THIS LIE WILL KILL YOU – ARC REVIEW

Thrillers always leave me either really satisfied or completely empty, lets see how I felt about This Lie Will Kill You!

Title: This Lie Will Kill You
Author : Chelsea Pitcher
Genre: Thriller
Age of Protagonist : YA 
Trigger Warnings: Suicide, Domestic Abuse, Emotional Abusive Relationship                                                   

                                                Rating:  3/5                                                                                                                      

Synopsis

One year ago, there was a party.
At the party, someone died.
Five teens all played a part and up until now, no one has told the truth.

But tonight, the five survivors arrive at an isolated mansion in the hills, expecting to compete in a contest with a $50,000 grand prize. Of course…some things are too good to be true. They were each so desperate for the prize, they didn’t question the odd, rather exclusive invitation until it was too late.

Instead, they realize they’ve been lured together by a person bent on revenge who wants to finally unravel the truth about what actually happened that deadly night, one year ago.

Five arrived, but not all can leave. Will the truth set them free?
Or will their lies destroy them all?

Review

Thrillers are a book genre that is either hit or miss for me -sadly This Lie Will Kill You was more of the latter. I liked the state of uneasiness that the start of This Lie had me in but I found it difficult to gain a sense of attachment to the characters.

The description of the murder mystery party gone wrong at the beginning creeped me out enough that sleeping was difficult that night, this is definitely a good thing for a thriller. Once twists were revealed though, I felt like something was missing. 

As the night in the mansion goes on we learn a lot more about the 5 characters playing the game as flashbacks ensue. We learn a lot about the characters, in particular the heartbreaking back story of Ruby and her love for Shane. I wasn’t able to find a character I had any defining emotions for so I didn’t mind if anything bad happening to them.

The mystery element was focusing on flashbacks of the night that someone died in suspicious circumstances and all the players had something to do with it. All they need to do is tell the truth.

This Lie Will Kill You did make me hate a character more than I’ve hated any book character before and I feel this is a strength on Chelsea Pitcher’s part. This character is evil incarnate and the manipulation that goes on is terrifying.

Although This Lie Will Kill You fell a bit flat for me I do feel that other people would like it, particularly if you have read and liked Neverworld Wake.  

*ARC received from Simon and Schuster via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*


BOOKISH NAUGHTY OR NICE TAG

Santa with a didn't Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

I’ve seen a lot of bloggers doing this awesome tag lately and it looked so fun I had to give it a go! The creator is Jenniely and it is a tag to discover if you have been naughty or nice this year!

Rules

  • Tag & link the person who tagged you
  • Tag and link the creator 
  • Tick/cross off the ones you’ve done
  • Tag another 10 people!

1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it   – Yep >.>

I have a ‘couple’ ARCs I have received and haven’t got round to it but I am using December to catch up on a lot of them. A good few aren’t out to February, March time!

2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley – Nope

I am currently at 72% feedback on Netgalley praise the book gods, the aim is 80% by the end of the year. Totally doable . . .

3.  Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did) – Nope

I have only just started both my Goodreads and my blog in November so I’m doing OK with this so far!

4. Folded down the page of a book – Nope

I would never do this! I have shoved my bf away from his book just as he was about to dogear a page, zero regrets.

5. Accidentally spilled on a book – Yep

I am a messy eater, and I love eating while reading. There’s been many times were I wonder why there is a crumb at the same place in every page to then realise its the Kindle and not a book I’m reading.

6. DNF a book this year – Yep

I have DNF’d a few this year, I’ve learned to not waste time on books I don’t enjoy when I could be finding my new favourite read.

7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it – Nope

I have never been into the whole pretty cover thing so I’ve luckily never been tricked by this.

8. Read whilst you are meant to be doing something else (like homework) – Yep

I 100% will read every moment I get a chance to, I should be doing stuff like socialising but you know . . . books.

9. Skim read a book – Yep

I am a big skim reader when it comes to big chunks of description and world building or if I want to find out what’s happening quicker.

10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal – Nope

Since I only started using Goodreads I haven’t had a goal yet and have no idea how many books I have read this year. I’m hoping to be able to keep to one next year!


11. Borrowed a book and not returned it to the library – Nope

I will keep a book for a dang long time from the library but have somehow always returned them. It makes me sad when I see how many books don’t get returned.

12. Broke a book buying ban – Nope

I have actually been pretty good at not buying a lot of books this year, I still have 70 unread books on my shelf though!

13. Started a review, left it for ages and forgot what the book was about – Yep

I have this problem were as soon as I close a book I forget everything about it from the main characters to what just happened, but as soon as I start reading again I remember it. I’ve started writing notes during reading so I can write my review after.

14. Wrote in a book you were reading – Nope

I’ve never done this, I want to try one time but the fear is real! I give my books away after  I read them so I wouldn’t want to wreck a book for someone else.

15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads -Yep

Yep, I sometimes read 5 books a week and maybe add 2 to Goodreads because I always have the idea to write a full review and not get around to it.

16. Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend – Yep

I have a friend I swap books with a lot and we have each other’s books for months on end.

17. Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book – Nope

I’m pretty chill about people borrowing my books as long as I’ve already read them. I’ve lost 4 copies of The Green Mile to borrowing  but I still do it!

18. Broke the spine of someone else’s book – Nope

I couldn’t do this to someone, if they have read the book before me I look at how it was before I use it and try to keep it in that condition.

19. Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged – Nope

I’ve actually never took the jacket off! I make sure my books have dignity and aren’t left out naked.

20. Sat on a book accidentally – Yep

All the time, I have a bum of steel! I’m always sitting on keys and books without realising I’m sitting on them!

Results: 9/20 I am Nice!!

I am actually suprised at how much of these I didn’t do! I have other bad book habits that I will share in a future post. All the bookish confessions to come!

Tagging:

-TBR and Beyond 

Lovely Audiobooks

PNE for the love of Books

If you’ve not been tagged, go ahead and do it anyway!

TISTHESEASONATHON WRAP UP

Tistheseason wrap up with a Christmas Tree

Guys, its a festive miracle! I managed to stick to my TBR for this readathon! I didn’t get distracted by other shiny books! I also enjoyed all my books, all of them, what is this sorcery? Through this I was able to complete all the challengers except the Buddy Read since I didn’t own the book.

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THE RED RIBBON REVIEW

I am a sucker for historical fictions in the WW2 setting so  I had to read The Red Ribbon even though I knew it would be an emotional journey.

Title: The Red Ribbon
Author : Lucy Adlington
Genre: Historical Fiction
Age of Protagonist : YA
Rating:  5/5

Synopsis

Rose, Ella, Marta and Carla. In another life we might have all been friends together. But this was Birchwood. 

As fourteen-year-old Ella begins her first day at work she steps into a world of silks, seams, scissors, pins, hems and trimmings. She is a dressmaker, but this is no ordinary sewing workshop. Hers are no ordinary clients. Ella has joined the seamstresses of Birkenau-Auschwitz. 

Every dress she makes could be the difference between life and death. And this place is all about survival. 

Ella seeks refuge from this reality, and from haunting memories, in her work and in the world of fashion and fabrics. She is faced with painful decisions about how far she is prepared to go to survive. 

Is her love of clothes and creativity nothing more than collaboration with her captors, or is it a means of staying alive?

Review:

Swap our clothes, and then what would we be?

The Red Ribbon was a lot more hard hitting than I was expecting, the story of Ella will stay with me for a long time. 

Although set in Auschwitz,  locations are rarely mentioned, this gives the book  an almost fairytale feel that makes it more relatable to today’s readers.

The Red Ribbon is set in a horrible place in a horrible time but the hope and friendship of Ella and Rose shines through. No matter how bleak the situation Rose will be telling tales of far away lands and Ella will be dreaming up dresses. 

All the characters in the Red Ribbon faced difficult decisions everyday to survive Birchwood. Their choices affect other people and can change them as a person. What if they stole fabric? What if they ratted out another ‘stripey’? It is hard to see what the girls must do to last in Birchwood.

The Red Ribbon is an eye opener on how important clothes can be to an identity. The ‘stripeys’ clothes are removed and everyone must wear the same outfit and lose a bit of themselves. All that separates ‘them’ and the guards are what clothes they wear. The department store was devastating to read about, all the peoples clothes being turned into dresses and outfits for the guards.   

I would recommend the Red Ribbon to anyone who loves historical fiction but make sure you have some tissues handy!

*ARC received from Candlewick Press via Netgalley*L

TISTHESEASONATHON TBR

December is gloriously full of readathons, perfect to finish your TBR goals or simply to get into the festive spirit.

The first readathon I’m going to be taking part in is ‘Tis the Seasonathon’ it is the perfect readathon to get into the holiday spirit. There will be plenty of sprints on the twitter page Tistheseason. It runs from 3rd-9th December and is run by:

  • Crowns and Quills
  • Super Space Chick
  • Btwchapters
  • Chelsea Dollin

I will try to participate in the 5 challenges but will see how the week goes with work, my goal is to read at least two of the books for it!

  1. Short Book Under 250 Pages

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is the perfect holiday read, I’ve already read it once this weekends and will definitely be reading it just a few more times during the festive season. Perfect for people who are festive scrooges.

  

    

    

2. Book With Red on the Cover

The Red Ribbon is a historical fiction set in  a dressmakers in Auschwitz. Although it is not a typical holiday read I’ve started it and completely fell in love with the characters and there support for one another in a horrible time.

  

    

3.Holiday Themed Book

A Boy Called Christmas will be the perfect sweet book to read after the Red Ribbon. It’s about Father Christmas when he is a child and I feel that Winter is the perfect time to curl up with a middle grade book.

   

     

4. Read A Warm And Fuzzy Book

    Continuing on my middle grade Matt Haig Train, I’m hoping to get to The Girl Who Saved Christmas which has the same sweet illustration style. It is also set in Victorian London, I love books set in Victorian times!

  

    

5. Read a Book While Listening to Holiday Music

Giant Days is one of my favourite graphic novel series and I’ve a couple volumes to catch up on. Its definitely the perfect time to it up while finding some festive pop punk to listen to.

   

    

Are you taking part in Tistheseasonathon? What books are you reading?