Monday, April 29, 2013

Blog Tour & Book Review: Hysteria

Hysteria Author: Megan Miranda
Publication Date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Walker Children’s Books

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.

In another riveting tale of life and death, Megan Miranda's masterful storytelling brings readers along for a ride to the edge of sanity and back again.

And there was this feeling now. A presence. Not quite a ghost. But something.

Brian’s blood had stained the kitchen tiles a fire-engine red. And as I watched him slide to the floor, the color I felt inside was a deep, deep burgundy.

“The circumstances?” I asked, but he didn’t respond. Must’ve been an interesting conversation. We have a bit of a situation, being that my daughter killed a boy – specifically, her boyfriend – in our kitchen, and people are really none too pleased about that here, you see.

Dead is dead is dead.

For the majority of this book I was confused, but in a very good way. In a way that I didn’t mind at all! This was my first read by Megan Miranda, and I can see why you either love her writing, or it drives you mad. I had to accept from the beginning that not every piece or detail of Mallory’s story was going to be given to me. Mallory was somewhat of an unreliable narrator, and lucky for me those are my favorite kind. Mallory killed her boyfriend Brian, and this is the story that follows that murder and the madness that Mallory is driven into. This is an intense read that could be easily finished in one day.

Mallory was an outstanding character. What I loved best about her story is that we learn the secrets and twists of her relationship with Brian and his murder right alongside her. She is a character that transforms drastically after her boyfriend’s death, and she goes from being a girl with all her ducks in a row to a girl that is so flawed and mistaken that she doesn’t know up from down. The flaws in her character and narration are intense, suspenseful, and so different from anything I have read this year. I also loved the secondary characters surrounding her, including her best friend. Everyone needs a best friend like Mallory’s, who helps her hold things together when her entire world is falling apart.

Just when you think you have this story figured out, something dramatic happens and puts a wrench in all your plans! It was like something more dramatic and suspenseful was happening with the turn of each page. I was on the edge of my seat, and had this book finished weeks ago. I planned to pace it out and try to really savor each page, but I just could not stop reading. Not that I didn’t savor each page, I just did it all at one time!

***A copy of this book was generously provided to me by the publishers at Walker Children’s Books in exchange for an honest review and participation in the blog tour***

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