When Ryan Came Back
Ryan tells Steven that he didn't kill himself. He believes he was murdered and that his death is linked to an article he was working on for the school paper. Steven sets out to solve ...more
I probably shouldn't have tried to read this book, but it has some great reviews from a few of my friends and when the author reached out to offer a review copy, I thought I'd give it a shot.
I find mysteries in general to be a difficult genre for me. I read very few of them, and I often give them mediocre ratings. My record with Josh Lanyon is a testament to that. This book might have been able to win me over in the end, but I wasn't interested enough to stick around and try.
I wasn ...more
I went into this thinking that his BFF was gonna come back from the dead and they were gonna realize they loved each other. I was both devastated and ...more
I loved this YA book. Romance. Mystery. A Ghost. School. Realisations. Feelings - teenage love, discovery, lies, hurt, comfort, friendships and family.
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Only Steven can see Ryan. Ryan Walters, Ryan, who he wanted to love and be loved back by.
It's hard being a teenager when you have a ghost to contend with. Not letting on to anyone what is happening when a lot of other things are going on in your life. When you find out that your ...more
A ghost. A mystery. An unusual romance. An outstanding book.
Ryan has committed suicide. His friend Steven can't quite grasp the fact that the boy he has secretly loved for years is gone. Where are the tears? The all-consuming grief? Why can't he feel anything over the loss? Then Ryan makes an appearance in Steven's bedroom - not long after Ryan's funeral. Steven, understandably, freaks out over seeing the ghost of the boy he's always loved. Whe ...more
Grieve, mystery, family, friendship, love, sci-fi… When Ryan Came back has it all. As I’ve already acknowledged, Mr. McCormack’s incursion into the Young Adult genre is way over successful.
In this YA M/M romance, Steven Chase is a regular teenager in every possible way; he is terrified of coming out, of applying to college, of finding a job, essentially, he is terrified of growing up. He is just like everyone else, until he is not. Suddenly he finds himself being able to talk to Ryan Walters, hi...more
This book, oh man. You know what? No, it's not that simple. I don't understand how Devon McCormack does it. Every book he writes has an ending I did not see coming! I don't know if I should be awed by this talent or angry that he keeps doing this. I'm toying with the idea that he may be a witch.
So back to the review. Steven, such a great character, I loved his self description of Charlie Brown. He seems like your average senior, just going to school, cr ...more
Steven is a senior in high school. He isn’t popular ...more
Genre: M/M Young Adult
I have to say, this one threw me for a loop. Did I stay up until 1:30 in the morning to finish it even though I had to wake up for work at7:30? Yeah, I did. Did I get totally fooled by the M. Night Shyamalan twists and red herrings? Yup, you know it. Did I have no idea what was going on, love-interest wise? No clue. And I really enjoyed all of it.
I went into this thinking that his BFF was gonna come back from the dead and they were gonna reali ...more
The more Steven digs, the more that the ghost of Ryan evades and the worse Ryan’s situation turns out to have been. Suicide seems the most likely cause of Ryan’s death regardless of Ryan’s protests, and yet Steven can’t leave well enough alone and feels the need to prove that the boy he loved did not kill himself.
The suicide and its after effects felt odd because, at times, I laughed at some of the dialogue spoken at the funeral. I attended a high school where stude ...more
This book is a difficult one to review; while some of it worked there were things that just didn’t hit the mark. The main characters were sweet, it had some humorous moments that had me chuckling, there were moments I wanted to reach for a tissue and for the most part the mystery was okay. With that said this should have been a winner for me, unfortunately it wasn’t. I didn’t dislike the story, far from it, but I couldn’t fall in love with it either.
I like the characters and even though I though ...more
This book was alright. A sort of typical teen-mystery thing with a "gay twist," if that's what you want to call it. I doubt I'd recommend it to anyone, unless they were really REALLY curious. The ridiculously slow parts in the middle and beginning as well as that abrupt ending didn't help it any, so I'm really not tha ...more
Steven's life turns upside down after his friend Ryan's death. Struggling with grief, suddenly he is haunted by Ryan's ghost who demands Steven investigate his death... The more Steven investigates, the more secrets he finds out. He is surrounded by lies, he is grieving for Ryan and heartbroken, and it turns out the uncovering of old mysteries may very well be the end of him.
Well, this book was pretty great! A gripping mystery which kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, a swe ...more
Review first published on my blog The Fictional Reader
This is one of those books I should’ve read and reviewed ages ago. When I first started my blog, I requested way too many books from Netgalley. Now I’m still trying to read them all -even if my reading tastes have changed ever since. Yet I’ve been in a mystery-book-mood lately, so I figured it was the perfect time to try and read this. The synopsis sounds like tons of fun. Unfortunately, I had some problems with it.
In itself, the my ...more
When his best friend dies, Steven is devastated but also strangely numb to it all. But when Ryan shows up in his room unexpectedly, Steven is beyond freaked especially when Ryan tells him that he didn’t commit suicide but was murdered. Badgered into finding out the truth, Steven goes in search of answers but the more Steven investigates, the more he realizes he didn’t know Ryan at all. Even still, Steven is determined to get answers and in doing so, he may have disc ...more
Ryan held less ...more
I enjoyed the mystery in this book. Although it is targeted towards young adults, I found it to be very enjoyable for adults as well. The central underlying plot of the story is that Ryan committed suicide. He never knew that Steven was in love with him because he was straight and had a girlfriend; and even though they were friends, Steven never told him. But now Ryan has come back. He shows up at Steven’s house, in Steven’s bedroom and Steven is the only one who can see him ...more
Then I got approved and started reading it when I had the chance the other day. Dreams crushed.
It's not especially ...more
The relationship between Steven and Ryan was pretty interesting, and I don’t just mean the romance; I mean their friendship as well. I also like how Ryan has a p ...more
Well-written YA semi-environmental mystery, semi-ghost story with an interesting romance at its center. Ryan is a high school student who apparently killed himself. Steven was his close friend, but always harbored a secret crush. Now Ryan is back, and only Steven can see him - Ryan insists his death was no suicide and seeks Steven's help in figuring out what really happened.
Separate from the mystery/ghost components (and a fairly surprising ending) we have some typical YA territ ...more
The novel begins with Steven in a state of denial about his friend's suicide. A friend he has secretly been in love with. His confusion only gets worse when Ryan appears as a ghost in his bedroom.
THe premise sounds a bit corny but once you get over the suspension of disbelief this novel just steams away. Steven tries to help Ryan figure out what happened to him and along the way gets caught up in various schemes and mysteries. Its fast p ...more
So...this is a DNF book for me. I got maybe half way through it before I just couldn't take it any more. The characters were boring, the plot went no where, and the mystery was so annoyingly dragged out I literally didn't care who killed Ryan or if he was just fucking with Steven.
I think the main problem here is the writing. McCormack's writing just wasn't that entertaining. He seemed to rush through every scene and ...more
I didn't expect to like this as much as I did. When I first started reading it I thought I wouldn't be giving it a very high rating but 3 stars isn't bad for me! Some of the writing was a bit off for me but I really loved the characters and the twists at the end. I haven't read much mystery but I did not see them coming. This was a great read.
Mysteries are a very hit or miss genre for me. This one was a big miss. It started off great with the ghost of Ryan coming back and visiting Steven. Then the mystery of Ryan's death took over. I lost interest when the mystery took center stage. No rating for this one since I was the problem, not the book.
This book really wasn't for me. I tried to finish it but I was definitely struggling. I didn't like any of the characters but Lindsey and she rarely made appearances after the first scene in the book. Also the mystery just wasn't that interesting to me.
This book just wasn't for me.