Thursday, November 10, 2011

Book Review: Envy


by Gregg Olsen
Series: Empty Coffin #1
Release date: 6th September, 2011
Publisher: Splinter
Pages: 285 (Hardcover bought by me)

Summary from Goodreads:

New York Times bestselling adult true crime author Gregg Olsen makes his YA debut with EMPTY COFFIN, a gripping new fiction series for teens based on ripped-from-the-headlines stories…with a paranormal touch.

Crime lives--and dies--in the deceptively picture-perfect town of Port Gamble (aka “Empty Coffin”), Washington. Evil lurks and strange things happen--and 15-year-olds Hayley and Taylor Ryan secretly use their wits and their telepathic “twin-sense” to uncover the truth about the town's victims and culprits.

Envy, the series debut, involves the mysterious death of the twins' old friend, Katelyn. Was it murder? Suicide? An accident? Hayley and Taylor are determined to find out--and as they investigate, they stumble upon a dark truth that is far more disturbing than they ever could have imagined.

Based on the shocking true crime about cyber-bullying, Envy will take you to the edge--and push you right over.

Review By Alaiel Kreuz:

Katelyn is dead. It's Christmas night and her mom is the one who discovers her. What happened with her? Did she killed herself? Was it an accident? Did someone murdered her?... In a small town like Port Gamble these where the questions everybody asked.

But Katelyn was a troubled girl and almost everyone knew she used to cut her wrists because, in her own words, it was the only thing that made her feel in control. That's why her death was labeled as "accident", specially since she was found with a mini espresso machine inside the tube with her dead body. And of course everybody believed it.

Except for Taylor and Hayley, two twins that used to be friends with Katelyn and who happened to "know" somehow that this was no accident and they made a silent promise to discover Katelyn's murderer.

How did they now it was no accident? They both, since they were children, had this ability to see or feel the past and sometimes the future. And a very persistent reporter wanted to used Katelyn's death to write a big story about the twins and a tragic accident that had happened a few years ago.

In a more personal note my opinion about this book is complicated. Although I enjoyed it I didn't love it. The end of the first chapters really annoyed me... the way the author finished them, splitting phrases to try to build some tension just didn't work for me. But then the book really improved and I had a good time with it.
The fact that this book is based in a real story was and still is very appealing to me and a good thing was that I never read any news about what really happened so no spoilers for me :D Am I going to read the second book? Sure! Why? I just told you, I enjoyed the book and I'm sure the sequel will be interesting too.

Alaiel's Rating:

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  1. I'm sorry to hear that you didn't fell in love with this book :) I am a total sucker for all things dark and mysterious, and, although I didn't LOVE it, I really, really liked it a lot :) I think the second book might be much better!

    Thanks for an honest review <3

  2. This is the first I've heard about this book. Interesting premise and anything that sheds light on the horrors of bullying is good. Thanks for the review.

  3. I love the cover..some of the best series I have ever read..started rocky.

  4. Gah! Sad that you didn't love it I'm really looking forward to reading this - but mostly because the cover is so catching!!

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  5. i love the cover an blog on it and then have great vet day all

  6. Aww it sucks you didn't ove this one, I really enjoyed it,especially the splitting up of chapters and stuff that goes on! I can't wait to read more of the series!


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