Review: Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Don’t Look Back
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: April 15th, 2014
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating: 8/10
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Romance

This is another Jennifer L. Armentrout book… what a surprise! Don’t worry it is going to be one of the last ones for a while. This was different to the normal Jennifer L. Armentrout and it was definitely much more well written than the normal fantasy novels. Don’t Look Back is a unique, stand-alone mystery with a huge twist at the end. It isn’t a novel where you fall in love with the characters and world, it is more of a confronting and haunting novel. I highly recommend it if you loved Paper Towns, Mara Dyer and We Were Liars.

It follows the story of Samantha Franco who one day goes mysteriously missing with her best friend, Cassie. Suddenly, Samantha appears but she has lost all her memories and Cassie isn’t there with her. As she tries desperately to find out what happened that night of her disappearance, she only discovers a note that says, “Don’t look back. You won’t like what you find.”

*WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD FOR DON’T LOOK BACK*

I really liked this novel as it was different from the normal contemporaries and thriller, I have read before. I loved how we saw the story unravel through Samantha’s point of view because I think Jennifer L. Armentrout really captured the thoughts and frustration she would of been going through after the accident.

We start when Samantha Franco mysteriously stumbles in to town after her recent disappearance with her best friend Cassie. It started off with an ambiguous yet catching scene where she is completely blank and from there we meet her family. We discover that she came from a rich background and her parents are not on complete terms with each other and her brother is very protective of her. At this point, I was desperate to discover what happened on the night of the accident.

We then see Samantha going to school where she meets her friendship and her “serious” boyfriend. I love to see how the new Sam reflects on her old self and discovers that she was actually a mean, controlling and arrogant girl. She doesn’t want to be that kind of person again and, as she is offered this “new life”, she can amend her mistakes. This is one of the main themes that is explored in this novel and really makes the novel a lot more enjoying and relatable. It adds a lot of drama. Especially, when she tries to make that sudden change from being mean to nice.

I shipped Carson and Samantha. I loved to see their relationship develop while Samantha had extensive character development. It added a nice extra plot to the storyline. I couldn’t put the book down because I needed to know what happened to Cassie and on the night.

At first when she thought it was Carson, my heart broke. I did not expect it to be Carson and the motive seemed right. I was so shocked! I did not expect that but then it turned out it wasn’t Carson and it was , in fact, her father. It was bombshell after bombshell. I really liked her father because he actually treated her like she was sane. In the end, he was the cold-blooded killer. Originally, I didn’t like her mother because she was so superficial. I really wanted to strangle her but she became more accepting of her completely different daughter and that was really good.

Overall, it was a fun read and I am glad it is a stand-alone book. Jennifer L. Armentrout blew me away, once again. I couldn’t put this book down and I highly recommend it for mystery enthusiasts!

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Book Haul! March❤

Hey Guys!! I haven’t done a book haul in a while and I thought it would be good to do one because I got quite a few books, from the bookstore and library. I’ve got six in total and I also got the Divergent DVD, but it isn’t featured in the photo! I’ve been dying to read these books, I can’t wait to read them and review them.

Since You’ve Been Gone:
Since You’ve Been Gone is by Morgan Matson and is my current read. It is a contemporary, chick-lit novel. It is about Emily who has to complete a “bucket-list” written to her by her friend, Sloane. Sloane one day disappears without a trace and Emily believed that in order to get her back she needs to complete the list. The only problem is that Emily is a wall-flower and isn’t an “out-there” person like Sloane. I only just started and it’s really good! It took me a while to push through but now it is really intriguing.

White Hot Kiss:
This book is another series by Jennifer L. Armentrout! I loved Lux and I hope this one will live up to the high hopes I have. I don’t know much about it but I do know that the main character is Layla who is half Gargoyle and half Demon. She has a crush on Zayne, who is a guard and one day she meets Roth, who is a demon and he claims he knows about all of Layla’s secret. It sound really weird but like Lux, I have a feeling it will pretty good.

Don’t Look Back:
Don’t Look Back is (Surprise! Surprise) another Jennifer L. Armentrout! This book sounds really good. It’s about a girl, Sam, who disappears one night and wakes up but forgets who she is. Sam was originally Miss Popularity, at her school and lived a perfect life. As she slowly remembers fragments of her past life she notices that she didn’t really live that “perfect life”. She can’t seem to remember the day she disappeared but the only way she can stay alive is to not find out what happened that night.

My Life Next Door:
This was in my latest TBR list and finally, I got it! It is a contemporary, chick-lit novel and is written by Huntley Fitzpatrick. It is about Samantha who falls in love with the wild, loud and affectionate boy next door.

Confess:
Confess is by Colleen Hoover and is a romance novel. I have finished this book and devoured it. I have a review you can check out here! There is a whole mini blurb for it in the review!

Landline:
I actually have read this book but because I didn’t originally have it, I bought it in the book store. It is Rainbow Rowell’s recent contemporary and I really liked it. It is a really nostalgic book. It is about  Georgie and how she and her husband’s relationship at the moment are very rocky.

These are all the novels I got recently. I will write review for some of the books and if you would like to see more of the novels I have, you can check out my Instagram: @hashtaglovebooks!

Thank you! #lovebooks❤