Thursday, 17 April 2014

Secret Society (Secret Society #1) by Tom Dolby

Secret Society (Secret Society, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Secrets, secrets are no fun.
Secrets, secrets hurt someone. . . .
An eccentric new girl. A brooding socialite. The scion of one of New York's wealthiest families. A promising filmmaker. As students at the exclusive Chadwick School, Phoebe, Lauren, Nick, and Patch already live in a world most teenagers only dream about.
They didn't ask to be Society members. But when three of them receive a mysterious text message promising success and fame beyond belief, they say yes to everything. Even to the harrowing initiation ceremony in a gritty warehouse downtown, and to the ankh-shaped tattoo they're forced to get on the nape of their necks.
Once they're part of the Society, things begin falling into place for them. Week after week, their ambitions are fulfilled. It's all perfect�until a body is found in Central Park with no distinguishing marks except for an ankh-shaped tattoo.

Secret Society by Tom Dolby

My rating: 2.25 of 5 stars

Secret Society (Secret Society, #1)

(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
A group of teens in Manhattan join an exclusive, secret society, one which is about to change their lives forever. For the better or worse.

This book started out okay, but went downhill fairly quickly.

I didn’t really like any of the characters, they were all pretty stupid at points, and didn’t seem to really understand the ramifications of joining this secret society. They seemed to quite happily go along to some random address, get a tattoo, and then take the gifts and opportunities as they presented themselves, never really wondering what would happen if things turned sour.

The storyline in this sounded good, but the execution was just off. The pace was too slow, the conversations that the characters had were dull, full of info-dumps, and just generally pretty boring, and even thought I wanted to know what happened, reading this was like wading through quicksand.
There wasn’t much in the way of romance, and the other storylines were all very similar, and basically revolved around how stupid these kids were to believe that they were getting something for nothing.
The end took a bit of an odd little twist, but I was just glad it was over really.
Overall; dull,
4.5 out of 10.

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