Envy, the series debut, involves the mysterious death of the twins ...more
I liked this YA mystery. The twins' supernatural talent was unique; if a little discursive. I didn't care for the emails texts, people don't really write that way. Also, he didn't or couldn't get inside the head of real teens. The author was trying too hard to be "cool". He was also flippant about the death of the teenage girl in the book towards the end. Having said that, it did keep my interest, I think there was a better book in here with a little more time.
Somewhere during the book I felt like it had split into two different stories. There was still the mystery of Katelyn but there was also the story of the twins with the supernatural powers who sensed Katelyn's death was not just an accident. ...more
My main issue with Envy is that I really didn’t ge ...more
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 around ...more
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 ...more
Alright, this book. OK so yeah, I was all ready to like it, was in the mood for a scary read even if it proves to be generic, which can be lots of brainless fun sometimes, in fact I wanted just that. It certainly looked like it could deliver. It started out creepy and I was liking it, kinda reminded me of The Ring, movie American not the book Japanese, maybe because it was set around Seattle with all the verdant rainyness. It began with a very atmospheric tinge and it was very reminiscent of tha ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 christmas...in the ...more
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.
Let me just start by saying that I can NOT finish this book. This book sounds promising from reading the blurb and I was excited to get into it but I am VERY disappointed.
The plot is mainly a whodunit storyline, that's good, it's a classic and you can hardly imagine anything to go wrong. But that's not the case for Envy. The story is written in various POVs. Actually, there were so many POVs that I've lost count already. Now, various POVs aren ...more
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! ...more
What I Liked: The prologue was foreboding and engaging, even if it was overly descriptive and completely put me off strawberries dunked in white chocolate. And sadly, that is all I can say about this book that I liked.
What I Disliked: Everything. Read on to see the specif ...more
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 ...more
"Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy - the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation."--Eric Hoffer
Ever since Envy came out, I've been waiting to get a copy of it...but then due to my schoolwork, it is forgotten until April 2012, when I spot it at the Brooklyn Public Library. I've literally ran across the library to get my hands on it...and whoosh, I checked it out without ...more
Katelyn is a ‘cutter’ whose many serious problems included an alcoholic mother. So is her death a suicide or an accident? Or maybe even murder?
Port Gamble is Katelyn’s home. It’s a seemingly perfect historic town in Washington with a lot of rules—the past has to be preserved—and a lot of secrets. It’s called “ ...more
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 f...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
For some reason whenever I win a giveaway, I get horror, crime, scary books!!
Anyway to the review.
I absolutely loved it.
I also love the font they used for the numbering at the beginning of each chapter.
The story starts off with a girl named Katelyn. She died in a bathtub. In the bathtub, where she was found dead, was an expresso machine. Before Katelyn died she had problems with cutting herself but didn't want to tell anybody. (view spoiler)[ Only S ...more
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A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Olsen has written ten nonfiction books, ten novels, and contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee Child.
The award-winning author has been a guest on ...more