We Know It Was You by Maggie Thrash (Strange Truth #1) | REVIEW

We Know It Was You by Maggie Thrash (Strange Truth #1)
Published by Simon Pulse on October 4th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 352
Format: ARC

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We Know It Was YouIt’s better to know the truth. At least sometimes.

Halfway through Friday night’s football game, beautiful cheerleader Brittany Montague—dressed as the giant Winship Wildcat mascot—hurls herself off a bridge into Atlanta’s surging Chattahoochee River.

Just like that, she’s gone.

Eight days later, Benny Flax and Virginia Leeds will be the only ones who know why.

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1 Stars

* Received an ARC from Simon & Schuster for a honest review *

First Line:

It was very God-like, the thing she was doing.


Review

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CHARACTERS 🌟    ROMANCE 

WRITING         THRILLS 🌟


We Know it Was You by Maggie Thrash is a young adult novel about two teens who are apart of their high school’s mystery club who witness the school’s mascot jump off the bridge and try their best to solve it. With shoddy writing and a plot that was all over the place, I wouldn’t recommend anyone waste their time reading this one.

The Good

There was very little good with We Know it Was You, but it had a few things going for it. One being the concept, but a very loose concept from what we got. I liked the aspect of the two teens trying to solve the mysteries of their old boarding school. Secondly, it had potential for a great cast of characters, but Thrash failed at that too.

The Bad

This might get a bit ranty, because there was definitely more wrong with We Know it Was You, then there was right. We can start with the plot, if you want to call it that. The mystery aspect of it was all over the place. There seemed to be 3 or 4 mysteries thrown in just for fun. What started good turned bad real fast. There was child pornography, hypnotism, and rape as the main focus points and none of them were resolved by the end.

Now don’t get me started on the characters. Not a single one was likable. Benny was rude and extremely judgmental. Virginia was crass never thought for herself. She was very self reliant. Can we talk about all the villain type characters being PoC? That is exactly what happened here. It’s 2016, come on.

For a mystery novel Thrash’s writing wasn’t very compelling. With a very loose plot-line, the writing didn’t aid the book in any way. Now here is where it get’s tricky. There was several racist remarks made in We Know it Was You and I’m not sure if Thrash was trying to make her characters bigots or if she had other motives herself with making them. I felt very uncomfortable reading this book that I found myself putting it down several times because I was appalled.

Overall, I was vastly disappointed and would never read another book by this author again. I have not written many 1 star reviews before, and I don’t want to come off rude. I hope this review was constructive enough.


Ok, that’s it. Let me know what you guys thought of We Know It Was You by Maggie Thrash! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

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Maggie ThrashMaggie Thrash grew up in the south. She is the author of the graphic memoir, Honor Girl, published by Candlewick Press. Her short stories and non-fiction articles can be found on Rookie. Maggie Thrash is represented by Stephen Barr of Writers House.

October 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 October I’m bringing you five exciting releases. Let’s check them out:


Replica by Lauren Oliver

Release Date: October 4th, 2016

ReplicaGemma has been in and out of hospitals since she was born. ‘A sickly child’, her lonely life to date has revolved around her home, school and one best friend, Alice. But when she discovers her father’s connection to the top secret Haven research facility, currently hitting the headlines and under siege by religious fanatics, Gemma decides to leave the sanctuary she’s always known to find the institute and determine what is going on there and why her father’s name seems inextricably linked to it.

Amidst the frenzy outside the institute’s walls, Lyra – or number 24 as she is known as at Haven – and a fellow experimental subject known only as 72, manage to escape. Encountering a world they never knew existed outside the walls of their secluded upbringing , they meet Gemma and, as they try to understand Haven’s purpose together, they uncover some earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls forever…

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Release Date: October 4th, 2016

Holding Up the UniverseEveryone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

Release Date: October 11th, 2016

The Midnight StarThere was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all that she’s achieved.

Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

MiNRS 2 by Kevin Sylvester

Release Date: October 11th, 2016

MiNRS2They are coming to get you.
Hide.
Hide.

Hide.

The children of Perses have been receiving this message on repeat, from Earth, for weeks. Christopher, Elena, and the other survivors of the attack on their space colony know two things: their victory over the Landers will be short-lived and a new wave of attacks is imminent.

New Landers arrive sooner than expected. Led by the ruthless Kirk Thatcher, and armed with a new lethal kind of digger, they vow to hunt down and destroy everyone.

The kids have nowhere to go but underground. Again. But resources and patience are running low and the struggle to keep everyone safe is complicated by all the infighting amongst the kids.

As Christopher navigates the burden of leadership, he also has to decide whom he can trust. There are no easy answers. And with deadly consequences on the line, there is no room for mistakes.

Will Christopher be able to successfully lead the group back to Earth? Or will Thatcher make sure no one survives?

Beast by Brie Spangler

Release Date: October 11th, 2016

BeastTall, meaty, muscle-bound, and hairier than most throw rugs, Dylan doesn’t look like your average fifteen-year-old, so, naturally, high school has not been kind to him. To make matters worse, on the day his school bans hats (his preferred camouflage), Dylan goes up on his roof only to fall and wake up in the hospital with a broken leg—and a mandate to attend group therapy for self-harmers.

Dylan vows to say nothing and zones out at therapy—until he meets Jamie. She’s funny, smart, and so stunning, even his womanizing best friend, JP, would be jealous. She’s also the first person to ever call Dylan out on his self-pitying and superficiality. As Jamie’s humanity and wisdom begin to rub off on Dylan, they become more than just friends. But there is something Dylan doesn’t know about Jamie, something she shared with the group the day he wasn’t listening. Something that shouldn’t change a thing. She is who she’s always been—an amazing photographer and devoted friend, who also happens to be transgender. But will Dylan see it that way?

Tattoo Atlas by Tim Floreen

Release Date: October 18th, 2016

Tattoo AtlasA teenage sociopath is “fixed” after he gets an implant that’s supposed to cure him in this thrilling coming of age tale from the author of Willful Machines.

A year ago, Rem Braithwaite watched his classmate Franklin Kettle commit a horrific crime.

Now, apart from the nightmares, life has gone back to normal for Rem. Franklin was caught, convicted, and put away in juvenile detention for what he did. The ordeal seems to be over.

Until Rem’s mother selects Franklin as a test subject for an experimental brain procedure intended to “cure” him of his cruel and violent impulses. Suddenly Rem’s memories of that day start coming back to the surface. His nightmares become worse than ever. Plus he has serious doubts about whether his mother’s procedure will even work. Can evil really just be turned off?

Then, as part of Franklin’s follow-up testing, he and Rem are brought face to face, and Rem discovers…Franklin does seem different. Despite everything, Rem finds himself becoming friends with Franklin. Maybe even something more than friends.

But when another of their classmates turns up dead, Rem’s world turns upside-down yet again. Franklin insists that he’s innocent, that he’s cured, but Rem doesn’t know what to believe. Is someone else responsible for this new murder, or is Franklin fated to stay a monster forever? And can Rem find out the answer to this question before the killer, whoever it is, comes after him too?

Gemina by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Release Date: October 18th, 2016

GeminaHanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

Boy Robot by Simon Curtis

Release Date: October 25th, 2016

Boy RobotSeventeen-year-old Isaak discovers the truth about his origin and the underground forces that must come together to fight against a secret government organization formed to eradicate those like him in this high-octane science fiction debut.

There once was a boy who was made, not created.

In a single night, Isaak’s life changed forever.

His adoptive parents were killed, a mysterious girl saved him from a team of soldiers, and he learned of his own dark and destructive origin.

An origin he doesn’t want to believe, but one he cannot deny.

Isaak is a Robot: a government-made synthetic human, produced as a weapon and now hunted, marked for termination.

He and the Robots can only find asylum with the Underground—a secret network of Robots and humans working together to ensure a coexistent future.

To be protected by the Underground, Isaak will have to make it there first. But with a deadly military force tasked to find him at any cost, his odds are less than favorable.

Now Isaak must decide whether to hold on to his humanity and face possible death…or to embrace his true nature in order to survive, at the risk of becoming the weapon he was made to be.


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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Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | Mar 14 – Mar 20

Weekly-Cover-Reveals

Hey guys!

Here are the covers that were revealed during the week of Mar 14 – Mar 20. Click the author to hop on over to their GoodReads page to add it to you’re TBR!

CONTEMPORARY

The Sound of Us by Julie Hammerle

Published by Entangled Teen

June 7th 2016

Driven by a social-media-addicted, nerdy heroine, this charming, thought-provoking coming-of-age story is PITCH PERFECT at opera camp.

How to Make Out by Brianna R. Shrum

Published by Sky Pony Press

September 6th 2016

Sixteen-year-old Renley needs three thousand dollars for the math club’s trip to New York City, and she knows exactly how to get it: she’s going to start a how-to blog where people pay for answers to all of life’s questions from a “certified expert.” The only problems: 1) She doesn’t know how to do anything but long division and calculus. 2) She’s totally invisible to people at school. And not in a cool Gossip Girl kind of way.

Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinksi

Published by Swoon Reads

April 18th 2017

Meg is newly single since Sophia went off to college, and she doesn’t particularly like it. When her best friend Linus refuses to approach Danny, the boy he likes, she finds the perfect project to distract herself from her own heartbreak. And Danny seems interested enough, but Linus continues to be oblivious, and maybe Sophia isn’t quite as out of the picture as Meg thought she was…

Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse

Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers

March 7th 2017

Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything.

The Memory of Things

The Memory of Things by Gae Polishner

Published by St. Martin’s Griffin

September 6th 2016

The powerful story of two teenagers finding friendship, comfort, and first love in the days following 9/11 as their fractured city tries to put itself back together.

FANTASY

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova (Brooklyn Brujas #1)

Published by Sourcebooks

September 6th 2016

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange markings on his skin.

Timekeeper by Tara Sim (Timekeeper #1)

Published by Sky Pony Press

November 1st 2016

Two o’clock was missing.

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

Mystery

We Know It Was You

We Know It Was You by Maggie Thrash (Strange Truth #1)

Published by Simon Pulse

October 4th 2016

Halfway through Friday night’s football game, beautiful cheerleader Brittany Montague—dressed as the giant Winship Wildcat mascot—hurls herself off a bridge into Atlanta’s surging Chattahoochee River.

Just like that, she’s gone.

Eight days later, Benny Flax and Virginia Leeds will be the only ones who know why.

Sci-Fi

Willful Machines

Willful Machines by Tim Floreen

Published by Simon Pulse

October 18th 2016

The closeted son of an ultra-conservative president must keep a budding romance secret from his father while protecting himself from a sentient computer program that’s terrorizing the United States—and has zeroed in on him as its next target—in this “socially conscious sci-fi thriller to shelve between The Terminator and Romeo and Juliet


 

Well that’s it for this week! Are you looking forward to any of these books? Let me know in the comments below! Stay tuned for next weeks cover reveals!

Until next time,

Sig New