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Unnatural Deeds

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  879 ratings  ·  258 reviews
Some secrets are worth killing to protect.

Victoria Zell doesn’t fit in, not that she cares what anyone thinks. She and her homeschooled boyfriend, Andrew, are inseparable. All they need is each other. That is, until Zachary Zimmerman joins her homeroom. Within an hour of meeting, he convinces good-girl Vic to cut class. And she can’t get enough of that rush.

Despite Vic’s l
Hardcover, 274 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

Psst! Guys! You really have to meet ...

... Because in case you didn't know, Z is your sun, your light, your LIFE.

"By the end of that first day without Z, the whole school fell into a general malaise. Students moved through the halls slower and didn't smile as much. Everyone looked doubly hard at Z's desk, as if staring could will him back. He was the sun, and his disappearance had sent us all out of orbit. And so, as the planet closest to him, I felt even more purposeless."

Who is Z, you're ask
Trinity Irwin
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was such a delightfully twisted book.
I sincerely recommend it to anyone who likes insane plot twists, because seriously, I was like:

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It’s based on a girl named Victoria (Vic) who’s attending a religious high school, has marvelous grades, and a great home-schooled boyfriend. She transferred schools by her parents’ wishes and is the new kid in class this year, but so is another student; Zachary Zimmerman (Z). The greatest way I could describe their relationship is by relating it to JD’s a
Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
YA thriller with a surprising twist!

Victoria “Vic” Zell, a junior at a private high school in rural Maine, is a social outcast who tries her best to blend in the background. She has an agoraphobic boyfriend, Andrew, who fills her world until she meets “Z,” the enigmatic new boy at school. Charismatic Z singles Victoria out, determined to break down her barriers. They become friends and eventually more. As their relationship develops, Victoria pushes Andrew to the side as she grows more and more
Bookworm Extraordinaire
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it


Victoria Zell doesn’t fit in. Blending into the background suits her just fine. After all, she has her boyfriend Andrew to keep her company. What more does she need?

That's until she lays eyes on St. Ann's newest student, Zachary Zimmerman (Z). Suddenly Victoria is stepping out from the background and into the light. What starts out as an unlikely friendship soon turns into an obsession that has deadly consequences for them all.


What a surprisingly page-turning little read this turned out to be
Victoria is telling her boyfriend Andrew a story-- the story of how she became obsessed with a boy named Z. Z is new at school and an instant enigma wrapped in a mystery. He gives pieces of himself to you-- just enough to make you feel special but never enough to allow you to really know him. Victoria is pulled in by his charisma almost instantly. As the school odd ball, Vic can't believe someone like Z would single her out for attention. He calls her "precious" and puts gifts in her locker. But ...more
Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Fire and NetGalley.)

“I thought I knew you inside and out, but… I was wrong.”

This was a YA mystery story, told by one girl to her boyfriend.

I liked Victoria as a character and I felt quite sorry for her that she had no friends at the school she had transferred to. I could also empathise with her anxiety issues, but the cheating thing was not a good character trait at all, and her obsession with Z just seemed destined to land
Lo Bookfrantic
4 ★★★★Unexpected and Shocking Stars

Genre: Mystery/YA
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Female

"Obsession is strange. One moment you think you have control. And by the time you realize that you've lost your free will, you don't even care."


Unnatural Deeds by Cyn Balog caught my attention by its cover and blurb; however little did I know that this author's writing style was going to consumed me and I ended up enjoying it a little too much than I expected. The book starts with a young girl Victoria
Jan 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Unnatural Deeds was a solid book. The story centers around the main character Victoria and her involvement with the new kid in school Z -the cool kid that everyone naturally gravitates towards. Add her boyfriend/neighbor Andrew, mental illness issues and a serious twist at the end-it made for an interesting read.
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
It has been a long time since I have read a book by Balog, years in fact but when I saw she had a new release I knew I had to try it.

Known for her unique if not slight bizarre stories, I knew I would be in for something different, something strange and something other. And that is truly exactly what I got in this story. A book filled with the unexpected and the strange. With a story that wasn't all it first appeared to be and one that honestly took me by surprise with what I did see and what I d
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I like the way she entangle the 2 relationship of Vic.
But, I had felt very bad for Andrew rather than Z.
Vic was true Girl.
Most of time, they got confused and then lead to penance for their Deeds as the Title of the book.
Thanks Trinity for your recommendation.>
Krista Regester
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I definitely picked this up originally because of the beautiful cover – no shame. This was an engaging and truly twisted novel. Every chapter you were really wondering where the story is going, or what’s going to happen next, or how the HECK it is going to end. The characters were interesting, weird, and will absolutely bring up some PTSD from high school days.
Wren (fablesandwren)
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: not-shelved, 02-stars
Thank you SOURCEBOOKS Fire for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Okay let me actually tell you what this book is about.

This is a REAL PROBLEM BOOK. Meaning that there is someone(people) in this book who actually have some type of mental problem.

So there's this couple, Andrew and Vic(toria). They have been dating for a long time. Andrew has an overbearing mother, but Victoria and Andrew make it work.

Victoria has been going to a private Catholic for a year before the book sta
Stay Fetters
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Received this at BEA Chicago!

On the back of this book it states it has an ending that readers won't see coming. And me being who I am... fully acceptes that challenge. My mind started to race with a million different ideas and I thought I found my answer. It was way waaayyy off. That ending will blow your freaking mind. My brain is running over this ending a mile a minute, pure freaking brilliance.

Victoria has anxiety and is new to St. Anns school. She's extremely shy and piles on the pills jus
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A secret friendship leads to a deadly obsession.

Opening Sentence: Is thing on?

Excerpt: No

The Review:

It isn’t always easy for me to read paranormal stories. For one thing, the images stay in my mind and it may or may not lead to extra fuel for my already crazy imagination. Sometimes, those images stay in my mind past bedtime, and those nights aren’t always fun. But I was pretty excited to begin reading Cyn Balog’s Unnatural Deeds. Balog’s paranor
Mac Dubista Keso The Bibliobibuli v(=∩_∩=)
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Mac Dubista Keso The Bibliobibuli v(=∩_∩=) by: Random search
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It was a short and quick read, but I didn't really get anything out of it. The ending honestly saved this book from being a full on 2 star read. It definitely wasn't what I thought was going to happen and I liked that it wasn't predictable.

I couldn't get into the story. It was boring through out for me. I hated the characters, though I do feel like they weren't meant to be exactly likeable. But like I said, I did enjoy the ending.

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I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley.

Victoria has anxiety, is a bit of a loner and attends St. Ann's school. As a new student, she doesn't have many friends, but she's happy to have her sweet, agoraphobic boyfriend Andrew in her life. She's fairly satisfied with her seemingly uneventful life when Zachary, called 'Z', arrives at St. Ann's and find himself in the spotlight. Everybody likes Z, and to Victori
Erin Arkin
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I’m always interested in a story that doesn’t necessarily fit the mold of anything else that it out there and I have to say, Unnatural Deeds by Cyn Balog definitely qualifies. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book and I found myself unable to put it down because I needed to see what was really going on.

Victoria Zell has never fit in. When she starts a new year at high school, she expects it to be the same as last year. No friends and no one paying any attention to her. What she didn’t exp
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is definitely character-driven rather than plot-driven and that means it's right up my alley!

The narrator, Vic, is not likable. In fact, as many others have shared in their reviews, her character is difficult to empathize with and obsessive in her focus on her classmate, Z. We get glimpses into Vic's difficulty with socializing right from the very beginning and she shares an even more obvious struggle with severe and often debilitating anxiety - an issue that clearly has lasting impact
MyMy (PunchDrunkLibrary)
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: youngadult
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PDL's Rating: 4 Stars (Liked)

Wow, I am a minority in my rating for Unnatural Deeds on Goodreads. I actually liked this story. I cannot pinpoint exactly what it was but I do know I kept turning the pages even though more than halfway through I was not sure which way I was leaning towards (whether I like the story or not). All I know was I was truly intrigued by it and next thing you know I finished the book!

While reading it, I had theories beyond
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review will come soon! BUT WOAH WHAT IN THE WORLD. THIS book was something I needed and longed for, this book most definitely did not disappoint.
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

Vic, shy and riddled with anxiety, fades into the background at her exclusive catholic school. Andrew, her boyfriend and only friend, has agoraphobia. At the start of junior year, new student Z grabs the attention of everyone, including Vic. Soon they're texting and Vic is falling for the mysterious bad boy. Soon the self described good girl is breaking rules and going against her better judgment.

Level-headed Vic seemed like a straightforward narrator, perhaps not the most insightful an
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
“Unnatural Deeds” tells the story of Victoria Zell, Vic, a junior entering her second year at St. Ann’s, a private catholic school where she struggles to fit in due to her sometimes debilitating anxiety. She finds solace in her best friend and boyfriend since childhood, Andrew, who also suffers from issues that keep his mother homeschooling him and Vic his only friend. Together they are happy, until a new student at St. Ann’s quickly becomes taken with Vic and forces her to step outside her comf ...more
Sarah Jude
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads, mystery

UNNATURAL DEEDS by Cyn Balog is a gripping YA that is one part dysfunctional relationships and one part psychological thriller interwoven into a twisty braid. As a main character Victoria straddles unreliability, sympathy, and frustrating--and I think the frustration is intentional because Victoria herself is a frustrated character, with her parents, her school, her relationships, and herself. The two male characters that Victoria fixates on are Z, a new classmate, and Andrew, her bo
The concept of the story was solid by the obsession Victoria has with Z is annoying and mad the novel hard to read. The ending almost makes up for the rest of the book but not quite. I didn't see the ending coming but it took too long to get to that point that it can't really save the book. ...more
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well that was.... unexpected
Inn Auni
Vic is just one weird girl that I would stay away from because she gave off the weird vibe. So, for Z wanted to help her was beyond me. Maybe he deserved what was coming. Typical YA complete with mysterious blue eyed good looking boy that for unknown reason got attracted to the lonely girl. It tried to be different by going into the mystery genre. It probably could have work if we got Andrew's pov instead and BAMM the plot twist. It got two major plot twist regarding Andrew and Z that some reade ...more
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library.

I was seriously contemplating quitting this book by about 15% through, because the protagonist, Vic, was behaving like a psycho, and literally every thought in her head was about the new mystery boy at school, Z.

So I looked up some spoilers, because I was not happy to waste my time on another typical YA heroine except, you know times 100: empty-headed, special snowflake, so fucking dumb and naive and innocent she doesn't even recognise a
Jacquelyn Simon
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm not going to write an in depth review on this, I just want to state my initial thoughts. It was just a very odd book. I enjoyed the characters but I felt it left a lot to be desired. ...more
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Obsession is strange. One moment you think you have control. And by the time you realize that you've lost your free will, you don't even care.

My rating for this book : 3.5 stars

Wow. I still have not completely digested the whole of what I have read. I am still taken aback by the ending of this book. I really did not see it coming.

This book is marketed as a Young Adult mystery with an unexpected ending. I felt really challenged by that, as I normally predict things pretty well. Really though,
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Cyn Balog is a normal, everyday Jersey Girl who always believed magical things can happen to us when we least expect them. She is author of young adult paranormals FAIRY TALE (2009), SLEEPLESS(2010), STARSTRUCK (2011), TOUCHED (2012), and her most recent release: DEAD RIVER (2013).e. She lives outside Allentown, Pennsylvania with her husband and daughters.

She also writes under the pen name Nichola

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