I saw Nerve when it was in theaters last summer, and because it’s based off Jeanne Ryan’s second book I went ahead and picked her first book, Charisma, up from the library. It’s about a girl named Aislyn who has crippling social anxiety. She’s offered an underground gene therapy drug named Charisma by a doctor she trusts. She’s told that Charisma will get rid of her shyness and make her one who stands out – on the condition that she tells nobody. After some internal debate, she goes ahead and takes it. There’s a problem, though. She’s not the only one who was given the drug, and others who have taken it have fallen into comas. The doctor who created and administered Charisma is now conveniently nowhere to be found.
Jake and his teenage son Andy live alone in a trailer in a quiet Massachusetts town. His ex-wife Laura has been out of the picture for many, many years after Jake was in a drunk-driving incident which threw his baseball career out the window, as well as Andy’s diagnosis with diabetes. It was too much for her to handle so she walked out of his life, no traces of her to be found.
The two of them get along fine. Jake is a doomsday prepper and Andy is a computer geek. While Andy’s fine with his father’s doomsday preparations and he’ll help out sometimes as a sacrifice to keep his father happy, his patience with it is growing thin. As the days pass Andy wants less and less to do with the survival training his father forces upon him.
As it turns out, Andy is more than a computer geek. He’s a hacker. Him and a few of his friends at Pepperell Academy, where Jake works, are part of a secret computer club they call The Shire. They’ll hack into bank accounts of the wealthy and transfer a thousand or so dollars to those who could use it – and the people are so rich, they don’t even notice the money left their account.
I’m the daughter of murdered parents. I’m the friend of a dead girl. I’m the lover of my enemy. And I will have my revenge. In the wake of the devastating destruction of the luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace knows the terrifying truth, and she’ll stop at nothing to avenge the murders of everyone she held dear. Even if it means taking down the boy she loves and possibly losing herself in the process. Sharp and incisive, Daughter of Deep Silence by bestselling author Carrie Ryan is a deliciously smart revenge thriller that examines perceptions of identity, love, and the lengths to which one girl is willing to go when she thinks she has nothing to lose.
In a world where the government is open about the existence of supernatural creatures, seventeen-year-old Maggie Cunningham and her mother hunt all sorts monsters together – except vampires. Maggie isn’t allowed to hunt them until she gets her journeyman’s license, which requires losing her virginity, as the blood of a virgin makes vampires seek them out. So what does Maggie do? She sets out on a journey to get the deed done…what can be so hard about finding a guy and doing it? As it turns out, a lot can be hard about it. (and no, “hard” is not meant to be an innuendo. But it’d totally fit the theme of the book)
High school freshman Emily Jackson was found dead in Lake Algonquin. According to an autopsy it was an accidental drowning. At her funeral when looking inside her coffin, Daniel Byers has a vision, which he and his friend eventually call blurs. In his blur Emily grabs his arm and says to him “Trevor shouldn’t have been in the car”, followed by “Find my glasses” before slumping back into her casket. Daniel announces to the funeral attendees that she’s alive…then passes out. Was her death really an accident, or did someone kill her? And what are these blur sensations Daniel is having? It’s up for him to figure out what’s real, what’s not, and what the heck is going on.
Livi Dixon’s best friend is ill, but the only way to permanently cure her is by going on a suicide mission in order to get the special plant. Throughout her journeys she makes some new friends, makes some enemies, and learns a lot about both herself and the past of others. Not only that, but a dark creature keeps trying to kidnap her…who are they and why do they want her? Can she complete her journey alive?
Meet George Dreme. He’s a hitman and also a hypochondriac. If that’s not funny, then I don’t know what is. Bad Dreme begins with George trying to kill Vinish Teanik, the CEO of Intra-border Security Solutions. The job could’ve been cleaner, but at least he gets it done. He’s good at what he does, as he’s been doing it for over a decade. Shortly after his job eliminating Vinish, his boss, Little Tyke, calls him and assigns him his next hit. This time it’s for Jerry Kramer, the president of the Kramer, Burns advertising agency in Los Angeles. He has 10 days to do it. Sounds simple enough, right? Not exactly. Dreme runs into numerous complications, strange people, and even finds himself in a car chase. And why is Kramer’s partner Hal Burns such a ghost? What secrets are behind the doors of Kramer, Burns? It’s up to George to find out what’s going on and finish his job done before time runs out.
As much as I dislike book reviews that open with “This genre usually isn’t the type I read so I was unsure if I’d like it, but ended up loving it”, I can say that about this book. Kind of.
I tend to read general young adult books, as well as the odd few fantasy and science fiction. Rarely thrillers, but clearly I’m missing out. If I remember correctly, the last time I read a thriller-type book would be Scorpia Rising from the Alex Rider series, which came out back in 2011. So yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve read a thriller. Not only that, but the amount of thrillers I have read has been far and few.