[Audiobook Review] Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 11th January, 2016

I received this book for free from Audible, Netgalley, Purchase in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

[Audiobook Review] Passenger by Alexandra BrackenPassenger by Alexandra Bracken
Series: Passenger #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion on January 5, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 496
Source: Audible, Netgalley, Purchase
passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever

I was so excited to read this book. I loved the Darkest Mind trilogy. Plus this book had time travel, pirates and cute boys. Sadly it didn’t live up to my expectations. I had such a hard time getting into this book that I ended up buying the audiobook. The story was so long that I know there times I zoned out. I was just expecting more excitement and swashbuckling times but instead was more like action, drone on and on, and then maybe a little more action again. I have to give Passenger three stars because it ended up being a shrug this okay kind of book.
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It is a unique concept, people who can travel through all of time using passages. To think someone could go back in time and see the Titanic or go forward and be there when the first person lands on Mars.

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Etta is a girl that from 21st century New York. She just wants to play her music and try to get through her audition. She finds herself on an 18th century ship and the adventures begin. Etta finds out she is a traveler and has a mission to find the astrolabe a traveler artifact that all the families will do anything to get their hands on. Like I said the concept was interesting. It was just way too long. It was some action, angsty prose, some kissing, and more angsty prose. I think the thing I really liked was the romance between Nicholas and Etta. It was sexy and explosive. It was one of the few times when instalove didn’t make me want be like get real. It really felt genuine. I have to say it was wondering what was going to happen next in their relationship that pushed me to finish this book.


In the end, I can truly say I didn’t hate Passenger but I certainly wasn’t blown away by this book either. The narrator did a decent job with all the accents and didn’t detract from the story. If anything the narrator made it easier to get through this book. Mostly this book was, dare I say it, boarding on boring. I was expecting a story that would make HBO but instead it felt so overly dramatic and epic that for me the story became something more like on Lifetime Movie Network. I will probably read the next book because just like those overly dramatic Lifetime movies I probably won’t be able to stay away.

[ARC Review] The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah Maclean

Amy's Reviews, ARC Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 28th December, 2015

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

[ARC Review] The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacleanThe Rogue Not Taken by Sarah Maclean
Series: Scandal & Scoundrel #1
Published by Avon, HarperCollins on December 29, 2015
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss

The youngest of the infamous Talbot sisters scandalized society at the Liverpool Summer Soiree, striking her sister’s notoriously philandering husband and landing him backside-first in a goldfish pond. And we thought Sophie was the quiet one…

When she finds herself the target of very public aristocratic scorn, Sophie Talbot does what she must to escape the city and its judgment—she flees on the back of a carriage, vowing never to return to London…or to society. But the carriage isn’t saving her from ruin. It’s filled with it.


The Marquess of Eversley was espied descending a rose trellis—escaping an irate Earl and his once-future countess. No lady is safe from Eversley’s Engagement Ending Escapades!

Kingscote, the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, a quality that results in a reputation far worse than the truth, a furious summons home, and a long, boring trip to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the trip becomes anything but boring.


He thinks she’s trying to trick him into marriage. She wouldn’t have him if he were the last man on earth. But carriages bring close quarters, dark secrets, and unbearable temptation, and suddenly opposites are altogether too attractive…

I like this book a lot but I have come to expect nothing less from a Sarah Maclean book. The Rogue Not Taken had everything I look for in a historical romance: hot chemistry, witty dialogue, and of course a romance that can make me smile with joy.

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The Rogue Not Taken is about a young woman named Sophie. Her and her sisters are known as the Soiled S or the Dangerous Daughters because their names are always in the scandal sheets. Their father bought their way into the aristocracy. The best thing I can compare them to, is think of them as the Kardashian sisters. Because the ton loves to hate them. Sophie is not happy being in the lime light. She is the sister known as the plain one. The unfun sister. The plump sister. All Sophie dreams of is running away and opening her own bookshop. I must admit I connected with Sophie. I too think of myself as plain and boring. I love books and when I was younger had a dream of opening of my own bookstore.

I liked this story because Sophie hops onto the carriage of the Marquis of Eversley in a fit of impulsiveness and finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime. I fell into some serious like with Sophie and King. When Sophie is with King there is nothing plain or boring about her. He brings out the passionate and headstrong woman. I like a heroine that can tell a handsome man off. I found myself quite a bit at the barbs exchanged in this story. The Rogue Not Taken was quite entertaining. I found myself letting go of a happy little sigh by the end of the book. As always, I look forward to reading more books by Sarah Maclean.

[ARC Review] Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

Amy's Reviews, ARC Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 27th December, 2015

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This review contains spoilers. Read at your own risk.
[ARC Review] Thicker Than Water by Brigid KemmererThicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer
Published by Kensington Books on December 29, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 322
Source: Netgalley
Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years.

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her best friend was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple answers.

Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…

After I have had more time to think about how I feel after reading this book, I find myself giving it more of a 3 star rating than a 4 star. I felt that the story started out strong. It is about a guy named Thomas who can’t remember a thing about his mother’s murder. He meets up with Charlotte the only person in town to give him the time of day and they begin looking into the death of his murder. I like the idea of a who done it murder mystery with some sexy romance thrown in. I was really digging this book and could not put it down. Then the book takes a turn for the weird. I know some people will probably like this aspect but for me it was like what the what.



From this point on there are spoilers.


Like I have said, the aspect of murder mystery was appealing to me. All Thomas can remember of that night is waking up to find his mother strangled. He has no idea how it happened. There is no sign of a forced entry. His mother’s new husband was at work so he has an alibi. Someone came into the house night and killed Thomas’ mother. Thomas is new to town and of course the number one suspect. He is pariah in town. Charlotte befriends him and sees something good in Thomas. They have an instant attraction. I liked that it was instalust and not instalove. It is the explosive chemistry that Charlotte and Thomas have that had me hooked. Not to mention I had to know who killed Thomas’ mom. For the first ¾ of the story I was riveted. I was reading this book on my lunch and on my breaks at work. I really could not put the book down. Then it all goes downhill for me.

Thomas and Charlotte discover that he has an older brother that he never knew anything about. This older brother comes out of the wood work to take Thomas in. Then bam out of left field, he explains that the men in Thomas’ family have this power of persuasion. They can persuade anyone to do anything within reason. At this point in the story I was come on really this is where the story is going. Everything I was loving about the story a nice clean mystery and a sexy love affair was getting muddied up by this twist. I kind of the thought the twist of some mystical abilities was unnecessary. I loved the story up until this point but then the plot twist just made it kind of ridiculous. After the twist it was hard to tell who had been persuaded and who was really doing what they wanted, who had feelings for whom and who really did kill the mom. I still find it hard that Thomas could have been persuaded to do what he did to the people he loved. It all seemed so forced for some unnecessary plot twist.

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For me, I felt that the brother/persuasion plot line was unneeded and quite frankly kind of messes up the story. I was expecting something else from this book. In the end, I really liked the beginning and I liked the relationship between Thomas and Charlotte. I felt that the connection it was quite explosive and through it all I was routing for them. It was the beginning that saved me from really disliking Thicker Than Water. Even after everything, I am hoping for a sequel because I feel like there is more to this story. Especially, if the author is going pull out unknown family members and secret abilities. There has to be more than what was explained.

[Review] Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 20th December, 2015

[Review] Wild Reckless by Ginger Scottby Ginger Scott
Series: Harper Boys #1
Published by Independent by Author on February 24, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Source: Purchase
Kensington Worth had a vision for her senior year. It involved her best friends, her posh private school in downtown Chicago and time alone with her piano until her audition was perfected, a guaranteed ticket into the best music programs in the world.

Instead, a nightmare took over.

It didn’t happen all at once, but her life unraveled quickly—a tiny thread that evil somehow kept pulling until everything precious was taken from her. She was suddenly living miles away from her old life, trapped in an existence she didn’t choose—one determined to destroy her from the inside, leaving only hate and anger behind. It didn’t help that her neighbor, the one whose eyes held danger, was enjoying every second of her fall.

Owen Harper was trouble, his heart wild and his past the kind that’s spoken about in whispers. And somehow, his path was always intertwined with Kensington’s, every interaction crushing her, ruining her hope for any future better than her now. Sometimes, though, what everyone warns is trouble, is exactly what the heart needs. Owen Harper was consumed with darkness, and it held onto his soul for years. When Kensington looked at him, she saw a boy who’d gotten good at taking others down when they threatened his carefully balanced life. But the more she looked, the more she saw other things too—good things…things to admire.

Things…to love. Things that made her want to be reckless.

And those things…they were the scariest of all.

I have to admit that Wild Reckless was on my radar after I saw it as a nominee on Goodreads Choice Awards. Then I read the synopsis and I thought this was a book right up my alley. I am sure if you have read my reviews then you know by now that I am sucker for all things romance. Wild Reckless is about a new girl falling for the town bad boy. I don’t know it was a good story but I just felt it was pretty generic.

After I spent time going over my thoughts I realized that maybe a part of is just too old to truly find Wild Reckless a truly swoon worthy read. Maybe I picked it expecting it to be more fluff than it actually was. I honestly think the angst and the back forth between the love interests give Wild Reckless more of a New Adult feel. There was just so much broken angst. Whenever Owen would get scared he would take off but Kensington would just keep coming back for more. Why? She saw something in and he got to her like no other boy ever had in her life. Again, back to the “I think I am too old for that kind of stuff”. I did the chase the guy thing when I was Kensington’s age but I don’t think nowadays that I would put the run around that he puts her through. He takes off in his in pickup so much and she is just expected wait around patiently while he gets his act together.

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You may be thinking, did you like any of this book? Yes, because I guess that I too would have been hard pressed to give up on Owen completely because he is so broken. If this had been my story I probably would have been keeping my options open while becoming Owen’s friend first. I do like that this story is in the end a story about the power of love. It is not a story about two people falling and poof all their problems disappear. Clearly Owen and Kensington still had issues to work out before they could live happily ever after. It is story about how the power of love can provide the strength and courage it takes to face one’s problems and heal. When a love is right, it should lift a person not pull them down.

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I think in the end that is the kind of Owen and Kensington find with each other. That is why I find myself giving Wild Reckless 3.5 stars because I like the love story but had issues with how Owen treated Kensington in throughout the book.

[Review] How to Seduce a Scot by Christy English

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 17th December, 2015

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

[Review] How to Seduce a Scot by Christy EnglishHow to Seduce a Scot by Christy English
Series: Broadswords and Ballrooms #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on December 1, 2015
Genres: Historical, Regency, Romance
Pages: 352
Source: Netgalley
He's the terror of the ton...

The plan is simple:
1. Descend from the Highlands to face the aggravation of a London Season;
2. Foist his wild sister off on some gullible English lord;
3. Retreat before the ladies of the scandalized
ton can get any ideas.

Determined to see his hellion of a sister wed, Highlander Alexander Waters is willing to face anything—even the English. He just didn't expect his own rough manners to cause such a riot...or for a blooming English rose to catch his eye.

Gently bred Catherine Middlebrook must find a respectable man to marry or her family will be ruined. She won't allow herself to be distracted by Highland barbarians...no matter how her body may thrill whenever Alex is near.

Catherine wasn't part of the plan, but as their battle of wills escalates, Alex comes to realize this "proper" English girl is as wild as the Highlands themselves...and nothing will stop him from having her.

I don’t know why but it took me a couple of tries to get into How to Seduce a Scot. I think I had to be in the right mind set to read this book. I discovered it is the right kind of book to read while on vacation a book that would help me relax. I needed a good romance that would provide that happy feeling that only a good happily ever after can provide.

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How to Seduce a Scot is definitely the kind of story I was looking to escape into while I was on a mini vacation. It is a romance novel that comes with all the trimmings. Boy meets girl, girl and boy are attracted to each, and then girl and boy spend the rest of the story coming to terms with said attraction. In How to Seduce a Scot, Catherine is a young English debutante that needs to marry for money. Alex Waters is a handsome Scot that may not have a title but he has made money in trade. As soon as Alex and Catherine meet the sparks fly. They have an instant attraction. Alex has vowed to never marry and Catherine must marry because the fate of her family hangs in the balance. Add in the mix another suiter that is more than willing to marry the lovely Catherine so therefore Alex starts to see the green eyed monster. Add in Alex’s willful tomboy sister Mary and her antics and it is a recipe for a highly amusing story.

I am sucker for happily ever afters and a good romance that can sweep me off my feet. I think How to Seduce a Scot delivered. I especially found Mary’s lesson in self-defense immensely funny. Especially when she teaches Catherine how to throw a knife and use a rope ladder. People may laugh at Mary but I agree with in the assessment that those skills are great life savers for young debutantes. Of course, I liked the romance between Catherine and Alex. Even if there were times I wanted to shake Catherine and tell her to get with the program. How to Seduce a Scot is exactly what it promises, a predictable romance full of fun antics and swoon worthy moments. Therefore, I am giving it four stars because it just the escape I was looking for.


[Spotlight Tour] How to Seduce a Scot by Christy English

Spotlights & Tours 0 Comments 7th December, 2015

[Giveaway] Twelve Days of New Adult Giveaway Hop

Giveaways 31 Comments 29th November, 2015

The-Tweleve-Days-of-New-Adult-Giveaway-HopWelcome to another great giveaway here at Romancing the Laser Pistol. As part of the “Twelve Days of New Adult Giveaway Hop” hosted by StuckInBooks we are offering a prize pack which includes a signed paperback copy of Scorched, a paperback copy of November 9,  and a $10 Amazon Giftcard. Good luck to everyone and happy reading!!!!!!!  *****  NOTE: I will be away from an Internet connection on Sat Dec 12 but I will be back on the Internet on Monday Dec 14.  I will pick the winner on Monday Dec 14 and email them. Thank you again to everyone who has entered this giveaway!!!! -Amy


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[Audiobook Review] Winter by Marissa Meyer

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 1 Comment 15th November, 2015

[Audiobook Review] Winter by Marissa MeyerWinter by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 10, 2015
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 827
Source: Audible, Purchase
Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won't approve of her feelings for her childhood friend--the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn't as weak as Levana believes her to be and she's been undermining her stepmother's wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that's been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer's national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.


I think this review is going to be short and sweet. I am going to try to keep spoilers out of it. I have a feeling this review is going to into the ramblings of a fangirl. I loved Winter!!! There I said it. I don’t know if the majority will agree with me but I loved Winter. It was a long epic journey that ended just the way I wanted it to.

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I love fairytales and sci-fi/fantasy.   What is there not love about a series that is like Once Upon a Time meets Stars Wars?  When I first listened the first book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder, I was hooked.  From then on I fell even more in like with the series until Winter when I fell in love. I love that the major theme of the all the fairytales stays true in Winter but with a twist. A cyborg Cinderella, a kick butt red riding hood in a red hoodie, a Rapunzel that is a tech wizard, a Snow White that is just slightly crazy. All four of these amazing women come together to prove that fairytales aren’t always about the prince saving the day because sometimes you have to save each other.

Thing I really loved about this book is the realization that everyone has scars. Some are visible and some are hidden in our psyche. It is not our scars that make us ugly or unlovable it is how we choose to treat others that makes us beautiful and loved. If your heart is full of hate and anger it will never matter how beautiful you are to others. That is something we all need to remember sometimes that it is not what is on the outside that matters but that each individual is a valued member of society. We are all deserving of respect and dignity.

I listened to Winter any chance I could get. In the car, getting ready for work and at my desk. I highly enjoy the audiobook. I have been listening to these books since book one. I think that Rebecca Soler does an amazing job capturing the voices of the story. I especially love the way she voices Cinder’s sassy android pal, Iko.

Winter is a long amazing epic journey but well worth the experience. I can’t tell you enough how much I love this series you will just have to go read or listen to it yourself.

[Review] The Irresistible Rogue by Valerie Bowman

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 12th November, 2015

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

[Review] The Irresistible Rogue by  Valerie BowmanThe Irresistible Rogue by Valerie Bowman
Series: Playful Brides #4
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on November 3, 2015
Genres: Regency, Romance
Pages: 352
Source: Netgalley
Lady Daphne Swift comes from a family with two brothers who have proudly served the Crown. She may be a female, but she's willing to do whatever it takes to prove that she's as useful to the war effort as her brothers. She even went so far as to secretly marry a spy. The fact that she just happened to have been pining for Captain Rafe Cavendish for years didn't hurt matters. But after their first mission, when she realized their marriage had been strictly business, Daphne immediately wanted an annulment. The fiery Daphne has always been a multi-tasker and now she's hell bent on two things: finding the men who killed her brother and securing her engagement to another man to forget about Rafe forever.

As a spy for the War Office, Captain Rafferty Cavendish has been on dozens of missions. But one mission haunts him, the mission that resulted in the death of Daphne Swift's eldest brother, Donald. Rafe agreed to work with Daphne once and put her life in danger. Now he must find the men who killed Donald, avenge the family, and convince Daphne to give him one more chance. But Daphne's enlisted her other older brother, Julian, to help her get a quick and quiet annulment so that she can marry a fop who only wants her for her title and money. Can Rafe convince Daphne to give him one more chance, on the mission and with her heart?

I have been told over again throughout my life that I have an old soul. Growing up I was not the preteen that was too cool for school. I was the girl that rented all the classic black and white movies from the video store. One of my favorite classics was The Philadelphia Story. It was a movie about a man trying to win back the love of his ex-wife. The thing I loved most about this movie was the witty repartee between the main characters. I loved the fast talking wit that would have me laughing hysterically. When I saw the premise for The Irresistible Rogue was The Philadelphia Story meets Regency romance, well I was sold.


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I think the Irresistible Rogue did The Philadelphia Story proud. I liked the story of Daphne and Rafe. It was full of the biting wit and the chemistry that made The Philadelphia Story so entertaining. The story opens on a party in which Daphne hopes her new beau will be proposing soon. Lord Fitzwell is one of those men that is good on paper. He is semi decent, is titled and best of all he is available. Only problem is, that Daphne is unavailable. Her husband Captain Rafe Cavendish has returned and he will not grant an annulment until Daphne helps him with secret mission.

I liked the chemistry that flowed between Daphne and Rafe. I am sucker for a good swoony romance and The Irresistible Rogue did not disappoint me. It was full of action, women in breaches, and eventful ways to pass the time on a sea voyage. I do have to say that this book is part of The Playful Brides series. Each book is a standalone story for that couple. While the other characters make appearances in this book it is not necessary to read them. Go ahead and pick up this book. If you are like me and root for love no matter what then story is for you.

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[Review] Need by Joelle Charbonneau

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 5th November, 2015

I received this book for free from Audible, Netgalley, Purchase in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

[Review] Need by Joelle CharbonneauNeed by Joelle Charbonneau
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on November 3, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Source: Audible, Netgalley, Purchase
"No one gets something for nothing. We all should know better."

Teenagers at Wisconsin's Nottawa High School are drawn deeper into a social networking site that promises to grant their every need . . . regardless of the consequences. Soon the site turns sinister, with simple pranks escalating to malicious crimes. The body count rises. In this chilling YA thriller, the author of the best-selling Testing trilogy examines not only the dark side of social media, but the dark side of human nature.

When I first started reading this book I had trouble getting into it. I put it to the side and hoped that the aid of audiobook narration could help bring the book to life for me. Unfortunately, even two amazing narrators couldn’t make this story a stellar experience. In the end, I didn’t really like Need but I didn’t totally hate it either. Need was just one those stories with an intriguing and fast paced plot to me interested but falls flat in the end. I am giving Need three stars because it wasn’t bad just a mediocre and shrug kind of listen/read.

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How far would someone go to get what they think they really need? Need is about a group of teenagers in this one town that stumble upon a website that asks what you need like: a new iPhone, or concert tickets, or dumbbells. It starts off with mundane and eye rolling “needs.” Because for these needs all one has to do is invite five friends to join a social network that is anonymous and exclusive only to their high school. As everyone’s small needs are met the needs keep getting more and more extravagant and so do the tasks each student must complete to get the need met.

How many sociopath teenagers can one town really have? I found myself like really come on.

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I get that everyone is capable of little things like lying or dropping off packages and not asking any questions. I guess the powers that control the social networking experiment called NEED probably knew beforehand this town was full of crazy murderous teens. In this aspect, I think Need was a little farfetched. I didn’t the mastermind identity coming. In all honesty I wasn’t really trying to figure it out.

Need is like one of those CSI or Law & Order stories that takes something mildly scary and twists it into a horrific murder plot scenario. I think what those shows and this book lack is a compelling main cast of characters. I just couldn’t connect with Kaylee. I did like getting POVs from some of the other kids and that kept it interesting. I don’t know I just felt that Kaylee was supposed to be this brave and compassionate person but really she is just kind of poor pitiful me all the time. Maybe that just made her too real for my tastes.