Monday, June 27, 2016

Review: Twisted by Hannah Jayne

Title: Twisted
Author: Hannah Jayne
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Sourcebooks Fire (July 5, 2016)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Mystery
My Rating: 3 Stars


Book Description:
When her father is accused of being a serial killer, Bex becomes the ultimate bait in this game of cat and mouse

Bex is ready to start a new life in foster care. There, she won't be known as a serial killer's daughter. Though her father was never tried for the murders attributed to "The Wife Collector," he disappeared after questioning. And Bex struggles with the guilt that she provided the circumstantial evidence that convicted him in the public's perception—and drove him to abandon her.


But when a body turns up in her new hometown, all signs point to the Wife Collector. Bex's old life isn't ready to let her go. The police want to use Bex to lure in her father. But is she baiting a serial killer or endangering an innocent man? 








I've really come to appreciate Hannah Jayne's mysteries. They are always action packed, well done and well plotted.  They type of young adult mysteries that are both intriguing and entertaining. Ones that leave you guessing and ones that I usually don't have all figured out within the first few chapters. 

I was very excited going into this because I was so ready for a good solid mystery and while this didn't quite live up to some of her other work, it was still a fun time and a good escape read that I'm glad I read.

What I did love about this book was the characters. Where the mystery lacked, the parental influence and friends more than made up for. It is so rare to see parents of any kind in YA make an appearance, let alone be a big part of the book and that was so very refreshing. And even though this wasn't everything I was hoping it would be, it was entertaining nonetheless. 





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

46 comments:

  1. I don't usually like YA but this sounds pretty good.

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    1. I do love YA mysteries even though they can sometimes be easy to figure out.

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  2. Sorry this didn't live up to her previous books for you, Ali. I don't think I've read anything by her before, but if I do, I'll be sure to pick up an older release.
    Lovely review! :)

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    1. Definitely try her Nick but yeah, maybe an older one first. ;)

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  3. Sorry it wasn't everything you wanted but yay for good characters. They can really save a book. Great review!!

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  4. I love one of her Y mysteries, I forgot the title and it's the one where the bestfriend is the perp? Then I read another one of hers and it wasn't as stellar, it sounded a lot like this one, strong characters and great parents but so-so mystery. I'll think about getting this, I might like it less than you did

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    1. Yeah that seems to be how it is. I think I've read all of her's so far and they are all good but some the mystery is better than the others.

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  5. I agree loved the parents, the rest was meh!

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    1. Yeah the parents were awesome, loved seeing that.

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  6. Hmm, the premise sounds really interesting, but your 3-star rating concerns me.

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    1. It was a good premises just a little too easy to figure out. ;)

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  7. Thanks for the great review, it does look interesting!

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  8. Thanks for the even review, Ali. I hope you're enjoying your summer! We just got back from a vacation in Lake Powell. I can't believe we're already through June!

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    1. Oh Lake Powell! You were so close. It's beautiful there this time of year. I hope you had a great time and I know, the summer is flying!

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  9. I've heard so many amazing things about her books and I suppose I should try one as soon as possible, but perhaps I should choose a different one to start.

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    1. She is a good writer and you never know, just because it wasn't my favorite doesn't mean you wouldn't love it.

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  10. I haven't tried the author before but I'll definitely check her out when I'm in the mood for some great mystery. :)

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    1. Her books are good for an escape read.

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  11. Agreed, parents in YA is a huge plus for me. I cannot stand it when teens just run around and do all kinds of things, and the parents are nowhere to be seen. So unrealistic. I'm glad you were still able to enjoy this.

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    1. I know, I always think, where are the parents?

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  12. Great review! I've seen very mixed reviews of this -- the lack of mystery would drive me crazy but glad the characters were good

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    1. The characters did make up for it. ;)

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  13. Oh, that's too bad about the mystery aspect falling flat. It sucks because the book is marketed as such. Boo.

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    1. It does but it seems to be the norm for YA for whatever reason sadly.

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  14. Aw, sorry the mystery didn't totally work. That's never fun, but great to hear the characters were so great!

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    1. It was nice that the characters made up for the mystery. ;)

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  15. I considered this because of the serial killer aspect, but I was super sour about YA so I passed. Maybe someday.

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    1. That was why I picked it up as well. ;)

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  16. Sorry this one didn't quite live up to expectations based off her other books for you. I'm glad it wasn't completely horrid though. Sounds like an interesting one.

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    1. It was nice that I could still enjoy it for sure. ;)

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  17. This sounded really good until you said the mystery didn't live up to her other books. 3 stars...maybe not for me, but I am glad you enjoyed the characters :)

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  18. The premise gave me chills and while this wasn't perfect I am glad you had fun with it :)

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    1. It did have a great premises for sure. ;)

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  19. I've been loving mysteries in YA lately and this one sounds really good that's disappointing that it didn't wow you more. I may have some of her books, I'm not sure.

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    1. It seems to happen in this genre though but it was still really good if that helps?

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  20. Well yay for the parents! That's something that fiction in general seems to be missing--good ones that is. So many romances they come from abusive families or their parents died when they were young or similar. Refreshing to see solid families.

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    1. I agree Anna, I like to see it in all genres for sure.

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  21. I agree with you. I don't read a ton of YA, but the parents are rarely involved. I have enjoyed the ones that I've read with parents. I'm glad you enjoyed this one, even if the mystery wasn't as good as you hoped.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. It was nice to have that aspect of it if nothing else. :D

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  22. I hadn’t heard of this one before, but now I want to add it to my TBR...sounds really interesting and thrilling. Great review! :D

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    1. It was interesting and I hope you like it!

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  23. Glad the book still had some redeeming qualities!!! I'm always disappointed when mysteries don't live up to the hype.
    Tori @ In Tori Lex

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    1. Me too but it did have them so that was nice. ;)

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