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Sort order. Feb 02, Chelsea Humphrey rated it liked it Shelves: netgalley. On paper, this book sounded necessary. This was going to be one of my top YA books of the year! Unfortunately, I think I put too much expectation and pressure on this one, which caused the flat feeling to fall a little harder than it might have otherwise. I think my major issue with this book was its predictability. What a let down. I also felt some of the fluff could have been cut; if they had ended up cutting a good pages it would have sped up the pacing without taking away any necessary information.
She had me hooked just enough where I would likely check out her next piece to see if any of my issues were improved in the future. Thankful for the opportunity! I asked him where they came from, more than once. Where did your stories start? He side-stepped. He pleaded imagination. He went silent, stood abruptly, and left me in the blanket fort. Stories have beginnings, origins. But what do they matter?
Lana lived for her step-brother Ben's stories. Absolutely lived for them from the moment his mom married Lana's dad. The two would get lost in make-believe pretending they were the heroes who always defeated the villains. The stories we I asked him where they came from, more than once. The stories were dark and brutal.. One thing remained the same.. Here's a secret, though. I was hungry for the violent stories, the sheared-off body parts, the vengeful heroes, as much as any boy could have been.
Two months ago, Lana's life changed forever when Ben was brutally murdered by a man with a red painted face. The killer never found. Lana is torn up with grief unable to pick up the pieces. She struggles to cope until one day she gets up and begins to live. And this is where the book picks up. With Lana hanging with "the core" at the spring. They find the body of a girl at the bottom, Maggie Lewis: Ben's ex and the reason he was driving the night he died. The connection makes Lana a suspect, while she wonders if the man with a red painted face came back to finish off Maggie making her even more adamant at finding the true killer.
It doesn't take long for the bodies to begin piling up. And Lana seems to be reminded of the stories Ben used to tell. There's a strange connection to these murders and those stories leaving Lana wondering: what is really going on? Her pale form stands out against the night. My throat tightens. She reminds me of the lily-pad maiden who was strangled by a mad king and left in a watery grave.
Here's the thing.. I may have expected more out of Ben's stories.
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Expectations adjusted.. I originally expected these tales interwoven into the plot, but that's just not the case. However, we do get a YA contemporary mystery with shades of fantasy added in that have you questioning if everything is real or not until you know the truth. The truth is a vindictive fuck.
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I wanted more out of the characters - most specifically the members of the core.. I wanted so much more out of their shared history. Their mother's friendship. I'm not sure why it intrigued me, but I felt there could've been a fascinating female friendship to read about. And there wasn't enough here. It's odd saying there wasn't enough when my other biggest complaint is the length of the novel.
It wasn't necessary and only contributed to a slower pace. A good amount could be taken out not harming the novel. I promise you I liked this.. But still a good read. The writing upped the ante for me. It truly elevated the story with several passages that are still resonating with me. View all 3 comments. Aug 09, Beth Hudspeth rated it really liked it Shelves: young-adult , reads , book-reviews , netgalley. It was told in a manner that had me guessing if this was real or fantasy. Lana seems like any other teenager about to graduate high school until certain circumstances surrounding her life are revealed.
The after being the murder of her stepbrother Ben whom she was extremely close to. When murders start to plague their small town, Lana may know what is causing all these horrendous things to happen. I thought I was getting into something completely paranormal. It seems like it took a while for the story to start taking shape, but once it did I loved it. The uniqueness of this story was really what I found so interesting. It was a mix of horror and suspense, but with a YA twist.
It turned out to be super dark, like my soul. There is a certain reminiscence when reading about high school or just being at that age. This book starts out like any other YA coming of age novel, but boy does this switch up quickly. I thought I had completely misread the premise of this book from the first few pages I read. Then, bam! I actually love the closeness of the core. It makes you feel like a part of something. Lana is just starting to become one of them in the after. One of my favorite parts of this story was their willingness to look out for one another no matter the cost.
I am a heaving chest. I loved it before, but now after reading the story it also seems very appropriate for the book. I think some parts could have been executed better such as, Lana is freaking vengeful. She thinks everyone deserves what is coming to them. Get over it. I was shocked at some of the inner monologue. It just felt crisp. The sentences were complex and nice. That always plays a big role in whether I like a book or not. It will take it to the next level.
This had me wondering if it was a real life horror or fantasy.
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Everything was very vivid within the stories. The tone of the story is something I thought was executed perfectly. There was an eerie unease throughout the entire book. Great execution of revelations of characters and plot points. Overall a great, unique book. View 1 comment. Oct 21, Korrina OwlCrate rated it really liked it. Life got a little crazy so it took me awhile to finish this, but I really enjoyed it! I thought the writing was really strong, it kept me guessing throughout the entire thing, and the characters were interesting.
My theory about what was going on was so completely wrong, it made me laugh! This was a perfect book to pick up for the SpookAThon. I'm glad the hosts decided to make it their group book, otherwise I may not have ever picked it up. I was beyond excited about this book. The synopsis is intriguing and I couldn't take my eyes off that cover.
I was definitely interested right away, but then my excitement just dwindled with the turn of every page.
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Lana's inner monologue was bland and uninteresting. I couldn't keep my interest and set the book down several times. I could have easily walked away from this book, not known the outcome, and been just fine. There are some things I didn't see coming and the ending was pretty 2. There are some things I didn't see coming and the ending was pretty satisfying, but it wasn't enough.
Obviously by the reviews, I'm in the minority. After Lana's stepbrother Ben is brutally murdered she finds herself withdrawing from everything as she mourns until one night her long time crush Josh finally approaches her. Josh is a member of the "core", the group of cool kids that Lana had never been a part of but now they let Lana into their world as she finds herself starting to heal from Ben's passing.
One day Lana and her new friends are out swimming and when Lana dives under and sees a body. Diving down and freeing the body Lana discove After Lana's stepbrother Ben is brutally murdered she finds herself withdrawing from everything as she mourns until one night her long time crush Josh finally approaches her. Diving down and freeing the body Lana discovers it was Maggie, her stepbrother Ben's ex-girlfriend who police had wanted for questioning about Ben's murder.
Had the killer returned for Maggie or was something else going on?
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The Telling is one of those books that absolutely sounded amazing but surprisingly when I began to read I just couldn't find myself connecting with this one. Lana just seemed to have such a dull personality that I wasn't getting excited to find out what had happened with her telling the tale which kept making it very easy to set this one to the side.
After a while the story seemed to pick up a bit more and made reading a bit more engaging as more began to happen. But unfortunately I also had a theory very early on that I hoped wouldn't be that easy to figure out but in the end ended up exactly what I'd been thinking so I couldn't help but feel a let down that it wasn't a bit more of a twisty ride.
Overall, 2. I just didn't find the MC that exciting and thought the ending was fairly obvious from pretty early on. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. View 2 comments. Jan 10, Mlpmom Book Reviewer rated it liked it Shelves: arc-book-read , kindle-books. Crazy read! Full review to come. Edited for full review: There is something fun about a read that right from the start, messes with you. You know things aren't normal and there will be some wicked twists along the way and yet, you still aren't completely prepared for them all, even the ones you think you see coming.
This was that read for me. The one that kept me on edge, constantly wondering, constantly guessing, and constantly turning the pages wanting more. I truly was surprised with how wrapped Crazy read! I truly was surprised with how wrapped up in the story I became, even when I thought I had it all figured out. This was well executed, well played, and well done if not bizarre, strange, and also crazy and I lapped it up until the very end.
The Telling was one of those books that pulled me in at the very beginning, even though I seen the ending coming. Set on an island near Seattle, Lana is trying to come to terms with the brutal murder of her step-brother, Ben, who was killed by an unknown man with a red painted face. The only witness to the crime is found dead, and Lana is the one who pulls the body out of the water.
The further they dig for the truth and to prove their innocence, more people connected to Lana are killed. Soon Lana starts piecing together the stories Ben used to tell her as a child to the way the people are being killed. Is Lana committing the crimes and blacking out? Is she being framed for the murders? Those answers I did not know. While it is a contemporary mystery, it is about bravery, discovering one's self, and come the end, being honest with who you are.
Despite knowing who the killer was early on, that did not lessen the enjoyment I got from reading this book. It is twisted, dark, and crazy. If you are expecting a horror novel, this is not it — it is a YA mystery that dips into thriller closer to the ending. The world-building and character development is natural and rich with progression throughout the story, and you can tell it was well thought out and crafted. It is a book that will be hard to put down, and in between reading you will be talking about it to anyone willing to listen.
I received a copy in exchange for an unbiased review from the publisher. All opinions are my own. Which is why this is probably going to be the longest review ever anyways… The blurb sounded so promising. I have to admit, a couple of scenes had me on the edge of my couch with some half ass attempt at hyperventilating, but I also have to admit to skimming through a lot of paragraphs because I was bored out of my mind. She lives on the island of Gant a fictional [?
All Lana and the police knows is that the culprit was a man with a red painted face. The one who also happened to be present when the man with the red painted face dragged Ben out of his car. Nuff said there apart from it being a bit of a disappointment in the end. Why am I still giving it 2.
The edge of my couch, people! View all 6 comments. The Telling is a story full of so many twists and turns that I could not have possibly guessed where the story was going. I step forward until my toes curl over the edge. I sniffled the whole time. That was before. I spring forward. I slice into the water like a knife. A world of blue-gray envelops me as I shoot to the bottom. The water is lonely. Ben is not on the surface with a mouthful of water ready to spray in my face. My toes glide along the fuzzy, algae-covered rocks. I beat my arms. I exhale, sending bubbles to the strobe-light surface.
Jumping is what Ben and I did here. It was my only nerve and mischief. The veins on my neck swell. I need air. I resist for ten seconds. My mouth opens to gulp. I exhale. My chest flattens. I am stone. I can take it. I shoot from the bottom, break surface, scrunch my eyes closed, and show the whole world my teeth. Grin, grin, grin until you feel the smile taking root in your belly, my mother used to say. Perception is nine-tenths of everything.
Mom said that too. Everyone talks in rapid fire. Becca chants my name in cheer. Warm hands slip over my shoulders.
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Josh dunks me for a split second as he tries to turn me to face him. Josh grins, white teeth pearly and straight, water dribbling from the corners of his wide mouth. Rusty accepts and they start dunking under, their gasps and splashes background static. His hair is caramelized wet. His hands on my waist tow me to his chest. His touch is as warm as his tan skin looks. He feels like ginger tea tastes. Josh blushes. I hope. My smile sends waves into my chest, and I do feel it taking root. Mom was right. Maybe Willa, too. The nervy words are citrus bright waiting on my tongue.
I will ask him out. Duncan explodes on the surface, sending spray into the air. The water runs from his plastered-down hair to his face and neck. Thin ribbons of blood connect his nostrils to his upper lip. His head bobs in a frenzy, eyes darting below. I look too. I shiver as the water rises and falls, blackening with each crest as the sun sinks behind the shaggy wall of trees.
I scissor-kick faster to lift up. She senses the shift in the air. Becca crawls toward the edge for a better look. Duncan has ahold of his nose and is egg beating in a furious circle. My arms slash through the water as I whirl around trying to see under. Josh is asking what the eff over and over.
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