Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Dead List by Jennifer L. Armentrout ~ Review

The Dead ListSource: e-ARC provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Dead List by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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.

As a fan of both Jennifer L. Armentrout and horror movies, I was so excited to finally get a chance to read The Dead List -- aka the perfect cross between both of those two things. I hadn't gotten around to reading this novel when it was on Wattpad, but getting it in my hands now was well worth the wait because I so enjoyed The Dead List!

The whole vibe of the book is right out of a film like Scream. It was fun and mysterious and the perfect amount of creepy. I had a great time reading The Dead List, and flew right through it in less than a day. Especially around the end, where things got REALLY GREAT...yes, I am such a fan of this book.

Then there are the characters, who were written so well -- the main characters Ella and Jensen in particular. They weren't perfect, but they were fleshed out and I was interested in them just as much as I was into the mystery they were tied up in.

And of course there was romance. It took Jensen a bit to really win me over, but once he did I was so on board this ship. Ella and Jensen are cute and I'm very pleased without things panned out for them. They had sweet moments and hot moments and I loved them.

I was also surprised by the emotions certain aspects of this story brought out of me. It seriously wormed its way into my heart, adding another layer to everything that I absolutely did not expect. 

Overall, The Dead List is a satisfying YA thriller with the perfect doses of romance, creepiness, and emotion. I so enjoyed reading this book, and if you're a fan of JLA or YA thrillers or both I definitely recommend picking this one up!

5 stars - A satisfying, romantic YA thriller!

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1 comment:

  1. Got to get my hands on this. And your review makes me want it even more!