Monday, September 3, 2012

Benji reviews Envy by Gregg Olsen

Envy by Gregg Olsen
Release Date ~ 8/23/11
Format ~ Paperback
Publisher ~ Splinter
Source ~ Author
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Murder is such a dirty word…

New York Times bestselling adult true crime author Gregg Olsen makes his YA debut with Empty Coffin, a gripping new fiction series for teens based on ripped-from-the-headlines stories…with a paranormal touch.

Crime lives--and dies--in the deceptively picture-perfect town of Port Gamble (aka “Empty Coffin”), Washington. Evil lurks and strange things happen--and 15-year-olds Hayley and Taylor Ryan secretly use their wits and their telepathic “twin-sense” to uncover the truth about the town's victims and culprits.

Envy, the series debut, involves the mysterious death of the twins' old friend, Katelyn. Was it murder? Suicide? An accident? Hayley and Taylor are determined to find out--and as they investigate, the twins stumble upon a dark truth that is far more disturbing than they ever could have imagined.
Based on the shocking true crime about cyber-bullying, Envy will take you to the edge--and push you right over.
    Envy is one of those books that is more then just a book. It grows a mouth and then goes over and sits down right next to you and tells you a story that will change you, enthrall you, and make you never forget it.

   The story starts with such a horrible event the book's doing an evil chuckle and saying "How the hell are you going to put me down now, eh punk?". Within the first twenty pages everyone in the story has had their lives changed by the death of 15 year old Katelyn. The police instantly label the death as a suicide, and it's very clear she was having a pretty rough time, so there's obviously motive. But the two heroines of the story, twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan think there's a bit more to this story then that, and after 100 pages, that's obviously the case.

   One of the things I liked a lot about this story was how there were so many different narrators.  The main protagonists, Haley and Taylor did get the majority of the chapters, but almost every character, even the really minor ones got to give us a look inside their head!

   Hayley and Taylor were both awesome main characters! They were crafted wonderfully so they both just bounced of the page. They both had very different tones which was very refreshing.

  The setting of Port Gamble (just half an hour away from where I live) was the perfect place for this book. As anyone who's been there knows, it's a quaint, charming, small town. Perfect for this book. It feels as though it becomes it's own character.

  Exciting, suspenseful, Gregg Olsen's YA debut defies all expectations.
Cover Comments:
Such a creepy cover! I love the green background (green with envy, eh?) and the dirty bathtub is just freaky! 

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