Thursday, 2 March 2017

Gardenia by Kelsey Sutton

Sponsored post: I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Diversion Books and NetGalley.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Seventeen-year-old Ivy Erickson has one month, twenty-seven days, four hours, fifty-nine minutes, and two seconds to live.

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been able to see countdown clocks over everyone's heads indicating how long before they will die. She can't do anything about anyone else’s, nor can she do anything about her own, which will hit the zero hour before she even graduates high school.

A life cut short is tragic, but Ivy does her best to make the most of it. She struggles emotionally with her deep love for on-again, off-again boyfriend Myers Patripski. She struggles financially, working outside of school to help her mom and her sister. And she struggles to cope with the murder of her best friend, another life she couldn't save. Vanessa Donovan was killed in the woods, and everyone in town believes Ivy had something to do with it.

Then more girls start disappearing. Ivy tries to put her own life in order as she pieces together the truth of who ended Vanessa's. To save lives and for her own sanity.

The clock is always ticking. And Ivy's only hope is to expose the truth before it runs out completely.

  Gardenia by Kelsey Sutton

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Gardenia "I need to know what happened. I need to find the murderer. I need to find out the truth. Not just for Vanessa. Not just for her family. For me.
Because everybody in Kennedy thinks I know who killed her."

This was a YA mystery story featuring a girl who could see when people would die.

Ivy was an okay character, and I could only imagine how difficult it would be for her to see numbers over everybody's heads, and not being able to do anything about it. I also felt quite sorry for her in how she didn't seem to have any friends, and how people blamed her for her best friend's death.

The storyline in this was about Ivy's best friend Vanessa being murdered, and Ivy wanting desperately to work out who did it before her own death, which was fast approaching. I didn't find the idea of knowing when people would die to be all that unique though, as I'm pretty sure I've read a book with a similar plot before - When. I did like the mystery aspect of the book, although I did find the pace dragged a little at points.

The ending to this was pretty good, and I liked the way that things worked out.

6.5 out of 10

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