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Release Date: April 25, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Mystery - Thriller - Horror
The Dead List by Jennifer L. Armentrout did not disappoint! It's along the lines of popular teen screams like I Know What You Did Last Summer, Valentine, and Scream. Why? It's dark, bloody, violent, and full or revenge. The novel follows a couple of teens who are essentially being stalked by a serial killer. At first, they can't understand why this is happening, but as the bodies start to pile up a motive begins to show itself.
Readers are going to be taken on this gruesome journey with Ella and Jensen as they try to survive the brutal killings that are targeting their friends. Not only that, you will see the budding, second chance romance between the two as they slowly come to realize that they have had feelings for one another after all these years. In some instances, their romance is pure heart stopper, while in others, I had a hard time coming to terms with their relationship as it wasn't realistic to the plot (who slowly falls in love when being targeted by a killer?!?!). Regardless, I liked it none the less, and think it's perfect for the teen reader.
A few things that bothered me in terms of this story is that the characters interactions were a bit juvenile for my tastes. But then again, the target audience will be for young adults so I can look past this. Another thing, as mentioned above, is the romantic aspects of the novel. I have a hard time understanding how Ella and Jensen could find love with each other when they are being targeted by a killer... It's quite strange but again, will probably work well for younger viewers. Finally, Ella's actions (or lack of fear) bordered on silly. Had someone attacked me 2 days before I wouldn't be going to school... I mean, she was literally almost strangled to death and she's more worried about missing the first day of school? Again, this comes down to the juvenile quality of the story. So knowing all this, I just want adult readers to understand what they are getting into prior to diving into this novel. This is not be saying I didn't like the book because I DID. It's just more targeted for the younger reader and will therefore have an effect on those who don't tend to read YA literature.
With that, this is a sold novel by the author and I am glad I managed to get some time together to sit down and enjoy it. I liked being able to reminisce about my favorite types of teen screams while reading this one, and I think many will agree.
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