Friday, April 21, 2017

Blog Tour Review - MISSING by Kelley Armstrong

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Published: April 18, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Thriller/Mystery
Source: E-ARC from publisher

The only thing Winter Crane likes about Reeve’s End is that soon she’ll leave it. Like her best friend did. Like her sister did. Like most of the teens born in town have done. There’s nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. They’re better off taking a chance elsewhere.

The only thing Winter will miss is the woods. Her only refuge. At least it was. Until the day she found Lennon left for dead, bleeding in a tree.

But now Lennon is gone too. And he has Winter questioning what she once thought was true. What if nobody left at all? What if they’re all missing?

My Review:
Missing is a slow rolling yet satisfying read. In the beginning I didn't know what to expect or where the story was going. Which was a good thing because I wasn't able to guess anything that happened until the very end when the mystery is finally revealed. Even then, I didn't see it coming. Armstrong's novels are full of good writing, great characters, and a plot that will keep you reading until the very end. 

The main character, Winter, lives in a beat up old town that has nothing to offer. All she wants to do is get through her senior year of high school so that she can get out of town when she goes to college. Then eventually make her way to med school to become a doctor. Her solace is the forest. Away from her alcoholic father and the place that's full of emptiness since her sister left town and never look backed. 

When she's in the woods she finds a boy, Lennon, whose halfway to dead and is able to take him to her shack in the forest and fix him up. That's when all the creepiness sets in. There's someone out there playing a game of cat and mouse with them and Lennon feels that since he put her in danger, it's up him to stop everything. He disappears. 

Then Jude enters the picture. Jude is the brother of Lennon and he'll stop at nothing to find him. He and Winter team up to do the impossible. Look into the mystery as to why local teens have gone missing. 

I really did enjoy the book. In the beginning it was a little slow but it quickly gains momentum. Enough to have me wanting more. There is very little romance in the book but I felt like it was perfect. The real story and more interesting one is in fact the missing teens. As I stated before, I wasn't able to guess about anything that even remotely came close to as what happened. 

Readers, if you're looking for a creepy thriller that'll keep you on your toes, don't miss out. 

*Review copy given by publisher for honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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About the Author:
Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed.

Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She's the author of the NYT-bestselling "Women of the Otherworld" paranormal suspense series and "Darkest Powers" young adult urban fantasy trilogy, as well as the Nadia Stafford crime series. Armstrong lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets. 


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