Gregg Olsen: Envy By Gregg Olsen


Tle time I was initially drawn to this book by the eerie cover so I really wasn t too sure what to expect when I started it Was it going to be scary the mystery to easy to figure out or just another YA paranormal book Well I can tell you I was pleasantly surprised with what I got Envy is a dark cleverly written mystery with a very real threatEnvy takes place in Port Gamble a small town in Washington State and centers around twin girls Hayley Taylor The central plot of the book revolves around the mysterious death of another local teen Katelyn The girl s desperately want to learn the truth surrounding her death and as they delve deeper into the mystery we soon come to realize that there is to Hayley Taylor as wellI thought the plot was interesting especially as a parent but I have to admit I was a little nervous at the beginning that I knew exactly where the story was going since Gregg ses a true event as the basis for his story I don t want to give anything away in case you aren t f I picked p this book because of the cover the cover is creepy and dark all the things I love in a book It was not a horror And although I was deeply depressed with the fact that the story did not match the cover at all I kept readingThis book at best is a who dunnit mystery with some paranormal activity I can not call it a thriller and there was very little suspense The story line was okay psychic twins looking for the person who killed their old best friend and saving their own butts along the wayThere were parts of the book that didn t make sense such as why was Shania okay with murdering someone what promise did she make to the twins mum Who was Moira working for Just a few of the estions left O Homem Que Ela Ama Odiar Diamante Bruto unanswered lolThe main thing that irritated me through the book was 1 Who takes a damn coffee machine into the bathroom and then leaves it close enough to the bath that it can fall in And 2 Why didn t Teagan knock on the bathroom door and who even names a boy Teagan is it an American thing Teagan here in Australia is a girls nameThe Author has noted that the story line of Envy has taken some cues from a famous case involving the suicide of a young girl The young girls frinds and mother had taken to cyber bullying her via MySpace after a falling out between the girlsAt the beginning and throughout you learn of a falling out between two girls and it is hinted that there was some online bullying happeningAnd finally not far away one person got online and started deleting the contents of a file folder marked KATELYNHowever the cyber bullying conducted by Katelyn s friend and mother is only really mentioned in the last few chapters and is overshadowed by the killer coming forward I believe that the cyber bullying would have been a great baseline for the story if it had actually focused on it and a believable reason for the death of Katelyn Not because of an accidental electrocution from a coffee maker WOW absolutely fantastic Review coming soonOkay so I was asked to read and review an ARC for the seuel to this book I blindly said yes I d never heard of the author or the books So I was hoping that I would enjoy this book first so I could enjoy the seuel as well And low and behold I was HOOKED First off the author is a male and normally I don t read books written by males Not that I m bias against them or anything but I just haven t come across any I really liked besides I am Number Four which I am hoping is indeed a male author or I will feel like an ass But Pittacus Sounds manly Anyway so I was AMAZED that how much I enjoyed this book I didn t get to read it as fast as I d have liked because it s a very fast paced book However I ve got like 4 ARCs I am currently reading plus finishing my own for those that are getting antsy The premise or this series is so fresh and interesting and albeit a little eerie but it s based on facts and stories that have indeed happened At the end of the book the author talks about the events that took place and its similar to the book he wrote Needless to say I was astounded by this refreshing and emotional storyKatelyn Berkley a lonely misunderstood teenage girl dies suddenly tragicallyin her bathtub No one knows exactly what happened but the small town of Port Gamble Washington is intensely affected by the sad news There are rumors swirling around the school that maybe it was suicide accidental or maybe something When the twins Taylor and Haley Ryan try toncover the events that led to her demise they discover some devastating secrets that could have possibly saved her if someone would have listened Taylor and Haley sisters that are very different from most teenage girls knew Katie when they were little and at one point were very close But as they got older Katie became reclusive to herself She wasn t popular but everyone knew her and for the part liked her She always wanted to be a cheerleader but each year when she didn t make the team she became bitter and jealous of her best friend Starla Larsen who by the way was a selfish bitch like her mother and she was really popular and was too wrapped A Stormy Greek Marriage up in being the perfect cheerleader than being Katie s friend Soon their friendship had demolished and Katie was all alone With an alcoholic guilt ridden mother she had no one to really turn to except some boy she converses with online He wants to meet her and take her away from her troubled life But can she really trust himI am stopping there so I don t give anything away WOW I was blown away by this book There were things that happened that I wasn t prepared for But this author had me on my toes going What the bleep He wrote a very detailed book that made me feel like I was there I cried some and laughed some and yelled some I felt so many emotions at once I wasn t sure what to feel next I would guess a few times and was taken aback by how wrong I had been It had a very eerie feel to it but not to the point where I couldn t read it at night I loved the characters Taylor and Haley were my favoriteand Colton who was Haley s boyfriend was such a cutie I loved him I loved the twin s parents too They were amazing characters There were a few times I was confuzzledconfused and puzzled thrown together when they were having conversations via text Some of the slang words that weresed didn t make sense or maybe I didn t see them right So I The Midwifes Glass Slipper / Best for the Baby usually skipped over thatnless it was valid information that needed to be read But other than that I loved this book I disliked a few of the characters Beth Lee Starla Larsen Mindee Larsen and Moira forgot her last name But I highly recommend this book to those that love a little mystery mixed with some horrornot really horror but there was some ghostly encounters of sorts This book will keep you hooked and be surprised by the twists by the end of the book tooNow I must get ready to read my ARC of Betrayal soon so I can find out about this story. Elyn Was it murder Suicide An accident Hayley and Taylor are determined to find out and as they investigate they stumble pon a dark truth that is far disturbing than they ever could have imagined.

Some of this story is completely true And some of it isn t Like truth evil comes in all sorts of flavors Some bitter Some deceptively sweet Sometimes it comes with a heavy price Most people don t invite evil into their lives The dirty little secret is that an invitation isn t necessary Locked doors don t matter Neither do fancy security systems Evil is kind of amazing when you think about it She knows how to get inside Author s NoteMy main issue with Envy is that I really didn t get on with the style of writing I found it painful to read awkward plodding and melodramatic while attempting to be ominous Olsen tries very hard to create a strong sense of tension suspense and mystery by over dramatizing every little thing through repetition bullet points and italics Neither girl knew it right then but the night Katelyn Berkley died was the beginning of something that would change everythingEverythingEvery Single Thing page 16 And finally not far away one person got online and started deleted the contents of a file folder marked KATELYN Inside were copies of emails messages and photographs that had meant to trap and hurt her so hard Each item had been designed as paybackDeleteDeleteDeletepage 22It s not the least bit subtle was irritating and frankly as a reader I felt a little talked down to I believe this is the author s first YA book he has according to the back of the ARC written several best selling adult novels and the way in which he over emphasizes significant details tells me he doesn t yet nderstand or trust his younger audience Instead of allowing the reader to draw their own conclusions he bashes A Doctors Vow us over the head with it The editor s note which may or may not appear in the final publication had a similar effect Young Adult readers beware there are no cupcakes ponies or rainbows in this book Life is messy Death happens Evil is all around you and right within these pages Envy is just the beginning Don t wait for Gregg to push you jump in The whole thing is just trying too hardAside from the style of writing the paranormal aspect felt weak Taylor and Haley twin protagonists who don t believe Katelyn killed herself with an espresso machine in the bath have some odd abilities Haley is compelled to inanimate objects and with a touch can see a memory or feeling Taylor receives coded messages from the dead when she is submerged in water They first sense something isn t right surrounding Katelyn s death when in the middle of the night from their bedroom window they see a small boat spell out the message Look in the water I m still notite sure how or why the boat did this something to do with the foam in the water creating the letters either way it s all too random for meThe characters are flat and lack any sort of personality The almost clinical way Envy is written makes it very difficult to form any sort of emotional attachment to anyone something not at all helped by the fact that the majority of the characters came across as fairly Jonathan Swift unlikable in any case I m also not a fan ofsing text message speech within a narrative which Olsen Shotgun Bride utilizesite a lot while failing to create an authentic teenager voice Basically everything from the editor s opening letter to the author s misogynistic note considering how women have long been blamed as the root of evil I don t particularly appreciate the labeling of evil as she to the writing it all served to annoy the hell out of me Maybe I was simply in a bad mood maybe this book just put me in a bad mood but there it is It s a shame because this could have been a solid story about the growing issues of cyber bullying As it was I wasn t interested in finishing this one Alright this book OK so yeah I was all ready to like it was in the mood for a scary read even if it proves to be generic which can be lots of brainless fun sometimes in fact I wanted just that It certainly looked like it could deliver It started out creepy and I was liking it kinda reminded me of The Ring movie American not the book Japanese maybe because it was set around Seattle with all the verdant rainyness It began with a very atmospheric tinge and it was very reminiscent of that greenish greeny mood maybe it was the girl on the cover which by the way indicated it was a horror novel but wasn t really It was mostly a suspense murder mystery with bits and pieces of supernatural stuff happening but that was presented in the dullest way possible and I am being very nice about it I want to be fair so I ll say I did like few things about it it crept me out here and there no doubt The book was competent but I have problems with its storytelling techniue I have major When I found out via Daisy Chain Book Reviews that one of my favorite true crime authors was now delving into the world of young adult fiction I was way excited Who better to weave together true crime mystery and paranormal fantasy into a fast paced young adult novel than Gregg Olsen For years young adult mysteries have languished being replaced with the ever popular paranormal romance While these books have had elements of mystery in them they are mainly focused on the romantic entanglements of humans and otherworldly creatures such as vampires and werewolves What happened to just a good old fashioned mystery One where you have to piece together clues and sort through the red herrings to figure out who dunnit Now that Gregg Olsen has entered the YA fray with Envy the first installment of his Empty Coffin series there is a fresh new voice that expertly encompasses all of the elements of a can t put the book down mystery mixed with all of the things we love about YA novels Port Gamble Washington is not your average scenic small town Bad things happen there Behind the historic homes and beautiful beaches there is evil and the first thing one learns is that evil never takes a holiday Things were not going well for Katelynn Berkley She was depressed and lonely shutting herself off from everyone who once cared about her Former friends Taylor and Hayley Ryan knew that Katelynn needed help yet they had a difficult time accepting that Katelynn s The Long Road Home unexpected Christmas evening demise was actually a suicide First there was the manner in which Katelynn supposedlysed to kill herself an espresso machine in the bathtub Next were the cryptic messages they were sure Katelynn was sending them from beyond the grave Messages they felt would The Sweetest Burn (Broken Destiny, unlock the mystery behind Katelynn sntimely death As twins Taylor and Hayley share a psychic connection beyond the boundaries of normal sibling relationships They have kept the extent of their connection a secret from everyone except each other How would anyone else be able to The Greek Tycoons Revenge understand that they can catch glimpses of the past and future and possibly receive messages from the dead Their gift has been something that they never gave much thought tontil the death of their former friend. Crime lives and dies in the deceptively picture perfect town of Port Gamble aka “Empty Coffin” Washington Evil lurks and strange things happen and 15 year olds Hayley and Taylor Ryan secretly.

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Taylor and Hayley want to know the truth behind Katelynn s death and agree to se their abilities in solving what they come to believe is her murder The idea of psychic twins might seem a little far fetched but Gregg Olsen does a masterful job of creating a subtly to their messages that makes the storyline completely believable The messages Taylor and Hayley receive are little than feelings and glimpses they get when they come into contact with something that belonged to Katelynn These bits of information are what help to propel them in their est to discover the truth about Katelynn s death The cast of characters who reside in Port Gamble are brilliant Every family has a secret they wish to keep hidden This not only adds to the creepy factor of the story but also sets The Queens Choice up numerous plotlines for future installments One of my favorite characters was Starla Larsen Her name alone is genius What better name than Starla for a girl who feels that she is better than everyone around her and will stop at nothing to get what she wants Starla is the proverbial mean girl in the story and she plays the part well A villain the reader will relish to learn about One of the things that make Envy an engrossing story is the way in which Gregg Olsen weaves fact with fiction throughout the book While Port Gamble and its residents are his own creation the plot is loosely based on the true story of Megan Meier Megan was thirteen years old when she committed suicide after being horrifically cyber bullied Her case brought attention to the cruelty that can be perpetuated by both teens and adults through the various social media outlets many ofs innocently enjoy By The Cowboy Wants a Wife! using what he knows best true crime Olsen creates a story that keeps the reader captivatedntil the very end Some of the plot choices he makes are extremely bold and refreshing in that he chose not to soften the events of his story just because it is being written for a young adult audience There are than a few OMG moments throughout Envy While Katelynn s story comes to a satisfying resolution not all loose ends are tied To Defy a Sheikh up in the final chapters of Envy The second novel in the series Betrayal is set for release in the fall of 2012 and promises to deliver on some of the edgier themes touchedpon in the first book Might we see the very first well done young adult serial killer novel I hope so Gregg Olsen definitely has the experience and talent to tackle a topic of that magnitude I definitely recommend Envy for any reader who loves to be scared but you might just want to sleep with the light on Envy is set for release in September 2011 Click HERE to watch the trailer This was a ripped from the head lines YA mystery with a supernatural twist I thought it started out well with the town trying to find out what happened to Katelyn and if it had only been about what happened to Katelyn I probably would have liked it betterSomewhere during the book I felt like it had split into two different stories There was still the mystery of Katelyn but there was also the story of the twins with the supernatural powers who sensed Katelyn s death was not just an accident I found it strange that Hayley and Taylor were the main characters they The Highlander and the Wolf Princess (Legend of the Faol, used their powers to investigate Katelyn s death but in the end they had little to nothing to do with the outcome of Katelyn s story I thought the ending was a bit of a let down and there were just too manynanswered Whiteout (Threes Allowed, uestions especially where the twin s powers were concerned Another problem I had with the story was the text messages They were written so terribly that I could barely read some of them I don t believe that anyone sends text messages like that Perhaps the author should have asked a real teenager to help write that part of the bookI have seen where Gregg Olsen writes true crime novels Perhaps I will give those a chance but I m not sure I ll continue with the YA fiction I am astounded at all the four and five star ratings for this book I hated this book so much I found this to benbearably juvenile I m a fan of YA fiction but this felt like writing geared toward 4th 6th graders with mature content thrown in Such a mess Things I hated1 The characters were hollow They didn t feel real Their dialogue felt empty and forced for the sake of the story They were all very The Princes Ultimate Deception (Monte Carlo Affairs, unlikeable2 Somebody please tell me teenagers don t texte mail like that The texting conversations were horrible I almost returned the book after I read the first one God I wish I had3 I didn t realize that the twins had powersntil I read it in the book There s really not much else to say about them It was lame4 The story was just plain awfulThings I liked1 The cover2 I do like that the author is tackling the very real and dangerous problem of internet bullying I have to admire that Oh God it is bad Details coming soonUpdate Okay done So 90% of the plot is ripped off the Megan Meier suicide story This is acknowledged at the end of the book but if you ve read about Megan Meier and Lori Drew the twist endingjust isn t one The chapters end with an overly dramatic ominous line like Neither girl knew it right then but the night Katelyn Berkley died was the beginning of something that would change everything Everything Every Single Thing She was onto something big Bigger and far dangerous than she really knew It made me want to sing dan dan daaan every time The author thinks he s funny and clever but he s not a lot of witticisms and attempts at observational humor that fall flat Example Beth deflected the remark by changing the subject Beth was like that Taylor thought that Beth s Chinese heritage might have had something to do with it She often wondered if Beth s ancestors invented fireworks because she seemed to totally get off on lighting fuses and standing back to watch the fun Ummmwtf The twins who are the protagonists kind of have psychic powers What That came out of nowhere One can touch stuff and see the past And the other gets visions while she s Breaking the Governesss Rules underwater Oh but they can see the future too when they were babies they warned a woman against a serial killer by spelling with their alphabet soup OkayThe characters are flat and superficial the plot isn t believable and the writing is cringe inducing I guess Gregg Olsensually does true crime Maybe he should stick to that By the way the copy I read was an advance reading copy Just in case there were amazing edits before they printed the final version Envy reviewI liked this YA mystery The twins supernatural talent was The Christmas Children (The Mellow Years uniue if a little discursive I didn t care for the emails texts people don t really write that way Also he didn t or couldn t get inside the head of real teens The author was trying too hard to be cool He was also flippant about the death of the teenage girl in the book towards the end Having said that it did keep my interest I think there was a better book in here with a lit. Use their wits and their telepathic “twin sense” toncover the truth about the town's victims and culprits   Envy the series debut involves the mysterious death of the twins' old friend Kat.

Throughout his career Gregg Olsen has demonstrated an ability to create a detailed narrative that offers readers fascinating insights into the lives of people caught in extraordinary circumstancesA #1 New York Times bestselling author Olsen has written ten nonfiction books ten novels and contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee ChildThe award winning author has been a guest on