Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Blog Tour: Hysteria by Megan Miranda - Review


Welcome to my stop on the Triple Threat Blog Tour hosted by Bloomsbury! Today's stop will be my review for Hysteria by Megan Miranda.

  • Publisher: Walker Children's (Bloomsbury)
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher for review via NetGalley
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Mallory killed her boyfriend, Brian. She can't remember the details of that night but everyone knows it was self-defense, so she isn't charged. But Mallory still feels Brian's presence in her life. Is it all in her head? Or is it something more? In desperate need of a fresh start, Mallory is sent to Monroe, a fancy prep school where no one knows her . . . or anything about her past.But the feeling follows her, as do her secrets. Then, one of her new classmates turns up dead. As suspicion falls on Mallory, she must find a way to remember the details of both deadly nights so she can prove her innocence-to herself and others. In another riveting tale of life and death, Megan Miranda's masterful storytelling brings readers along for a ride to the edge of sanity and back again.

My Thoughts

I love a good mystery, especially when it messes with your mind. I loved the memory loss aspect of this. I also liked that we weren't quite sure what was going on, whether Mallory actually is crazy or not. You start to wonder if you are missing something which to me was more frustrating than anything. With most mysteries you get hints here and there, but this wasn't like that. We don't learn anything about what happened until Mallory does. We are as in the dark about what really happened as she is. I was so frustrated and confused, but it made me eager to keep going and figure out what the eff was going on.

Mallory is one hard character to figure out. Mostly because she is totally unstable. She is constantly paranoid feeling like Brian's presence is around and she swears that she can feel it. She hears the booming heart beat, and she even wakes up with bruises from where she feels someone or something grabbing onto her. She is constantly in fear, but doesn't know whether it's real or not. She is away at a fancy boarding school, but things are not better for her. People are weird, and she doesn't know who she can trust. The one person she thinks she can trust is the person who pushed her away years ago. I didn't connect with her, but I did like her and enjoyed going through this book in her head.

There is a little bit of romance in this, but it's not a main focus of the story. I liked that there was a bit of history to Mallory and Reid too, it wasn't just some random guy. Their families know each other and their fathers were best friends. They used to be friends so they already know each other. And even at that, they don't just all of a sudden jump into things with each other. Reid is just there for her when she needs him and he believes her when she doesn't even know if she believes herself.

This is a super hard review to write because I can't really say anything without giving things away. I think you are supposed to go through this book absolutely confused, and I definitely was. I think that it's intentional and I kind of liked it. I am one who figures out mysteries relatively easy, but this book just doesn't give you much information to really figure anything out until nearly the end. When it all unravels it makes sense, but not all of it is anything you would see coming at all. I only wish that there had been at least a little bit to go on even if it didn't let you figure things out. This to me was quite confusing for most of it to the point where I was going "WTF is going on?" in my head. I did enjoy it overall, but I think that it was too secretive for the fist 2/3 and then the last part was a bit too much too quick.

 

21 comments:

  1. I love a secretive mystery that I can't figure out. But I can see your frustration with not having a few hints and clues here and there to try to follow along and guess. I do like being surprised so I will probably enjoy this. I am very curious as to what the heck is going on now. lol

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    1. OMG did you see my Goodreads updates? Every one was something like "I'm so confused! What is going on?!!" Lol. I did enjoy it, but I wish we had been given a little bit more. I think it's done that way intentionally though. I believe we were supposed to be totally confused.

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  2. Great review, Amy! I read Fractured by this author, but unfortunately I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to. I've heard so many mixed things about this book that I was unsure that if I wanted to read it. It still seems to have an interesting premise. I'm glad to hear that this book worked out for you although you couldn't connect with Mallory! :)

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    1. It's hard to connect with someone who is really unstable and you don't know if they are psychotic or not lol!!

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  3. I really like those kinds of reads. The ones where you don't know what the heck is going on most of the time. It has to be done right and not annoying though. I was not a huge fan of Fracture by this author--I didn't hate it but it was a 3 star--so I wasn't sure what to expect from this one. It seems like everyone likes it, but no one really loves it. Maybe I'll give it a try someday.

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    1. I liked it, but was frustrated at the same time. Maybe it's just because I am usually so perceptive so when I'm not given anything to go on it drives me crazy lol!! The end of this seemed like a lot to take in too. Like there was a whole lot of nothing leading up to a bunch of revelations at once.

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  4. I've been on the border with this one. Sounds interesting, but based on your review not one I'd rush for.

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    1. It was good. I think I just don't like being left in the dark lol!!

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  5. I really liked this one! I love how all of the things she was experiencing came together in the end when what really happened that night was revealed. I agree that I had zero idea what was going on at the school too and I think that's definitely how it was supposed to be. Great review!

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    1. Yeah, I'm sure it was intentional. I did like it, it just seemed like nothing was really coming out and then BAM!! Everything all at once.

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  6. Great review, I remember reading FRACTURE which was incredibly confusing (and I liked it!) so I'm so excited for this one! I'm hoping I'll enjoy it a little more than you did though :)

    Anna
    Literary Exploration

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    1. I think I just didn't enjoy it as much because I am usually perceptive and I don't like not knowing what's going on. It makes you really question everything though. I think that it was done really well.

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  7. There's a fine line between mysterious and confusing. A lot of people seem to be frustrated w/hysteria. I still want to read it b/c I loved Fracture so much.
    Great review!

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    1. I do think you will like it, but this one was more confusing than Fracture. At least with Fracture we got little bits, this one we really didn't. Even her memories gave us nothing to go on really until the end.

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  8. I can't wait for this book! I love those books that totally mess with your mind. Normally I figure things out pretty quickly, but it sounds like that won't be the case with this one. Plus, I'm totally intrigued by Mallory.

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  9. I actually wasn't very excited about this at all until I read your review. I love when a mystery is confusing enough to keep me stumped until the end (provided it makes sense eventually!). I'm glad you enjoyed it overall. Excellent review!

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  10. I want to read this one to have that kind of confused feeling. I have heard her other book is a bit better but I have both so I really need to read them. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  11. This one is on my list but keeps getting pushed down. I love mysteries too and am good at figuring them out. Wonder how I'll feel about being confused? Thanks for the good review.

    Valerie

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  12. Eeek -- reading this right now so I just skimmed your review. And yes, I'm sort of confused. I see exactly what you mean.

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  13. I love mysteries, so this one sounds pretty fun to me! It's good to know the first part doesn't reveal too much, though I'm glad it ended up turning around for you in the end. Thanks for the review!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  14. I love the way that her writing kind of plays with your mind. This was a great book!

    regards,
    rowena of Best Votive Candles

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