I honestly picked this book up because of the author's name. It's a cool name. I ended up actually really liking it and, as we were so slow at work, rI honestly picked this book up because of the author's name. It's a cool name. I ended up actually really liking it and, as we were so slow at work, reading it all in 2 days.
I have to say, the spells never stopped being silly and making me laugh, and I didn't love Agatha, but overall this was just a solid book. If you like worlds of magic and an interesting way of swapping POVs, this is a good one to give a go...more
I love this series so much, but for some reason, I really enjoyed this installment. I think it was the introspection in the main characters that made I love this series so much, but for some reason, I really enjoyed this installment. I think it was the introspection in the main characters that made this one stand out. It isn't my favorite of the series, but it's very close to being such! I'm really excited to continue this series after taking a break to (try to) read other things along the way.
You can't go wrong with this series, and this installment is just another wonderfully written tale of terror and turmoil for our dear Whyborne and Griffin!...more
I had really high hopes going into this book, and though it was a good story and a very creative idea, I can't say I was blown away.
Let's start with I had really high hopes going into this book, and though it was a good story and a very creative idea, I can't say I was blown away.
Let's start with the positives: This is a very unique coming of age story about a gay teen in suburban Atlanta that I really, really identify with so much. I'm bisexual and live in Rural Georgia, so to us, Atlanta is the shining beacon of gay freedom. Every queer kid flees to Atlanta or Savannah at some point in their Georgia life, so this resonated with me. The culture, the types of people around Simon, and the way his parents are very accepting but he still feels iffy about letting them know because it's a big deal out of relatively nothing. Simon is a great character who I entirely understand, and I loved him to bits.
The problem is everybody else. There isn't a single other character, apart from maybe Blue in his emails, that doesn't feel flat and one-note. Everybody is just exactly what they are: a name on a page. Nick, we don't know much of anything about him except he's Simon's friend who plays guiltar. Leah is Simon's kind of weird and bitchy friend. Abby is Simon's new, non-native friend. Martin is a guy in theatre club that is blackmailing Simon. Nobody has any depths besides Simon! We know very little about his family, his friends, his classmates, and it's even mentioned in the book that Simon DOESN'T KNOW them. It's just unrealistic that a person wouldn't know ANYTHING of depth about the people around him, no matter how secretive he is. And because of that, it makes all the characters besides Simon and Blue annoyingly flat.
Hell, the DOG is more dynamic than any of the other humans besides Simon and the anonymous Blue. It's just so frustrating that such a great idea with such a good story lacks depth in anybody but the main character.
I would give it 5* for the subject matter and plot, and 2* for the characters. I'll give it 3* just because I do like it more than I dislike it, but it's not as well written as I hoped this beautiful idea would be. ...more
Let me start out with saying, HOLY CRAP! I'm angry I forgot to read this earlier. Second, even though I got spoilered because someone put trigger warnLet me start out with saying, HOLY CRAP! I'm angry I forgot to read this earlier. Second, even though I got spoilered because someone put trigger warnings outside a spoiler cut (my fault, I was trying to find other versions and saw a review when I ALWAYS avoid reviews before I finish reading; though I would def put trigger warnings below a spoiler cut, just saying), I was STILL shocked by the twist.
To start with, Bronwyn is one of my favorite YA characters I've read as an adult. I really, really liked her and identified with her, which means she may seem weird to actual teens but this is the life of reading YA when you're 28, I guess.
Overall, One Of Us Is Lying is an absolute thrill ride of a mystery. I read about 1/3rd of this book over the course of a few days, forgot I had it, and then a week later, I read the other 2/3rds in a single day. It's THAT much of a page-turner! I'm honestly sad I read this one before the book I'm reading now because wow, talk about a dip in quality!
I cannot recommend this one enough, and I feel like if I hadn't been spoiled for the ending, I could have given this a 5* review for the shock twist I wouldn't have otherwise saw coming AT ALL!