Series: Don't Get Mad #1
Published by Balzer & Bray on September 16, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Young Adult
*sigh* I hate when this happens. You get really excited for a book, find all these people who really love it and then…. You don’t. On the plus, I kinda liked Get Even, but I’m far from loving it.
The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars in Gretchen McNeil’s witty and suspenseful novel about four disparate girls who join forces to take revenge on high school bullies and create dangerous enemies for themselves in the process.
Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common—at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.
When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought—and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose.
Here is the thing about Get Even, I hated the last 50-100 pages. Slight spoiler here, so feel free to skip ahead to where it says spoiler over… But I could tell it wasn’t winding down. We were no closer to knowing who the killer was than we were at the halfway point. Especially if you weren’t dumb enough to think it was the person the girls thought it was, because I certainly found him least likely.
But as I got closer and closer to the end, more and more meandering seemed to happen and I knew we’d have no resolution. So instead of the intensity increasing like the author hoped for by dragging it out (I assume), I found myself frequently checking to see how many pages were left. Because I was going to finish it but God I just wanted to get to the end. Where I felt I would get no resolution. And what do you know… There was none. I don’t mind cliffs. But to me, a murder mystery has an unwritten rule that you will find the killer by the end. So that seriously peeved me.
So I did enjoy the premise. I liked the idea that there was this unlikely group of girls grouped together by hatred for the bullies of their school. Part of me wants to take issue with how incredibly fucked up the school administration is… I want to say that would never happen, at least not long term. But I’ve seen shit administration stay in their jobs and keep doing the shit they do for years somehow. So it’s believable, as much as I don’t want it to be.
I liked the girls and their diverse personalities. I frequently got them mixed up – I knew one was the actor, one was the sports chick, one was the computer hacker (are teenagers with that skill really as common as books and movies would have us believe?), and the quiet bookworm. But I frequently forgot which name matched which persona, and I think the way the POV changed so often, and mid chapter, made it hard to keep them straight.
I think where it really got tangled for me was when they all got involved with the school play. When it was JUST Olivia, I knew she was my actor. Then suddenly it was 3 out of 4 of them and I had more trouble. And I felt them being in the theater was forced. Like, the author knew she wanted the play to be the stage for her final scenes, so she had maneuvered them all there. Forced.
Personally, two of the side characters were way more interesting to me than the main characters – John the musician and Ed the Head. They were interesting and had bigger, more complete personalities than the girls, IMO. The girls, next to them felt stereotypical and incomplete.
The more I type, the more it seems like I hated Get Even. I didn’t. But I had high expectations and it didn’t live up. Bummer. I don’t think I’ll continue. I’ll just call Michelle and get her to tell me who the killer is. Assuming it’s EVER revealed.
October 2016 Voting
On to this month where I hope I’ll find my next favorite read 🙂 As with previous months, I’ll pulling from my #2016HW list. So you’ll see two you’ve seen before and one new one. This is the last month I’ll be able to do this though, as I only have three books left. Which means I’m totally pulling off #2016HW so far *knocks on wood*
My Three Choices
- The Luminary by Elle J. Rossi
A witch running from death. A warrior seeking redemption. Only one can win a battle that may very well cost them their hearts and strip them of their souls.
When Meera Brennan learns she’s a Luminary, one of the most powerful witches in existence, it rocks her already fragile world. The revelation explains the disturbing episodes that made her question her sanity, but does little to soothe the sting of discovering her life is now at risk. To save herself and keep peace within the veiled community, Meera will have to hone her powers and brave an ancient realm to destroy the slayer’s magickal source. She alone must dispel chaos and ensure the balance of good and evil for all mankind.
Banished and stripped of his guardian powers because of a witch, Ghanem Adamo, former prince of the Saharren realm, receives a chance at redemption when his estranged father reveals an immortal battle destined to alter all realms. In order to protect the innocent, regain his title and reunite with his family, Ghanem must destroy the slayers’ source of power and bring down their terrorizing leader.
Her life . . .
Or his throne . . .
When the war against the slayers force Meera and Ghanem to work together, more than magickal sparks fly. Challenged by fate, can love survive a nefarious battle that can result in only one prize?
This is one I picked up because I loved the author when I met them. I won the first book (this one) at an author’s panel. When I went up at the end to have her sign, I told her how excited I was to read it and she gave me another one to go with it. So imagine the guilt that I haven’t read this yet… *gulps*
- Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.
Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.
Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.
So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.
I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet. I can’t believe it took me this long to put it up for vote. When I heard about this book I was SO EXCITED to read it. And when I lucked into a copy at RT I couldn’t beleive it. And now it’s more than a year later and I haven’t read it! WTF?! I think it’s time!
- Flintlock by Ashley Nixon
Barren Reed hopes to protect the Orient from his tyrant uncle, but his plans to make the King’s life a living hell aren’t supported by the Elders of the pirate community. As it stands, Barren has earned the Elders’ disdain for his carelessness, and they threaten him into exile if he makes one more mistake.
Barren’s not the only one feeling the Elders’ wrath—they don’t trust Larkin either. Worse, Barren can’t comprehend Larkin’s wish to have a relationship with her father, and the secrets she’s forced to keep create a tension that may pull them apart forever.
When the Pirates of Silver Crest begin to die, bullets laced with dark magic are to blame. With more and more of these weapons infiltrating the Underground, discovering who’s behind the dissemination is no easy feat. As fear and tension mount among the people of the Orient, Barren and his crew find themselves in a race against time to stop the spread of dark magic before the world of Mariana spirals into collapse.
This is book 2 in a series I’ve enjoyed – I actually started it once but life got crazy and I dropped it – but I remember it being decent when I dropped it, so I feel confident I will like it.
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