Saturday, 4 October 2014

Early Review: This is How it Ends by Jen Nadol

Title: This is How it Ends
Author:  Jen Nadol
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Released: 7/10/2014

If you could see the future, would you want to? After the disturbing visions Riley and his friends see turn out to be more than hallucinations, fate takes a dangerous twist in this dark and suspenseful page-turner.

Riley and his friends are gearing up for their senior year by spending one last night hanging out in the woods, drinking a few beers, and playing Truth or Dare. But what starts out as a good time turns sinister when they find a mysterious pair of binoculars. Those who dare to look through them see strange visions, which they brush off as hallucinations. Why else would Riley see himself in bed with his best friend’s girlfriend—a girl he’s had a secret crush on for years?

In the weeks that follow, the visions begin to come true...including a gruesome murder. One of Riley’s closest friends is now the prime suspect. But who is the murderer? Have Riley and his friends really seen the future through those mysterious binoculars? And what if they are powerless to change the course of events?

(From Goodreads)

Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book whatsoever; it's my true opinion only.  

I received an e-book of this from Simon Pulse via Edelweiss. Thank you to the publisher for giving me a chance to read and review this.

Whenever I begin books I always look at the general rating that people gave it on Goodreads.
From looking at this book's ratings, most people gave it three stars and under. This meant I went into the book with low expectations. This probably was a good thing for me as I ended up liking it. Normally I also have the tendency to like books that people didn't like and vice versa.

This is How it Ends was a contemporary with a murder mystery element to it. At first it begins with a discovery of these mysterious binoculars which seem to show some weird scene, whether it's if the character is older in the scene showed or not.

I didn't know where this was going to go at first. It did come off as a little cheesy, but I gave the book a chance to see where it went.

What I liked was that it went into the murder more and the binoculars were forgotten for most.

I liked the fact that this story had a male protagonist. I don't often read books with male protagonists. Normally it is females that tell contemporaries. Jen did a great job with this.

I liked the main character Riley. He does come across as quite a sensitive guy, but his intentions to find the murderer are quite clear. I enjoyed going along the mystery with him.

I must admit this book did have me guessing throughout the book. I just never knew who did it. When I thought it was definitely someone, I turned out to be wrong. Some people may guess as I can be very gullible.

The cover to this book does make the book sound like it's a very sexual one. I can assure you it isn't. It's very far from that.

Overall I liked the general story and that's why I gave it four stars.

If you like contemporaries or murder mysteries then give this a go.

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I hope you have enjoyed this review.
Happy reading =)


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