Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy #Review

Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy #ReviewPretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy
Published by Entangled: Teen on January 2nd 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Romance
Pages: 300
Format: eBook
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four-half-stars

Beautiful. Perfect. Dead.

In the peaceful seaside town of Cape Bonita, wicked secrets and lies are hidden just beneath the surface. But all it takes is one tragedy for them to be exposed.

The most popular girls in school are turning up dead, and Penelope Malone is terrified she's next. All the victims so far have been linked to Penelope—and to a boy from her physics class. The one she's never really noticed before, with the rumored dark past and a brooding stare that cuts right through her.

There's something he isn't telling her. But there's something she's not telling him, either.

Everyone has secrets, and theirs might get them killed.

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Excerpt

“That car is still trailing us.”

Glancing in the side mirror, I see that the car is behind us. Cass chooses that moment to take a curve extra fast, making the tires squeal, and I gasp. “You’re scaring me,” I murmur. It feels like my heart just flew into my throat.

“Just wait. What I really want to do is going to scare you even more,” he says cryptically.

“What do you want to do?”

“You’ll have to trust me on this.”

“Okay.” I clamp my lips shut. I shouldn’t automatically agree, right? I’m still having trust issues, even though I’d never say that out loud. This entire day has been confusing. I don’t know who to believe anymore.

“No demanding we back out once we commit,” he says, his gaze never wavering from the road. “That’s a surefire way to get ourselves hurt.”

His words are ominous. Like a warning. “Fine. I’m all in.”

He eases up on the gas pedal, just the slightest bit. The car slows, the vehicle behind us drawing closer. So close I swear it looks like it’s going to eat the back bumper. “I don’t want you to freak out.”

“Oh my God, Cass.” Why is he slowing down? “Just tell me.”

“You have to promise me one thing first.” His gaze meets mine, lingering a moment too long. He should be watching the road, not staring at me. “Say you’ll promise.”

“I promise,” I readily agree, frowning. “But what am I promising?”

He’s staring straight ahead once more, his fingers sliding over the steering wheel, almost like a caress. “You can’t scream.”

What?

“I mean it. No screaming. No yelling. You must remain quiet. I need you to trust me, Pen.” He hesitates, his voice dropping lower. “Do you trust me?”

Do I? He’s already asked me once and I said yes, but the doubt still creeps in. He scares me a little. He also—God, I am so ridiculous thinking this, but—he turns me on. He does. There’s something about him. He has this edge that other boys don’t have. And when he touches me, kisses me…

I’d probably do just about anything he asks me to.

So how can I doubt him when we’ve already gone this far together?

“I won’t scream,” I tell him quietly. “And I won’t yell. I promise.”

“Okay.” He nods once, then hisses out a breath between his teeth. I chance a glance at him, the way his dark hair falls over his forehead, how he’s squinting his eyes. What he’s about to do, what’s about to happen, feels…dangerous. “Here it goes.”

With a flick of his wrist he turns the car’s headlights off. Like, completely off. The road goes dark. I suck in a breath, hold it until I feel like it’s choking me. He hits the gas pedal hard, the SUV roaring to life as he flies down the road. A dangerous, winding road where multiple car crashes occur every year. The windows are down, the wind blows through my hair, blasts against my face, and I close my eyes.

I’m scared, and I can’t make a sound. Not a peep. I hold onto the handle right above the window, gripping it with both hands as Cass takes the twisty road with ease. My gaze is trained on the side mirror and I watch for the car lights behind us.

They’re still there.

Review

Monica Murphy has written another great book! Pretty Dead Girls is full of suspense and pettiness. It’s like a mix of Pretty Little Liars and Mean Girls. It’s the first thriller Ms. Murphy has written and I really hope it will not be the last. I was hooked from the beginning and I had a hard time putting it down to do adult things.

All of Penelope’s friends are dying and no one has a clue who is doing it. The police have listed her as a suspect. The mysterious Cass enters her life and makes her question her attitude towards people and the way her friends and her act. Could he be the killer? Is she the next target?

This book will keep you guessing on who the killer truly is until the end. I would definitely recommend it.

About Monica Murphy

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she's not writing, she's reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She's a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

four-half-stars

Daring the Bad Boy by Monica Murphy #Review #Giveaway

Daring the Bad Boy by Monica Murphy #Review #GiveawayDaring the Bad Boy by Monica Murphy
Published by Entangled Crush on August 22nd 2016
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 230
Format: eBook
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four-half-stars

Truth or Dare was never this much fun...
Annie McFarland is sick of being a shy nobody. A session at summer camp seems like the perfect opportunity to reinvent herself—gain some confidence, kiss a boy, be whoever she wants to be. A few days in, she’s already set her sights on über-hottie Kyle. Too bad her fear of water keeps her away from the lake, where Kyle is always hanging out.
Jacob Fazio is at Camp Pine Ridge after one too many screw-ups. Junior counseling seems like punishment enough, but the rigid no-fraternizing-with-campers rules harsh his chill. When a night of Truth or Dare gets him roped into teaching Annie how to swim, she begs him to also teach her how to snag Kyle.
Late-night swim sessions turn into late-night kissing sessions...but there’s more on the line than just their hearts. If they get caught, Jake’s headed straight to juvie, but Annie’s more than ready to dare him to reveal the truth.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains references to drinking, sexual situations, adult language, and an intense bad boy hero who will meltyour heart.

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Review
Annie is kind of loner who wants to use her experience at summer camp as a sort of coming out. She wants to reinvent herself and be whoever she wants to be. She wants to win the attention of the hottest guy at camp but she has a hard time figuring out how to do that when they are never around each other. Jake is a counselor at the summer camp and has been put on a strict no-fraternizing-with-the-campers order. A game of truth or dare puts him in jeopardy of getting in major trouble when he is roped into not only teaching Annie how to swim but how to snag the guy she wants.
Daring the Bad Boy is spectacular. Monica Murphy always delivers excellent books no matter the genre. The situations that come up in this book are ones that happen in real life and I love when contemporary books reflect that. I never had the opportunity to go to summer camp when I was younger but after reading this book, I wish I was young enough to go now! I love that the book is told in dual POV so we get both Annie and Jake’s perspectives.
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four-half-stars

Never Let You Go by Monica Murphy #Review

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Never Let You Go by Monica Murphy #ReviewNever Let You Go (Never Tear Us Apart, #2) by Monica Murphy
Published by Random House Publishing Group on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
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four-half-stars

The second novel in this darkly sexy contemporary series from bestselling author Monica Murphy wraps up an emotionally powerful two-part tale of forbidden love.
The truth hurts, they say—and my pain cuts deep. While I was falling for Ethan, he was deceiving me the entire time. He held a huge secret, protected by his lies. When I discovered what he was hiding, the truth shook my world, threatening to ruin us forever. Ruin me. But I soon realized that what we share can’t be destroyed.
The connection between us is too strong. It always has been. I can’t deny him any longer. And I can’t deny my truth: I’m in love with Ethan.
I don’t want to let him go.
While we’re trying our best to make this relationship work, other forces are fighting against us. My family, who wants to keep me safe. The media obsessed with my tragic past. The public that feeds off of it. Even Ethan’s father—the man who nearly destroyed me all those years ago. He’s doing his best to finish the job.
Despite my love for Ethan, the doubts creep in, clouding my mind. Is he worth the pain? Will our love survive, or will we have no choice but to end it—end us—once and for all?

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Review
Never Let You Go is a continuation from Never Tear Us. I felt like I was on a roller coaster of emotions with both of these books. The writing is excellent and I was rooting for the characters to make it work the whole time.
Ethan has had a hard time since his dad was arrested for kidnapping Katie. A lot of people blamed him for not helping her sooner and basically just for having a monster for a father. Meanwhile, Katie has had to learn to cope with the aftermath of what happened to her. It basically messed her family up big time and her sister ends up blowing up on Ethan. Katie also has to deal with Ethan’s secret of his real identity. I’m not sure that I would have handled it as well as she did.
Katie got dealt a crappy hand when that happened to her and some people blamed her for it happening. I can’t stand when people BLAME THE VICTIM! It makes no sense to me but it happens.
I think Never Let You Go is the perfect conclusion to this series and Monica Murphy did an excellent job with a darker romantic suspense. I hope there is more of the darker stuff to come from her.
four-half-stars

Never Tear Us Apart by Monica Murphy #Review

Never Tear Us Apart by Monica Murphy #ReviewNever Tear Us Apart by Monica Murphy
Published by Bantam on January 5th 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 416
Format: eBook
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four-stars

Perfect for readers of Colleen Hoover, Jay Crownover, and K. A. Tucker, the first novel in this darkly sexy contemporary series from bestselling author Monica Murphy kicks off an emotionally powerful two-part tale of forbidden love.
Crazy how eight years can disappear in an instant. One look at Katie Watts, and I’m a fifteen-year-old again—the one who risked everything to save a terrified girl from her twisted kidnapper. She’s grown-up now—beautiful, quiet, composed—and telling her story to the world. A story that involves me in more ways than you can imagine. She used to call me her guardian angel. Sure, I risked my life, but she was worth dying for.
I need to make contact with her. Just to ensure that she’s safe.   Somehow we reconnect. We become friends . . . but I want more. I want to make her mine. And she wants me too. Does she know who I am? Has she figured me out? Not yet. But she will. In the meantime, I need to make sure that whatever hold that animal had on her is gone.
So, yeah, I’m stealing these moments with her. Savoring them. Knowing, dreading, that she’ll soon find out who I really am. And everything will fall apart. All because of that twisted, perverted monster sitting on death row. Her kidnapper. A convicted serial killer.
My father.

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Review
Never Tear Us Apart is different from what Monica Murphy normally writes. It’s told from Katie and Ethan’s POV so you get the whole story.
Katie was abducted when she was twelve and was saved by her captor’s son. Now everyone knows her story and wants a piece of her but she just wants to be normal. She meets Ethan and they click. However, he has a huge secret that threatens to destroy her.
This book is emotional and dark. It was very well written and will leave you wanting more. I can’t wait to continue the story and find out what happens.
four-stars