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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  276 ratings  ·  158 reviews
“You’re going to die”

Shelley Marano is an ordinary, unexceptional high school senior…until the day she receives a cryptic text message, and her world tilts sideways. Now she’s in real danger, although she doesn’t know who would want her dead, or why. As she starts to unravel the mystery, the truth about who she really is proves to be more frightening than she ever imagined
Paperback, 1st, 218 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by Kindle Press
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Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
Here I go again, another Young Adult book. I don’t know exactly why they appeal to me so much. Perhaps because I want to stay young at heart!

Shelley Marano is your typical 17 year old high school student. The most important decision she is facing in life is where to go to college and how to tell her father that she doesn’t want to work in his auto shop for the rest of her life. However when Shelley suddenly gets a text message warning her that she is in danger, her life unexpectedly gets totally
Veronica ⭐️
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2015
4.5 stars
What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Shelley Marano lives the normal life of a 17 year old. She attends the local High School, has a crush on a boy at school and works for her father after school. To her it is boring, that is until she gets an anonymous text telling her that her life is in grave danger. With that one piece of news Shelley feels that she has lost her identity. Who would want her dead? She despera
Louise Wilson
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelley Marano, a average teenager, starts getting text messages from a stranger and her life is changed completely.

She has nearly finished high school and is looking forward to going to college. She also works part time in her fathers Auto Body Shop.

The text messages start and she gets stalked by someone who tells her he's her brother and pretty soon she finds out her life is in danger.

This is a good debut book by the author James Morris whom I have to thank for gifting me a copy in return for
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: author-review
Rating: 2.5 Fast paced action, but without deep character development...Shelley Marano is an ordinary teenager, but when she receives a random text message, her life is turned upside down. Everything Shelley thought she knew about her life is in question, and now she may be in danger...she needs to solve this mystery, and every second counts!

I received an ebook of "What Lies Within" by James Morris in exchange for an honest review. I was enjoying this thriller until I came across a very jarring
Janie C.
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What Lies Within?

Defining yourself and your identity in high school is hard enough in a normal situation. But Shelley Murano finds that she is not a typical high school student. Informed that she was adopted as a baby by a brother she never knew she had, life begins to spiral out of control. Shelley struggles to find out who her biological parents could be, while finding herself in increasingly dangerous circumstances. Aided by her best friend, Winston, she literally has to fight to find out the
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery and sci-fi buffs, Young Adult

Another winner from James Morris whose book Melophobia I enjoyed a lot last year.

Shelley Marano asks herself the same question all seventeen-year-olds ask themselves: Who am I? Her dad is a warm, loving man who dotes on his only child, especially since they’re all on their lonesome now after her mum died in a car crash a few years ago.

She’s finishing up high school with her eccentric best mate, Winston, and waiting impatiently for what she hopes will be an acceptance letter from the college
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fast paced YA thriller about a seventeen year old girl, Shelley Marano, trying to discover her identity (both literally and figuratively). I found the characters to be likeable, especially Winston, and the unpredictable events of the story kept me on my toes until the very last page!

Fun and entertaining read!

Received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Actual Rating 3.5 Stars

I enjoyed this book, however this short fast paced novel was not without it's flaws. The mystery and science fiction elements were interesting and explained well. However I wanted to know these characters more than the author developed them in the story. Shelley is faced with a literal identity crisis, where she questions who she will be and who she is. We get to know her as she's thrust into danger and faced with gro
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mysterie and thriller readers
Recommended to Chantal by: James Morris
This is what I call an amazing debut novel!
From the moment I started to read, the story had me in its grip. This really is a rollercoaster that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Shelley is living a normal teenage life. She works in her dad’s auto body shop, and really wants to go to college. But then a text message turns her life upside down. She is in great danger and her mission is now to find out who she is and why she is in danger. Her best friend Winston does everything he can to help her.
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it

honestly that was such a nice read. I was pleasantly surprised by how everything was set, especially giving the small size of the book. I thought how everything is going to resolve with such size. Everything is built very nicely in this novel to the point where i was picturing everything in my mind as it happened.

Reading this book was really easy and can be read in one setting. It was fast paced and direct although filled with secrets and mysteries.

Shelley Marano is as normal as you can
Rating 3.5 Stars

What Lies Within is a debut YA suspense novel by author James Morris. I absolutely loved the premise of this book (having a degree in Neuroscience probably has something to do with that): Nature versus Nurture. When it comes to who we are, are personalities, which side of the debate wins out? Do are genes determine the type of person we are? Or does it have more to do with the environment we are raised in; how we are treated; the experiences we have as a young person?
This is ult
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.

Shelley Morano works for her father's auto body shop. She won't be there forever as she is about to graduate high school and go on to college. Her plans get derailed when she gets threatening texts and is stalked by a man claiming to be her brother. Can she survive and be able to live a normal life? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good read. It was action packed and horrifying. If you enjoy horror thrillers
Noah Nichols
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who is Shelley Marano?

Really amazing story. Constant twists and turns throughout; rich and vivid action that was well-written. I consumed this fic quick! At first I thought it'd be a meandering, whinging YA all know those...but it turned out to be so much more. Thankfully! Shelley was an infinitely interesting MC, and I craved to know just where she'd end up at the thrilling conclusion of What Lies Within. This blistering book was a page-turning pleasure to behold.
Mary Beth
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
What Lies Within is an edge of your seat YA thriller. The story starts out with action and suspense immediately. It is a quick and easy paced read. I enjoyed every minute of it, and finished it in almost one day. If I had more reading time I would of finished it in one day easily.

Shelly Marano is your typical teenager who works for her Dad's auto body shop. She is trying to get her life prepared for college. She is in high sch
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelley Marano is an ordinary high school senior, living with her single Dad and thinking of college next year. She's not popular at school but her best friend Winston more than makes up for that with his easy going friendship and willingness to be involved in her schemes. Life seems pretty normal until one day she gets a strange text message on her phone that leads to her life being turned upside down.

Shelley and Winston take on the evil characters threatening her - a cold power-mad scientist a
Which is stronger, nature, nurture or necessity? Isn’t being a teen tough enough? Shelley Marano was pretty normal, just a regular teen girl with a best friend named Winston. Then she received the text that would change her very existence forever and send her down a spiraling path of uncertainty, betrayal, guilt and anger, coming out the other end an entirely reshaped person. Will she like the person she has become? Can she accept the truth of her life, her very beginning and forgive the ones wh ...more
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REVIEW: This ebook was really nice and I really wish I put effort into reading it. I feel like I could’ve read this in 2 or 3 sittings but since it was an ebook, I never found time to read it. I marked it as “currently reading” sometime in early August but I actually started reading it mid-September. I was reading it on my iPod since I have the kindle app on there; I would read it on the bus to school (40 minute ride). However, after
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maxine by: James Morris
Shelves: young-adult-read
This is one adrenalin filled novel that just got better and better the further into it I went. By the end I had quite frazzled nerves! It's a YA novel but really even if you don't normally read YA books you would like this one, I don't read a huge amount of YA unless it really appeals and I throughly enjoyed this.

I loved the plot in this book, the more it unraveled and the more truth that came forth, the more fascinating it was and in places quite "in your face". James Morris has written a grit
Linda Strong
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
First off, when I was offered the opportunity to read and review this Young Adult thriller, I was not expecting what I got. After all, I have children and I survived their teen years and now I have teenage grandchildren. I've pretty much stayed away from YA because reading about teenagers just wasn't 'my thing'.

When I first started reading, I fell into instant 'like' with the two main protagonists. Shelley and her best friend Winston are normal teenagers, at least until a stranger walks up to Sh
Vanessa J.
Jun 27, 2015 marked it as lost-interest  ·  review of another edition
I read the excerpt for this book, and I can tell I'm not going to like it, so I thought I'd better stop. First because he MC was kind of foolish: She got a text from someone telling her she's going to die, and she replies to the person and starts a conversation. Sorry, Shelley, but that is not the appropriate thing to do. Also, there were science inaccuracies, which are unforgivable for me. Worse even, they were about the simplest things in biology (what is metaphase in mitosis). I feel sorry be ...more
Tayler Steele
Sep 30, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm really between a 3 and 4 star rating on this one. I think it would have been a 4 star if I had read it at a better pace (I've been neglecting my books ever since college football season started back...oops) and it was because I was reading it at such a slow, disjointed pace that I was sometimes confused. So that's probably all on me.

I really, really loved the premise of this book. Super creative, fascinating, and very well executed. The author really brought the plot to live; I can't even te
Dana ****Reads Alot****
This is the first book that I have read by this author, but I will definitely be reading more. Fast paced and interesting, Thanks to the author for giving me the book for an unbiased review. The story never lagged and kept me very interested.
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it

Hello everyone! It´s Foxyreading (@Foxyfangirling on twitter) with my full review of What Lies Within!

4 out of 5 stars
I recieved a free kindle-edition copy from the author in return for an honest review! This fact does not influence my thoughts whatsoever. I do want to thank the author for granting me the opportunity to read his book!

I really liked the premise of this book! I thought it was a bit short and vague, but now I've read the book I understand why. So much happens in this book and if t
Laurence R.
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-review

First of all, I need to say that I have excuses to make to the author, James Morris, because I received this book ages ago and I promised that I would read and review really quickly, which I didn't do (I had to say it, I feel really bad about it).

I truly should have picked this book up earlier, because it made me realize that I could truly enjoy thrillers. I'm kind of scared of everything, so I usually pick up the least scary novels I can find, which excludes thrillers, obviously. When I s
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
What Lies Within is a fast paced, well written, intense thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I finished this book in about a day and a half and that attests to the fact that it's such a wild ride from start to finish.

Shelley is your regular high school student, up until one day she receives a text from someone, with the words "You are going to die". This sends her spiralling into a conspiracy that's much bigger than she thought and Shelley starts fighting for her life.

I loved
Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
"There was nothing like danger to make life worth living."
I really liked this book! The beginning was intriguing and definitely set the mood for the rest of the book. The intensity and suspense was constant from cover to cover. It had me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't read fast enough!
My favorite character has to be Winston. His friendship with Shelley is so real and he's incredibly hilarious! A guy like him is definitely a must for every gi
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I'd received a pdf from the author, so I feel so sorry for taking forever to review this book.

So I will review it now.

I printed out the first half of the story and read them from chapter to chapter, the mystery is well set and I'm curious about what the heroine will encounter in the later part of the story. Therefore I'll see what I can do with the rest of the book.

3 stars for the writing and the well set mystery, the rating might be changed after I finish the whole book.
Jul 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the author to review, but that does not in any way influence my opinion.

There are parts I liked, and parts I didn't.

I liked that it was fast paced, didn't feel boring or dragged at any point but sometimes that made everything seem a bit rushed or superficial. It would jump from one thing to another pretty fast.
The story/concept altogether was interesting, but I found myself wanting for more. In my opinion there wasn't really a mystery aspect, everything was pretty strai
Lauren Stoolfire
I received a free ecopy of What Lies Within from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Shelley's life turns on it's head when she receives a mysterious text message that says she's going to die. It looks like she's in real danger although she has no idea where the threat is coming from and no idea why. As she begins to learn what's going on, the more she begins to realize that she's not exactly the person she thought she was. If she makes it through this, one thing is for certain: nothing
Rajalakshmi Prithviraj
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes, it is by chance that one discovers what truly lies within oneself. Call it serendipity, it was an SMS that triggered off Shelley Marano's journey into self discovery.

Was she somebody else's child? Adopted? Discarded? An experiment? Conceived for money? Hunted and followed? Stalked to be killed? What is up next? These are a few of the questions that will cross your mind as you continue to share the twists and turns is Shelley's life.

James Morris truly writes in a style which would hold
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James Morris is a former television writer who now works in digital media. When not writing, you can find him scoping out the latest sushi spot, watching 'House Hunters Renovation', or trying new recipes in the kitchen. He lives with his wife and dog in Los Angeles.

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