The Assassin Game by Kristy McKay #AmReading #BookReview

July 31, 2016

I had the chance to review this young adult thriller called the Assassin Game!

About the Book (Courtesy of the Publisher) 

Who will be left after lights out?

At Cate's isolated boarding school, Killer is more than a game- it's an elite secret society. Members must avoid being "Killed" during a series of thrilling pranks, and only the Game Master knows who the "Killer" is. When Cate's finally invited to join the Assassins' Guild, she know it's her ticket to finally feeling like she belongs.

But when the game becomes all too real, the school threatens to shut it down. Cate will do anything to keep playing and save the Guild. But can she find the real assassin before she's the next target? 

What I Thought

I enjoyed this book! I thought it took me a few chapters to really get into it. You first get introduced to Cate when she's taken by classmate's to kick off the beginning of a game they call "Killer" (what could go wrong with that kind of game, right?). She has to go through a pretty gross initiation into this exclusive game along with three other kids getting initiated into the game.

Then comes along a guy from her past, a guy named Vaughan that she last saw when she was 8 years old and changes the dynamic of the game and how things end going for Cate and her friends. I really really liked this character a lot. In fact, he was my favorite character. He reminds me of a guy I once knew in high school actually. 

As for the setting was an isolated coastal island that is set in Europe. It's rocky, beachy, cold feeling. I thought the setting was vivid enough to make it feel real but wasn't an important factor to the story.

For the plot line, I thought it got to be very exciting when the game really started and especially got excited when there was a real threat that begun for the students playing the game. I'm a sucker for a traditional whodunit as I love seeing if I guess right and of course, I usually am NOT right. But it was still fun and this book kept me guessing (my suspect list was not right at all!). 

There was a little romance that occured in the book, it was a perfect amount without making it distract from the suspense. Also being that this is a young adult book, if you are a parent considering recommending this, the romance doesn't go beyond kissing and handholding. 

Overall, I'd give this about three and a half stars. Which is not bad at all for me! I think there were some slowish parts, but overall, I think this an exciting young adult thriller perfect for YOU and the teen/pre-teen in your life you want to recommend this to.

You can purchase this book on Amazon (it's titled as the "Killer Game") or Barnes and Noble.

I received this book courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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When Reality Becomes Real - The Last One by Alexandra Oliva

July 5, 2016

The book starts out with a haunting prologue laying out the fates of some of the production team members that are part of the reality show. A disturbing beginning that is quickly forgotten as you are introduced to the reality show as it plays out for the viewers, which is sharply contrasted by other chapters which lay out the point of view of one contestant in particular who is now off on her own for a solo challenge.

Before I go forward, read this excerpt of the prologue -

The first one on the production team to die will be the editor. He doesn’t yet feel ill, and he’s no longer out in the field. He went out only once, before filming started, to see the woods and to shake the hands of the men whose footage he’d be shaping; asymptomatic transmission. He’s been back for more than a week now and is sitting alone in the editing studio, feeling perfectly well. His T-shirt reads: coffee in, genius out. He taps a key and images flicker across the thirty-two-inch screen dominating his cluttered workstation.

These contestants have been brought together for a survivalist challenge - what's real? what's not? At first it's easy to tell, fake props, fake set ups. But as you get into the weeds of the solo challenge with the main character who you are watching, you do wonder...what IS reality here?

This book has stayed with me long after it's over. I just finished it yesterday afternoon and it still isn't over in my head. I think of what the main character saw and what she lived through. The book has chapters in third person that portray each of the contestants as reality show caricatures (Waitress, Zoo, Tracker, are some of the nicknames assigned to each of them) Each playing their part as reality show producers have created for them (either knowingly or unknowingly). Then there are chapters where have the first person account of a contestant off on her own (unsure who this was at first but after a while you do realize her former caricature; surprisingly, we don't learn her real name until the end) as she figures out clues and where to go next.

This book was a surprisingly excellent and I'm not much of an outdoorsy person. But honestly this is as close as I will ever (and ever want to) get to living outdoors and being a survivalist. Although it does leave me with the feeling that I should brush up on my skills at least a LITTLE bit. There were some gruesome parts I had to flip past...some religious doubt/criticism that I wanted to skip past (and thought was mildly unnecessary, but didn't distract me from the story when I did move beyond it). Again, the story stayed with me long after it was over. It was a disturbing and adventurous story all at once. Honestly the experience and the setting was so vivid for me that when the character became thirsty, I took a sip of water. 

This is a highly recommended book for the summer and if you have any mild enjoyment of reality shows, outdoorsy or survivalist themes, or even mild apocalyptic type of themes, I highly recommend this story. I know it will take you by surprise.

Purchase this on Amazon today.

Best of all, I get to giveaway this book to one of my lucky readers! All I would like you to do is to comment with what sounds interesting to you about this book! Ends 7/25.

The winner of my giveaway is Stephanie Matthis who I chose using 

I received this book in exchange for my honest review. I included an affiliate link with this post which I receive small compensation if you purchase through my link.

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