One of Us is Lying by: Karen M. McManus

Summary:
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. 
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. 
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? 
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.”

The Review:

This is a book sort outside of what I usually read because I don’t read a lot of YA contemporary, but I do like a good mystery book, and this book had it.

It started with five students in detention, all of whom look straight out of The Breakfast Club coming from all different walks of life, and while at first they seem like the cardboard cutouts of those characters as the book went on they started to become more fleshed out.

The “death” happens rather quickly with Simon, having an allergic reaction and dying, while it does start as an accident there is people who believe that he was poisoned. Since all of them were in the room, they all became suspects. As the book goes on, you begin to believe that all of them has a reason to kill Simon, mainly because he posts on a sort of Gossip-Girl type website spilling all of the students dirty laundry, and it revealed a lot of their deepest darkest secrets.

I liked that the book was told through all of their POVs, it really fleshed out a lot of their characters, and you begin to realize that they are more than just a Brain, a Jock, a Princess or a criminal.

I also liked how it talked a lot about the age of social media, and how the story became a national news scandal. It actually had some commentary about news media in general and how it affects those who are involved in the story.

Also with the mystery itself, it actually keeps you guessing with a whodunit, but it also evolves into a whydonit mystery, and a how. Because even with the reveal of the killer you still want to know, how and why.

In the end, I really enjoyed One of Us is Lying. It was a good YA mystery, that kept you guessing throughout the book. The characters were very fleshed out and you wanted to root for. It was takes a lot of good twist and turns.

Grade: 4/5

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Summer Blogger Promo Tour: Interview with Lili

Happy Sunday,

This is another post for the Summer Blogger Promo Tour.

1. What is the Summer Blogger Promo Tour?
The Summer Blogger Promo Tour is a summer tour that we’ve put together at The Book Bratz that helps a bunch of bloggers both new and old link up with each other and collab on fun posts throughout the summer!

This week I am interviewing my partner Lili@UtopiaStateofMind

 

       1.How long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging over two years, although it doesn’t even feel like that sometimes. Then again it feels much longer some days.

 

  1. What is a book or series that you like but everyone seems to hate?

This is such a difficult question! I don’t know if there’s a series like this. Maybe this means I just have very general tastes? I will say that the opposite occurs often. For example, while I enjoyed Harry Potter, I just never loved it as much as a lot of my friends.

 

  1. What is your go-to genre to read?

Science fiction and fantasy! If I had to pick one though? Fantasy. But I’d never just pick one, I’d more easily combine them into the genre of speculative fiction.

 

  1. Who are your auto-buy authors?

Traci Chee is one of my favorite authors, Heidi Heilig, Katherine Locke. I think these may be my top three where I also know I have just jumped blindly to their next books knowing I’d love it.

 

  1. Have you meet any authors? If so who were your favorites?

I’ve actually met quite a few in the last year. Since being back in NYC I’ve been able to go to tons of book events, not to mention I was lucky to go to a few conventions recently. Katherine Locke is one of my favorite! I first met her on Twitter when I read, and loved, Girl with the Red Balloon, and I feel like we’ve bumped into each other so much!

 

  1. If you could be a character in a book series, what series would it be?

This is extremely difficult. Recently in books I’ve been doing a, “I’d ___ with” series. So I’d fight a dragon with this character, or I’d pine after this one, and one of the ones I do is, “Character of My Heart”. So I’ve recently started thinking more and more about who I’d be. If I had to pick one, I’d pick Lirael from Lirael, or Daine from Wild Magic.

 

  1. What are some of your favorite posts?

I really like writing discussion posts, even though those are the hardest for me to write! Recently I’ve just been a combination of burnt out, but also extremely overworked over the last year particularly. So I just haven’t been able to be as creative, but I already have some really great ideas lined up for later this year.

 

  1. What’s your favorite part about blogging?

I think reading is my favorite. It’s hard for me to write reviews, mostly because I never just want to get together and sit down. I have to take notes while I read, so that’s definitely helpful, but I just don’t like the actual process I guess? But reading is definitely my favorite, I love getting sucked into new worlds.

 

  1. What book made you want to blog?

Gosh, I think the first book I reviewed was Eat, Pray, Love. But that isn’t the book that made me want to blog. I think it was a combination of factors that kind of just pushed me into it. I don’t even remember why I started with that book. I was mainly trying to just motivate myself to do non-thesis reading – and it worked! So the TLDR is there is no one book I guess?

 

  1. What’s your favorite social media platform?

I love instagram. It’s hard because I feel like my content isn’t necessarily what people love. I adore outdoor single book photos with unique angles, but that is kind of rare in the Bookstagram world. That being said, if that sounds like your jam -> https://www.instagram.com/utopia.state.of.mind/

 

  1. What made you want to start a blog?

So I already talked a bit how I wanted to make sure I was reading non-thesis books, but I think I also missed talking about books with friends. I was doing a very serious Masters, and I missed chatting about current reads – like I can do now. I missed that interaction and sharing my love of a book with the world, but also friends.

 

  1. What tips do you have for new bloggers?

Figure out why you want to blog and try not to lose sight of it. We can get overwhelmed or caught up in arcs or reviews, but find out why you want to blog and hold onto that. Because that motivation is going to be what keeps you blogging.

Summer Blogger Promo Tour

Hey everyone,

I know I was suppose to do this last week, but there was some communication problems. But now I decided to combine both weeks.

1. What is the Summer Blogger Promo Tour?
The Summer Blogger Promo Tour is a summer tour that we’ve put together at The Book Bratz that helps a bunch of bloggers both new and old link up with each other and collab on fun posts throughout the summer!

My partner is Lili @ Utopia State of Mind

My name is Lili and I am a scholar at heart, obsessed with SFF and always carrying a book wherever I go (including to the top of a dormant volcano and mountain for Instagram photos). I did my Masters and BA in Women’s Studies and English Literature. I lived in Germany for three years and am now working in the publishing industry. I am obsessed with diversity and use Utopia State Of Mind to champion books I feel deserve more praise and attention (including smaller presses and indie authors).

Some facts about Lili:

1. I don’t even remember the first series I read. When I was in elementary school I read The Encyclopedia Brown Series and then after that I binge read every Tamora Pierce book I could get my hands on.
2. Right now I actually work in publishing at the moment, so I get to work with books on both sides of the curtain!
3. When I was in college I studied English Literature and Women’s Studies. Then I did a Master’s in English Studies.
4. I read a lot of everything really from science fiction to historical fiction, literary fiction to YA, and more! If we were talking about other things I’m recently obsessed with, it’d have to be comic books!
5. What is my life that isn’t just books? I love to dance and sing, for fun of course, but it’s something I wish I was able to do more of.
6. I grew up in a very musical family. I can’t play the piano really, because my mom was my teacher and you know how those situations end…
7. I’ve only recently gotten into fandom, but I am a HUGE Doctor Who fan. I enjoyed Harry Potter, I just never really got into it. Oh, I am a big fan of superhero things, I’ve seen like every Marvel movie at least twice. I saw Thor Ragnarok twice in theaters.
8. The only real video games I like to play are those co-op ones. And those types of situations end a lot in me yelling. I make a great team player.

9. Right now I’m back in New York, but I grew up in in New York, went to school in Pennsylvania, and moved to Germany for three years since High School.

10. My favorite book series would have to be….The Reader, The Speaker, and The Storyteller from Traci Chee – if you’re talking about recent favorites. Old school nostalgia favorites include The Immortals Quartet from Tamora Pierce and The Fallen Kingdom Trilogy from Garth Nix.

11. The most influential book seems like a cruel question – and I know I’m the one who made it up! Gosh, I guess it would be Sabriel by Garth Nix.

12. I don’t know what the first books I bought for myself were. I spent my childhood and, almost whole life in a library, until I moved to Germany. I took out almost 100 books every two weeks it felt like, especially when they were picture books!

13. I have re-read not too many books actually. Maybe Frankenstein? Or Heart of Darkness? I was assigned those two texts multiple times.

14. I own the entire Fallen Kingdom Trilogy twice in two different editions with different covers. Yes. I’m that person.

15. My favorite character is another of those cruel questions I devised myself. Well, I really like Phedre from Kushiel’s Dart, Sabriel (duh), Daine, I can only really think of my nostalgic favorites by name.

16. I am a true Ravenclaw with Slytherin ambitions, which really means that I’m entirely intellectual and justice oriented, but very ambitious.
We decided to do a Top 10 Tuesday on a Sunday and the topic is Favorite Covers that haven’t been released yet.

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Those are just a few of my favorite to be released covers. Check out Lili’s Post for other fabulous covers

JULY TBR

Happy July everyone,

I haven’t done this in a while but I do want to share with you all my TBR for the month of July. It’s usually subject to change.

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Ever since I read the synopsis I wanted to read this book. A fantasy book that crosses time periods. That’s already sounds awesome, and I heard great things about it.

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I had the pleasure of meeting both of these authors at BookCon. Also since I was a fan of both Dear Martin and The Hate U Give dealing with issues of police violence and racism.

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I got this arc at a talk with Sabaa Tahir and I was so excited. Warcross one of my favorite books of last year and I am so excited to see how this ends.

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Yes, its a graphic novel, I have been on a kick these days, and this one sounds amazing dealing with crime families and assassins, what more can you ask for.

Those are the books on my July TBR. What books do you plan on reading for the month of July? Let me know in comments below.