January 5, 2014

Run to This Blog Tour: Review

Welcome to my stop on the Run to This tour being hosted by Sourcebooks Fire! Today I have my review of SEE JANE RUN to share with you - I hope you enjoy it!

See Jane Run
Author: Hannah Jayne

Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Release Date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire


I know who you are.

When Riley first gets the postcard tucked into her bag, she thinks it's a joke. Then she finds a birth certificate for a girl named Jane Elizabeth O'Leary hidden inside her baby book.

Riley's parents have always been pretty overprotective. What if it wasn't for her safety...but fear of her finding out their secret? What have they been hiding? The more Riley digs for answers, the more questions she has.

The only way to know the truth? Find out what happened to Jane O'Leary.

Praise for Truly, Madly, Deadly:

"A fast-paced thriller."--Kirkus Reviews

"What a ride! Full of twists and turns -- including an ending you won't see coming!"--April Henry, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die


See Jane Run is a fantastic young adult mystery/thriller that will have you guessing until the very end. It follows leading lady Riley as she discovers a strange birth certificate hidden in her baby book in her parent's closet. The certificate isn't for her, but for someone named Elizabeth O'Leary. Riley's world quickly spins out of control as she tries to find information on who Elizabeth was, what happened to her, and finally - the truth. Things keep escalating for Riley when she begins to get strange postcards telling her that they know the truth and who she really is. Is Riley really Elizabeth? If so, why have her parents lied to her all this time? In the end, Riley must learn who she can actually trust, and to learn to trust in herself as well, if she's going to survive.

I read the author's other YA thriller, Truly Madly Deadly, and really enjoyed it - so I jumped on the chance to review this one for Sourcebook's tour. I was definitely not disappointed. I'm happy to say that this novel exceeded any expectations I might have had and left my mind boggled until the end. The characters were all very well written, especially Riley. She's a typical teenage girl with overprotective parents, issues at school, and other normal problems. She also has panic attacks and severe claustrophobia - which I really thought was great that the author made the character flawed in these ways. Not much light is shed on mental illness - even ones like panic attacks and anxiety disorders - so I'm glad that the lead character had these problems and was still depicted as a strong person and able to overcome her panic attacks and fear. The other characters in the book were also very well written, which definitely helped with the mystery portion of the story. When Riley begins to question the truth about everything and everyone - all the little details become relevant or even incredibly important - so the smaller details that were included about the characters was a great addition. The plot was insane. I'm not sure how else to describe it. I was literally sucked into the story from the beginning and ended up reading it in one sitting. It starts with the birth certificate that Riley finds in her parent's closet and then just takes you on a roller coaster from there. There's actually a lot of different parts to the mystery and so many twists and turns that I felt clueless as to what the truth was half the time. I'd get a great  theory going in my mind and then a curveball would get thrown into the mix and I would be completely lost again. I have to admit that I love thrillers and mystery novels and I love trying to solve them before the characters do. I figured out part of it with this book, but there were so many extra details and twists to it that I wasn't completely sure of anything until the very end. It definitely threw me for a loop more than once. Overall, this was a phenomenal YA mystery/thriller and fans of the genre should definitely read this one. After being blown away by these past two books, I'm definitely keeping a close eye on this author and what she'll come out with next. Very highly recommended!
Hannah is the author of the UNDERWORLD DETECTION AGENCY CHRONICLES from Kensington books and the upcoming young adult thrillers TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY and SEE JANE RUN available from Sourcebooks, Inc. When she's not battling the demons of the Underworld or tackling a murderer at Hawthorne High, Jayne kicks her feet up in her San Francisco bay area home and attempts to share couch space with two enormous cats. (Taken from Goodreads)
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