What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Vanishing Game by Kate Kae Myers

I don't read a whole lot of creepy things, but this once seemed like it was going to be sufficiently...well, the right level of creepiness.
Check out this summary from Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Jocelyn follows clues apparently from her dead twin, Jack, in and around Seale House, the terrifying foster home where they once lived. With help from childhood friend Noah she begins to uncover the truth about Jack's death and the company that employed him and Noah. Jocelyn's twin brother Jack was the only family she had growing up in a world of foster homes-and now he's dead, and she has nothing. Then she gets a cryptic letter from "Jason December"-the code name her brother used to use when they were children at Seale House, a terrifying foster home that they believed had dark powers. Only one other person knows about Jason December: Noah, Jocelyn's childhood crush and their only real friend among the troubled children at Seale House. But when Jocelyn returns to Seale House and the city where she last saw Noah, she gets more than she bargained for. Turns out the house's powers weren't just a figment of a childish imagination. And someone is following Jocelyn. Is Jack still alive? And if he is, what kind of trouble is he in?
What I Liked: 1) The cover. Ooooo....creepy. Yeah. Love that cover. 2) Noah. This guy was interesting, and hard to pin down. He was kind of a big mystery. But swoon-worthy all the same. He's got this bad-boy persona going on, but also a Prince Charming kinda thing, where he's all protective. I'm picturing...Prince Charming on a Harley. It's true. 3) Puzzles. I've always loved trying to solve puzzles (anything but a math puzzles, yeesh, don't make me try one of those - says the accountant) and there are so many mystery puzzles in this book that Jocelyn and Noah have to solve. And (thank you, Miz Myers) they are written in such a way that you can try and solve them too. I wasn't ever able to solve any of them, but it was fun trying to all the same. 4) Jocelyn. She was a much easier character to understand as one-track-minded as she was. I don't want to give anything away, but once you read the book, you'll think that that statement is funny. Jocelyn has a lot of street smarts and knows how to get in and out of things pretty well, but it's nice when she lets Noah help out every once in awhile. 5) The ending. This was a big shock to me. I certainly didn't see it coming, and I doubt very many people will. It's definitely a great twist and makes you think about the whole story in a brand new way.

What I Didn't Like: This was a great book that a lot of people will enjoy. But as it turned out, it wasn't really my cup of tea. There isn't anything I can particularly pinpoint, other than maybe just the genre of horror. Like I said, I don't read them very often, so perhaps it was just that.

Overall Thoughts: For those of you who like creepy stories, I would definitely recommend checking out The Vanishing Game. It's got some interesting characters, its full of puzzles to solve, and has an ending that will completely throw you for a loop. It's well written and has a great pace, and while it wasn't necessarily my cup of tea, I'd say that this book would be enjoyed by many readers!

My Rating: 4 shots

4 comments:

  1. I have been wanting to read this one for a while. I love mystery/thriller books. Especially of the creepy variety. Everyone I know who has read this really liked it, so I am sure I will get to it sometime. Great review!!

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  2. I hardly read any horror books but this really seems interesting and I'm going to give it a try :) Thanks for the review!

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  3. Amy - I hope you like it! It has been pretty popular. That ending is just totally unexpected!

    Stephanie - I don't read many either, on account of my overactive imagination (they give me nightmares!) but this one wasn't nightmare inducing horror. It was more like, suspenseful. I hope you like it!

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Courtney

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  4. I'm sorry it wasn't your cup of tea but I'm glad you liked somethings. Prince Charming on a Harley? I agree! Very good description of Noah! :)

    Amber
    The Musings of ALMYBNENR

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