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Let’s play a game.

You have 24 hours to win. If you break my rules, she dies. If you call the police, she dies. If you tell your parents or anyone else, she dies.

Are you ready?


When Crystal Donavan gets a message on a mysterious app with a video of her little sister gagged and bound, she agrees to play the kidnapper’s game. At first, they make her complete bizarre tasks: ste
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Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: February 1st 2022 by Wednesday Books
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Diana Urban
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: thriller, young-adult
AHHHHHHH! Thanks so much for checking out THESE DEADLY GAMES and adding it to your TBR! I can't wait to share this story with you all. 😈 In the meantime, here are two important notes:

Yes, there will be a preorder campaign! The details are still TBD, but it'll include a signed bookplate, bookmark, gorgeous character art, and another fun item. You can submit your receipt here.

If you want first dibs on ARCs of this book when they're available, you can join my street team here!

Thanks again, everyone
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jun 16, 2021 rated it liked it
Wow! What a heart pounding cat-mouse game!

Crystal Donovan competes to win the annual Mortal Dusk Crown! Team prizes are $3 million! Only thing she needs to do work harder not be disqualified ( one of the six members has to go: the reward is only for team of five) and defeat her enemies wisely and brutally ! Don’t worry! This is just a freaking video game!

But this is not the only game she has to win! Somebody plays her a very dangerous game by sending the photos her sister gagged and bound. She
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Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
Y'all know I'm a sucker for deadly games in fiction ...more
Kaya
Jan 09, 2021 marked it as to-read
I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS!! I'm picky about YA mystery-thrillers but Diana Urban, Courtney Summers and Holly Jackson are my automatic go-to authors so needless to say, I'm hyped! ...more
megs_bookrack
A Thriller with a game trope? You know I am down for this!



Thank you, Wednesday Books, for the ARC!! As the 2022-ARCs start rolling in. I can't even believe it!!
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Alex
Jun 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 12-and-13
Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of These Deadly Games in exchange for an honest review!

This was fun! These Deadly games is a fast paced mystery following a teenage girl who starts getting sinister messages threatening to kill her kid sister if she doesn't complete a series of increasingly evil tasks. It was easy to get hooked on the plot and I especially loved that the sinister reason behind some of the tasks often wasn't spelled out for us or the protagonist until after there was
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of THESE DEADLY GAMES by Diana Urban in exchange for my honest review.***

Crystal and her friends hope the prize money that comes with winning a gaming contest will be the answer to their problems. Then her sister is kidnapped and Crystal must complete a series of tasks to save her life.

Diana Urban is a masterful wordsmith. Her clever sentences make reading exciting. Urban’s attention to detail left no plot point unanswered. I’m older t
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I'm All Booked Up  YA
Oct 05, 2020 marked it as to-read
Super excited for this one. Too bad we have to wait until 2022!
Chloe
May 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
*Spoiler free, 4.5 stars*

I think I am drawn to thrillers, despite finding so many that I simply do not love. And this one was no different. I had read All Your Twisted Secrets and enjoyed it, it had a plot twist I'd been waiting and wanting to see happen for forever, but I just didn't love it. Despite this, I was still looking forward to Urban's next book! A girl must keep her kidnapped sister alive by playing deadly games being sent to her via a mysterious app that has shown up on her phone. I
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Amani
Jun 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Spoiler-Free

OMG THAT ENDING!!! Mysteries like this book are usually a hit or miss for me mainly because I typically guess the plot twists. Although I guessed one of the major ones in this book, there were still a few surprises that I didn’t see coming. It’s incredibly fast-paced and if you’re in a reading slump this will be a good book to get you out of one!! I started reading this around 3 AM and couldn’t put it down until I finished it. I adored this book and can’t wait to see what Diana write
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moony ☽
May 14, 2021 marked it as to-read
The synopsis is so intriguing. I am very excited for this release!
Megan
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
YOU THINK YOU'RE READY FOR THIS BOOK BUT YOU'RE NOT.

5 STARS!

That's all I'm saying.
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Would You Like To Play A Game?

They’re not always fun—as Crystal, a high school gaming enthusiast soon discovers in this twisty, disturbing, YA thriller.

Prior to a begin gaming tournament, one that would net the victors millions of dollars, a message is sent to Crystal demanding she play a “game” instructing her to follow all of the directions, no deviations, or else her younger sister would be murdered. As she begins to “play” she soon discovers that each step of the game carries with it a life
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Jenni
Jun 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Laurie Tell
Jun 07, 2021 rated it liked it
First, I want to thank the author, the publisher and #netgalley for the ARC. This did not impact my review, as you will soon see.

I did really like the concept. However, i had a few issues with this book.
1. I could not get into the gaming and didn't always understand it. I assume this is because I am older than the target audience, so I will not hold this against the ratings. However, for us older people who like YA books, keep this in mind.
2. It didn't seem like any of the characters liked ea
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Cassandra Marie
Jun 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you Negalley for an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review!

This a fast paced YA read and I really did enjoy it! Crystal's sister is kidnapped and the kidnapper forces Crystal into a series of games in order to save her sister. What Crystal doesn't know is that these games may get out of hand!

The book had lots of twists but one of my biggest issues was that it was quite predictable up until the close to the ending. I will say- the ending was *chef kiss* and I really liked that I couldn't
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Maureen
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness! I raced through These Deadly Games as quickly as possible, while soaking up the glorious writing in the twists and turns. As Crystal and her friends try to win a video game tournament, someone has kidnapped her little sister. Now Crystal has to race against time and the evil anonymous cyber stalker to save Caelyn while doing the bidding of a manipulative technological genius. Thanks to the author, NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to be an early reader in exchange for m ...more
Brady
Jun 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Emily Rogers
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
This book… OH MY GOSH THIS BOOK!!!!!

The twists, the turns, THE EPIC CLIMAX!!!!!

Oh my gosh!! This was a pure rush of adrenaline!! Diana you are BRILLIANT!!!!

This was truly a great experience. This will definitely become my favorite mystery novel!! Oh my gosh! Read this book, you will not regret it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lydia Hephzibah
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
The concept was good but the execution left a lot to be desired. As with Urban's debut, she was heavy handed with hints that made the protagonist look painfully dim. There was too much build up to the twists so rather than being surprised, I was just waiting for them to be revealed, which is not ideal in a thriller. ...more
Hannah
Jun 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
All I have to say is WOW! I love a good mystery and this was one that kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved the video game aspect intertwined with the mystery I thought it was so unique. This story kept me guessing the entire time and I truly had no idea how things were going to play out. I read it in one sitting and that ENDING! This book is perfect for anyone who loves a high-stakes mystery.
Mackenzie Lauka
Jun 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved it! If you liked Diana's debut, this one is even better!! While I was able to guess some parts of it, she also kept me guessing one of the big twists until it was revealed. I really hope this one becomes a movie as it would be incredible to watch all of the games play out on screen! Don't miss this one! ...more
Alex
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Intriguing.... I loge the author of this book 📙
Nora Swerbinsky
Jan 05, 2021 marked it as to-read
I absolutely loved Urban's first book, All your Twisted Secrets so I can not wait for These Deadly Games! ...more
Julianna
Feb 06, 2021 marked it as to-read
This looks like it’s going to be a good one! I can’t wait!
Jools Brooksbank
Mar 08, 2021 marked it as to-read
I'm so excited for this book! ...more
Reader Insider
Mar 14, 2021 marked it as to-read
Cannot WAIT for this book! I’m super excited!! Yay!
Sarah R | BiblioBonorum
Super excited for this one!! 2022 is so far away
Emily Hilligoss
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am SO excited for this!!!
Gina Fugate
May 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved All Your Twisted Secrets so much and can't wait to read this one!!! BRING IT ONNNNN ...more
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Diana Urban is an author of dark, twisty thrillers, including All Your Twisted Secrets (HarperTeen) and These Deadly Games (Wednesday Books, 2022). When she’s not torturing fictional characters, she works in digital marketing for startups. She lives with her husband and cat in Boston and enjoys reading, playing video games, fawning over cute animals, and looking at the beach from a safe distance. ...more

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