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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Review & Giveaway: ALIBI Volumes I-IV (The Complete Series)

ALIBI

ALIBI Volumes I-IV (Complete Series)

by Annie Miles, John Byrne, Isabel Eckersley, Sorrel Provola

Publisher: Twist Library (February 2012)
Genre: YA, Mystery, Contemporary
Format: eBook (241 pages)
Source: Review Request by Publisher
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Rating: ★★★½☆ (3.5 stars)
Summary
Abigail Shelton is dead.

Spring Valley's golden girl is found floating face-down in her boyfriend’s pool, hands bound behind her back, head bleeding, drugs and alcohol in her system. Her friends are the only suspects – and they all have reasons to want her dead. Everyone has an alibi, but no one is innocent.

ALIBI is a 4-part young adult e-book series. Each one-hundred page installment reveals the perspective of a different character: the secret love, the nemesis, the boyfriend, the best friend. As their tales unfold, we learn that Abby is not as perfect as everyone believes, but she’s not the only one with secrets to hide. This page-turning tale of suspense, betrayal, murder, and lust will keep fans of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars up and reading well past curfew.
~ Goodreads
At a Glance
The first time I heard about this series--about each book (short story) having a different POV of four characters, learning about their stories and how they all connect and lead to a murder--I was intrigued. And it only got better once I started reading, even if the ending left me a little unsatisfied.

The Good
Who Killed Abby Shelton...
I was blown away by this series. The intrigue, the lies, the betrayal. All of it simmered then exploded into one suspenseful read. With each character's point of view, we learn more about the horrid story that lead to Abby Shelton's death. You couldn't even imagine what these teens have been up to.  

The Suspects...
We start out with Charles, the hot athlete from Australia who is trying to forget his past and find a place in his new surroundings. I immediately loved him. He was manipulative and cocky but also endearing and sensitive. Then we meet Palmer. The loose girl with a big heart that she keeps hidden. Her secrets are heavy burdens that threaten to tear apart her love for Charles. Mason, cousin to Charles and boyfriend to Abby, has been having a hard time ever since his cousin came and stole the limelight away from him. Mason has major issues and does not deal with them well. Then there is Rowan. She gives me the creeps. A supposed best friend to Abby, Rowan finds herself tangled in the destructive web she has weaved herself. All of them have a reason to want Abby dead. But who actually delivered the blow?

A Path to Murder...
All of these characters are so different, but they have common threads that lead them down a path of murder. They have motives and convictions that make sense in their heads, but look juvenile on paper. Some are more innocent than others, but all had a part to play in Abby's death, even if only one actually did the deed. Even Abby, who we learn more about through the other four POVs, is an interesting and not-so-innocent character. I would have liked to seen her story as well. She tries so hard to be perfect but something dark lurks behind those eyes.

Deadly Game...
This series is a real page-turner. With every story, I was sucked further into the slow devastation of each teen's lives as they all played a part in a game they had no idea they were the stars of. Some just want love, acceptance, while others want to manipulate and destroy. I only wish there was more to read.

Thrill Ride...
The writing was very well done. I could feel the suspense as it gave me chills, and the revelations of each character's life was extra juicy. I felt both sympathy and disdain for each character as they hit ethical highs and lows in such a short span of time. This was a very well done mystery that took me for a thrilling ride I will never forget.

The Bad
I figured out who killed Abby by the second book. I was hoping to be more surprised in that aspect.

I felt like their was no ending to this book. Sure, we figure out who did it, but there were a lot of questions left unanswered that made me knock off half a star. I don't like being left hanging to that much of an extent.

The Snuggly
This series has many sexual situations. It may be YA but it's on the verge of adult. It doesn't go into much detail, but you definitely get the idea of what's going on.

Romance wise, it's all mixed up. Love is not something these kids know. They understand lust, power, greed, and infatuation, but not love. I  still enjoyed all the little romances and hook-ups going on throughout the novel. Very scandalous.

Overall
I wont deny that the ending made me a little mad, and I took it out on the overall rating. But I really did enjoy reading this series. It held my interest and each character fascinated me. Finding out how each person intertwined and what part they played in the death of Abby was a great experience. Recommended for pretty much everyone.
Excerpt
"Yeah," Mason said, skewering the tomato and chomping into it. "I'm up to two fifty-five."

"Charles, what do you bench?” Abby asked.

“Three hundred,” Charles said quietly, shooting a glance at Mason, who reddened.

“Abby, you look amazing tonight, by the way. That color is really fit on you.”

Rowan practically tipped the table over she stood up so fast. He had almost forgotten she was there. He felt sorry for her, but it was for the best that she see the reality of the situation.

“I’ve got to…” she said stupidly, then stalked away.


“Oh, man, Charles. What’s with your girlfriend?” Mason snorted, little flecks of dressing flying from his mouth, like it was the funniest thing anyone had ever said.

“That’s very clever, Mason,” Charles said calmly.

What he really wanted was to grab him across the table and punch his front teeth down his throat. But then he would be as big a wanker as his cousin.

Would you like to win the first book of this series? ALIBI Volume I: Charles is actually my favorite story out of all of them. And I know once you get a taste, you will be buying the rest of the series right away. Just enter below for a chance to win this amazing book.






13 comments:

  1. I love that each book offers a different POV, very unique! Sorry you didn't enjoy it as much as you hoped. :(

    Thanks so much for inviting me, Jennifer!

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    1. I did enjoy it, I was just sad the ending wasn't as finished as I hoped. But it really was a good series.

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  2. Thanks for the giveaway. I look forward to finding out what happens and reading the series. Hopefully I'll enjoy it more than you did.

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    1. I did enjoy it. The ending is the only thing that bothered me. But the rest was great.

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  3. Sounds like an interesting book! I quite like the idea of the 4 different points of view, that is a really clever idea! Not sure about the loose strings at the end though, I like a proper ending!

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    1. Even with the ending, I would still suggest this series. It really was ingenuous.

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  4. I saw that you were reading this just a bit ago and thought it looked interesting and put it on my list. Who knows, maybe I will win!

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  5. cool giveaway. might enjoy it. let's see. :D

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  6. I love a good mystery. I saw this book a while ago and thought it looked good, and you're review leaves me curious! Thanks!

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  7. This book sounds like it is right up my youngest daughter's alley. We both love murder mysteries. I have read this sort of book before, where you get each character's POV. It is an interesting writing style and can be difficult to follow. 'From the Corner of His Eye' by Dean Koontz is written in this style and I loved it. I tried to share it with my oldest and she lost track of the storyline, so this style is not for everyone.

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    1. That's true, but the POVs are seperated, so you read all about Charles POV first, then we move on to each character until we have the whole story. I found it very easy to read. Koontz's way can get a bit confusing.

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