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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Retribution of Mara Dyer- Review

Title: Retribution of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkins
Series: Mara Dyer Trilogy
Release Date: November 4th, 2014
Genre: Supernatural, Romance and Mysterious/Chilling
Rating: 8.5/10

Hey Guys! So, I read the first two Mara Dyer books earlier this year and I fell in love with this book series. It is about a girl called, Mara Dyer who is riddled by past experiences and when she moves to a new school and meets Noah Shaw, her whole life get thrown into madness. Mara Dyer claims she killed people but her parents think she is just traumatized by her life before she moved. It’s a lot of fun to read and it reminds me of an modern Agatha Christie meets Sherlock Holmes novel. The whole book is like an a thousand piece puzzle- there are so many mysteries that are thrown at you at the start but become more mysterious and complex as the story unravels! I recommend it to anyone who is looking for something different to the normal dystopian and supernatural books.

*DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK- SPOILERS AHEAD*

I love this book because all the supernatural occurrences can be backed by science. For example, the whole genetics thing backs up why Noah, Mara, Stella and Jamie have the powers- it all makes sense and it makes the book seem less cheesy. This book is definitely my favorite one out of all the book there was so much action and so many mysteries- it kept me on the edge of my seat.

We start off in the Horizons Mental Facility and creepy Dr Kells and Dr Wayne are telling Mara that the tests they run on her are perfectly safe. Mara really annoyed me at the start as she took the stupidest risks in the world. Like in the first few chapters, when Jamie and Stella clearly told Mara that the door with the radioactive sign was a trap, but Mara, being the reckless person as she is, still opened the door and became heavily sedated by Dr Kells and not to mention the other scene with the old van driver who let Mara, Jamie and Stella in his car but nearly killed Mara and Stella, in the bathroom. The pills inside Mara’s stomach didn’t really get that much of a resolution, we never really find out exactly what the pill did and we don’t really get a resolution on Stella- she just walked out and they never find her again. It would have been a nice touch if they had somehow come across Stella in the future. Jude being Dr Kells son wasn’t really a twist as it was obvious that Jude was somehow linked to Dr Kells.

I liked how Michelle linked back to the first book, with the genetics guide and Mara’s brother. I also like how she threw in the flashbacks to Mara’s grandmother because that way we find out more  about her situation and why Noah and Mara are the one’s that are so called, “chosen”.

The ending was definitely my favorite part and it didn’t slack off- it wasn’t a hasty ending. The whole killing ordeal was something that kept my eyes glued to the page- Mara was Noah’s weakness and Noah was Mara’s weakness. I liked how we don’t actually find out how Noah dies as it is mentioned in the book that Mara will love him to ruins- it’s a good little cliffhanger and I love how the ending relates back right to the start of the saga, “My name is not Mara Dyer, but my lawyer said I had to chose something,”

I had a lot of fun reading this book and it definitely did not disappoint!

Book News- 18/10/2014

Book News for all you guys!! It’s been a pretty eventful week! Stay tuned for reviews on my recently read books!

So earlier this week, MTV released chapter two of The Retribution of Mara Dyer. You can read it here: http://www.mtv.com/news/1959489/exclusive-retribution-of-mara-dyer-chapter/ I love this series and really can’t wait for the next book. This chapter is definitely spine-chilling.

On October the 12th, it was Josh Hutcherson’s birthday!! Talking about the Hunger Games Cast. A snippet of the upcoming movie, Mockingjay Part 1, was released. It was named “Return to District 12”. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6srDbQqlss I love Yellow Flicker Beat and I really enjoyed the way they used the song in this video. There is also going to be an app called “Panem Rising” coming out next month. We don’t have much information about it but it is going to be a game.

My True Love Gave To Me came out on October the 14th. I still need to go buy it- but I am so excited!

If you didn’t know The Mortal Instruments will be made into a TV Show because that way according to the new director, Martin Moszkowicz, they can explore the world in more depth. I have mixed feelings about this, I don’t want it turn out like the Mortal Instruments Movie. Many are wondering about the cast- will they re-cast or keep the old actors and actresses? I want them to have a new cast because that way they can start afresh and I didn’t really like Jamie C. Bower as Jace.

The Mortal Instruments Novella, The Shadow Hunter Academy will be released in EBook Format similar to the Bane Chronicles- a short story every month.
Here is the plan Cassandra Clare has released:
Feb. 17 2015
Welcome to the Shadowhunter Academy
Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

March 17 2015
The Lost Herondale
Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman

April 21 2015
The Whitechapel Fiend
Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson

May 19 2015
Nothing but Shadows
Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

June 16 2015
The Evil We Love
Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman

July 21 2015
Pale Kings and Princes
Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman

Aug. 18 2015
Bitter of Tongue
Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

Sept. 15 2015
The Fiery Trial
Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

Oct. 20 2015
Born to Endless Night
Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

Nov. 17 2015
Angels Twice Descending
Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman

It will have all  the old characters and Simon. I am so excited for this book.

That’s all this week! Stay tuned for more posts coming up!!