My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Goodreads Blurb: You are cordially invited to participate in a game of thrills and dares. Tell no one, and come alone. If you dare.
Hope is sick of everyone treating her like she’s breakable. Sure, she has cystic fibrosis (basically really bad lungs), but she’s tired of being babied by her mom and her overprotective best friend, Ethan, not to mention worrying about paying for her expensive medication and how she’s going to afford college. And she’s bored with life in her run-down New Orleans suburb.
When an invitation arrives from a mysterious group that calls itself the Society, Hope jumps at the chance for some excitement. This could be her ticket out. All she has to do is complete a few dares and she might win some real money.
But the Society isn’t all it seems . . . and soon Hope finds that playing the game isn’t a choice—it’s a requirement.
My Musings: When I first saw this book appear on Netgalley I was pretty excited, despite it not being the sort of book I normally read. For whatever reason it had a distinct “Pretty Little Liars” vibe and that was actually a bit of a turn off for me. (Although I was probably just being a snob in that regards since I had never actually watched or read the series).
However the title, the cover, the plot, drew me in and I found myself fervently crossing my fingers, hoping that I would soon get that beautiful approved email in my inbox from the publisher. Well the Fates must have been in my favour because miracles of miracles I was approved and so soon began my complete devouring of this story.
Right from the beginning, even while still harboring some whispers of skepticism that I would ever enjoy a YA Mystery I found myself quickly hooked. The mystery was so good, so intriguing and best of all at no point did the author insult the readers intelligence by throwing heaps of obvious hints all over the book. I was left guessing the entire time and it was fun, not frustrating as I might have thought to go back and forth over “who’dunnit”.
The characters were all well done, although it did take me a little while to figure out who was who when introduced to four new female characters all at once. Luckily they were all quite unique so soon enough I understood which character was which.
The entire story was a perfect balance for me for a YA Mystery. It was thrilling, with an edge of your seat mentality without ever crossing into gory or overly violent. The comradery of the group felt natural and fresh and the hint of romance in the story was a nice little cherry on top.
Overall for someone that doesn’t normally read mysteries I found this to be great fun. I would definitely recommend this for anyone seeking a quick and clever mystery that will leave them smiling when they close the book. I think this story would make a great movie and I will have to keep my eyes peeled for more from this author. 5/5!
Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: Buy
Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.