair" there are some books that automatically become associated with songs. However, the book and the song have no common sentiments. The book is a mystery/thriller and tons of fun. The main draw is the plot that moves at a quite rapid pace. Sawyer finds herself drawn into a complicated web of violence and psychological play that she isn't prepared for. The twists and turns weren't all that shocking and I found that I was able to figure out the culprit by the end of the book. Although there were a few surprises, nothing blew me out of the water. I will say that this is an extremely well-paced novel and I thoroughly appreciated that.
Sawyer was a decent character. She's easier to relate to than many heroines because her reactions aren't always full of strength. She freaks out quite a bit, which is understandable when someone is stalking you and doing unsettling things. I will say that I like my leading ladies feistier, so that might be why I didn't bond with Sawyer as much. Her responses are probably much more like my own would be, but I'd rather pretend that I would be all kinds of awesome instead. The biggest issue of the book was the lack of depth the secondary characters were given. They flitted on and off the page without making the substantial impact necessary. Sawyer was the only character who really felt multidimensional.
Overall this is a fun book. If you're looking for something a bit creepy and mysterious, you could do a lot worse. It's a quick, page-turning read that will keep you involved until you reach the conclusion.
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Here is our rating system: One Star - Use as doorstop Two Stars - Bearable while on pain medication Three Stars - Read once, do not repeat Four Stars - Definitely keep it on your shelf Five Stars - Use as altar
So we've decided to join the challenge! This is just a preliminary list, and is definitely subject to change (we'll be doing a lot of adding as books begin to be released in order to get to the 12 we need!). Also, this is no order whatsoever. (if the book is in a color, it means one of us has read it!)
1. The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal
2. Human.4 by Mike Lancaster
3. Like Madarin by Kirsten Hubbard
4. The Emerald Atlas by John Stevens
5. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
6. Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
7. Hourglass by Myra McEntire
8. Never Sit Down in a Hoopskirt and Other Things I Learned in Southern Belle Hell by Crickett Rumley
9. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
10. Entwined by Heather Dixon
11. The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
12. Possession by Elana Johnson
Fantasy Reading Challenge
1. Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl 2. The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal 3. Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin 4. Sapphique by Catherine Fisher 5. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins 6. Glimmerglass by Jenna Black 7. Tortall and Other Lands by Tamora Pierce 8. Entice by Carrie Jones 9. Hourglass by Myra McEntire 10. Wither by Lauren DeStefano 11. Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr 12. Shadowspell by Jenna Black 13. Matched by Ally Condie 14. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Claire 15. Entwined by Heather Dixon 16. The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney 17. Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst 18. The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan 19. Possession by Elana Johnson 20. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford 21. So Silver Bright by Lisa Manchev
Welcome to "in BetweeN the pages." This is a little project that we've started and we hope that it will allow us to engage in some lovely book talk. Here's a little about us-
Beth~ I have a feeling that I may have a problem. I adore books. I read whenever I can, and most of the time feel that reading a good book would be a much better use of my time than working on anything else. I'm a recent college graduate with a degree in chemistry and love science! I'm currently living in Finland while doing some research as a Fulbright before embarking on my PhD. Hopefully you will enjoy what I say... but I tend to ramble.
Nathan~ For me, reading is the ultimate escape. A good book is so much better than any therapist can ever be. I am, what many might call, a book addict. It may be wrong, but it feels so right to blow off my homework and sit curled up with a novel. It's the ultimate relaxation. Books have gotten me through school and all the drama that accompanies it. I hope that my humble opinions can help you as you continue your literary adventure.