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Envy: An Empty Coffin Novel (Empty Coffin #1)

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EVIL COMES IN all sorts of flavors. Some bitter. Some deceptively sweet. That’s what Katelyn discovers on the day she dies. One minute she’s a depressed teen with a loser life. The next, she’s lying on a stainless steel slab, eyes glassy, skin frosted over, and very, very dead. Was it:


Twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan stumble upon the truth, which
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I picked Envy up on accident, friends, thinking it was A Certain Slant of Light. Who knew that there were two practically identical YA books featuring dead girls in old-fashioned bathtubs?

I feel like I can’t be blamed for the confusion....

But whatever, you know I never turn down a new book! And this one promises to take me to the edge and push me right over, which seems a little tasteless given that the book is apparently about suicide, but I'm still up for it!!

Right off the bat, I could tell I

Ore della mia vita perse.
L'ho finito a stento e faccio fatica a ricordare quello che ho letto perché praticamente dormivo.
Non so che dire.

Tra la confusione delle prime pagine ho capito che la ragazza è stata trovata morta nella vasca da bagno dalla madre a causa di un probabile ed ingiustificato suicidio.
Due gemelle vecchie amiche della suicida non credono alla storia che gira così si mettono ad indagare. A parte il fatto che non provano quasi nessun sentimento alla notizia non capisco perché do
I was initially drawn to this book by the eerie cover so I really wasn’t too sure what to expect when I started it. Was it going to be scary, the mystery to easy to figure out or just another YA paranormal book? Well I can tell you I was pleasantly surprised with what I got. Envy is a dark, cleverly written mystery with a very real threat.

Envy takes place in Port Gamble, a small town in Washington State, and centers around twin girls Hayley & Taylor. The central plot of the book revolves aro
Amy (Turn the Page)
‘Some of this story is completely true. And some of it isn’t. Like truth, evil comes in all sorts of flavors. Some bitter. Some deceptively sweet. Sometimes it comes with a heavy price. Most people don’t invite evil into their lives. The dirty little secret is that an invitation isn’t necessary. Locked doors don’t matter. Neither do fancy security systems. Evil is kind of amazing when you think about it. She knows how to get inside.’

Author’s Note

My main issue with Envy is that I really didn’t ge
Annie Brewer
WOW, absolutely fantastic!!!!! Review coming soon!

Okay so I was asked to read and review an ARC for the sequel to this book, I blindly said yes. I'd never heard of the author or the books. So I was hoping that I would enjoy this book first so I could enjoy the sequel as well. And low and behold, I was HOOKED!! First off, the author is a male and normally I don't read books written by males. Not that I'm bias against them or anything, but I just haven't come across any I really liked besides "I a
I am astounded at all the four and five star ratings for this book. I hated this book so much. I found this to be unbearably juvenile. I'm a fan of YA fiction, but this felt like writing geared toward 4th-6th graders with mature content thrown in. Such a mess.

Things I hated:
1. The characters were hollow. They didn't feel real. Their dialogue felt empty and forced for the sake of the "story". They were all very unlikeable.
2. Somebody please tell me teenagers don't text/e-mail like that. The text
I haven't read Olsen's other writing, and I don't read a lot of true crime books, either. However, I do read a lot of YA fiction, and this book just didn't work for me.

I visited Port Gamble earlier this year, and Olsen dropped the ball when it came to setting the scene properly. There's a few asides about the historical property management and how old the houses are, but he never takes the opportunity to give a flat-out description of the town's small scale and quaintness. That's a real shame,
When I found out via Daisy Chain Book Reviews that one of my favorite true crime authors was now delving into the world of young adult fiction I was way excited! Who better to weave together true crime, mystery, and paranormal fantasy into a fast paced young adult novel than Gregg Olsen? For years young adult mysteries have languished being replaced with the ever -popular paranormal romance. While these books have had elements of mystery in them they are mainly focused on the romantic entangleme ...more
I abandoned this book around 170 pages in. To be fair, it wasn't entirely the book's fault. I currently have way too many books out from the library, so I need to get through books as fast as I can. So if something's not holding my attention, I'm probably not going to finish it.

And this book really didn't hold my attention. This is probably due to the pacing. The mystery was engaging at first, but then the pace slowed to a crawl, and I got bored of it. A lot of the book doesn't consist of the ch
Alyssa Snyder
There was a lot of great things about Envy, first and for most this book really made me think. I thought about the story this book itself tells but also thought about how true this could be. Things like what happen in Envy really do actually happen. Everyday. Aside from his fabulous characters I also enjoyed his writing style. It was the first book of his I have read and am considering his adult novels. I'm still really curious and anxious for the next book, but I have no doubts it will be just ...more
I vaguely recall reading a few pages of this book, maybe a chapter or so. Then I gave up. It just seemed so morbid and gloomy.
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
Murder is such a dirty word...

Where do I start with this book ? Should I start with that it kept me up late hours of the night? That it kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end ? That it gave me some of the biggest chills and some of the biggest surprises I have ever read ? Well how about I just start with that Gregg Olsen has put together an intense story of mystery, envy, thrill, and betrayal.

Envy is about a girl Katelyn, Katelyn was just found by her mother, on the
Miko O.
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Won through Goodreads Giveaway. 2.5 I'm going to split my review into two halves. First the bad: The book starts out horribly; I mean the writing is just atrocious. Each chapter ends with a sentence that is an awful, cliché, badly contrived cliffhanger. It was just gut wrenching to read. I am glad, however, that I made myself continue reading, as the quality improved in the end. My other major complaint: A true crime story does not a mystery make. It was obvious before I looked it up that the au ...more
I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I didn't realize the book was based on a true cyberbullying case until the end. I am not surprised a girl like Starla would use what happened to try to gain her 15 minutes of fame. The worst part is there really are a lot more tees like her as witnessed in the news recently!

The story was great, and this has become one of my new favorite YA series. I loved the characters, and I cannot wait for the next book.
Ken Eveleigh
Port Gamble, Washington, is a town filled with secrets; some of them will get you killed. Twins Haley and Taylor Ryan are convinced that their friend Katelyn didn't die by accident and using their "special gifts" they are on the search for the truth. There are twists and turns aplenty and I was engrossed from the beginning.
I haven't received yet, just saw today that I had won. Waiting for its arival. 6/28/11
Just received my copy. Hope to start soon, I have 2 books in line first. 7/11/11
Started this last night. 7/14/11
Finished during lunch today. 7/15/11

Small town along the Western Coast that was originally inhabited by an Indian tribe. One high school girl is found dead in the bathtub from electrocution. Was it suicide, an accident or homicide? She has an ex bff/frenemy that lives next door. Two girls that are twi

As soon as I saw the cover of Envy by Gregg Olsen I knew that would be a perfect book to read during Halloween. There is only one word to describe the cover and that word is CREEPY. That being said the cover underneath the sleeve is beautiful while still being eerie and I think I loved it even more than the main cover. As soon as I saw the cover of this book I was instantly reminded of my mum. My mum loves crime books, murder books and thriller books, with
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Envy is a Young Adult debut novel from the fantastic New York Times bestselling true-crime author, Gregg Olsen. It’s one deliciously dark and eerie read. I devoured it, thoroughly enjoying its creepy atmosphere! Most importantly, the content of this book lives up to its gorgeous cover, which means that if you’re one of the judge-the-book-by-its-cover readers (like me!), you can rest assured - you won’t be disappointed! In fact, you’re in for a quite a treat!
Kirsty (Book - Love - Bug)
This is Gregg Olsen’s debut in the YA market, and what a fabulous start. Envy is the first in the Empty Coffin Series; books set in Port Gamble (aka Empty Coffin). These thrillers have a paranormal edge to them, which refreshingly doesn’t see a vampire, werewolf or angel in sight!

Olsen has a fantastic writing style; he tells the story mainly in the present with a series of flashbacks interwoven in. When described this may sound a little confusing but actually works wonderfully.

The storyline ce
Lets start with the cover! Can you say "CREEPIEST COVER AWARD"? Wow, I love it. It draws you into this book. Makes you WANT to read it. Then you flip to the 1st page, and you cannot put it down. It's like, The Grudge / The Ring type of feel when you look at the cover. You automatically think.... creepy! *shudders*
This book is about Katelyn. Katelyn is 15 years old. Katelyn is sad. Katelyn is dead.
Hayley and Taylor were friends of Katelyn. They knew that she was troubled, or sad. Either way they
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I was lucky enough to receive this book for review earlier this month, and I couldn’t wait to read it! The cover alone is creepy enough to make ya want to flip through and see what’s up! YAY for awesome covers! I started reading Envy the night I got it, and finished it the next night!

Envy (Empty Coffin) has everything I like in a book. We enjoy a little drama, a little mystery, a little suspense, and a little paranormal. I really found my

Jenna (Bookiemoji)
Big fat DNF. I couldn't get into it within the first few chapters. Yet, I kept with it as long as I could... It felt like the sort of stuff I could otherwise find if I looked out the window or watched the news (kids being kids, adults with all sorts of problems, depressing reports, etc.) The story is told in a very quick, and, though I must say honest, fashion that keeps you from really caring about the characters or the outcome... For me, that is. And I HATED how out of the seven chapters I rea ...more
My main problem with Envy was that I didn't like the style of writing. It was very awkward and melodramatic. The author tried really hard to create tension and suspense but failed miserably. The plot was really weak and boring. About 90 pages in I started skimming. Another problem was the characters. They were very flat and lacked personality. I couldn't relate to any of the characters. Their dialogue was empty and seemed forced. The texting conversations were horrible. "4COL! SEMZ RONG 2 GRIEVE ...more
Anna Potter
No prostě úžasná kniha. Byla ohromně tajemná a no...prostě dokonalá! :) Už se strašně těším na druhý díl!
Paula  Phillips
When I read the blurb of this book it sounded really exciting , but little did I realise the take that the novel was going to have . It screamed with so many different angles and in ways the way it connected though of course, some of the storylines did not connect with the main plot - so in parts you may be a tad confused but once you have finished the novel , you will catch up sooner than later. Envy starts with the death of Katelyn , a fifteen year old girl in the small neighbourhood. Everyone ...more
Well, with all the hype around this book, I was expecting something more. I really wanted to like this book, but it was hard to. The plot was okay, but being an aspiring writer and studying the craft, I noticed a few things that kept me from enjoying the story completely.
First of all, there was a lot of repetition about how sad the atmosphere was when it should be a time of celebration and happiness. Then, I really felt a disconnect with the characters (Hayley and Taylor). There was no depth to
Wow!!! I did not see that coming!


Wow, where do I even begin?! This was another one of those books that I wasn't too sure about. I had tried to read it a couple times, but ended up putting it down every time. Finally, after accepting a blog tour for the sequel, Betrayal, I decided to give it another go and I'm really glad that I did. The first few chapters started off slow, but it soon picked up and I found myself hooked on Envy. I would read it in the dark, in the middle of the night, a
I haven’t read many crime stories, but was in the mood to try something new. I was drawn to Envy’s creepy, gorgeous cover and was hooked further when I read the premise. The combination of cyber-bullying, mystery and paranormal seemed really fresh and like it would be an interesting fall read. I was curious to see how it all tied together to a real cyber-bullying true crime, and if it would be a story I would recognize. Envy is adult true crime writer Gregg Olsen’s YA debut, and he delivers a we ...more
A new release by Gregg Olsen?? Of course I was excited!I have read and reviewed two of his books and I LOVED them! Then I read that it was a YA book...ok you have my attention, but can Gregg Olsen, master of suspense and horror, and that "I'm scared to look behind me in the dark" pull that off? Yes, I believe he can. Simply put I really really REALLY enjoyed this book. I had read a few negative reviews but after seeing the cover that was not going to deter me. How can you look at that cover and ...more
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Throughout his career, Gregg Olsen has demonstrated an ability to create a detailed narrative that offers readers fascinating insights into the lives of people caught in extraordinary circumstances.

A New York Times bestselling author, Olsen has written seven nonfiction books, three novels, and contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee Child.

The award-winning author has been a guest o
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“If only these walls could talk…the world would know just how hard it is to tell the truth in a story in which everyone’s a liar.” 44 likes
“Some of this story is completely true. And some of it isn't. Like truth, evil comes in all sorts of flavors. Some bitter. Some deceptively sweet. Sometimes it comes with a heavy price. While most people don't invite evil into their lives, the dirty little secret is that an invitation isn't necessary. Locked doors don't matter. Neither do fancy security systems. Evil is kind of amazing when you think about it. She knows how to get inside.” 11 likes
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