Saturday, July 22, 2017

REVIEW: The Revenge by Hannah Jayne - 3.5 stars

Posted by Jenn Christensen at 10:00 AM
Title: The Revenge
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Author: Hannah Jayne
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication: July 4th 2017
Cover Rating: 3/5

Revenge is a very well used tactic. Exacting revenge on someone who wronged you is the first thing that pops into most people's heads. Someone stole your man? 1-800-smackaho. Did your neighbor back over Fluffernuts and didn't tell you? Call Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, INC. But what if someone took their revenge plot a little too far? In this book, karma is real and he has a name.

Tony broke up with Hope. Tony is a nobody. Hope is a pseudo-celeb in their town. Tony thought things ended on good terms. Hope didn't think so. She goes to school one day and reads some of the personal letters Tony wrote her while they were dating. Sounds harmless enough. But not when you go to a school that can turn on you with the drop of a dime. Tony gets bullied and embarrassed and decides to get revenge. 

But after his revenge, Hope goes missing and now the entire town is out for blood. They want Tony behind bars for hurting their precious Hope. The media and her parents paint her as this angel who volunteers and donates. But Tony knows the real Hope and he knows this is just her way of getting him back. 

Hope might be looking for a way to get Tony back but her plans backfire and she ends up in a really real, really scary version of the joke she was pulling. 

The exact reason for said break up is never really made clear. She loved him. He loved her. He told her he saw the real her. And then BAM dumped? The plot-line for this book was as holey as the case the cops were building against Tony.

This town was crazy and creepy. And it was so sad to see that the thousands of people who were 'looking for Hope were really just looking for their 15 minutes of fame. I admit what Hope did was very wrong. But what her stain-in-the-underpants-of-society parents did... that was beyond words. 

In the end, I found that I really enjoy Hannah Jayne's books but they are very simplistic mysteries that I can read in two or three hours and then move on. They never stay with me long. They are just fun in the moment. I will continue to read her books but if you are looking for some quickie mystery books then I highly suggest giving her a try. 

Overall, I gave the book 3.5/5 stars.



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