Thursday, November 22, 2012

Review: Envy by Gregg Olsen

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Author: Gregg Olsen
Publisher: Splinter
Release Date: August 23rd 2011
Pages: 285
Read in: 5 days

Overview:
Murder is such a dirty word… 
Crime lives--and dies--in the deceptively picture-perfect town of Port Gamble (aka “Empty Coffin”), Washington. Evil lurks and strange things happen--and 15-year-olds Hayley and Taylor Ryan secretly use their wits and their telepathic “twin-sense” to uncover the truth about the town's victims and culprits. 

Envy, the series debut, involves the mysterious death of the twins' old friend, Katelyn. Was it murder? Suicide? An accident? Hayley and Taylor are determined to find out--and as they investigate, they stumble upon a dark truth that is far more disturbing than they ever could have imagined.
 
Envy is about two twin Nancy-Drew-modeled twins who try to solve the mystery of their once-close, now-dead friend, Katelyn Berkeley  This troubled teen died a sad and very tragic “accidental” death. Death by what, you ask? Death by espresso machine. If that’s not creative, then ... we don’t know what is. (Not really a spoiler. Promise.)  We thought the plot was most definitely original. Two crime-solving twins? O-R-I-G-I-N-A-L.

While the plot had so much potential, the characters did NOT. They were SO underdeveloped that we didn't really get and real back-stories for them. As a result, we felt as if most of them were complaining half the time. We didn’t feel for them. Normally we’d say, “Yay! Girl Power” and all that jazz. Instead, we found ourselves saying “Suck it up!”, “Who cares?”, and “STOP COMPLAINING”.


In addition to this “spice”, we’d just like to add a laugh or too! A text message from Envy.
“Not @ all!!! DZ sound pervy 2 wotch som 1 ... N I 100% mean dat in a ryt way - I wud just ask u out.”
If you were unable to decipher this “text message,” fear not! We and our good friend, Webster’s Dictionary, have determined this to be Morse code. Someone, anyone we beg of you, please shows us a teenager who texts like this, (This coming from two teenagers, themselves. Who speak ENGLISH, a language a majority of the book was written in besides those few select “text messages”.).

We are not fans of writing bad reviews. Our policy? If you have nothing nice to say, keep it short and to the point. Which is clearly what Olsen did when writing this book. Minus the short part. 49 chapters! Is an extremely unattractive length for a novel. We couldn't allow any of our fellow book lovers to suffer the horrible fate we did... Anyhow, we absolutely found Envy irritating. What was supposed to be a “cliffhanger” ended up being a cliff-runner. Runner, as in run the plot over with a stampede of elephants! This book did not in any way depict the amazing generation of teenagers, rather - it mocked it. MAJOR mistake on Olsen’s part considering the audience you’re targeting are young adults. A.k.a, teenagers? Research is fundamental, our dear friends!

12 comments:

  1. Well, I have read many mixed reviews about this series. And since, I think the second book is out. I was hoping i would be to my liking, but as you say it, no TEENAGER texts like that. even if we abbreviate a few words, a few LONG words, we never text like that. I might make a pass on this one.

    GREAT review, though, girls!

    Your constant reader,
    Soma

    http://insomnia-of-books.blogspot.com/

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  2. Yes, we've seen a bunch of them too. We don't know, maybe the second one will be different but for us ... we'd prefer not to take a chance on a book we'll be dreading most of the time we're reading it. EXACTLY. It wasn't a text message it was clearly Morse code. Literally, we had to decipher each one we came across. We never text like that, either. Thanks Soma! <3

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  3. Yes, we've seen a bunch of them too. We don't know, maybe the second one will be different but for us ... we'd prefer not to take a chance on a book we'll be dreading most of the time we're reading it. EXACTLY. It wasn't a text message it was clearly Morse code. Literally, we had to decipher each one we came across. We never text like that, either. Thanks Soma! <3

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  4. LOL! I LOVE the way you do your reviews! Great job girls...for once I'm staying away from this book. I don't like the cover anyway...creepy!! I enjoyed reading your review. You'll see plenty of my comments from now on.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)
    Tanja @ Ja čitam, a ti?

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  5. LOL Thank you so much! <3 Yes, definitely do ... you might see the second book in the series, though. Everyone's really excited. I for one, am not putting myself through that again. EXACTLY. I thought it looked like a Sims character in a tub ... o_O Hehe, yes! Expect some from us as well, we looove your blog <33 No problemo (:

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  6. ha ha ha, I said the same thing in my review! Not even the craziest teenager texts like that!

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  7. EXACTLY. It's Morse code, it has to be. The amount of time it took us to decipher each message was ridiculous. Ugh, and the plot. Scratch cliffhanger - it was a cliff-runner! The way the reporter died, I mean ... NO. Just no.Thanks for stopping by. We've grown found of you, darling. (:

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  8. LOL yeah you're right like some creepy Sims character. :D and I forgot to say about that text..I mean I need a dictionary for that O.o

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  9. Right?! LOL, I would like to hope that no one's bathroom looks like that. B/c I wouldn't feel too safe, either. EXACTLY. Words cannot explain how long it took us to decipher these "text messages." Completely and utterly irked.

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  10. Wow! Morse code, huh? I love how you stated that you only briefly state your negative reviews. Yet you are hilarious. Good to know!

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  11. Yes! It had to be. There's no other reasonable explanation lol. It's important to, because otherwise it's just a whole lot of negative comments that aren't really needed ... if it's not an amazing read, then that's what a rating is for, you know? LOL thanks!

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