Tuesday, 7 October 2014

This Is How It Ends by Jen Nadol

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss.
This Is How It Ends
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Riley and his friends are gearing up for their senior year by spending one last night hanging out in the woods, drinking a few beers, and playing Truth or Dare. But what starts out as a good time turns sinister when they find a mysterious pair of binoculars. Those who dare to look through them see strange visions, which they brush off as hallucinations. Why else would Riley see himself in bed with his best friend’s girlfriend—a girl he’s had a secret crush on for years?

In the weeks that follow, the visions begin to come true...including a gruesome murder. One of Riley’s closest friends is now the prime suspect. But who is the murderer? Have Riley and his friends really seen the future through those mysterious binoculars? And what if they are powerless to change the course of events?

This Is How It Ends by Jen Nadol

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This Is How It Ends(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss.)
17-year-old Riley is confused when he finds a strange pair of binoculars that seem to give him a vision of some kind. When a friend tries them also and her vision comes true, Riley isn’t quite sure what exactly is happening.
What are the binoculars? Do they show the future? And will Riley’s vision come true?

This was a slightly strange story, but I mostly enjoyed it.

Riley was an okay main character, it did take me a while to get used to having a male lead character though, as it seems most books I read are told from the point of view of a female. I did feel a bit sorry for Riley at points during this, but I also thought that he and his friends were a little overconfident of their own skills at times.

The storyline in this was okay. We had the murder-mystery element as well as the paranormal aspect of the binoculars, only for a good chunk of the book they did seem to totally forget about the binoculars, and we had some stuff in there that maybe didn’t need to be in there. The story was a bit predictable at times, but there were a couple of things that happened that I hadn’t been expecting. When I realised what had happened it did make sense though.
There was some romance, and it was in the form of a love-triangle, of the ‘I’m in love with my best friend’s girlfriend’ variety.
The ending was the most surprising part of the book, and I really didn’t expect to learn what we did about what the binoculars were and where they came from. The ending to the murder-mystery wasn’t quite so good though.
Overall; okay story,
6 out of 10.

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