Today I'm here with the second issue of my feature "If You Want". In case you missed it, here's the first issue in which I talk about some books you could try if you want to read about angels. The idea is that all the books I mention have different elements to them but still fit within one topic, so that even if you don't like one, there's a good chance you'll like one or more of the others. This issue I want to talk about books that involve mystery. Of course, that's very broad, so I hope that you will find something here that you like.
- you like dark, twisted but real characters
- you enjoy gritty thrillers and suspense
- murder mysteries are your thing
- you like courtroom drama
- you want to read about some interesting characters that you haven't seen before
The basic idea is that a girl has died on an overseas holiday with her friends, and one of her friends has been arrested for her murder. Yeah. It’s intense and you will suspect everyone. This book had me continuing reading for hours on end. In fact, it's the first book I can recall starting and finishing in one day. Well, that's not technically true since I was up until the early hours of the next day - I was that hooked.
As you can tell, I enjoyed this book immensely along with Haas’ other similar book, Dangerous Boys.
- the writing style (which I unfortunately cannot describe except to say that it is pretty and includes many metaphors)
- the characters and their (often misguided) motives
- the things that you will feel when you read it
- the way that you will keep thinking about this book even after you have turned the final page
- it's not filled with action, but rather all the little things that lead up, in one way or another, to the ending
I know, that's not much information to go off. Mostly, it's because I don't want to spoil the ending for you if you haven't read it yet. Which, let's face it, is pretty unlikely considering this was one of the most hyped up YA books of last year. Whether you guess part of the truth or not, the ending will slam into you, and I think that was the part that I liked best.
If you want to know more, you can check out my review + discussion (don't worry, I warn before I use spoilers).
- the loveable, complex characters
- the adorable romance
- it's fairly realistic
- has a 'normal' writing style
I read the trilogy this year and can honestly say that it gets better with every book. There are some intense scenes and a killer romance too, so it's pretty much everything you could ask for in a book. It was also special to me because I know Melbourne fairly well, and this is probably the first book I've read that is set there. I hope you decide to pick this one up!
I should also mention a couple of sort of similar books here. The first is Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout. If you know Armentrout at all, then you'll know that this book has a cute romance paired with an interesting story and characters. It follows a girl who wakes up in hospital with no memory of who she is. The other book is Cooper Bartholomew is Dead by Rebecca James which is a New Adult book which, again, focuses more on the characters and their relationships rather than simply the mystery element.
- it has paranormal elements
- you should get a few laughs out of it
- it's full of suspense and insanity
- the steamy romance
- Noah Shaw
- there's a good, realistic focus on family (at least for the first book)
Even though the last book has caused some mixed opinions (I was impressed), I would say that this book is still worth reading. It has a fairly long page count, but I swear it goes by faster than you think. If you normally enjoy paranormal romances, this is definitely the book for you.
my review here. The main character Vera has experienced the loss of a friend - in more ways than one. The novel focuses on her growth as a person and the circumstances of the loss are revealed in snippets to the reader as Vera learns to cope with them. You are wondering what happened to Charlie the whole time, and the only person who truly knows is Vera. It also has some magical realism elements which make it different to the other books mentioned here. This is another book for those who enjoy YA contemporary/realistic fiction.
And as the final part of this post, here are some mysterious books that I want to try in the (hopefully near) future!
Have you read any of these books? Let me know what you think!