One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus Review

We are back with the sequel of One of Us is Lying.

This one was okay, I didn’t find myself enjoying it as much as the first one but there’s not really much to complain about. I don’t know what it was about this one that I didn’t like as much, I guess because there wasn’t as much suspicion around the main characters when it came to the murder? I don’t know.

I think one of the main things is that I missed the old gang. I mean they were still a part of the story, but the focus had been moved onto a younger group, featuring Bronwyn’s sister, Maeve, her friend Knox and a girl called Phoebe.

I also think I was expecting the Truth or Dare game to last longer than it did, and be a little bit more dramatic? It seemed a bit tame to be honest, which I guess is wild considering someone did die but I don’t know I thought there would be more suspense for it.

This book still followed along with the same vibe of the first one, I liked the fact things stayed consistent with the writing and the world even though the story was different. It made it easy to get sucked into the world again and I enjoyed that.

Obviously things escalated towards the end in ways that I wasn’t expecting, I had no idea who was the killer this time and I didn’t really try to figure it out. I mean I had an idea that something was going on with Phoebe’s sister but it definitely took a turn that I wasn’t expecting.

I also wasn’t a huge fan of the last twist in that it actually turned out to be Owen, Phoebe’s little brother who told Jared to continue on the game like I don’t know why but it seemed like something that would just never happen. I guess it adds shock value but eh, could have done without it.

I feel like I needed a little longer to process everything when Maeve figured it out though because this story had a lot more going on in terms of how the game was orchestrated and all that, so I think maybe if that was drawn out a tiny bit more it could have helped. Though I know for the pace they were going for that wouldn’t have worked.

But yeah overall a good read, sad that it didn’t hold quite the same interest for me as the first book but I can’t really tell you what was off-putting to me besides missing the original group. Though could have probably done without all the talk about Cooper and him being a big baseball star and all that, we get it, he’s cool. But I did love that Nate and Bronwyn were end game because that’s all I needed in my life after the first book really.

And so that is where we leave Bayview High for now. I don’t know if that will be us leaving for good but I don’t really know where they would go from here. Though I am still interested in that TV show they are making, I just need to keep a look out for it in the future.

Not sure what I’ll be reading next, but I think it would be nice to step back from the murder mysteries for a bit. That being said I think half my Amazon Prime First Reads are murder mysteries at the minute lol. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll find something.

5 Star Makeup Look | ColourPop x Animal Crossing

The first time I’ve done makeup this year and the first time in years I’ve used fake eyelashes. Since we are still not leaving the house, I have to document everytime I do makeup so someone sees it lol.

I had so much fun using this Animal Crossing x ColourPop makeup! It was great to play around with makeup again and feel glam, it makes a change from my usual pyjamas and hair up with no makeup look.

One of Us is Lying By Karen M. McManus Review

Here we go, another murder mystery. I feel like every time I read one of these I try not to get my hopes up because I always end up disappointed by the end lol. I don’t know what I’m expecting when I find out what happens because I feel like no one is going to blow it out of the water with some brand new concept that we haven’t seen before. Not that you can’t enjoy a good cliche.

But that being said I wasn’t disappointed in this book. I would say that it wasn’t the most shocking reveal or anything ever but it definitely had me reading until the end. I needed to know what happened and how everyone was involved and why. And I’m glad they gave it to me because honestly halfway through I was thinking that we would never find out and this investigation would go on forever.

So, here we have a boy called Simon, he died in detention with four other students and no one knows what happened. But Simon wrote a blog, very Gossip Girl-esque where he spilt the tea about his fellow classmates, making everyone suspect. Especially those who were in detention with him and this is where investigation unfolds on those four.

And boy did we have a lot to take in because this book switches between those four character’s point of views a lot and it takes me a while to settle into a new world of characters so I thought this was going to be hard. But luckily for me I kept notes lol, I guess I wanted to see if I could figure out the murderer before it was revealed.

I just looked back at my notes on the book and I thought maybe Simon had faked his death so I guess I was kind of close! He did do this to himself, he just had a way more elaborate scheme than I thought.

I think what was wild to me was that he got Jake in on it. Like mate someone needs to lock him up forever because he really hated his girlfriend so much for cheating he would frame her for murder? Yikes. I mean Simon also had plenty of problems but this guy was just a pyshopath.

Anyway yeah so we find all this stuff in the last 100 pages of the book. Which is fine I guess, but I just kind of hate how there’s a while in the middle where nothing is happening and then everything comes out at once. Which I know if they reveal things halfway through you ain’t gonna wanna read to the end but I don’t know…pick up the pace a little guys lol.

As for the “murder club”, the four in detention with Simon they were cool people. I knew none of them would have killed Simon, it was obvious from their point of views that none of them did it. Otherwise I feel like the author would’ve thrown in a mystery person or something.

I just wanna say though, the secrets they had were not super shocking, kind of the stuff you would expect honestly. Like the nerdy girl caught cheating on a test, the perfect jock with the perfect girlfriend being gay, the girl who is so in love with her boyfriend cheated on him, and then the rebel guy being on probation for drugs. Meh. Nothing special. I need these people to have bigger secrets than their high school stereotypes please and thanks lol.

Also I called Bronwyn and Nate getting together from the start. I mean their relationship is also cliche as hell but I really love a good love story. I couldn’t help shipping them when they started their phone calls and what not. I’m all over something like that if it is written well and this was so yes I am shipping them forever and I have no regrets about being mushy about it.

I also thought Addy would get with TJ but after all the emotional trauma she went through with Jake, I’m glad she is taking time to be the independent woman that we need and love. Honestly I was so proud of her coming into her own person after being under a control freak for so long.

And then there was Cooper who was honestly dull af to me. Like yeah he was gay and it was shit that everyone found out he was gay because of a police investigation and all that but we knew everything was going to work out for someone perfect like him anyway. So yeah, I mean I like a nice guy as much as any but he was never in any real danger of being destroyed as much as the others.

So yeah those are my thoughts. There is another book in the series which I will be picking up right away because I’m interested in what happens next. From the blurb there is no indication if the O.G four will be back but considering they were all on the brink of turning 18 I am going to say no. Which I guess is sad because I will miss them but still, interesting to see where we go from here.

I also Googled and saw that the book is being made into a TV series? I don’t know when that’s coming out but I will be giving it a watch. Although if they overplay this loose Breakfast Club vibe the cover has and all that then I’m out lol. I just think it’ll be interesting how it’s played out as a series rather than a movie.

And so yeah, I’ll probably be back with another post soon about the next book. I think it’ll be a little more thrilling since it’s a truth or dare vibe. I could see that playing out well on screen, but until then I’ll have to get to reading.

Shine by Jessica Jung Review

I was really excited about this one. Mainly because I thought it would be loosely based off of Jessica’s own experiences as a KPop trainee and her time in Girls’ Generation. And who doesn’t love some tea disguised as fiction?

Honestly though, I’d like to imagine that Jessica’s trainee days were just a little less dramatic than they were made out to be in this book. I mean I think we would have known about a love triangle between her, another trainee and one of the biggest KPop stars at the time.

But anyway, I still really enjoyed this book, based on real events or not there was never a dull moment as we followed Rachel Kim’s story as she worked to debut and pursue her dreams of becoming a star.

I also felt like while we got a lot out of the story, there is still a lot to be discovered and explored in this world and that’s why I’m so glad there’s going to be a sequel. It might not come out until October but I am ready for it because at the end of this book I was left with a lot of questions.

For example, what is the deal with Mina’s family and DB Entertainment? There’s something shady going on and I wanna know what it is. Plus there’s going to be fall out from Mina’s dad hiring Rachel’s. Things are gonna get messy but I love that, because I love the drama. But I will also be sad if it causes a lot of damage to Rachel’s family because we know Mina loves to ruin Rachel’s life.

Then there’s Jason and the fact his family owns like half of that town in Canada, are we going to find out more about that? Also he’s weird meetings with the execs and stuff does he also have something to do with Rachel debuting? But even more so than that is he thinking continuing his relationship with Rachel will be good for him and the fame? I just have lots of questions about Jason in general.

I wanted to believe Jason was the cute KPop boy in that band that we all love and wanna date and then when you are dating him that he’s actually perfect and wonderful but he’s so not that. Rachel believed he was and was heartbroken so we can’t be falling for his act anymore. But he’s definitely not going away anytime soon.

Plus, the book ends with Rachel debuting in a nine member group called Girls Forever (sound familiar?) so obviously I’m wondering about all the drama that comes with being in a group of girls who don’t really like you.

And also there will probably be more stories there based on Jessica’s actual time in Girls’ Generation – which honestly is probably half the reason people bought the first book to begin with. That being said I like to believe that the girls got along, despite some rivalries and fights along the way. I mean I hope it wasn’t like how it feels in the book but I guess we’ll never fully know.

So yeah there are lots of things building and yet to be discovered, I’m not sure if this is expected to be a full blown series or end after book two but I’m fully in for the ride either way.

I would recommend this book if you are interested in learning more about the KPop life. I mean I have had my eyes opened a few times to the tough life of a KPop trainee but this really gives you a good idea of the work that goes into making sure you’re good enough. It’s a crazy life but it definitely makes you appreciate the work that the idols do so much more when you know what they go through.

I also recommend if you just love some drama because there is more than enough to go around here, and that’s always a fun time.

Overall the book was a fun read and definitely more enjoyable than my last book. But I’m not really sure where I’ll go from here, I have a lot of Amazon Prime First Reads that I’ve been getting every month but not really reading. They can definitely be hit or miss for me and the last one was a miss so not sure if I’ll be taking the chance or reading something I know I’ll enjoy. Either way you can find me on Goodreads if you are interested in what I’m reading next.