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August 6, 2014

Quick Bullet Review: Hysteria by Megan Miranda

Hysteria Title: Hysteria
Author: Megan Miranda
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Release Date: February 5th, 2013
Source: Library
Goodreads Summary:
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. 

This is a difficult review because I really didn't enjoy this book at all, but I like Megan Miranda's writing. So. Torn. Therefore, instead of writing out a long review I thought I would give you a couple bullet points as to why this book wasn't for me.
  • The whole book was confusing, and not in a good, "WOO! I don't know what's happening in this awesome mystery but I can't wait to keep reading", way. At. All.
  • I didn't have any suspects or suspicions that were concrete enough. Everything was just assumptions.
  • The same things kept happening over and over again with no real "aha!" moments.
  • The only thing that kept me reading was the fact that I NEEDED to know what was really happening.
  • When the final mystery was unraveled and everything was revealed it was anti climatic and I just sat there thinking, "how did I waste all this time reading this just for it to end this way?"
  • Events in the book weren't connected at all and it just seemed like the main girl was the unluckiest girl alive.
  • None of the characters stood out to me. I can barely remember the main character at all.
Even though I read this last year, I can still remember the disappointment I felt when I closed the book. I definitely wouldn't recommend this one to fellow mystery lovers. It had so much potential to be a great mystery...and then just fell flat. Really, with a summary like that one I would pick up any book, unfortunately this one wasn't a hit. If you're still looking for a Megan Miranda book I suggest Fractured. It's an emotional ride with a hint of paranormal and I really did enjoy that one.

★ ★ .5 stars

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