Friday, 28 February 2014

Review: Panic

 Fight Club Panic
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Publication Date: March 4th 2014
~A copy was provided by HarperCollins via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review~

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Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.
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The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club.  

The second rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club!  

Third rule of Fight- 

Sorry, wrong book. 

But, that's the idea. You know about Panic, you enter Panic, you do not talk about Panic. Kind of alá Cry Wolf. 

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (#33)

 "Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.



 
 
 




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Eveny Cheval just moved back to Louisiana after spending her childhood in New York with her aunt Bea. Eveny hasn’t seen her hometown since her mother’s suicide fourteen years ago, and her memories couldn’t have prepared her for what she encounters. Because pristine, perfectly manicured Carrefour has a dark side full of intrigue, betrayal, and lies—and Eveny quickly finds herself at the center of it all.

Enter Peregrine Marceau, Chloe St. Pierre, and their group of rich, sexy friends known as the Dolls. From sipping champagne at lunch to hooking up with the hottest boys, Peregrine and Chloe have everything—including an explanation for what’s going on in Carrefour. And Eveny doesn’t trust them one bit.

But after murder strikes and Eveny discovers that everything she believes about herself, her family, and her life is a lie, she must turn to the Dolls for answers. Something’s wrong in paradise, and it’s up to Eveny, Chloe, and Peregrine to save Carrefour and make it right
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Voodoo. That is all.

What're you waiting on?

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Teaser Tuesday (29)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
 
 
 
Title: Always Emily
Release date:  April 8th 2014
Publisher: Chronicle Books         


 


Emily and Charlotte Brontë are about as opposite as two sisters can be. Charlotte is practical and cautious; Emily is headstrong and imaginative. But they do have one thing in common: a love of writing. This shared passion will lead them to be two of the first published female novelists and authors of several enduring works of classic literature. But they’re not there yet. First, they have to figure out if there is a connection between a string of local burglaries, rumors that a neighbor’s death may not have been accidental, and the appearance on the moors of a mysterious and handsome stranger. The girls have a lot of knots to untangle—before someone else gets killed.







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"Through stone? Are you certain?" Emily persisted. "Have you ever seen a soul go to heaven?"
"No one can see it, Emily," Charlotte said. "The ascension is invisible." . -Page 3


"Emily decided to leave Roe Head..." Miss Wooler began. "By way of a large oak tree." 
Charlotte's mouth formed in an O but she couldn't manage to speak. -Page 20




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I've actually finished this just now. Not really sure what to think or say about it really. It shall be fun to review. :/

What're you reading? :)

 


Monday, 24 February 2014

Review: Prince of Shadows

Princeo of Shadows
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Publication Date: February 4th 2014              
~A copy was provided by Allison and Busby in exchange for an honest review~
 
 
 

 



 
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A thrilling retelling of the star-crossed tale of Romeo and Juliet, from the New York Times bestselling author of the Morganville Vampires series.
In the Houses of Montague and Capulet, there is only one goal: power. The boys are born to fight and die for honor and—if they survive—marry for influence and money, not love. The girls are assets, to be spent wisely. Their wishes are of no import. Their fates are written on the day they are born.

Benvolio Montague, cousin to Romeo, knows all this. He expects to die for his cousin, for his house, but a spark of rebellion still lives inside him. At night, he is the Prince of Shadows, the greatest thief in Verona—and he risks all as he steals from House Capulet. In doing so, he sets eyes on convent-bound Rosaline, and a terrible curse begins that will claim the lives of many in Verona…

…And will rewrite all their fates, forever.
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Alright, I'm going to put it out there. I loved this so freaking much.
But, I also hated it so freaking much. Nothing to do with Rachel Caine, of course, because she's basically a YA God. Romeo and Juliet. It's just that while I used to love Romeo and Juliet when I was younger but the older I got (I'm 21 now, I know, I know. I'm so old guys) the more I despised it. Mainly because everyone focused on the love story. And everyone called it a love story.

It. Is. Not. A. Love. Story. It. Is. A. Tragedy.

All through high school everybody called it a love story. I-No.

No.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Stacking the Shelves (#32) & Recap AKA: The Fangirl Edition

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Sadly, not the Fangirl, unfortunately, I still haven't bought it. Buuuut, I did buy two others that I've dying to read for ages, and I can finally get in on that fandom...Yes, I actually got Cinder and Anna and the French Kiss. I know, shocking.

So, why the Fangirl Edition? Remember that proof I was talking about last week? Yup. Its here. And
I received another proof by one of my favourite authors...
 

Friday, 21 February 2014

Review: The Secret Diamond Sisters

The Secret Diamond Sisters
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Publication Date: February 25th 2014 (March 7th  UK)              
~A proof copy was provided by Harlequin Teen/ Mira Ink in exchange for an honest review~
 
 
 
 
 

 
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Three sisters with Big secrets.

Get ready to meet...SAVANNAH. COURTNEY. PEYTON.
The Diamond sisters never knew their father and never could catch a break. But their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad – a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come and live in a gorgeous penthouse suite.

Suddenly they have access to all that their dad’s money can provide, meaning it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusions, fitting in is nothing compared with finding out the truth about their past.
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The Secret Diamond Sisters, on one hand I really liked you. You were something new, based in a setting I hadn't read before, so Vegas sounds like a ton of fun and I really liked a few of the characters, and I also wanted to put a few of  the rest of the characters in their place. Including two of the leads. One I just wanted to shake to wake her up to the obvious, but other than that, you were enjoyable. It kind of ran like a The Hills type of show, only in Vegas. Is there already a reality TV show set in Vegas? If there's not, there should be.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (#32)

 "Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.



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Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?
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This kind of sounds like a witness protection read (which, I love) though without the witness protection part. Basically, I like books with people on the run.
OCTOBER, WHY KATHERINE TEGEN BOOKS?
 

What're you waiting on?

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Cover Reveal: Branded


You have no idea how excited I am to help reveal the redesigned cover of Branded, which I absolutely loved. So if you haven't read it yet, what are you waiting for? We also have a lovely Amazon Gift voucher up for grabs. So without further ado...

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Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best. Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home.

 Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain.

 Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win.

 The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me.
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter.
My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.

 


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About Abi and Missy


  Abi and Missy met in the summer of 1999 at college orientation and have been best friends ever since. After college, they added jobs, husbands and kids to their lives, but they still found time for their friendship. Instead of hanging out on weekends, they went to dinner once a month and reviewed books. What started out as an enjoyable hobby has now become an incredible adventure.

Abigail Ketner

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Is a registered nurse with a passion for novels, the beaches of St. John, and her Philadelphia Phillies. A talented singer, Abi loves to go running and spend lots of time with her family. She currently resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with her husband, triplet daughters and two very spoiled dogs.

Melissa Kalicicki

Missy Kalicicki

Received her bachelor’s degree from Millersville University in 2003. She married, had two boys and currently lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Aside from reading and writing, her interests include running and mixed martial arts. She also remains an avid Cleveland sports fan.

Release Day Review: Maybe One Day

Maybe One Day
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Publication Date: February 18th 2014                        
~A copy was provided by HarperTeen via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review~
 
 
 
 
 

 
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Critically acclaimed author Melissa Kantor masterfully captures the joy of friendship, the agony of loss, and the unique experience of being a teenager in this poignant new novel about a girl grappling with her best friend's life-threatening illness.

Zoe and her best friend, Olivia, have always had big plans for the future, none of which included Olivia getting sick. Still, Zoe is determined to put on a brave face and be positive for her friend.

Even when she isn't sure what to say.

Even when Olivia misses months of school.

Even when Zoe starts falling for Calvin, Olivia's crush.

The one thing that keeps Zoe moving forward is knowing that Olivia will beat this, and everything will go back to the way it was before. It has to. Because the alternative is too terrifying for her to even imagine.

In this incandescent page-turner, which follows in the tradition of The Fault in Our Stars, Melissa Kantor artfully explores the idea that the worst thing to happen to you might not be something that is actually happening to you. Raw, irreverent, and honest, Zoe's unforgettable voice and story will stay with readers long after the last page is turned
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Every now and then you come across a book that you know from the off you're not going to like the outcome, and with a tagline involving The Fault in Our Stars, you're pretty much done for it. It's the kind of book, that half an hour later after reading it, I'm thinking oh. This book gives you feelings. Maybe One Day was out of my comfort zone, and what I got from it was very much how I felt like after finishing The Fault in Our Stars, but the difference between that and Maybe One Day, was that the whole story, although centred around cancer, was all about friendship. You have this person, the one person you trust in, trust to say everything and anything to, that even when you don't know what to do, they're there. That when you cry, they cry with you. Your best friend. Who now has cancer, and suddenly everything's changed.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Review: Perfect Lies

Perfect Lies
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Publication Date: February 18th 2014                                 
~A copy was provided by HarperTeen via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review~
 
 
 
 
 

 
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Annie and Fia are ready to fight back.

The sisters have been manipulated and controlled by the Keane Foundation for years, trapped in a never ending battle for survival. Now they have found allies who can help them truly escape. After faking her own death, Annie has joined a group that is plotting to destroy the Foundation. And Fia is working with James Keane to bring his father down from the inside.

But Annie's visions of the future can't show her who to trust in the present. And though James is Fia's first love, Fia knows he's hiding something. The sisters can rely only on each other - but that may not be enough to save them.

 
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The first thing I said in my review about Mind Games was " Mind Games is either cleverly executed, or a damn right crazy mess with the most ironic and appropriate title."
Reading Perfect Lies made my mind up for me. Cleverly executed.

Perfect Lies was so much better than Mind Games, I still kind of think we got nowhere, not until the end, but I don't care because I loved it.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Stacking the Shelves (#31) & Recap

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Ohhhhhhh you never guess what proof I got in the mail today?! The title initials are DLB and the author is JLA. :D I am insanely happy. It'll be in my physical stack next week because I have to go into town on Monday and you all know what that means, right? Books. ;)
Hope everyone had a good week?

These E-Copies I downloaded last week;






I am so excited for On The Fence because A) I haven't read a Kasie West and B) Now I'm forced to read a Kasie West. Win-Win.

This week;

 
 
 In the End (In the After #2)) Dark Days, On the Fence, Mila 2.0: Renegade, and A Hole in My Heart
(Thanks to Katherine Tegen Books, HarperTeen, Sky Pony Press, Dundurn and Edelweiss)

  What did you get this week? :)

   

 A recap of posts this week
 

    Friday, 14 February 2014

    ♥ Valentines Day Review: ♥ This is What Happy Looks Like ♥

    This is What Happy Looks Like
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    Publication Date:  April 2nd 2013           
    Publisher: Headline                        
     
     

     
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      If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

    When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

    Then Graham finds out that Ellie's Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs?
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    After reading The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and loved it, I knew This is What Happy Looks Like would be around the same calibre and it was. Jennifer E. Smith has a way of seamlessly writing well endowed characters. Pulling both of those characters views and lives into one without a break. She also makes you care about the characters, and I really did get lost in the story, wanting to know what would happen to them because they felt real.

    Wednesday, 12 February 2014

    Cover Reveal: The Beast of Callaire



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    The Beast of Callaire by Saruuh Kelsey
    (The Legend Mirror, #1)
    Publication date: May 20th 2014
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    Yasmin is a descendant of the Manticore. A creature of Persian mythology. A Legendary.
    But she doesn’t want to be. Unlike the Legendaries in The Red, Yasmin wants nothing more than an ordinary life. She tries to fool herself into believing that she doesn’t change into a beast every full moon and savagely kill innocent people.
    But when Yasmin starts hearing a voice in her head and is drawn into dreams that aren’t her own, she is led to Fray—a girl who once saved Yasmin from hunters, who has shadowy memories that hint at her having Legendary magic—and Yasmin is catapulted into a life of Majick and malevolence.

    Despite the danger around her and Fray, Yasmin might finally have a chance at being a normal girl with a normal girlfriend. But with Legendaries being killed, a war between the Gods brewing, and the beast inside Yasmin becoming stronger each moon, her mundane life is little more than a dream.

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    Saruuh Kelsey is the author of the Lux Guardians series. Her debut and the first in series, THE FORGOTTEN, a YA science fiction set in Victorian London and London 25 years in the future, is out now for free. Book two, THE REVELATION, releases October 7th. THE BEAST OF CALLAIRE, the first novel of a new YA fantasy series, with a same sex paranormal romance, is out May 20th.
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    Waiting on Wednesday (#31)

     "Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.





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    Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

    Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

    But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?
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    Okay, okay, while I really love the US cover and the awesome creepiness of it, I really like the mysteriousness of the UK one. So pretty! Which cover do you prefer?

    What're you waiting on?

    Tuesday, 11 February 2014

    Teaser Tuesday (28)

    Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
     
     
     
    Author:
    Release date:  February 4th 2014            
    Publisher: NAL    


     

     



    A thrilling retelling of the star-crossed tale of Romeo and Juliet, from the New York Times bestselling author of the Morganville Vampires series.

    In the Houses of Montague and Capulet, there is only one goal: power. The boys are born to fight and die for honor and—if they survive—marry for influence and money, not love. The girls are assets, to be spent wisely. Their wishes are of no import. Their fates are written on the day they are born.

    Benvolio Montague, cousin to Romeo, knows all this. He expects to die for his cousin, for his house, but a spark of rebellion still lives inside him. At night, he is the Prince of Shadows, the greatest thief in Verona—and he risks all as he steals from House Capulet. In doing so, he sets eyes on convent-bound Rosaline, and a terrible curse begins that will claim the lives of many in Verona…

    …And will rewrite all their fates, forever


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     "I stood in the dark corner of my enemy's house, and thought of murder." -Page 9


    "Pinned to it was a ribald verse that detailed a highly entertaining story about Tybalt, a pig, and acts not generally condoned by either the Church or right-thinking sheepherders.
              It was a good day.
    It was the beginning of the end of the good days."- Page 15
     

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    I'm almost halfway through this and really enjoying it so far. It's very different than what Rachel Caine's done before, but it's good.

    What're you reading? :)

    Monday, 10 February 2014

    Review: The Academy: Love Match

    The Academy: Love Match
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    Publication Date: February 25th 2014  (February 14h  UK)           
    ~A copy was provided by Bloomsbury Childrens  via Netgalely in exchange for an honest review~
     
     

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    The Academy is the sports school everyone is talking about. But for Maya, it seems getting in was the easy part. It’s staying there that’s tough. To succeed it takes more than just talent. You need fame . . .

    After a star performance in the semi-finals at a tennis competition, Maya is labelled The Next Big Thing and books a high-profile modelling job. The only problem is her co-star in the campaign is her super-hot ex-boyfriend, Jake Reed – and this is a job that her rival, Nicole, wants! Maya’s only just put the betrayal by Jake and Nicole behind her and now Maya is being drawn back into a circle of jealousy and desire. Luckily, she knows Nicole’s latest secret and gossip is a powerful weapon at The Academy!


    If you adore Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars and Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls, you’ll be mad about the sassy new series The Academy.
     
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     Personally, I prefer the first, it looks less...childish.

    The Academy: Love Match was not what I was expecting, and in a bad way. I liked the first one okay, though It wasn't my favourite, I did enjoy the drama. So because of that I wanted to see where the second one took us. Love Match being the second in the series I was expecting progression, and that's where it failed.

    Sunday, 9 February 2014

    Stacking the Shelves (#30) & Recap


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    How's everyone's week? My lovely neighbours from hell woke me up waaaay to early in the AM with Karaoke. Joy.

    I've decided only to do a physical edition from what I've bought/received once a month or so, and this is Part 1 from before Christmas.
     

       



    
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    Friday, 7 February 2014

    Review: Vengeance

    Vengeance
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    Publication Date: February 4th 2014  (February 13th  UK)           
    ~A copy was provided by Bloomsbury Childrens  via Netgalely in exchange for an honest review~
     
     

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    Falcon Lake wants vengeance. And so, it seems, does someone else... An intense, heart-rending psychological thriller to accompany the chilling and seductive Fracture

    When Decker drags his best friend Delaney’s lifeless body out of the frozen lake, he makes a deal: Anyone but her. Everyone but her. The lake releases her. It takes another...

    All their friends blame Delaney for Carson’s death. But Decker knows the truth: Delaney is drawn to those who are dying, and she would have tried to help Carson.

    Or so Decker believes until a body lies in front of him in a pool of water on his kitchen floor. Until he sees in Delaney’s eyes that she knew this would happen too – and she said nothing. Until he realises it isn’t the lake that is looking for revenge – Delaney is part of someone else’s plan.


    This powerful and emotionally charged psychological thriller follows Megan Miranda’s stunning debut Fracture.
     
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    The first thing I thought when finding out Fracture had a sequel: Why? The second: I can't spell Vengeance.
    I liked Fracture, it was angsty and perfect and I'm a sucker for the best friends/relationship, but I didn't think it needed anything else. It was done.
    Being from Decker's perspective changed a lot of what I originally thought, and I was interested in seeing where it would carry on, and since I loved him in Fracture, nothing could go wrong, right?
    Nope.
    Wrong.