Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Release Day Review: Unnatural Deeds by Cyn Balog

Posted by Jenn Christensen at 10:00 AM
Title: Unnatural Deeds
Genre: YA Psychological Thriller
Author: Cyn Balog
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication: Novemmber 1st 2016
Cover Rating: 5/5


Unnatural Deeds has a magnificent cover that will pull you in but it's the story that will make you stay. The author has a way with Young Adult Thrillers. She can turn even the simplest of things into an epic mystery and I couldn't predict what was going to happen. The ending was definitely not what I was guessing it would be.

Victoria has crippling anxiety. Because of this anxiety her parents decided to put her into a private religious school. They thought it would help her. I don't think her parents counted on the fact that Victoria wouldn't make any friends and would eventually be called snotty due to her not talking to anyone. I wonder how her classmates would have reacted had they known her backstory from the day she started at the school

Andrew is Victoria's neighbor and boyfriend. He doesn't like to leave his house. In fact, the only times he DOES leave the house are for Victoria and when his stepfather makes him go hunting with him. Andrew is brilliant. He plays the piano and has the voice of an angel. He would be perfect... If only he could leave his house.

Enter Z. He takes Victoria's "new student" title and sweeps through the school like a tornado. I didn't really like Z at first. He was that cocky, over-confident know-it-all that just really grates on your nerves. But towards the end I start to realize I didn't really dislike him. I disliked the person the narrator was describing. Apparently, he was entirely different.

This book is full of character stories. Z's family story. Victoria's anxiety story. Then we have Andrew's crappy life story. It is also full of extremely fleshed-out characters. Even insignificant side characters seemed important.

The plot revolved pretty much around school, a play and Victoria's inner demons. Oh, and a murder investigation. Each chapter begins with a police interview or an article based around the characters and the plot. But besides those things, it was a very normal plot with love, hate, bullying, rich bitches and pretty much all other high school cliches.

I am just extremely glad that Cyn Balog's books are normally stand-a-lones because of how this ended. If I had to wait to find out what happened, I would go crazy. I do have some questions, like what happened to Victoria after the story ended. Was Andrews mother still with that asshole, even after what happened? UGH! I would also love to know if Victoria was ever diagnosed with any mental illness. She definitely got VERY obsessive and that was on top of her anxiety , which she was medicated for.

Overall, I gave the book 4.5/5 stars.


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