Mystery

We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

We Were Liars

We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockhart

Publish Date: May 13th, 2014

Length: 227 pages

Genre: Contemporary, YA, Mystery

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.


Review

Unimpressed. Again.

I’m sorry I haven’t been posting as much. I’ve been busy and I have been picking less than stellar books to read. This review is also going to be really short because of the circumstances of reading this book.

Anyways, I was really excited to pick up We Were Liars after hearing all about the twist in the end and how you had to go in not knowing anything. I did go in not knowing anything. I actually thought it was a murder mystery and that the characters were all lying to each other to cover it up or something like that. FYI, it was not that whatsoever.

I do agree that you should go in not knowing too much about the circumstances. It doesn’t really affect anything that much to be honest seeing as most of the book is pretty much your average rich-girl summer contemporary. If you want a summary though….

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Cadence is rich and a Sinclair. She vacations every summer with her cousins and one summer, something happens that results in a mystery that she must uncover herself.

Yeah that pretty much encompasses the story.

Overall I found We Were Liars to be really slow. Little hints are dropped here and there but nothing really happens until the end when it’s all kinda dumped on you in two chapters. The twist is pretty surprising but it wasn’t really something that affected me emotionally which was most likely due to the fact that I didn’t really relate with any of the characters. Cadence was a little hard to relate to seeing as she’s rich and is suffering from some ailment. I didn’t like the voice that Lockhart used to portray Cadence. I found it dry and a little pretentious. I wasn’t drawn in by it like I’ve heard happen to other readers.

Maybe it was just the characters I didn’t like.

I can’t say that I liked any of the four Liars or their story. They did lie and such but their characters weren’t really to my liking. I didn’t find any of them likable, not Gat, Johnny, Mirren, or Cadence. Least of all Cadence.

The entire story was kind of shallow up until the end. It felt as if the characters were all masquerading as deep people with a distaste of their parents and the lifestyle of their family.

Yeah I just didn’t enjoy this one. I expected the story to have more substance and plot than it did.

Review is short because again, I agree that you should go in knowing as little as possible because it makes the ending more uh surprising? On top of that, I really don’t have much to say about this book.

2/5 Stars

Welcome to the Dark House – Laurie Faria Stolarz

Welcome to the Dark House

Welcome to the Dark House

Author: Laurie Faria Stolarz

Series: Welcome to the Dark House #1

Publish Date: July 22nd, 2014

Genre: Horror, YA, Thriller, Mystery

What’s your worst nightmare?

For Ivy Jensen, it’s the eyes of a killer that haunt her nights. For Parker Bradley, it’s bloodthirsty sea serpents that slither in his dreams.

And for seven essay contestants, it’s their worst nightmares that win them an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at director Justin Blake’s latest, confidential project. Ivy doesn’t even like scary movies, but she’s ready to face her real-world fears. Parker’s sympathetic words and perfect smile help keep her spirits up. . . at least for now.

Not everyone is so charming, though. Horror-film fanatic Garth Vader wants to stir up trouble. It’s bad enough he has to stay in the middle of nowhere with this group—the girl who locks herself in her room; the know-it-all roommate; “Mister Sensitive”; and the one who’s too cheery for her own good. Someone has to make things interesting.

Except, things are already a little weird. The hostess is a serial-killer look-alike, the dream-stealing Nightmare Elf is lurking about, and the seventh member of the group is missing.

By the time Ivy and Parker realize what’s really at stake, it’s too late to wake up and run.


Review

This was one of my first times reading a horror YA novel because I’m pretty sure that Mary Downing Hahn doesn’t count (She’s fab). Welcome to the Dark House was decidedly not scary in any way which is a shame because although I don’t like horror, if I’m reading a horror novel, I expect to be scared. The tone of the writing lacked the creep factor that would have made me scared. Instead of actually being terrified, I felt pity for the characters and I’m fairly certain that pity isn’t supposed to be the main emotion felt during horror.

Nonscary factor aside, I actually enjoyed this novel. Although I guessed the purpose of the contest less than a hundred pages in, I found the novel interesting. But by the end, I was kind of disappointed and wished that I had picked a different book to introduce me to the genre (but can you blame me for picking this book based on the cover and synopsis?)

The writing is confusing. It changes between seven different point-of-views and it’s very difficult to distinguish between each one. Many times, I’d be halfway through a chapter in Frankie’s POV and forget that it was him. Even Garth, the guy that’s supposed to be “creepy” and “trouble-making” sounds the same as Ivy, who is the complete opposite.

The characterization is also sloppily done most likely a result of the seven different POVs and the fact that every one sounds exactly the same. It’s shallowly done for some, a little better for others based on what their fear was. But even so, in the end, I felt like I barely knew who they were. I could care less if they died or not.

The plot was slow. Half of the book was spent setting up the contest and foreshadowing the bad events that are to come. However, I feel like Stolarz didn’t utilize this to the best of her ability, evidently seen in the characterization and the lackluster tone. Isn’t the introduction to the action supposed to make the reader feel uneasy? The book just seemed to lack the “umph” factor that would have made the reader scared. And then that ending. What the heck was that ending? It was rushed and squeezed into the last forty pages and a lot happened in those forty pages. The book is obviously set up for a sequel and one that I’m looking forward to reading only so that I can see what happens to the last people standing. I really liked how Stolarz used the seven fear essays as the epilogue even if it also really annoyed me because I wanted to know more.

3/5 Stars