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REVIEW: Dial Em For Murder

 

Title: Dial Em For Murder 

Author: Marni Bates

Synopsis: 

Sixteen-year-old Emmy Danvers was just trying to write a halfway decent romance novel when a senile old man mumbled a cryptic warning, tackled her to the ground in the middle of Starbucks, and…died right on top of her.

Unfortunately for Emmy, the incident wasn’t quite as random as she thought, and it turns out that the old man might have taken a bullet for her. Not only that, he slipped something into her pocket: a digital tablet containing secrets that she has no idea how to unlock, but that others are ready to kill for. Thrust into a world where nothing is as it seems, Emmy must try to track down her absentee father, deal with a flirtatious bad boy who may or may not be on her side, and, oh yeah, stay one step ahead of the killers lurking in the shadows of an exclusive prep school. The old man’s parting advice to “trust nobody” doesn’t sound so crazy after all….

 

WARNING: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.

When I picked up this book, I had very high standards. It seemed cute, and the plot seemed very interesting. It also seemed enticing with the promises of a ‘flirtatious bad boy’. (What can I say? I’m a sucker for those.) And while it was enjoyable and I finished it within the day I started it, it only met some of my hopes.

At some points, the plot was a lot to keep up with. There were a million things to keep up with from page one, but thankfully there was no problem for me. But if you’re like others who prefer a simple one tracked plot, you might want to put the book down. Despite that, the plot was really enjoyable. I didn’t expect the plot twist at the end (any of the plot twists, really) and I was able to relate somewhat to the main character, Emmy. (Yeah, she’s a mess. But so am I. We’re practically twins!) But she wasn’t perfect, especially with her hyper-focusing on finding her father. Like, Hellooo? Someone’s trying to kill you! But whatever.

And speaking of characters, my favorite has to be Sebastian. While we don’t really learn that much about him (despite the fact that he and his grandfather clearly have some kind of weird spy thing going on), his humorous comments pretty much made the book. And when he kissed Emmy in the locker room I had major Stydia vibes going on.

There was also one of Emmy’s best friends, Audrey. If we’re being honest here, she was just added to advance the plot. Her fallen relationship with Sebastian’s best friend isn’t really that much of an interest especially with everything else going on. I still love her and her nerdy self though!

And don’t get me started on Ben. He seemed somewhat likable at first. But then he got annoying. (Or just realistic? I dunno. I was too distracted with Sebastian. Oops! He’s the naggy annoying best friend (that she’s somehow in love with – ew) that you just want Emmy to drop and move into the arms of Sebastian. Wait, did I say that? I meant move on. Heh.  At least there’s Force, the bodyguard who is extremely scary but I’d also want to adopt me.

And of course, with so much that has to happen in too few pages, the book leaves on a cliffhanger like I’ve never seen before. Like, seriously. There’s so much left unanswered and it left me unsatisfied as I finished it. I NEED THE NEXT BOOK!! Oh well, I’ll just distract myself by re-reading series I’ve already reread a thousand times.

          

                                            My Rating: 3 Stars

                                    

                                         This book was really good, despite the frustrating factors.

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REVIEW: Flannery

 

Synopsis: 

Sixteen-year-old Flannery Malone has it bad. She’s been in love with Tyrone O’Rourke since the days she still believed in Santa Claus. But Tyrone has grown from a dorky kid into an outlaw graffiti artist, the rebel-with-a-cause of Flannery’s dreams, literally too cool for school.

Which is a problem, since he and Flannery are partners for the entrepreneurship class that she needs to graduate. And Tyrone’s vanishing act may have darker causes than she realizes.

Tyrone isn’t Flannery’s only problem. Her mother, Miranda, can’t pay the heating bills, let alone buy Flannery’s biology book. Her little brother, Felix, is careening out of control. And her best-friend-since-forever, Amber, has fallen for a guy who is making her forget all about the things she’s always cared most about — Flannery included — leading Amber down a dark and dangerous path of her own.

When Flannery decides to make a love potion for her entrepreneurship project, rumors that it actually works go viral, and she suddenly has a hot commodity on her hands. But a series of shattering events makes her realize that real-life love is far more potent — and potentially damaging — than any fairy-tale prescription.

WARNING: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.

When I first started reading this book, I was a bit hesitant about it. I couldn’t relate to the main character, or any part of the storyline. But I pushed through. And it was worth it.

Most of the story is about Flannery’s social life. Her best friend Amanda, her school projects, and the famous Tyrone. And because of this, the theme of friendship is very present in the book. There is anger, hurt, jealousy, competition. Something that lots of teens deal with on a pretty much daily basis. At a first glance, romance seems like a major part of the book when in fact it is just a coming of age device in Flannery’s life. That was refreshing, when most of the time romance is presented in books as the most important thing in a teenager’s life.

But there is also a lot of stuff going on at home. It mostly centers around her mother. They’re broke. They don’t have a lot of money, and Flannery is frustrated by this. Especially when her mother buys her little brother toys but won’t give her the money to get a textbook for school. Flannery sees her mother as a selfish mess, but soon enough she learns that her mother is just like her – scared, confused, and trying her hardest.

While the book’s synopsis mentions potions one of the main parts of the book, it isn’t. Flannery making potions is merely what she is doing in school while she falls out with her friend, is frustrated with her crush, and deals with things at home. But it is a cool idea, especially when people start to think they work.

In the end, this book is a enjoyable coming of age contemporary book that I believe a lot of people would like.

                                             My Rating: 4.5 Stars

This book was really enjoyable, and I’m glad I finally knocked this one off my TBR list.

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