Review: Conspiracy Girl by Sarah Alderson

Title: Conspiracy Girl
Author: Sarah Alderson
Publication Date: 2015 (Simon & Schuster)
Pages: 306
Genre: Thriller
Format: Paperback

Links to buy: |Amazon UK| |Waterstones| |Book Depository|

Everybody knows about the Cooper Killings .
There was only one survivor – a sixteen year-old Nic Preston

Now eighteen, Nic is trying hard to rebuild her life. But then one night her high-security apartment is broken into. It seems the killers are back.

Finn Carter – hacker, rule breaker, player – is the last person Nic ever wants to see again. He’s the reason her mother’s killers walked free from court. But as the people hunting her close in, Nic has to accept that her best and possibly only chance of staying alive is by keeping close to Finn and learning to trust the person she’s sworn to hate.

But the closer they get to the truth and the closer they get to each other, the greater the danger becomes.

To survive she has to stay close to him.
To keep her safe he has to keep his distance. [Goodreads]

Nic is trying to lay low and hide from the past.  But after her involvement in the killing, it’s become tricky to know who to trust, because people seem to be leeching on Nic so they can sell stories of her to the press.

But then the killers are back. Or killers who work just like the ones in the past and Nic has to run. She’s teamed up wth Finn, a genius hacker, and together they dig deep into the network and servers to figure out who the real murders are. It’s the first time that Nic lets go and trusts someone else who isn’t herself. But the closer they get, the more risky everything is and people they hold closest to could also get hurt.

I really loved this book! It was super quick to get through but packed with fast paced action and I was constantly flicking through the pages wanting to know what happens next.

Nic’s exhausted with the fact that she can never feel safe. When Nic and Finn get reacquainted it’s full of lots of awkward tension. He was the one who let Nic’s mothers killers run loose after all. They both know they need to be cautious around one another. Yet they both have flaws and a long unfortunate history, which they are trying to improve from the present, and they find comfort in one another. An escape from the manic chaos that’s happening around them.

Finn was by far my favourite character out of the two (the story being a duel narration). He is perceived to be the ‘baddie’ at the beginning, but when it comes to crime, he always seeks one thing: justice. Alderson planted lines about Finn early on, that almost made us see the worst in him! You’re not only guessing who the killers are but also who Finn is. Seriously fell hard for him and he’s definitely someone I’d like to have by my side if killers are chasing me down.

The climax of the book, wasn’t as climatic as I thought it’d be. The ‘reveal’ threw off the speed and excitement that build the whole book up and suddenly it was like I had to read through a GCSE science text book. The overwhelming pressure that kept Nic and Finn moving was gone and everything came to a stop. It didn’t work well for me. I also predicted who was behind everything…

I was really underwhelmed after reading the Hunting Lila duo, but Conspiracy Girl stole my heart away, crushed it a bit and then fixed it back up together… I thoroughly recommend!

My rating
I really liked it

4 cup

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Review: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

25183888Title: Black Ice
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publication Date: 26 March 2015 (Simon & Schuster)
Pages: 416
Genre: Thriller
Format: Paperback

Links to buy: |Amazon UK| |Waterstones| |Book Depository|

Britt Pheiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

Britt is forced to guide the men off the mountain, and knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there…and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally? [Goodreads]

As much as this was a thriller/crime/mystery read, it was a easy and quick book to get through.

I’m quite familiar with Fitzpatrick’s books, having read the whole of the Hush Hush series I was excited to read something of hers that didn’t have any paranormal elements.

TI loved the strength that Britt has in this book. Britt convinces her best friend to go on a trek with her in the mountains, even though they’re not so safe and covered in snow. Her ex is to chaperon their adventures and whilst this wasn’t part of her plan, she won’t let this make ruin her challenge. Yet on their way up to the cabin, a snow storm hits and her carefully planned out trip starts to fall apart. Britt puts on a brave face and tries to be smart person people do not think she is. And I loved that about her. I also liked her sense of adventure (before the bad stuff went down) because I am a sucker for characters who want to prove to themselves to others that they are stronger than they look and through hiking… similarities run kinda close. Her best friend, Korbie, on the other hand, was a pain. A typical and plain character.

I’ve had a bit of a bad reading streak and I’m so happy that this book picked everything up! There were the classic thriller aspects in this novel but also crime elements in it too. Not at all too intense but enough to create the right amount of mystery. I enjoyed the entrapment and pressure that the characters were under and the focus mainly being on three of them worked really well. It was such an entertaining read and I can definitely find myself re-reading this book in the future.

The only thing stopping me from making this a five cupcake rating is the relationship between Britt and Mason which doesn’t seem to add up. Britt says it’s not Stockholm Syndrome but I couldn’t disagree more. There is no way she could fall in love with someone who held her hostage and dragged her through a journey she didn’t want to go through. But there was something that drew me into their romance and Fitzpatrick did well in building the trust and friendship between the two of them.

Would definitely recommend – but maybe wait til winter… It’s more a winter read than a heatwave kinda read. Unless you’re like me 😛

My rating
I really liked it

4 cup

Review: The 100 Society by Carla Spradbery


100societyTitle:
 The 100 Society
Author: Carla Spradbery
Publication Date: 4th September 2014 (Hodder)
Pages: 306
Genre: Triller
Format: Paperback

Links to buy: |Waterstones| |Amazon UK|  |Book Depository|

Friendships unravel and lives are risked in this suspenseful debut thriller where no one is above suspicion…

For sixth-form student Grace Becker, The 100 Society is more than just a game; it’s an obsession. Having convinced her five friends at Clifton Academy to see it through to the end, Grace will stop at nothing to carry out the rules of the game: tagging 100 locations around the city. With each step closer to the 100-mark they get, the higher the stakes become. But when the group catches the attention of a menacing stalker – the Reaper – he seems intent on exposing their illegal game, tormenting Grace with anonymous threats and branding their dormitory doors with his ominous tag.

As the once tight-knit group slowly unravels, torn apart by doubt and the death of a student, they no longer know who to trust.

With time running out, Grace must unmask the Reaper before he destroys everything she cares about for ever… [Goodreads]

From reading James Dawson and also Cat Clarke, I am always up for reading a thriller novel with the added bonus of The 100 Society being written by a UKYA author!

Taking on the job of completing the 100 taggings, Grace insists it must be done so her and her close friends: Faith, Cassie, Pete and Trick, take it on. None of them knowing that taking on this task would call on the Reaper. Spradbery created great twists and turns, with situations that kept me reading on, yet thinking back it was more of a simplistic thriller than what I’ve seen before. The pacing was great and I loved how every small element was weaved into the story – it had a lot of those “Oooo, clEvER” moments.

Occasionally, I felt that some characters were a little left behind, especially as the book progressed and the focus was on Grace and Trick. That being said, I’m almost happy that Trick got more page coverage because he was one of my favourite characters – sarcasm always goes a long way (yay for good ole British humour!). A bit of a mixed bunch, they all worked well to counteract one another shifting the conversation moods easily and smoothly amongst themselves.

I do really really want an epilogue though! If I can request one thing, Carla, can we find out how everyone is? How do they even recover from that horror? The answers to questions we will never know…

My Rating:

I liked it

3 cup

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Books With A Bite for giving the opportunity to win a proof copy!