Monday, April 24, 2017

The Dead List by Jennifer L. Armentrout ~ Review & Giveaway

It's Ella's senior year of high school and she and her best friend Linds plan to make it the best year ever. At Brock Cochran's end of summer pool party, the girls vow to have as much fun as possible before they head off to different colleges next fall. But when Ella is mysteriously attacked on her way home from the party, everything changes. Ella's carefree senior year plans disintegrate as she finds herself at the center of an attempted murder investigation.

Ella tries to move on, but her attacker isn't done yet. He shows himself in the form of horrifying signs and symbols: a clown mask strewn on her bed, a dead bird in her backpack, a shadow moving past her window in the night. And as the weeks pass, it turns out that Ella isn't the only one being tormented.

With the help of an old flame, Jensen Carver, and her friends and family, Ella tries to attain some sense of normalcy, but she can't seem to shake the feeling that there's a dark pattern hidden in the killer's every move. Suddenly, even those in her innermost circle seem suspicious. In her seemingly safe West Virginia town, Ella starts to wonder who she can trust.

I get asked all the time, what kind of books do you like? And my answer is always the same. If there is kissing, I'm in. Here is one of those. This book is full of suspense and even a little scary horror but there is kissing and I loved it.

Yeah, the bad guy has a scary clown mask. AND he makes this tsking sound all the time! I wanted to tsk him right in the clown nose!

So Ella is in her senior year of high school. The boy she fell for years ago is back but they aren't talking. The boy she just broke up with is talking to her but she just wants friends. There's another boy from the past that we have to piece together what happened to. Then there's the cool group that are bullying and are just jerks. One disappeared a few weeks ago. Ella is attacked. Everyone is a suspect. How does it all relate to the past or does it? What's up with the fourth in the group of friends? What happened to him four years ago? What happened to make Jensen's family move? Why are they back?

You will spend the first half just trying to answer some of those questions as the attacks increase and it seems that no one is safe. But through it all, there is this sweet relationship being rediscovered with Jensen and Ella. Why he hurt her in the past and how he really feels will have you questioning him. But I loved Jensen too much to ever doubt him. That's all I will say about that.

Once again, Jennifer does a great job building characters that I care about and am interested in. She does a great job casting doubt on everyone. The only one we can be sure about is Ella as the book is from her POV. But at about 2/3 of the way, I realized something. Of course, I can't tell you what it was but it led me to believe that I knew who was behind the clown mask. Yeah, I was mostly right but even in that there was a twist that I didn't see coming at all.

Kissing. Lots and lots of yummy kissing. The tender relationship between Ella and Jensen just had me in a happy place. I wanted them together. I wanted them safe. I wanted them happy. I loved how Jensen was protective of Ella but that she saved herself lots of times.

I was quite happy with the ending. Such a great stand alone book that just keeps you flipping and flipping to get to the end and find out all the details.  And just when you think you have it figured out...well there's something else that has you guessing all over again.  Such a good suspense.  What great second chance romance!  And when you mix those two together, you have a great read.

I recommend this book to anyone who is a JLA fan. Or like me, enjoy any book as long as there is kissing!


SIGNED copy of The Dead List

US only

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Yay! I'm so excited that this book is going to be released!!! I didn't read it on watt pad...Congrats to JLA :)

    Lindy@A Bookish Escape

  2. Thanks for the great chance! I didn't read this on Wattpad, as I find Wattpad awkward and cumbersome (old dog/new tricks and all that lol). Thanks again :)

  3. No! But I will look for it now! Thank you

  4. Agree with everything you said. Loved this one so much.

  5. I did not but I've loved every JA book I've read.

  6. I did read this on Wattpad and I really enjoyed it. I'd love to read again while holding it in my hand. Thank you so much.

  7. No, I didn't.


  8. I did not read this book on Watt Pad but it sounds like a very good book with an interesting plot. I'd like to read it. Thanks.

  9. I have never actually used Watt Pad.