The Initial Insult
Tress Montor knows that her family used to mean something—until she didn’t have a family anymore. When her parents disappeared seven years ago while driving her best friend home, Tress lost everything. She might still be a Montor, but the entire town shuns her ...more
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Tress Montor and Felicity Turnado used to be best friends. Not anymore; now frenemies would be a more apt description.
Tress has an axe to grind with Felicity. She wants some answers to a long-standing mystery and she believes Felicity has them.
When the girls where in the fourth grade, Tress's parents disappeared late one night while driving Felicity home from their house.
Felicity was found bruised and bleeding at the side of the road, but Mr. and Mrs. Montor were never se ...more
and i was excited about this - i love a good revenge story. however, this goes from being a simple story about seeking information to a big mess. everything that happens is so bizarre, i really dont know what else to think.
you have (view spoiler)[crazy unlikable teenagers abusing alcohol and drugs, bullying, a wild panther on the loose (that also gets its own POV!?! why!?) attac ...more
Included in this book are a town rooted in history, well-rounded secondary characters, a mysterious illness and a prowling wild panther, but the 💛 of this book lies in the two main characters.
𝙏𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙨 - in 4th grade her parents drove her then best friend home and were never seen again. She's sent to live with her alcoholic uncle on his trashy wild life zoo. Now a high school senior, she decides to do whatever it takes to find out what really happened to her par ...more
i. am. shook.
i am stomach-dropped awe.
i am, to quote ...more
McGinnis has her own peculiar, truly original style and genius mind perfectly knows how to blow her readers’ minds! And this book’s storyline and that freaaaaakinnnggg awesome cliffhanger made you question your own reality were true definitions of perfection!
It’s deadly revenge game:
Two narrators: Tress and Felicity: once upon a time they were best friends and now ...more
Either I try to kill them, or they try to kill me."
Not a book giving me post-traumatic stress disorder. I have to give this five stars simply because this book dares to do what most YA wouldn't even think of. The cheek, the nerve, the audacity, the gall and the gumption.
Now if you asked me to read a book where someone buries their ex-best friend alive behind a brick wall in the cellar of an old mansion while a house party is raging on the floor above ...more
Tress's parents disappeared seven years ago, and the only witness was Felicity, though she's buried any memories of that terrible night in her subconscious. So in The Cask of Amontillad ...more
Edgar Allan Poe in Appalachia!? SOLD. Mindy McGinnis knows the weird stories my brain wants before I do.
This did not disappoint. At all. Except that I finished it and now I feel a little shell shocked and a lot impressed. Just. What the fuck is this? What did it do to me?
Possibly her best yet.
I've likely said it before at some point, but I'll reiterate he ...more
So the audiobook is told by a synthetic voice narrator until the actual audiobook is published…. I don’t know why they just didn’t wait till they started real production. The voice drove me insane, I felt like Siri was reading to me and it’s not the most enjoyable experience. Hopefully when the final copy is out it will add to the experience ...more
I have such a weird relationship with McGinnis' books. I love that she writes the strangest but often most compelling, unflinching, kind of things. But I seem to either love them, hate them, or not know whether I love or hate them. This is in the last category. And it's a stranger feeling, too, considering this isn't a standalone and there's to be a sequel. Maybe I'll know which camp I fall into after reading book two? Because I will.
I couldn't ...more
I listened to this book 5 months ago. I had an early copy from NetGalley; my first ALC with a synthetic voice - not a copy of the official audiobook. I still rated it 5 stars. Mindy is my favorite YA author; her material is definitely on the darker side. The Initial Insult is a Poe-inspired YA thriller that draws from elements of Edgar Allan Poe short stories - The Cask of Amontill ...more
Small town hi-jinx, secrets and mystery permeate this atmospheric mystery centered around family, friendship and class. Teen girls acting badly, yet they’re portrayed in a sympathetic way that doesn’t excuse their behavior that only Mindy McGinnis can do. “Yes, I can understand why she knocked out her former friend with a brick” is a phrase I never imagin ...more
It was such a weird book.
Insult#1: Because it was one of the anticipated releases I was so utterly disappointed with it basically from page 1. The thing is, Mindy's books have always been a hit or miss for me. Unfortunately, this one is a miss. Though it's not as terrible or weir as Given to the Sea, for example.
Insult#2: The story itself is very... underwhelming. We have two friends(?) who have been acting weird around each other for years. I can't even call them friends to the full extent of t
The Cask of Amontillado is one of my favorite Poe stories! Mindy McGinnis has written an excellent retelling that kept me on my toes until the very last page. There is so much going on in this book, and I'm not sure where to start! Should I begin with the fact that there's a JAGUAR POV that pops up througho ...more
I really wanted to love this one because I'm a huge fan of Mindy McGinnis. I also was looking forward to a Poe-inspired YA novel that had me on the edge of my seat with chills and frills.
-I loved the premise. I found it so interesting that this poor girl's parent's disappeared and the only person that knows what might have happened to them is her former best friend.
-I also loved gruesome storytelling that Mindy was able to portray with these chara ...more
This was super interesting even amidst the stupid teens doing extremely stupid things. I even liked the unlikeable characters, but the the ending came and smashed me in the face and, honestly, I didn’t appreciate it. There are going to b ...more
It’s not quite what you think it is.
But maybe you HAVE heard this one before. Or a story like it. A story you may have read a long time ago:
Told through alternating perspectives, The Initial Insult is a sad and disturbing book. Tress’s parents disappear while driving her best friend, Felicity, home and Felicity claims she ...more
Mindy McGinnis has such a way with writing that no matter what she writes about I immediately get hooked and just want to read the entire book in one sitting. Tress and Felicity are the main characters of this extremely wild book that is a retelling of a famous Edgar Allen Poe short story. Tress and Felicity used to be best friends until one night in fourth grade ...more
The Initial Insult is book one of a Young adult mystery duology. It is my sixth book by this author.
I don't think that I've ever come across a YA author who writes such profound and intriguing books. Her books are so unique. And they are always so different from what you expected.
The Initial Insult has two main female teen 1st person POVs: former best friends Tress and Felicity.
The book takes place on Halloween night. The mystery has to do with what happened to Tress' parents 7 year ...more
❐ Narrated by Lisa Flanagan, Brittany Pressley & Tim Campbell
❐ Listening Length: 7H 30m
❐ YA Contemporary
❐ Weird AF --like only Mindy McGinnis can do
I originally received an ARC of this or actually an ALC (advanced listeners copy) from Netgalley but couldn’t listen to it at all with the monotone reader that it had. The actual finished Audiobook has three separate narrators...and is a much better performance and can actually be cal ...more
Much like Poe’s tale, McGinnis’s centers around two friends and a plan to bury one of them alive. Well, not *exactly* bury them, but merely build a wall around them, literal brick by agonizing brick. Tress doesn’t want to kill Felicity, exactly, just scare her into finally telling the truth about the ...more
This was a surprise offer to read and review The Initial Insult prior to publication, not by visually reading it, but by listening to an early synthetic voice release of the eARC. The voice was difficult at times to follow, causing me to go back to be certain that I heard something correctly. I think this was also due to this wild story!
There are multiple POVs and one of them is an actual cat. Crazy right? But essentially, without spoiling those who lik ...more
The Initial Insult.
All told, I really enjoyed this, but then, I was in the mood for extreme cattiness, thousands of miscommunications, and the devolution from love to hate. Fortunately, this YA horror/thriller definitely fits that bill.
I won't say it is the most unique thing in the world since I've personally read something like 7 books very similar to this in the last two years, but if you ha ...more
This was such an interesting mystery thriller that I really enjoyed! I really loved the complicated friend and family dynamics and I was honestly scared while reading it. I really loved the atmosphere and the subtle tension that built throughout the story. There are a lot of trigger warnings so be careful going into this but I would definitely recommend it.
TW: kidnapping, Torture, Blood, Gore, Graphic description of injuries, Alcohol and Drug use, Neglect, A character deals with seizures, s ...more
Wow what a ride. This was definitely a thriller!
This book jumps around in time A LOT, so if you don't like that, this book may not be for you, but if you do like that or can wrap your head around it, read it! In present day, one of the main characters Tress has knocked out and chained her former best friend (and other main character) Felicity to the wall of a basement in an abandoned house where a ...more
This was weird. I mean obviously a YA, 2 book adaptation of The Cask of Amontillado is bound to be weird but oh my god was this weird in the best way possible.
Told in 3 points of view, 1 belonging to rich, popular Felicity, another belonging to her ex-best friend Tress, and the 3rd belonging to a panther. Still with me? Cool.
So basically Felicity and Tress used to be best friends but had ...more
Mindy McGinnis is an Edgar Award-winning novelist who writes across multiple genres, including post-apocalyptic, historical, thriller, contemporary, mystery, and fantasy.
While her settings may change, you can always count on Mindy’s books to deliver grit, truth, and an unflinching look at humanity and the world around us. ...more