Out Soon! One of Us by Tawni O’Dell

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Title: One of Us
Author: Tawni O’Dell
Series: N/A
Edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Published: August 19th 2014 by Gallery Books
Genre(s): Mystery; Thriller
Disclosure? Yep! I received an advanced copy in exchange for an HONEST review.

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Dr. Sheridan Doyle, a fastidiously groomed and TV-friendly forensic psychologist, is the go-to shrink for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office whenever a twisted killer’s mind eludes other experts. But beneath his Armani pinstripes, he’s still Danny Doyle, the awkward, terrified, bullied boy from a blue-collar mining family, plagued by panic attacks and haunted by the tragic death of his little sister and mental unraveling of his mother years ago.

Returning to a hometown grappling with its own ghosts, Danny finds a dead body at the infamous Lost Creek gallows where a band of rebellious Irish miners was once executed. Strangely, the body is connected to the wealthy family responsible for the miners’ deaths. Teaming up with veteran detective Rafe, a father-like figure from his youth, Danny, in pursuit of a killer, comes dangerously close to startling truths about his family, his past, and himself.

One of Us is set in a small mining town which has a troubled background and a troubled present when a body is found at the gallows. The Gallows already represented the fears, superstitions and paranoias of the inhabitants of the tight-knit community, so it’s fair to say that when the news gets out, things go from strange to stranger.

I loved everything about this in theory. The setting, the strange history of the town and the clear divide between the rich and poor all had potential to make this a great story but unfortunately, I wasn’t completely won over.

For the most part One of Us is written from the perspective of Danny, a semi-famous forensic psychologist who left Lost Creek behind him a long time ago, but is back to check up on his grandfather Tommy.

I found it hard to warm to Danny. Sure, he’d had it pretty bad growing up with a mentally ill mother who killed his baby sister and buried her in the backyard (although she vehemently denies this). And yeah he managed overcome all that and make a success out of himself, but he was also quite cold and distant.

His relationship with both Tommy (his granddad), and Rafe (the detective on the case), should have softened him but he still felt too pristine and unflappable to me, with his fine suits and arrogance.

Things start to get interesting when all of a sudden the narration switches to that of Scarlet, who is even more emotionless than Danny, and described as a stunning fembot. From here, the story unravels and with it the towns secrets and lies slowly come to light.

I couldn’t fault the writing in One of Us. It flowed beautifully and kept a good pace, but it just wasn’t very exciting. Don’t get me wrong, there were a few twists, but the main one I guessed before the big reveal which ruined it a bit for me, and I just needed more GRIT.

This was the first book I’ve read by O’Dell and it certainly hasn’t put me off. I really liked the style and ideas but it didn’t quite pull it off.

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One of Us is available to pre-order from Waterstones now.

WWW Wednesday 06.08.14

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?

Happy Wednesday everyone!

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Currently Reading:
I’m reading Godmother by Carolyn Turgeon. I must say it hasn’t hooked me so far but I’ve been told her fairy tale retellings are really good so hopefully it’ll pick up.

Recently Finished:
The last one I finshed was One of Us by Tawni O’Dell. My review should be up soon. I liked it, but it wasn’t as exciting or dark as I’d hoped!

Up Next:
More from the TBR pile. Either The Little White Horse or The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgwick…probably.

Leave a link to your post and I’ll come take a look 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Adult Books For YA Readers

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the image to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is: Top Ten Books I’d Give To Readers Who Have Never Read X (examples: New Adult novels, historical fiction, a certain author, books about a certain topic, etc).

I had a hard time deciding what to choose this week. My initial reaction was to do either YA or Fantasy, but I figured a lot of people might go for them, and I’d have a hard time getting it down to just 10 books.

What I’ve come up with is ten adult books that I would recommend to YA lovers.

I love reading YA, but I do think it’s important to read some adult books once in a while. And no, I don’t mean ‘adult’.

I think all of these books would make for a smooth YA to adult transition!

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Burial Rites (Hannah Kent): This book was a much easier read than I thought it was going to be. It’s written beautifully and is totally gripping.

Procession of the Dead (Darren Shan as D.B Shan): This was the first adult book published by Shan and one of my favourites by him full stop. It has all the elements I love in his younger books: horror; gore; violence but with added psychological creep factor. It’s the first book in The City trilogy.

Mystery Man (Bateman): I never get bored of recommending this series. It’s hilarious and I think YA readers will love the crime caper plots.

Room (Emma Donoghue): This book is narrated by a five year old boy. It has a tough subject matter but I think Donoghue really nailed the tone of it, making it a compelling, if not disturbing, read.

The End of Mr Y (Scarlett Thomas): I love everything about this book. It’s very visual and at times I felt like I was walking through a computer game. I think YA readers will enjoy its quirkiness.

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The Ice Queen (Alice Hoffman): This is my favourite Alice Hoffman book so far. As with most of her books it’s about human nature with an injection of ‘real’ magic.

Slaughterhouse Five (Kurt Vonnegut): I basically think everyone should be forced to read this book. ‘Nuff said.

A Spot of Bother (Mark Haddon): Haddon did a great job of portraying an autistic teen in The Curious Incident…, but I think I prefer this one. It makes you think a lot about growing old, and it’s funny to boot.

The Gargoyle (Andrew Davidson): I’m not really sure why I thought about this book for this list. I really loved parts of it, and not others but it’s beautifully written and just look at the cover!

Doctor Sleep (Stephen King): I thought Doctor Sleep was quite a quick read considering the length of it. And I loved seeing Danny’s story continue. His friendship with young Abra gave it a bit of a YA feel.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s lists this week, but I’m not looking forward to what it will do to my TBR Pile/Wishlist!

Recent Finds

This is a monthly post where I share some of the books that I’ve found through fellow bloggers that I HAD to add to my wishlist immediately. I’m hoping I’ll look back on these posts and remember to buy/request the books (wishful thinking!).

It’s been a couple of months since I posted one of these because I’ve been trying to decrease not increase my TBR pile. However, I had to make a note of the following books because I WANNNNNNNNT so bad!

Click on the links to go to the original posts.

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Found on: Fourth Street Review
Why: All of it. The title, the cover, and the best opening line! (Expect strong language if you click on the link!)

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Found on: Books, Bones & Buffy
Why: I was sold on the cover and this description: “Terrifying, horrific, gruesome, unputdownable.”

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Found on: Shelf Love
Why: This sounds like a Welsh Alice Hoffman; real issues doused in magic.

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Found on: Book Rock Betty
Why: Medieval hotness of course!

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Found on: Stephanie’s Book Reviews
Why: Sherlock meets Doctor Who on the streets of London. Yes please.

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Found on: The Obsessive Bookseller
Why: I need something to fill The Selection void in my life! And oh so pretty.

July 2014 on Lipsyy Lost & Found

Welcome to my my July round-up. I know I say the same thing every month but SERIOUSLY, how is it August already!? Insane.

Considering I had a week off at the beginning of July where I didn’t read at all, I still managed to get through 6 books last month. I loved them all apart from Immortal Beloved, but I still want to read the next book because one of the characters was so hot. Is that shallow? The series could get better, right!?

Things that happened in July included my mum coming to visit, taking trip to the seaside and attending the UK’s first ever YA literature convention at London Comic Con. It was another busy but awesome month.

Anyway, on to the stats!

Total Posts: 23

New WP Followers: 9 (my lowest yet 😦 )

Books Read & Reviewed (5):

  • Guilt-Free Baking by Gee Charman, 4/5 (Review)
  • The Princess Bride by William Golman, 4/5 (Review)
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer, 4/5 (Review)
  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, 4/5 (Review)
  • Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan, 2/5 (Review)

Read, not yet reviewed (review posted 02/08):
The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Friday Features:

Guest Posts/ Book Promos:

  • Out Now: The Binds That Tie by Kate Moretti (View Post)

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    Books Purchased/ ARCs Received:
    I am still on my book buying ban but I did of course, pick up some awesome books at YALC. I only bought the Manga Shakespeare though!

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    I also got a bit NetGalley happy as I was down to just two upcoming ARCS.

    I was approved for these:

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    *BOOK OF THE MONTH*

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    *COVER OF THE MONTH*

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    *MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS MONTH*

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Lazy Saturday Review: The Assassin’s Blade

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Title: The Assassin’s Blade
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass (The Novellas, #0.1- #0.5)
Edition: Paperback, 437 pages
Published: March 13th 2014 by Bloomsbury Childrens
Genre(s): YA; Fantasy
Disclosure? Nope, I bought it!
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Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

This has been at the top of my TBR pile since it came out in March. I’m totally in love with the series, but something was putting me off reading it. I’m not really a fan of novellas. I feel the same way about them as I do about short stories – I just don’t see the point. I prefer something more substantial that I can sink my teeth into.

However, I really loved this collection. It was hard not to. Not only do we get to witness all the events leading up to Celaena’s incarceration in the salt mines where the first book begins, but we also get to see the more human side of her too – her first love, Sam.

I think the reason why I loved this so much was that it was basically just a novel. Each novella carries on where the last one left off so it didn’t feel like five short stories at all. That being said, there were a few I could give or take. The first novella, The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, was good for background and context, but I wasn’t hooked. And the second one, the shortest of them all at just 40 pages was entertaining enough but not really vital to the character arcs.

It’s when we get to The Assassin and the Desert that things get really interesting and there was no looking back after that.

Celaena is such a great, complex character, and although on the surface she might just seem like another kick-ass YA heroine, I think there is something unique about her. I can’t wait until the 3rd novel, Heir of Fire is released next month!

The Throne of Glass series is available in paperback from Waterstones. Click here to see how you can get 10% off.

Friday Feature: James Frey and the Goodreads Trolls

I am really starting to get annoyed about the Goodreads trolls. I’m a book blogger so I guess I take reading and reviewing books seriously to a degree, but man, some people need to chill the fcuk out.

I’ve personally been involved in two incidents thus far. Firstly, I said in a review that a book was ‘vampire erotica’ and someone felt the need to tell me that it was in fact paranormal romance. I didn’t particularly take offence to the correction, but it was worded in a way which annoyed me. And I just thought why bother!?

The second incident, however, really ignited the rage in me. I requested a book from Netgalley without realising it was the second book in a series. We’ve all done it, right? I didn’t enjoy the book very much, but I put it down to that fact, and made that clear in my review. I even made a point of saying that people shouldn’t be put off by my 2/5 rating.

Someone took offence to this and decided to leave this lovely comment:

I also received this book as a giveaway. Knowing it was a SECOND book, I bought the FIRST book and read it BEFORE I received the other book. It is NOT FAIR to rate the SECOND book so low because YOU did not take it on yourself to READ THE FIRST BOOK BEFOREHAND!!! It is NOT the author’s fault that you walked into the mist in the middle!!!”

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Alright Sarah, Jeeze. Funnily enough, once I pointed out exactly what I’d said in the review I didn’t hear another peep out of Sarah. And the best thing was that the author got in touch and asked if I’d like her to send me the first book to find out how the story began. She obviously didn’t have as many issues with my review as Sarah did.

What does this have to do with James Frey? I hear you cry. I’m getting to it, bear with me.

The other thing I hate about Goodreads is when people leave ‘reviews’ or comments on books BEFORE THEY’VE EVEN READ THEM. I mean, why? You can’t have an opinion until you’ve at least started the book, right?

And that’s what brings me to James Frey.

Oh James Frey, I do love you. I know that a lot of people don’t though, for various reasons, and that’s fine. But is there really any need to fill the Goodreads page for his upcoming book with such vileness. Go take a look.

So it sounds a bit like The Hunger Games? What doesn’t. And while we’re on the subject do these people really think THG was an original idea? REALLY? Battle Royale, anyone? The Long Walk? The Running Man? Gah.

And no one seems to mention the whole concept of this series, probably because they have no idea about it. Each book is a piece of a puzzle that will link up to a Google map, incorporating social media into a global treaure hunt. Kind of a modern version of the Masquerade hunt. It’s explained better here.

I think it sounds awesome, but whatever.

So to sum up: I love Goodreads, BUT CAN YOU JUST STOP. You know who you are.