Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Review: Frayed by Kara Terzis

Title: Frayed
Author: Kara Terzis
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Sourcebooks (June 7, 2016)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Mystery
My Rating: 3 Stars



Book Description:
Dear Kesley, 

My therapist tells me I should write you a letter. Like flushing all my thoughts and feelings out of my system and onto paper. I tell her it's a stupid idea.

But here I am, writing a letter to a dead girl. Where do I start? Where did our story begin? From the moment you were born...or died? 

I'll start with the moment I found out the truth about you. Your lies and my pain. Because it always begins and ends with you.
And that end began when Rafe Lawrence came back to town...

Ava Hale will do anything to find her sister's killer...although she'll wish she hadn't. Because the harder Ava looks, the more secrets she uncovers about Kesley, and the more she begins to think that the girl she called sister was a liar. A sneak. A stranger.

And Kesley's murderer could be much closer than she thought...


A debut novel from Wattpad award-winner Kara Terzis, Frayed is a psychological whodunit that will keep you guessing! 






Frayed is a hard book to review because while it was a good book at times, at others is was completely fantastical and unrealistic yet I still read on curious to know the answers to all the mystery that surrounded Kelsey's death. 

The characters were very hard to like or feel anything for and yet you couldn't help be fascinated by them. Longing to know what exactly their role was in everything that had transpired. Sometimes predictable but still enough mystery to garner turning the pages and finding out more, this was definitely a read like no other, good or bad.

With an intriguing premises, a different bizarre outcome and ending, this was definitely a book that took me by surprise and not always in a good way.

Overall it wasn't a bad read but it wasn't a great read either. It was entertaining at times and the plot was unpredictable enough that I didn't always see the outcome coming.  All in all, an average read for the genre but one I think many will both like and dislike the same. 






*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

48 comments:

  1. I've read a few book lately where I struggle to connect with the characters. I'm glad the mystery kept you interested.

    Simply Angela

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    1. Yay it's hard to love books when you can't quite connect.

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  2. I'm glad the writing was good enough to keep you engaged and you finished it. I know how much you dislike having do DNF a book. Hope your connect better to the next book.

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  3. Well at least it wasn't all bad! Sounds intriguing, but I think I'll pass. Great review! :)

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  4. I remember wanting to read this when I was about to sign up for the blog tour. Something stopped me though, and I'm kinda glad. I really don't do well with psych books, unless I'm in the mood to be mind f***ed. I'll probably pick this one up if I'm in the mood. Great review!

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  5. Hmm ... I hope I don't dislike the characters too much. It's really hard for me to enjoy a book if I can't connect with the characters. I'll have to lower my expectations going into this one now.
    Great review, Ali!

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    1. Hopefully knowing you might not, will make it a better story for you. ;)

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  6. I agree with you completely on this one. There were things I liked and things that don't work for me too. Great review!

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  7. Thanks for sharing Ali, this would make it hard for me to rate and review it too.

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  8. I absolutely love it when Wattpad stories get published! I'll definitely check this out. :D

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  9. Great review! I totally get what you mean when it's hard to connect with characters even if you're fascinated by them. Sounds intriguing!!

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    1. It was interesting if nothing else. ;)

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  10. I've gotten to rather like YA mysteries, so it's a shame this one kinda fell short. It really IS hard to review books when there are aspects that you both loved and hated about a book. At the very least it seemed like it was able to keep you turning the pages~ Hope your next read it better.

    Brittany @ http://www.spacebetweenthespines.com/

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    1. It is hard and I really do love some of the YA mysteries out there. There are a ton of them that are very well done.

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  11. This sounds so good, but I'm sorry it wasn't a great read for you. Still, I like that you were fascinated by the characters and that the plot was unpredictable. I'm definitely curious!

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    1. It was a curious read and you might really like it!

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  12. Story sounds hard to get into yet fascinating.

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    1. Kind of yeah, it was still fascinating though. ;)

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  13. I get it. Sometimes a great story gets hindered by the writing and characters not able to connect with the reader.

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  14. Oh shucks, I was thinking of reading this next. I will put it on hold, I want to read something spectacular and a 3-star book just won't hit the spot for me.

    Thanks, Ali. I'm curious about the oddity though.

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    1. I do hope when you get to it, that you do like it.

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  15. Boouuu, better luck with your next read!! You HAVE to read Winning by Lara Deloza!!!

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  16. Sounds like a nice premise, but maybe not written as well as it could have been? Thanks for sharing though!

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    1. Yeah I think that's it more than anything. ;)

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  17. Struggling to connect with the characters is a big problem for me. But this one does sound intriguing, so I'm not sure.

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    1. You might connect more, you never know. ;)

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  18. Wow this is one of that books that probably I never going to read because I hate that feeling of hate-love with some books because I finishing hating the book the author and everything. Thank you for your honest review~

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    1. Of course, thanks for stopping by!

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  19. I don't know about this one, Ali. It sounds like I'm not going to have a good time reading it.

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    1. You might not but then again, you just might.

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  20. Dude, all the covers lately with girls stand like that keeps confusing me. I'm digging mysteries right now, Idk. I'm curious about the bizarre, though.

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    1. You might like this but I know you will have everything figured out way early on. ;)

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  21. Ah those can be hard when it doesn't quite do it for ya but still manages to pull you along. On to the next, right?

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  22. I'm not sure if I'd like this one. I want to be convinced of things even if it is a bit unrealistic. I hadn't heard of it before.

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    1. Yeah it was definitely different and not always believable in the least.

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  23. I really like the cover of this one but it sounds so middle of the road. I'm gonna pass. Thanks for this review!

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  24. Frayed is a riveting young adult mystery with an intriguing storyline. Although Ava and Rafe are likable, the entire cast of characters is a little underdeveloped. Kara Terzis brilliantly conceals the killer’s identity right up until the novel’s shocking conclusion.

    Mariz
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    1. I figured it out sooner that I wanted to but it was still always up in the air if I was right or not.

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