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Friday, July 31, 2009

Killing Britney by Sean Olin

Title: Killing Britney
Author: Sean Olin
Age Group: Older Teens
# of Pages: 234
My Rating: 4/5

Life for Britney is not all that just because she is popular. Her mother died on a rafting trip awhile back and it had tormented her since. Then someone kills her hockey-champion boyfriend, Ricky, in a hit-and-run, leaving a trail of blood and guts on the snow-blanketed roads.

Someone is out to get her. She knows it. And it can be anyone around her. But what is their motive? If the killer is not caught soon, more deaths are going to pile up.

There are not a lot of YA thrillers these days and it is nice to read something that keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. And Killing Britney does exactly that. Full of blood and twists, you will die to know who is the culprit.

I really enjoyed this novel because it had been so long since I got a book to scare me. But I was a little disappointed with the ending, which is why I gave it a lower rating than I originally intended. It could have been better but I sort of predicted who was the murderer from the start. If anything, this is similar the movie The Uninvited. So if you liked that movie, then you would like this novel.

From different point of views, the reader gets to see the murders being executed from the characters' eyes and what they stumble upon during their search for the killer. The characters background are not delved into because of the constant change in POVs. There are a couple of loop holes in plot, which should have been cleared up but wasn't. Killing Britney gives one a break from the usual paranormal and romance stories for some great suspense.

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14 comments:

celi.a said...

Great review! I especially like the line, "Full of blood and twists, you will die to know who is the culprit."

I don't like scary movies, but I think I just might like this...thanks for mentioning it!

ReggieWrites said...

Wow! This looks so interesting! I loved your review! I haven't had a book that scared me, in AGES! Is it out already? Or is it an ARC?

Diana Dang said...

Haha, thanks guys!

@Reggie: It's not like horror-scare but just fearing for the character scare. >w<; It's already out! Published a couple of years ago.

Thao said...

It sounds pretty scary but I think I'm going to read this because the synopsis sounds good and the cover is so pretty haha.

a flight of minds said...

Sounds good! I love the cover- it's so striking. I don't read a lot of thrillers, but I do tend to enjoy them. I think I'm going to see if I can get this book at my library... thanks! Great review. :)

- Alex

Diana Dang said...

I hope you guys like it if you do pick it up! I briefly saw someone rate it a C+. ^^;; It really depends on entirely your taste. I just have a knack for thrillers.

KayLynn said...

Woah that cover is intense. I want to read this book now, although I don't like murder very much. Haha.

Diana Dang said...

The cover that I have is a little different. But it was what drew me to pick it up in the first place!

towerofbooks said...

I really love this cover, and YA thrillers always interest me.

Diana Dang said...

It's very pretty, with something haunting about it!

Color Online said...

Hi Diana,

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Emma said...

Oo it sounds really good! Thrillers are fabulous! Must read this!

Diana Dang said...

^0^

Oh my, I think this is the first review to have received so many comments!

Loraine said...

Hi, nice review! Here's mine if you don't mind: http://lorxiebookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/09/killing-britney-by-sean-olin.html

Thanks and have a nice day!