Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Book Review & Giveaway: Hysteria by Megan Miranda

 Hysteria by Megan Miranda
Publisher: Walkers Children
Publish Date: February 5, 2013
Hardcover, 336 pages
Fiction, Young Adult
 ISBN: 9780802723109





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My Review:
I found Hysteria to be very intriguing.  I enjoyed reading it and liked Mallory as a character.  I knew something was up and something was going to happen and was entralled enough to keep reading and find out.

The beginning may seem a little disjointed and confusing, but I believe that is what the author intended.  I am personally glad that I kept reading because it was all worth it in the end when it all finally made sense.  The more I think about it the more I really like how the author did it.  So if you find yourself a little bogged down, keep reading, the book is definitely worth it.  The author works her magic to get to the end and really shows how a psychological thriller is done on the YA scale.

The characters are interesting and varied.  Some are your typical boarding school fare and some break the mold.  I love Mallory and Reid.  I love Mallory even though you are never sure of what happened that night with Brian.  I like her because I want to know what happened.  I also like Reid despite never being quite sure of him.  There is just mystery all around in Hysteria and you will just have to read it to see.  The characters and plot are interwoven masterfully and in such a way that draws the reader in.  The more I read the more I had to read and I eventually couldn't put it down.

If you are looking for a great YA psychological thriller then Megan Miranda's Hysteria can provide it.  You will be turning pages late into the night trying to figure out what exactly is going on in Mallory's life and at Monroe.  I know I did and now I wish it wasn't over.  I actually want to go back again and read it for clues.  Like going back to watch The Sixth Sense after you know the ending to see the clues all along.  I'm not sure they are there in Hysteria, because of the way it's written, but I loved the book enough to read it again for the nuances.  So check it out, if you haven't read Megan Miranda you may just find you a new favorite author.

My Rating: 5.0/5.0


About the Book:

Mallory killed her boyfriend, Brian. She can't remember the details of that night but everyone knows it was self-defense, so she isn't charged. But Mallory still feels Brian's presence in her life. Is it all in her head? Or is it something more? In desperate need of a fresh start, Mallory is sent to Monroe, a fancy prep school where no one knows her . . . or anything about her past.But the feeling follows her, as do her secrets. Then, one of her new classmates turns up dead. As suspicion falls on Mallory, she must find a way to remember the details of both deadly nights so she can prove her innocence-to herself and others.

In another riveting tale of life and death, Megan Miranda's masterful storytelling brings readers along for a ride to the edge of sanity and back again.


About the Author (from Goodreads.com): 
Megan is a scientist - turned - teacher - turned - stay-at-home-mom - turned - writer. She is not nearly as indecisive as she sounds. She lives near Charlotte, North Carolina, where she volunteers as an MIT Educational Counselor, does the mom thing by day, and writes by night.

Her first novel, FRACTURE, was published in January 2012 by Walker/Bloomsbury. HYSTERIA, a YA psychological thriller, will be published in February 2013. VENGEANCE, a companion/sequel to FRACTURE, will follow in 2014.


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Thanks to the publisher I have one copy of Hysteria to giveaway.  Open to US only.  Ends 3/6/13.  Enter using the Rafflecopter below.

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6 comments:

Leannessf said...

I do - I like the Gwen Frost series by Jennifer Estep!

Thanks,
Leanne

Sarah (The Book Life) said...

I absolutely love boarding school books! It's actually one of my favorite tropes. Hex Hall is definitely one of my favorites with a school, Vampire Academy is right up there, too!

Pabkins said...

Yes! I actually really wanted to go to a boarding school when I was in middle school...even researched it and posed the idea to the parents (divorced) who agreed until they found out the pricing.
Fav....hmmm have to say A Breath of Eyre
Pabkins @ My Shelf Confessions

Bethie said...

I think Vampire Academy was my favorite.

Denise Z said...

I have read a couple that were fun, one of my favorites is Bloodlines :)

bn100 said...

I like them. Don't have a fav

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