Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Book Review: One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Released: May 30, 2017
Read: May 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Format: ARC, 368 pages
Series: Stand-alone

Description from Goodreads:

Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. 
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. 
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High's notorious gossip app. 
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn't an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he'd planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who's still on the loose? 
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

    One of Us Is Lying was simply amazing! It got my attention from the very first page and continued to hold it throughout the entire novel. The author, Karen M. McManus, did a great job of hiding who the true killer really was, and only hinted it in at the very end. Usually with books where the point of view rotates between characters, I enjoy one perspective more than the others and look forward to that one in particular. But that didn't happen with One of Us Is Lying; I wanted to know more information about each character equally. This created a very enticing read and I can't wait for more people to read it!

Favourite Quotes:

  • " These murder club meetings are becoming a regular thing. We need a new name, though."
  • "It concerns me you're avoiding a promise not to murder me."
  • "I don't know why it's so hard for people to admit that sometimes they're just assholes who screw up because they don't expect to be caught."
  • " I guess we're almost friends now, or as friendly as you can get when you're not one hundred percent sure the other person isn't framing you for murder."
  • "We could be surrounded by walking dead in the zombie apocalypse and she'd look for the bright side."

Rating: 8.5/10

Recommended if you like: thrillers, murder-mysteries, high school dramas, the Breakfast Club, Pretty Little Liars

Keep flipping pages,

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Favourite Books of 2017

Hey guys! 2017 is finally coming to a close, so we thought we would let you in on our favourite 2017 releases. Below are just a few of the books we adored, and feel free to tell us your favourites in the comments!

  • Dreamfall by Amy Plum
  • The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
  • The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
  • If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger
  • The Masked Truth by Kelly Armstrong

  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy
  • The Case of the Missing Men by Kris Bertin
  • Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
  • The Muse by Jessie Burton
  • The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

Happy New Year!

Your friends here at The Autumn Bookshelf

Friday, October 20, 2017

Book Review: All The Crooked Saints

 All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

Released: October 10th, 2017
Read: October 2017
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Format: ARC, 311 pages
Series: n/a

Description from GoodReads: Here is a thing everyone wants: a miracle.
Here is a thing everyone fears: what it takes to get one.
   Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.
   At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.
   They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.

Review: This book is kind of like a bedtime story. The narrator meanders and builds the world and characters so you can fall in love with each of them in turn. I don't mean it as an insult when I say that there's no pulse-pounding, gut-wrenching action. It's something I haven't seen before, and I really like it. There's a lot of character. If you can picture a bunch of characters standing out in the desert, you are about halfway to the amount of characters in the story, and you didn't even count the desert as one. Sometimes, like a true bedtime storyteller, the names or backstories get a little confusing. (#itsDarlenesRooster) But all the characters are lovely, with complex but simple wants and fears that are developed through clear story arcs. Like I said, the narrator meanders. The book describes side character's side characters background stories. It compares radio waves to miracles, and informs us in detail of a plant that takes over its environment. The intricate details set the storybook tone throughout the book. Altogether, the novel has a languid, bedtime storyteller feel that may bore some people, but I found it interesting and relaxing.