You Will Be Mine
ROSES ARE REDVIOLETS ARE BLUEWATCH YOUR BACKI'M COMING FOR YOULylah and her friends can't wait to spend a night out together. Partying is the perfect way to let loose from the stress of life and school, and Lylah hopes that hitting the dance floor with Chace, her best friend, will bring them closer together. She's been crushing on him since they met. If only he thought of her the same way...The girls are touching up their makeup and the guys are sliding on their coats when the doorbell rings. No one is there. An envelope sits on the doormat. It's an anonymous note addressed to their friend Sonny. A secret admirer? Maybe. They all laugh it off.Except Sonny never comes home. And a new note arrives:YOUR TURN

You Will Be Mine Details

TitleYou Will Be Mine
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherSourcebooks Fire
ISBN-139781492654322
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

You Will Be Mine Review

  • *Ritzrenee*
    January 1, 1970
    I was skimming through the pages...Needed this story to endSo I didnt guess the culprit correctly despite suspecting the person. This entire book felt like a fluffy mystery book. A hates B,C,D... so A killed them all. I literally felt it was just like that while I was reading. The depth to the story was not developed well. In fact, it could be a shorter story...
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  • Gray Cox
    January 1, 1970
    If all of your closest friends at college started disappearing and being found with their hearts missing, and then you start getting a series of disturbing notes and gifts, would you: (a. Get the heck out, change your name, get a bad dye job, move three states away.(b. Find a safer place to stay away from your college dorm, and try to keep it lowkey.(c. Still go out, party, and think about your crush 24/7Yeah, guess what our MC went with? (view spoiler)[ (c. (hide spoiler)]And the ending? Let's If all of your closest friends at college started disappearing and being found with their hearts missing, and then you start getting a series of disturbing notes and gifts, would you: (a. Get the heck out, change your name, get a bad dye job, move three states away.(b. Find a safer place to stay away from your college dorm, and try to keep it lowkey.(c. Still go out, party, and think about your crush 24/7Yeah, guess what our MC went with? (view spoiler)[ (c. (hide spoiler)]And the ending? Let's just say I saw it coming, and it failed to shock me.
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  • Rissa
    January 1, 1970
    You will be mine 4.25⭐I have loved everything I have read by natasha so far. Her novels are gripping, fast paced, alot of fun. This takes place around Valentine’s Day with a group of friends. One of which, Sonny, starts getting werid noted and flowers then free drinks. Everyone thinks its a joke and just some girl obsessed with him but Lylah grows concered as the notes escalate. All of her friends are being targeted because of Lylahs past mistakes. And that ending! The Killer! Holy cow! (Or holy You will be mine 4.25⭐️I have loved everything I have read by natasha so far. Her novels are gripping, fast paced, alot of fun. This takes place around Valentine’s Day with a group of friends. One of which, Sonny, starts getting werid noted and flowers then free drinks. Everyone thinks its a joke and just some girl obsessed with him but Lylah grows concered as the notes escalate. All of her friends are being targeted because of Lylahs past mistakes. And that ending! The Killer! Holy cow! (Or holy pig)
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come
  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    Read this poolside yesterday and have a lot of thoughts. I'm going to try and work them out in a more coherent manner than the rant I want to leave right now. Stay tuned...it'll probably still be a rant...Full RTC.
  • Courtney
    January 1, 1970
    You Will Be Mine is a YA thriller/suspense that revolves around a group of college kids living together.As you can tell, I am torn on how to write this review. While I did enjoy the book, I wasn't overly excited with everything going on. And once again, it's because I struggle with connecting to the characters. The storyline itself is interesting but the lack of character development hurt the story overall for me.As I said the storyline was interesting; Lylah and her friends start receiving anon You Will Be Mine is a YA thriller/suspense that revolves around a group of college kids living together.As you can tell, I am torn on how to write this review. While I did enjoy the book, I wasn't overly excited with everything going on. And once again, it's because I struggle with connecting to the characters. The storyline itself is interesting but the lack of character development hurt the story overall for me.As I said the storyline was interesting; Lylah and her friends start receiving anonymous letters that are addressed to a particular person. When each person starts winding up dead, things start pointing to one person. While I was able to easily figure out who the murderer was, it was still interesting to watch the mystery play out.Natasha does a good job of throwing in different aspects and people's reactions to things to keep the "suspects" list open to so many. I have to say that the mannerisms in which the friends die is quite gruesome and that will leave the reader doubting a lot of their suspects.I do enjoy Natasha's writing. She always keeps the story itself gripping and entertaining. I may only rate her books 3 stars, but I do enjoy reading them and will continue to do so.Overall, it was a good read for me. If you enjoy a good mystery and suspense thriller (and don't hate that you will possibly figure out the killer) this book will be for you. Just don't expect a lot of depth into the characters.
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  • PinkAmy loves 💕 books📖, cats😻 and naps🛏
    January 1, 1970
    DNF
  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    Note: I Received an ARC of this book from Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley. This in no way influences my opinionFor me, Natasha Preston became an author to look out for after reading The Cabin. It had me hooked from beginning to end and the ending was absolutely shocking. So when Sourcebooks uploaded this to Netgalley, I just had to read it! This book had me guessing throughout, but there were some things that I feel were a little unbelievable, considering the situation.This book follows a group o Note: I Received an ARC of this book from Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley. This in no way influences my opinionFor me, Natasha Preston became an author to look out for after reading The Cabin. It had me hooked from beginning to end and the ending was absolutely shocking. So when Sourcebooks uploaded this to Netgalley, I just had to read it! This book had me guessing throughout, but there were some things that I feel were a little unbelievable, considering the situation.This book follows a group of six housemates at university as they begin to get notes and they start getting murdered. The police are trying to catch the culprit, but they don’t seem to be getting anywhere. I felt like this book was obvious in the sense of who it wasn’t. The characters had an idea of who they thought was the perpetrator from the very beginning and they often blamed this character for the events throughout the book – so obviously it wasn’t the character that they thought it was. I think I’ve been reading too many murder mysteries… I know the tricks of the trade… or the books.Whilst I knew who it wasn’t, I had other suspects throughout the book. Both guesses turned out to be wrong and I only started getting an inkling of who it was going to be toward the end. The book left me guessing and I loved the way that the events were described and the ultimate ending and explanation that was given. I felt like the explanation was well thought out, but I would have liked to maybe have seen more of the relationship dynamic between the characters (I don’t want to spoil it) to really give weight behind the actions themselves.I did feel like a lot of the actions of the characters were a bit unbelievable considering the circumstances. There was a lot going on with the murders etc. but the characters often acted pretty stupid and ultimately did things that were getting them hurt/murdered. Even after the first couple of times, they carried on acting stupid and it grated on my nerves.I would have also liked to have seen more of the relationship dynamic between the character they believed were committing the murders and the rest of the housemates. I feel like flashbacks would have been a great tool to add to the book to help give it that extra bit of depth with the characters themselves and the readers.Can we also just talk about that ending. I should have really guessed that an ending that shocking would have come from this author after reading The Cabin, but I forgot and it sprung on me. It has definitely left the future open for the characters and for the reader’s imagination to run wild on what could happen next. It was a great way to leave it as either a standalone or even as something the author could come back and visit in the future with a follow up book.All in all, I enjoyed this book and the plot itself. I felt the murders were well planned out and the explanation was definitely fitting to the book itself. I absolutely loved the ending and would not be opposed to a second book! I gave this book 4/5 stars.
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  • Laura Guilbault
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked the style, loved the characters and it was a joy to read. However, I don’t find it all that realistic. I doubt the killer would have been able to get away with all the murdering and gruesome threats for so long, his attitude towards his killings did not support well, and the ending, although beautifully wicked and squeal-triggering for the reader, is very very improvable.Plus there were a handful of typos.And the last page will ruin it! Do not, I repeat, DO NOT scan ahead. Don’t e I really liked the style, loved the characters and it was a joy to read. However, I don’t find it all that realistic. I doubt the killer would have been able to get away with all the murdering and gruesome threats for so long, his attitude towards his killings did not support well, and the ending, although beautifully wicked and squeal-triggering for the reader, is very very improvable.Plus there were a handful of typos.And the last page will ruin it! Do not, I repeat, DO NOT scan ahead. Don’t even leaf through it; that’s what I did, and because of how the letters are big pictures, even quickly thumbing through the book can lead to MAJOR spoilers!!!HOWEVER, I have the book 4/5 stars because I did love the story. It was well thought through and despite one or two idiots, the characters were well written.Please forgive any typos, as I am writing on my iPhone.EDIT (added):Here are the spoilers I promised!(view spoiler)[ In case you haven't read the book and you've clicked on this specifically so that it will be spoiled for you... the killer was Riley, Laylah's brother. Now, I've got a habit of leafing through all of the pages with my thumb just to get an idea of how long it is, since there's usually Acknowledgements, Author Notes and/or Ads at the end. That was a horrible, horrible mistake, because just for a second I landed on the last page of the story, on which there was a picture of a letter that said: "YOU WILL BE MINE, SIS." I was so very disappointed, especially since I love to guess the killer before it's revealed! And I'd say I'm pretty good at it, too!So that's what happened to me. It ruined the twist ending, and broke my heart a little bit.Now, my problems with the story. First off, I think it was a total of 4 teens who were killed...HOW DID RILEY GET AWAY WITH THAT? Seriously, though, how could he sneak into the house without being seen by more than one cop? How could he kill a cop? How could he cut multiple locks of Laylah's hair without her noticing!? The explanations (he's ripped and he's practiced) ARE NOT ENOUGH FOR ME! I feel like murder is already commonly viewed as, well, EASY in stories today. Now 1 or 2 murders, that's another story, but 4 along with threats, gruesome disembodiment and stalking? I doubt the police would let that happen. I'm not a specialist, I'm not a cop or a detective, but to me this sounds just so wrong. Second, I found Riley's attitude really suspicious. Not in the sense that while reading I wondered if he could be the killer, but in the opposite sense! Remember I accidentally peeked ahead? Well I used that knowledge to look for signs, and there weren't many. The motive was clear, but his attitude was completely uncharacteristic. I feel like the author was trying way too hard to make it super clear that it couldn't be Riley. Let me explain: Riley repeatedly expresses his disgust and surprise of the killings. Now, surprise is not that hard to fake, but disgust, I believe, is another story. Riley kept saying things like "They're dead!" "It's horrible!" "You could be next!" However, at the end he did a little speech about how he never meant to scare her, he did this for her, now there's no reason for her to stay with her fake friends 'cause they're dead... I don't know... Maybe this isn't too odd for a mentally ill person, but from a writer's point of view, it could've been done better. Also he picked up a bag of human hearts and didn't care if it made Laylah scream. Weird.Lastly, I could not believe all the stupid people. Literally, I couldn't understand it. After Sonny was murdered and Isac got a letter saying he's next, they decide to act normal. Isac takes absolutely no precautions to help himself. He just goes out like normal, splits up like normal and disappears, only to be found the next day, dead without a heart. Okay, now that 2 of their friends are dead, they start to act smarter. In fact, they're pretty level-headed for a while. Then Chace starts to get all lovey-dovey with Laylah, who has a huge crush on him but has rightly been quiet about it. Chace kisses her, spoons with her, holds her hand, etc. At this point they think the killer is Jake, an ex of Laylah's who dropped out of college after Laylah turned him down and then later disappeared of the face of the Earth. So, he wants revenge is what they're thinking...and Chace thinks it's okay to suddenly go for Laylah? And Laylah's okay with this? No one thinks it's a bad idea? Wow. Last thing now I promise: When Riley reveals himself to Laylah, she is obviously horrified but hides her feelings. She says she'll go with him, just stop the killing (smart girl, you earn his trust and then get the police when everyone is safe), but then Chace bursts in because he was contacted by Riley who wanted to kill the last obstacle in front of Laylah's eyes, and Chace starts yelling and saying "No way are you going with that psycho!" This is funny–Laylah turns to him and thinks something like "Stop, you idiot." That I liked. But it was still stupid. Turned out that Chace had brought to police. Good for him, but he and Laylah were still in danger at that moment.There. I'm done. I'm sorry, I really needed to rant. And I'm also sorry if you don't agree with me... I still loved the story though! (hide spoiler)]Peace out.
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  • Yoru
    January 1, 1970
    What on God's green Earth did I just read???As far as thrillers go, this one was kind of...strange.Here's what I will say that the book did fairly decently: leaving hints and clues as to the fact that Riley, our MC Lylah's brother, is the killer; and it occasionally got a little intense but not outright frightening.Here's what didn't work.1. Red Herring Jake. The hyperfocus on it being Jake from so early on was a deadass clue it wasn't going to be him.2. Audience is supposed to believe a panic a What on God's green Earth did I just read???As far as thrillers go, this one was kind of...strange.Here's what I will say that the book did fairly decently: leaving hints and clues as to the fact that Riley, our MC Lylah's brother, is the killer; and it occasionally got a little intense but not outright frightening.Here's what didn't work.1. Red Herring Jake. The hyperfocus on it being Jake from so early on was a deadass clue it wasn't going to be him.2. Audience is supposed to believe a panic attack Lylah has. Could have been written more believably, had the author ever experienced a true panic attack of her own, or extensively spoken with someone who's had that experience and taken notes to use in her writing.3. Character authenticity. Only Lylah, Riley, Lylah's love interest Chace, and suspect's brother Zak are really written in a way that is somewhat believable and given definitive personalities. Everyone else kind of blends into the background save for one or two defining character traits.4. Too much focus on Lylah's feelings and obsessions with Chace, and their unfolding relationship REALLY detract from the story in this case, rather than enriching it. If it was meant to usher the plot along better and help solidify Riley's actions as the stalking killer, it was done very clumsily.5. Pacing was...just what the heck was the pacing in this book supposed to be? Don't get me wrong, this is a quick read, but the pacing is jarring somehow.Wow. Wow. Just wow. I can barely process my thoughts because this just feels like a mess of a YA thriller novel. Yes, I have a copy of this book in my possession at present, but I'm not going to be shelving it as one I own, because I intend to sell this one to a secondhand bookstore, first chance I get.
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  • Kitkat
    January 1, 1970
    Natasha Preston I was worried about this book because I hated Awake. But my God this book was brilliant! I loved the thrill of it and the terror I felt for my character. This book gave me chills and I’m so happy I didn’t think to hard about who the killer was. Also the cryptic notes at the door were amazing. I loved the ending and I hope there is a sequel. I mean the ending makes me think there’s another one and I’m grinning like a lunatic right now. People are just wondering why the hell I’m gr Natasha Preston I was worried about this book because I hated Awake. But my God this book was brilliant! I loved the thrill of it and the terror I felt for my character. This book gave me chills and I’m so happy I didn’t think to hard about who the killer was. Also the cryptic notes at the door were amazing. I loved the ending and I hope there is a sequel. I mean the ending makes me think there’s another one and I’m grinning like a lunatic right now. People are just wondering why the hell I’m grinning. I’m just so happy about the ending and the entire novel. Natasha Preston even if I hated Awake you won me again in this book.
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  • Amanda Kingswell
    January 1, 1970
    A shout out to Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book. I was really taken by the synopsis of the book. It is a mystery and it sounded like it was going to be a page turner. However, I could not get passed the writing. It was not the greatest. It was very amateur writing and mind you I do realize that the audience is YA but, I have teens that I know would not be able to stand the writing. It is supposed to be a YA suspense novel that almost feels like it was written for a young A shout out to Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book. I was really taken by the synopsis of the book. It is a mystery and it sounded like it was going to be a page turner. However, I could not get passed the writing. It was not the greatest. It was very amateur writing and mind you I do realize that the audience is YA but, I have teens that I know would not be able to stand the writing. It is supposed to be a YA suspense novel that almost feels like it was written for a younger audience but, it is still dealing with mature themes. I don't know.
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  • Melanie Maloney
    January 1, 1970
    If you like a decent suspenseful serial killer novel this book is for you. I found it a bit predictable but it was still action packed right up untilthe end.
  • Jessie
    January 1, 1970
    I kind of shot myself in the foot with this one. I've read one of Natasha Preston's books before (The Cellar) and loved the premise, but hated just about everything else. The same exact thing happened with this book. It makes me even angrier knowing this book had so much potential. If the characters were developed, it had better and more clever foreshadowing, and wasn't so drawn out, this could've been so, so good. The biggest issue: Every single character is a flat, cardboard cut-out of a perso I kind of shot myself in the foot with this one. I've read one of Natasha Preston's books before (The Cellar) and loved the premise, but hated just about everything else. The same exact thing happened with this book. It makes me even angrier knowing this book had so much potential. If the characters were developed, it had better and more clever foreshadowing, and wasn't so drawn out, this could've been so, so good. The biggest issue: Every single character is a flat, cardboard cut-out of a person. I didn't care in the slightest when anyone died, because we knew nothing about them, none of them had any personality, and after the first murder, our main character gets over them pretty quickly. Lylah was no exception. I will say she was a better main character than in The Cellar, because she had at least some backstory, but was still very passive, whiny, and boring. She has a tiny "romance" with Chase, but its boring and seemed cheesy and inappropriate, right in the middle of all their friends being murdered. And of course, every single character is also the biggest moron on the planet. All of their friends are being murdered, especially when they go out to parties and things, and they STILL go out, every damn day. They go separate ways, and hang out with people, or go to bars, or parties, and it's SO. STUPID. Stay home! When was Sonny murdered? At the play. Where was Issac murdered? He goes out to meet a girl. When do they get an envelope filled with stalker pictures of themselves? When they're out having a ladies fucking night. And they even have police protection throughout most of the book and they still get murdered. It's like they're trying to die. Throughout most of the book, they have at least 6+ officers guarding them, but then for some reason they only have 1 for one night, and he gets killed? Why, all of sudden, did they drop having so many guards? And when they do have so many guards, how was Charlotte taken from her room? Nothing. Makes. Sense. Everyones stupid and the police might as well not be there for all the help they give.The writing of the novel isn't the worst I've ever read, but it could use some work. It is constantly telling, instead of showing. There were hardly ever descriptions. Every setting was grey and lifeless. Conversations were just plain dialogue back forth with no descriptions of how the characters were saying it, or what they were doing, or describing body language. Also, it was very repetitive, as was the plot. I might just be nitpicking, but characters ask one another "Are you okay?" a MILLION times in the novel. I went back and skimmed through the book, not even looking that hard, and counted 32 times it was asked. Even taking in the circumstances, it was said excessively and a bit unnecessarily. It'd be asked right after someone was murdered! Of course they're not okay!The mystery's what kept me reading, because I was constantly waiting for it to get better. It didn't.The whole time they suspected Jake, based on ZERO evidence! He tried to kiss Lylah one time, and has never shown any homicidal tendencies before, but sure! Now he's a serial killer! And It's even more frustrating because we as the audience know it's not going to be Jake, so the fact that it's stretched out for the entire book is infuriating. The same things happened over and over, and none of the events added anything to a story. All the murders, notes, and set ups led to nothing changing. No developments were made. So every scene was useless and had no stakes, and I, as a reader, wasn't worried because every incident ended in the same way. That's what I mean when I said the book was drawn out. If we'd cut all the scenes that lead to nowhere, put some actual stakes into the story, and added more descriptions, the novel would've been the same length, but much more dynamic.Now, I didn't necessarily predict who the murderer would be, even though I did suspect him, so that was a positive. I actually like Riley as the murderer but I would've liked it so much more if they'd really gone for it. The whole time, it's pretty clear that the murderer has romantic feelings for Lylah, leaving roses for her, and telling her that she'll be his. When he pulled her into an alley, he even BITES her. So did Riley have twisted romantic feelings for her? We'll never fucking know. The book was not scary in the slightest, but adding that nasty element would've actually given me the creeps. If'd they foreshadowed better, shown more of his relationship with Lylah, and just added more layers to his character than he had it would have been great. This had the potential to be very dark, and twisted, but it wasn't. The ending leaves it open for a sequel, where they might develop him more, but they should've done it in this book.If there is a sequel, I won't be reading it. At most, I'd google spoilers, just to satisfy the closure this book didn't offer.
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  • Livv
    January 1, 1970
    This is a huge rant, so I apologize in advance. First, I want to mention that the story concept was pretty sturdy; although, the plot was straightforward and overall basic. Preston's writing is mostly geared for teens, so I do understand the choice in writing style. Second, there was an enormous amount of spelling and grammatical errors ("shot" instead of "shop"?). At first I counted them, but I lost track because there were so many. Additionally, there was a large amount of repetitiveness. The This is a huge rant, so I apologize in advance. First, I want to mention that the story concept was pretty sturdy; although, the plot was straightforward and overall basic. Preston's writing is mostly geared for teens, so I do understand the choice in writing style. Second, there was an enormous amount of spelling and grammatical errors ("shot" instead of "shop"?). At first I counted them, but I lost track because there were so many. Additionally, there was a large amount of repetitiveness. The main character has probably fainted or stumbled about a thousand times, and has mentioned their parents' death even more. Third, (I do realize this apart of Preston's style) the main character's thoughts were very cringe-worthy. Imagine the snarkiness of a teenager, and multiply it. At first I thought it was fine, but it evolved to me literally throwing the book to the floor (and not to mention some weird looks from others). I've read "The Cellar" and it has the same vibe, but it's justified since it's from a younger point of view. I feel like the book would gain about one star on my personal rating if those italicized sentences were gone. The book was mediocre, and was easily forgettable. I do feel bad for leaving a negative review, but this book just made me angry. Also, this book is going straight into my book donation pile. Sayonara, "You Will Be Mine"!
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  • Brandi (Brandi Janee's Bookshelf)
    January 1, 1970
    **2.5 stars**You Will Be Mine is a mystery/thriller that takes place around Valentine's Day. This book centers around Lylah and her group of friends right before they are about to go out to a Valentine's themed play. Right before they leave there's a creepy note that has been left on their doorstep made using letters clipped from magazines. They all play it off as a prank but that changes when Sonny never comes home.I didn't enjoy this book as much as I was expecting to. The mystery element was **2.5 stars**You Will Be Mine is a mystery/thriller that takes place around Valentine's Day. This book centers around Lylah and her group of friends right before they are about to go out to a Valentine's themed play. Right before they leave there's a creepy note that has been left on their doorstep made using letters clipped from magazines. They all play it off as a prank but that changes when Sonny never comes home.I didn't enjoy this book as much as I was expecting to. The mystery element was really interesting and what made me want to push through the story. However, there were more elements that I had problems with than I enjoyed. I didn't care for any of the characters. One person made a suggestion of who might be behind what was going on and they all just blindly went along with it even though there wasn't any proof. It frustrated me that characters constantly made terrible decisions even when they knew what they were doing was wrong. Also, I didn't find it very believable the way the investigators handled the whole situation. Overall, I thought this was an okay thriller but it's not one I would recommend for everyone.
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  • Kiki Cole
    January 1, 1970
    I was looking forward to this book so much, but sadly I was disappointed. The twist at the end, although unexpected, was poorly executed. That part of the book kind of disgusted me and confused me a little bit as to why that specific character was chosen. I feel like this book could have had a lot of potential, but what I read just didn't give me much chills or shock like The Cellar had. The ending didn't satisfy me either because I have so much questions whether there will be a second book or i I was looking forward to this book so much, but sadly I was disappointed. The twist at the end, although unexpected, was poorly executed. That part of the book kind of disgusted me and confused me a little bit as to why that specific character was chosen. I feel like this book could have had a lot of potential, but what I read just didn't give me much chills or shock like The Cellar had. The ending didn't satisfy me either because I have so much questions whether there will be a second book or if it will be left on that unnecessary cliff hanger.
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  • Anaya Kashmir
    January 1, 1970
    While there were several components of this book that I truly enjoyed, I found the overall development to be underwhelming. After reading most of Preston's other books, I was eager to engage in her most recent heart-pounding, twisted world. However, the overall shock factor was lost on me after the ending became very predictable, very quickly. I did enjoy the characters and their relationship, despite them acting in complete idiocy most of the time. Just once, it would be great to see characters While there were several components of this book that I truly enjoyed, I found the overall development to be underwhelming. After reading most of Preston's other books, I was eager to engage in her most recent heart-pounding, twisted world. However, the overall shock factor was lost on me after the ending became very predictable, very quickly. I did enjoy the characters and their relationship, despite them acting in complete idiocy most of the time. Just once, it would be great to see characters acting with common sense and deliberate intelligence in a thriller novel.While there are numerous factors to the book I did not like, I did enjoy the fast-paced plot and the ultimate conclusion to the novel. I'm eager to see what Preston has next in store!
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    The police in this novel are clumsy and incompetent. They must have been fresh out of the police academy because they seemed so naive and stupid. “Hey kids, I know there’s a psychopathic killer after you but you should continue to live normal lives so by all means, please continue to party hard.” They seriously encourage these kids to go out drinking while they are being stalked! Then there’s the crimson herring (so named because red herring is not strong enough to express HOW OBVIOUS it was tha The police in this novel are clumsy and incompetent. They must have been fresh out of the police academy because they seemed so naive and stupid. “Hey kids, I know there’s a psychopathic killer after you but you should continue to live normal lives so by all means, please continue to party hard.” They seriously encourage these kids to go out drinking while they are being stalked! Then there’s the crimson herring (so named because red herring is not strong enough to express HOW OBVIOUS it was that Jake was not the killer). He asked out the main character, got turned down, and that was enough to push him over the edge? It was ridiculous and there was nothing but circumstantial evidence against him, but what bothered me the most was that EVERYONE (and I mean EVERYONE, including the police!) referred to the killer as “Jake” - with no evidence to support it! “Jake left me a letter,” “Jake texted me,” “why would Jake do this” etc etc etc. It was really unprofessional of the police to do this and it caused everyone to think that Jake was the killer early on - which of course made me not suspect him at all. The romance definitely felt a bit off to me. Their friends are being brutally murdered one by one, but they’re talking about feelings and such? The romance also felt very youthful - like they were 12 years old rather than 19 or 20. She actually blushes to see him with a shirt off! At 19?? They were juvenile and I didn’t like him at all. The murderer was fairly obvious and the motivation was fairly simplistic as well.
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  • Laura Hernandez
    January 1, 1970
    The author kept me in complete suspense and I did not see any of it coming. The story is fast paced and I loved the characters. I was kept glued to the edge of my seat from beginning to end!! Beware of secret admirer's!!!{ I requested a copy for review purposes via NetGalley and made no guarantee of a favorable review. The opinions expressed here are unbiased an my own.}
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  • Bailey Randolph
    January 1, 1970
    I was granted an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Almost two years after the tragic death of her parents, Lylah is still trying to pick up the pieces of her life. She is doing well – she is going to university, she lives in a house with five other students whom she considers her closest friends, and she is maybe finally moving on. Valentine’s Day, the day her parents died, is still difficult though, and the days leading up to the anniversary of t I was granted an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Almost two years after the tragic death of her parents, Lylah is still trying to pick up the pieces of her life. She is doing well – she is going to university, she lives in a house with five other students whom she considers her closest friends, and she is maybe finally moving on. Valentine’s Day, the day her parents died, is still difficult though, and the days leading up to the anniversary of their accident bring up a lot of anxiety for Lylah.As Lylah and her friends head out to kick off their campus Valentine’s Day celebrations they find a note on the doorstep; a message pieced together with cut out letters from a magazine. They brush it off as just another prank, typical on campus this time of year. What they don’t realize is that this note is the beginning of a dark and terrifying spiral that their lives are about to take. Someone is watching them, and it isn’t a secret admirer…You Will Be Mine is very…dramatic. It reads like the script of a cheesy horror movie. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a fun read, it was just very dramatic. Maybe I read too many murder mysteries, but I saw the ending coming from a mile away. It’s a typical whodunit murder mystery surrounding a group of college housemates who start dropping like flies in the days leading up to the most romantic day of the year – Valentine’s Day.
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  • madrose
    January 1, 1970
    Um... is this book for real? Was it even edited?! I counted over 20 mistakes by the half way point and then just stopped counting. At one point there were 3 errors within 2 pages including spelling ‘sofa’ as ‘soda’. Several times, the author goes to type ‘murderer’ but instead says ‘murder’. I found myself not even concentrating on the story itself because I was more intrigued with finding the next mistake, which was always easy and quick to do. I paid for this book, as did many others. It would Um... is this book for real? Was it even edited?! I counted over 20 mistakes by the half way point and then just stopped counting. At one point there were 3 errors within 2 pages including spelling ‘sofa’ as ‘soda’. Several times, the author goes to type ‘murderer’ but instead says ‘murder’. I found myself not even concentrating on the story itself because I was more intrigued with finding the next mistake, which was always easy and quick to do. I paid for this book, as did many others. It would be respectful for it to be edited properly. Ridiculous.And the story, bleh. I read to the end, because I was genuinely curious to see who-dun-it. But it ended up being exactly who I had predicted, as soon as their possessive and aggressive character had been introduced. Despite predicting the ending, I did think ‘that’s a bit of a stretch to become a serial killer....’ but alas, here we are. So Lylah refuses to kiss a boy a year ago, and that’s the entire basis for why everyone thinks this poor Jake dude is the killer. Seriously... the only reason. The entire book refers to the killer as Jake... even the cops directly refer to the killer as Jake... they legit ruin a family’s life... MAN every time the name ‘Jake’ popped up I had a flash of rage. The ‘love’ between Chase and Lylah is believable, and I’m grateful that it wasn’t insta-love. But their declaration of love and their flirtatious chats (comparable to how 12 year olds would talk to their crush) straight after their friends had been slaughtered? Yeh.... no. Several of her friends have been killed, and her life is under threat, but screw it... she wakes up in Chase’s arms and calls it the best morning ever. Really? She is such a vacuous character.It’s also incredibly hard to believe that this group of friends can continue running away from home and getting killed with an abundance of police protection? Like... there are cops literally inside and outside their house, and always a few feet away??Obviously, not a fan of this book and genuinely finished reading it feeling angry.
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  • Trisha
    January 1, 1970
    "I can get you any time I want"I liked that this was a bit gruesome and a bit silly. Kids away at college first get threatening messages, then one of them goes missing. From there, it's blood and horror and a lot of Valentine's day decor. In the midst there is still a love story (which is a bit of a distraction and doesn't add much to the story). I wish I'd loved it more but I guessed the ending too early and just couldn't suspend disbelief long enough to believe the kids would stay in college a "I can get you any time I want"I liked that this was a bit gruesome and a bit silly. Kids away at college first get threatening messages, then one of them goes missing. From there, it's blood and horror and a lot of Valentine's day decor. In the midst there is still a love story (which is a bit of a distraction and doesn't add much to the story). I wish I'd loved it more but I guessed the ending too early and just couldn't suspend disbelief long enough to believe the kids would stay in college as they were each picked off.
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  • Mary...
    January 1, 1970
    Sucked. It was boring, repetitive and dragging. I found myself irritated reading this
  • Kimberly Herrera
    January 1, 1970
    When I first saw this book on the shelf I thought it had an interesting cover and the summary really captured my attention- plus it was on sale so it gave me even more reason to buy it. I'm really into the thriller mystery genre, so the moment I got home i wasted no time and got to reading. Honestly, I was pretty disappointed by what i got and extremely annoyed throughout the WHOLE book. Not the good kind of frustration and annoyance you feel when a book pulls in you and aggravates you because n When I first saw this book on the shelf I thought it had an interesting cover and the summary really captured my attention- plus it was on sale so it gave me even more reason to buy it. I'm really into the thriller mystery genre, so the moment I got home i wasted no time and got to reading. Honestly, I was pretty disappointed by what i got and extremely annoyed throughout the WHOLE book. Not the good kind of frustration and annoyance you feel when a book pulls in you and aggravates you because nothing is going right with the main characters that you are so invested in feeling either- just flat out annoyed by the stupidity of these characters. I was never invested in any of them because I barely knew anything about them other then the generic guy who doesn't want a relationship, the best friend, the girl who doesn't like to go out, main guy who is the girls crush, and dude with no character trait other then i guess he's supposed the be the funny one??idk because not one of these characters is really fleshed out for me to know anything about them other then one of the girls father being a drunk and her moving away and never talking to him (which is mentioned ONCE near really close to the end and never really delved into or bought up again) and one of the other girls being from Korea and likes a dude called Nathan- the other 3 guys? doesn't matter aside from the main girls crush, but we dont know much about him either which is also stupid might i add the whole relationship bit between the main girl and the main guy- "he could never like someone like me" -blonde, BROWN eyes not blue eyed BROWN eyed girl- woe is me...even though its PAINFULLY obvious he's into her, so painfully obvious that they should have JUST been together from the get go instead of having a side story of will they get together? does the guy actually have feelings for the main girl? YES FREAKING JEEZ HE DOES he couldn't make it more obvious! All that was left for him to do was just write it on his forehead "Im in love with the main girl" PLUS had they been together from the get go of the story it would have made a bit more sense in the plot and with the killers motives which was ALSO REALLLLY obvious like the moment the character was introduced I KNEW it was them i even KNEW what their motive would be for doing it all just from one sentence alone that main character says that describes this person throughout the whole book it keeps trying to get you to believe its this one person even though there is NO EVIDENCE the police even say hey we don't have proof its them so we shouldn't assume but one ear out the other everyone is convinced this guy is the killer why? because the main girl rejected this guy when he tried to kiss her- it was joked about in the beginning that the main girl broke this guys heart and he dropped out of school because of this but when they are trying to think of someone who would have a grudge on all of them they bring the guy up again but this time seriously thinking its him, at first they are only considering it to be him but not sure, then nope its him no questions about it few seconds later this guy is a psycho monster and his family is also scum for being related to a monster murderer even though there is NOTHING to say that it IS him the main girl is convinced its him too, but then whenever she meets with the guys brother she suddenly acts like if she never believed it was him and shes the only one within the friend group who is understanding and not judgmental, and the one more willing to believe it could be someone else when just a few minutes ago she was convinced its him. Then after she separates from the dudes brothers shes back to believing he's defiantly the killer like..??? what???SIDE thing not having to do with the plot but at one point in the story the main girl doesn't want to accept that the main guy has romantic feelings for her and tells the best friend how she cried herself to sleep so many times jealous over all the girls the guy used to go out with and she hated him for making her feel that way but when she unintentionally makes the guy jealous she finds it hilarious and shes giddy about it when he's obviously upset- so its not okay for you to feel jealous and hurt but its okay for him? OKAY BACK to plot The characters stupidity: I let the first death slide because okay we can't get the plot going if one of them doesn't die (though would have been better if i knew more about each of these characters to feel sad or scared that any of them MIGHT die ) so one of the friends shrugs off this creepy note as a stupid girl being obsessed over him but who cares so he goes off on his own and he dies and soon another threat comes targeting another of the friends so they get protection and are told to NOT separate but one ear out the other you know? they are used as bait to try to lure the killer out but are told to still stay together regardless but pshh first thing they do MORE then one time and at one point one of the friends gets mad at the detectives because more of the friends wind up dead and they call them bad cops that they are doing a bad job protecting them because more of their friends just keep ending up dead. Well maybe they wouldn't end up dead if you LISTENED to them and stop freaking sneaking off on your own without your body guards thats just a STUPIDDDD thing to doits not THEIR fault you don't listen but then later in the chapter I cant even blame them anymore for being stupid kids because yeah the cops/detectives proof how incompetent they are when the killer actually breaks into the house and manages to kill one of them when they have two cops outside AND inside and EVEN when they have like 6 cops OUTSIDE the killer still manages to leave messages at their house HOW?!!the killer even kills a COP HOW?! COP HAS A GUN STUPID KILLER HAS A KNIFE the killer says the cop was pretending to be asleep while he went up to the steps to leave a note- why not call for back up?? why not get out the car and yell freeze do SOMETHING why of all the times when there have been more then one cop outside the house there is only one itdoesn'tmakeSENSEwhich is just A LOT of this book i'm sorry a lot of it doesn't make sense the characters are annoying the cop/detectives NEVER make ANY progress and are always constantly failing to protect these brats even when they DO have protection and they are actually together and being good little kids for once and staying putand the writing is not my favorite honestlythe author is always bringing up the same thing and never adding anything new its just repeat of what was read in the last chapter about how the main girl feels "i was a mess after my parents death" "i was a mess after their death" "i was such a mess " I GET itYOU'RE A MESSadd new info, say it some other way just the same again again "i was a mess" or better yet SHOW it instead of continuing to state whats already been stated just LAST chapter show by the actions of the character how shes affected and just the transition of things is odd to me like in the beginning shes talking about how valentines inst her favorite holiday she pukes at the sight of other couples and the decorations but she wouldn't hate it so much if she got together with her crush- and oh yeah and my parents died on valentines but again getting to go on a date with my crush would so make me like this holiday again just little things like that and the descriptions of things are so annoying i cant even remember most of then because its hardly described: the setting- the campus, the house they live in, the town none of it is described and the characters themselves just the color of their hair and eyes are all that is really described that i remember. none of these characters are painted out for the reader to imagine that i could just put anyone in these characters places and then that ending..the cliche horror ending where everyone thinks its over but its not Just if you are looking to be angry at characters for stupid decisions and read about a girl who cant stop chewing on her stupid bottom lip this is that
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  • Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: An eARC was provided via Inkslinger PR and the Author as part of the Blog Tour. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are however my own. This is my first book by Natasha Preston but I have a feeling that I will be going to get through her backlist asap I stop drowning in my humungous TBR Pile *face palm*This plot follows a group of friends, six to be exact – housemates and in university. The book jumps right into action – with the first threatening note a Disclaimer: An eARC was provided via Inkslinger PR and the Author as part of the Blog Tour. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are however my own. This is my first book by Natasha Preston but I have a feeling that I will be going to get through her backlist asap I stop drowning in my humungous TBR Pile *face palm*This plot follows a group of friends, six to be exact – housemates and in university. The book jumps right into action – with the first threatening note arriving in the first chapter itself with the murders imminent – which had me trying to guess the culprit; not that it did me any good!While the plot in the book was delightful; the suspense had me biting my nails at the twists and turns – but it was the actions of the characters that got on my nerves; AGAIN and AGAIN! I honestly wanted to scream (and I did; internally!) for them to NOT do the exact thing that was going to get them killed; yet they went ahead and did it anyways *face palms* ONE, I could understand; TWO was stretching it; but gosh darn it – even knowing that the threat was real, the characters acted cocky, which exasperated me to no end!   “There is a thin line between bravery and stupid. Stay on the right side people!” The plot though had me guessing and tbh, not many thrillers are able to do so – and this is the exact reason why it got the rating it did!READ THIS BOOK JUST FOR THE PLOT PEEPS, – everything else pales in front of it; mostly because the ending has my imagination going haywire!!  For more reviews visit For The Love of Fictional Worlds :)Do come join us at For The Fictional Worlds Facebook Page | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon |
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  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    ROSES ARE REDVIOLETS ARE BLUEWATCH YOUR BACKI'M COMING FOR YOULylah and her friends can't wait to spend a night out together. Partying is the perfect way to let loose from the stress of life and school, and Lylah hopes that hitting the dance floor with Chace, her best friend, will bring them closer together. She's been crushing on him since they met. If only he thought of her the same way...The girls are touching up their makeup and the guys are sliding on their coats when the doorbell rings. No ROSES ARE REDVIOLETS ARE BLUEWATCH YOUR BACKI'M COMING FOR YOULylah and her friends can't wait to spend a night out together. Partying is the perfect way to let loose from the stress of life and school, and Lylah hopes that hitting the dance floor with Chace, her best friend, will bring them closer together. She's been crushing on him since they met. If only he thought of her the same way...The girls are touching up their makeup and the guys are sliding on their coats when the doorbell rings. No one is there. An envelope sits on the doormat. It's an anonymous note addressed to their friend Sonny. A secret admirer? Maybe. They all laugh it off.Except Sonny never comes home. And a new note arrives:YOUR TURNYou Will Be Mine by Natasha Preston is one of the best thriller books I have ever read. Lylah, a college girl with light blonde hair and brown eyes has a haunting past that she's trying to get away from, ever since her parents died in a horrible car accident two years ago. Chace, who met Lylah when college began, looks like an Abercrombie model, is sweet as can be, and is fiercely protective of Lylah. Natasha Preston is an amazing author, one of my favorites. Her writing style is absolutely beautiful. Using various author craft techniques like sensory imagery, onomatopoeia, and various analogies, it makes it feel as if you are in the story, waiting for the killer to get you to. Filled with goosebump-raising gifts left from the killer for the group friends, like notes, with letters cut out from magazines, flowers, and pig hearts, along with gruesome deaths throughout the book, that will leave you terrified, You Will Be Mine will make you sleep with the lights on.
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  •  Amelia
    January 1, 1970
    Ummm I kinda guessed who the killer was from the beginning :/The whole thing was a bit underwhelming for me because I've realized the killer's motives and everything the moment we met this person. I was still hoping there would be at least one surprising element or something but it played out exactly as I thought. However, I still really enjoyed reading this book because it was fast-paced, action-packed and the characters were realistic. I especially liked how they contacted the police immeadiat Ummm I kinda guessed who the killer was from the beginning :/The whole thing was a bit underwhelming for me because I've realized the killer's motives and everything the moment we met this person. I was still hoping there would be at least one surprising element or something but it played out exactly as I thought. However, I still really enjoyed reading this book because it was fast-paced, action-packed and the characters were realistic. I especially liked how they contacted the police immeadiately and told them about every bit of information they got. The MC could've been slightly better if she didn't think about her crush 24/7, but she did seem reasonable most of the time. So far, my "sea side reads" have been decent (3x⭐) but nothing special and I'm hoping the rest are a bit better :) I'm also contemplating whether to DNF Dive Smack or not. It's been quite a boring few first chapters and I'm just not feeling it :/
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  • Loraine Oliver
    January 1, 1970
    ROSES ARE REDVIOLETS ARE BLUEWATCH YOUR BACKI'M COMING FOR YOUI usually do not read books like this, that being said I really wanted to read it anyway. I am glad I did! This author really knows how to keep a reader in suspense! Throughout the whole book, I was really engrossed and did not want to quit reading.The book was filled with a lot of plot twists, which had me reading until I finished! The group of characters were good and I was intrigued with some of their behavior. This book was well w ROSES ARE REDVIOLETS ARE BLUEWATCH YOUR BACKI'M COMING FOR YOUI usually do not read books like this, that being said I really wanted to read it anyway. I am glad I did! This author really knows how to keep a reader in suspense! Throughout the whole book, I was really engrossed and did not want to quit reading.The book was filled with a lot of plot twists, which had me reading until I finished! The group of characters were good and I was intrigued with some of their behavior. This book was well written and I will be reading more by this author I have read a lot of books by Stephen king and he was my go to author for suspense, and I can honestly compare Natasha Preston as being in the same suspense and creepiness! I gave this book 5*****stars and will be back with more reviews for this author!
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  • Missy
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I choose to review this book because I'm a big fan of Natasha Preston since she wrote the Cellar. This book had me captivated since I read the description: Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Watch your Back, I'm coming for you!I felt like this book was very suspenseful and I didn't guess the killer, which is rare for me. As I read each chapter I kept thinking someone else was the killer.I would get so angry with the characters for co I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I choose to review this book because I'm a big fan of Natasha Preston since she wrote the Cellar. This book had me captivated since I read the description: Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Watch your Back, I'm coming for you!I felt like this book was very suspenseful and I didn't guess the killer, which is rare for me. As I read each chapter I kept thinking someone else was the killer.I would get so angry with the characters for constantly going out and drinking, haven't they ever seen the movies?!?! I did love the love story between Lylah and Chace...just kiss already! But it was a very sweet love story.If you are a fan of Natasha Preston or if you are just looking for something new to read I recommend this book!!
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