The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay | REVIEW

The Assassin GameThe Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on August 2nd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 336
Format: ARC

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Who will be left after lights out?

At Cate’s isolated boarding school, Killer is more than a game- it’s an elite secret society. Members must avoid being “Killed” during a series of thrilling pranks, and only the Game Master knows who the “Killer” is. When Cate’s finally invited to join the Assassins’ Guild, she know it’s her ticket to finally feeling like she belongs.

But when the game becomes all too real, the school threatens to shut it down. Cate will do anything to keep playing and save the Guild. But can she find the real assassin before she’s the next target?

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2 Stars

* Received an ARC from Sourcebooks Fire via NetGalley for a honest review *

First Line:

It is about 4:00 a.m. when they come for me.


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COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟           PLOT 🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟    ROMANCE 🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟        THRILLS 🌟


The Good

I have never been so disappointed then I am with The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay. But this is the good section, so I will talk about the very few good portions of the book here.

I’ll start off with the cover. The cover is what drew me into the book in the first place. The girl standing there with a mask on is really creepy! It reminds of The Purge movies. Then the title caught my attention. It is the name of the game I used to play with all my friends at night. So if The Assassin Game has anything going for it, it would be the cover and title!

Finally there was the synopsis. It explained the game I used to play perfectly but on a larger scale. Instead of just sitting around in a room, this game is played with pranks and public “kills.” Things begin to get all too real, which led me to believe the players actually start to die and Cate our main protagonist must try to find the real assassin and avoid being the next target herself. I was totally on board with this. But that is where all the good portions end. All the good portions are before you actually read the book.

The Bad

 ***At this point, there will be SPOILERS ***

Now we have the bad portions to talk about. So buckle up, it might be a bumpy ride from here.

There was nothing thrilling about The Assassin Game at all. To be honest I was actually bored 75% of the time reading it. The synopsis I found to be really misleading. When it says “when the game becomes all too real,” that lead me to believe that the players are actually going to die. But guess what? None of them do. Not a single player dies. One gets anaphylactic shock, and another gets poisoned. BORING.

The characters were all sub-par. Cate as the main protagonist didn’t really bring anything substantial to the table. I found her drab and unlikable. Vaughan the mysterious new member of the guild and Cate’s childhood best friend was creepy at most parts, but also unlikable. And don’t get me started on the side characters: Daniel, Marcia, Alex, and Rick. Their personalities and dialogue are completely off. I don’t think they were completely fleshed out.

McKay’s writing didn’t make up for the rotten plot, but it didn’t bomb the book either. But sadly enough, nothing about it thrilled me. For a mystery thriller, the writing should be able to keep you on your toes and to expect the unexpected. But sadly, I found myself skimming over parts and dreading the “mystery” of it all.

The romance between the two characters was off as well. I felt the romance was completely unnecessary, especially to the level the author took the relationship. I felt like it was just thrown into the story just to motivate the characters to save each other in the end, not to further or deepen the plot in any way.

Finally we have the most disappointing portion of all, the ending climax. We find out who the “killer” actually is, and to say I was not shocked is an understatement. At this point of the story, the 95% mark, I was just reading to finally be done with it all. I didn’t care anymore. The big reveal did nothing for me, and I found the “killer’s” motive to be completely superficial and dumb. I was pretty pissed to be honest. But then it ends, trying to tie up all the loose knots. Boring, boring, boring.


Ugh, the disappointment is real with this one. Let me know what you guys thought of The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3

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Kirsty McKayKirsty McKay is the author of Undead and Unfed, two wickedly funny zombie-comedies for teens. Now a full-time writer, Kirsty originally started out as an actress. She went on to write for the theater and has written extensively for commercial theater both in the UK and North America. Kirsty was born in the north-east of England, but currently lives with her husband and small daughter in the United States.

Her new novel Killer Game was published in July 2015.

August 2016 Releases

ANTICIPATED RELEASES

Hey guys!

Every month I post the books that I’m most excited about that are going to be released. For August I’m bringing you five exciting releases. Let’s check them out:


The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

Release Date: August 2nd, 2016

The Beauty of DarknessLia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the path before them is winding and dangerous – what will happen now? This third and final book in The Remnant Chronicles is not to be missed.

Bestselling author Mary E. Pearson’s combination of intrigue, suspense, romance and action make this a riveting page turner for teens.

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The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay

Release Date: August 2nd, 2016

The Assassin GameWho will be left after lights out?

At Cate’s isolated boarding school, Killer is more than a game- it’s an elite secret society. Members must avoid being “Killed” during a series of thrilling pranks, and only the Game Master knows who the “Killer” is. When Cate’s finally invited to join the Assassins’ Guild, she know it’s her ticket to finally feeling like she belongs.

But when the game becomes all too real, the school threatens to shut it down. Cate will do anything to keep playing and save the Guild. But can she find the real assassin before she’s the next target?

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Three Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger

Release Date: August 2nd, 2016

Three Turths and a LieA weekend retreat in the woods and an innocent game of three truths and a lie goes horribly wrong in this high-octane psychological thriller filled with romantic suspense by a Lambda Award–winning author.

Deep in the forest, four friends gather for a weekend of fun.

Truth #1: Rob is thrilled about the weekend trip. It’s the perfect time for him to break out of his shell…to be the person he really, really wants to be.

Truth #2: Liam, Rob’s boyfriend, is nothing short of perfect. He’s everything Rob could have wanted. They’re perfect together. Perfect.

Truth #3: Maia has been Liam’s best friend for years…long before Rob came along. They get each other in a way Rob could never, will never, understand.

Truth #4: Galen, Maia’s boyfriend, is sweet, handsome, and incredibly charming. He’s the definitely of a Golden Boy…even with the secrets up his sleeves.

One of these truths is a lie…and not everyone will live to find out which one it is.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Release Date: August 9th, 2016

NevernightIn a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Release Date: August 30th, 2016

A Torch Against the NightA Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.

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Let me know if you guys are looking forward to any of these books this month! I really can’t wait to get my hands on them.

Until next time,

Sig New

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July 2016 Wrap Up!

July-Wrap-Up

Hey guys!

July is now over, and what a month that was! I attended the Book Riot monthly book club meeting in Toronto, I met a boy, I got sun poisoning and a severe sun burn, and I seen some great movies too! So all in all July was a month to remember. Here’s hoping August will be just as good… minus the nasty sun burn!

So let’s take a look back at July 2016!


Wrap-Up-Books-Ive-Read

Triad Blood by Nathan Burgoine – July 1st, 2016

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – July 9th, 2016 

Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman – July 16th, 2016

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott – July 22nd, 2016

Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott – July 29th, 2016

Morning Glories Vol. 3: P.E. by Nick Spencer – July 29th, 2016

Night Flower by Kate Elliott – July 30th, 2016

Morning Glories Vol. 4: Truants by Nick Spencer – July 30th, 2016

The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay – July 31st, 2016

6 novels +  1 novella +  2 graphic novels = a success!

Other books I’ve started:

 


Wrap-Up-Reviews

Morning Star by Pierce Brown – 5/5

Triad Blood by Nathan Burgoine – 3/5

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – 4/5 

Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman – 4/5

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – 5/5

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott – 4/5

(Click the links to read the reviews)


WOW's-and-Whats-NExt

Waiting On Wednesday

NevernightJuly 6th, 2016

A Torch Against the Night – July 13th, 2016

Empire of Storms – July 20th, 2016

Three Dark Crowns – July 27th, 2016

What’s Next?

Next Sequel (The Exiled Queen / The Mirror King)July 15th, 2016


Wrap-Up-Tops

Top 10 Tuesday

Books I Enjoyed Under 2000 Ratings – July 5th, 2016

10 Facts About Me – July 12th, 2016

10 Books Set Outside the U.S.A – July 19th, 2016

Top 5 Wednesday

Outside of My Comfort Zone – July 6th, 2016

Wish There Was a Sequel – July 13th, 2016

Recent Additions Wishlist – July 20th, 2016


Wrap-Up-Comic-Book-Hauls

Haul #49 – July 7th, 2016

Haul #50July 14th, 2016

Haul #51July 21st, 2016

Haul #52July 28th, 2016

 


Wrap-Up-Awards-+-Achievements

July Awards

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July Achievements

500 Blog Followers – July 2016

21,000 Blog ViewsJuly 2016

8500 Blog Visitors – July 2016


Wrap-Up-Tags

The Diverse Book Tag July 11th, 2016

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag – July 16th, 2016

Pokemon GO Book Tag – July 23rd, 2016


Discussions-at-Dawn

Benefits to Re-Reading – July 2nd, 2016


SUMMER BOOK BINGO

Book Bingo Progress July

Squares I obtained this month:

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M/M Romance – Triad Blood by Nathan Burgoine

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White Cover – Morning Glories Vol. 3: P.E. by Nick Spencer

Part of 4+ Series – Morning Gories Vol. 4: Truant by Nick Spencer

2016 Debut – The Assassin Game by Kirtsy McKay

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June, July, August Release – Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott

Mental Health – We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

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PoC Main Character – Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

Political Intrigue – Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman


And that was July. I had a great month, thank you guys for spending it with me! See you guys in August!

Until next time,

Sig New

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The Assassin Game | Waiting on Wednesday [#12]

Waiting-On-WednesdayHey guys!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

So here’s what I’m waiting on this week!


The Assassin Game

Author: Kirsty McKay
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA, Thriller
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2016

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The Assassin GameWho will be left after lights out?

At Cate’s isolated boarding school, Killer is more than a game- it’s an elite secret society. Members must avoid being “Killed” during a series of thrilling pranks, and only the Game Master knows who the “Killer” is. When Cate’s finally invited to join the Assassins’ Guild, she know it’s her ticket to finally feeling like she belongs.

But when the game becomes all too real, the school threatens to shut it down. Cate will do anything to keep playing and save the Guild. But can she find the real assassin before she’s the next target?


Why I’m Waiting

I love playing the party version of this game with friends (no one is harmed while playing this game). So of course I want to read about a real life version. It sounds equal bits thrilling and terrifying!


What has you guys waiting this week? Let me know down below!

Until next time,

Sig New