The Telling

The Telling Lana used to know what was real That was before when her life was small and quiet Her golden stepbrother Ben was alive She could only dream about bonfiring with the populars Their wooded island hom

  • Title: The Telling
  • Author: Alexandra Sirowy
  • ISBN: 9781481418898
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Lana used to know what was real.That was before, when her life was small and quiet.Her golden stepbrother, Ben, was alive.She could only dream about bonfiring with the populars.Their wooded island home was idyllic, she could tell the truth from lies, and Ben s childhood stories were firmly in her imagination.Then came after.After has Lana boldly kissing her crush, jumpingLana used to know what was real.That was before, when her life was small and quiet.Her golden stepbrother, Ben, was alive.She could only dream about bonfiring with the populars.Their wooded island home was idyllic, she could tell the truth from lies, and Ben s childhood stories were firmly in her imagination.Then came after.After has Lana boldly kissing her crush, jumping into the water from too high up, living with nerve and mischief.But after also has horrors, deaths that only make sense in fairy tales, and terrors from a past Lana thought long forgotten Love, blood, and murder.

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    1. I’m fully aware that this might be a simple case of “not the right reader for this book”. I usually enjoy a good YA novel, especially if it’s a mystery/thriller type, but this one just seemed to lack all the suspense and thrilling notion to propel me forward. Sure, it was an easy read and it did have some parts that gripped me; overall, this wasn’t a terrible book, it just wasn’t great. This story had a major “meh” factor for me.On paper, this book sounded necessary. That blurb h [...]

    2. I asked him where they came from, more than once. Where did your stories start? He side-stepped. He pleaded imagination. He went silent, stood abruptly, and left me in the blanket fort. Stories have beginnings, origins. But what do they matter? They aren’t real.Lana lived for her step-brother Ben's stories. Absolutely lived for them from the moment his mom married Lana's dad. The two would get lost in make-believe pretending they were the heroes who always defeated the villains. The stories we [...]

    3. Reviewed by: Hello Beautiful Book BlogUnique, engaging story. It was told in a manner that had me guessing if this was real or fantasy.Lana seems like any other teenager about to graduate high school until certain circumstances surrounding her life are revealed. The book starts in the “after” for Lana. The after being the murder of her stepbrother Ben whom she was extremely close to. They did everything together and Ben’s make believe stories were their favorite thing to play as kids. When [...]

    4. Life got a little crazy so it took me awhile to finish this, but I really enjoyed it! I thought the writing was really strong, it kept me guessing throughout the entire thing, and the characters were interesting. My theory about what was going on was so completely wrong, it made me laugh! This was a perfect book to pick up for the SpookAThon. I'm glad the hosts decided to make it their group book, otherwise I may not have ever picked it up.

    5. After Lana's stepbrother Ben is brutally murdered she finds herself withdrawing from everything as she mourns until one night her long time crush Josh finally approaches her. Josh is a member of the "core", the group of cool kids that Lana had never been a part of but now they let Lana into their world as she finds herself starting to heal from Ben's passing. One day Lana and her new friends are out swimming and when Lana dives under and sees a body. Diving down and freeing the body Lana discove [...]

    6. Crazy read! Full review to come. Edited for full review:There is something fun about a read that right from the start, messes with you. You know things aren't normal and there will be some wicked twists along the way and yet, you still aren't completely prepared for them all, even the ones you think you see coming.This was that read for me. The one that kept me on edge, constantly wondering, constantly guessing, and constantly turning the pages wanting more.I truly was surprised with how wrapped [...]

    7. 2.5 stars?I was beyond excited about this book. The synopsis is intriguing and I couldn't take my eyes off that cover. I was definitely interested right away, but then my excitement just dwindled with the turn of every page. Lana's inner monologue was bland and uninteresting. I couldn't keep my interest and set the book down several times. I could have easily walked away from this book, not known the outcome, and been just fine. There are some things I didn't see coming and the ending was pretty [...]

    8. The Telling was one of those books that pulled me in at the very beginning, even though I seen the ending coming. Set on an island near Seattle, Lana is trying to come to terms with the brutal murder of her step-brother, Ben, who was killed by an unknown man with a red painted face. The only witness to the crime is found dead, and Lana is the one who pulls the body out of the water. Lana and her group of friends are the likely suspects to the police, knowing that Maggie is Ben’s ex-girlfriend, [...]

    9. This is my last review for the next couple of weeks *plays the world’s smallest violin*, and unlike the title of this book, I don’t really have a lot to say about it. Which is why this is probably going to be the longest review ever anyways…The blurb sounded so promising. I haven’t read many YA thrillers, so I was wondering how scary it would be compared to a regular thriller.I have to admit, a couple of scenes had me on the edge of my couch with some half ass attempt at hyperventilating [...]

    10. The Telling by Alexandra SirowySimon & Schuster Books for Young ReadersRelease Date: August 2, 2016Rating: 5 StarsI would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of The Telling for an honest review.The Telling is a story full of so many twists and turns that I could not have possibly guessed where the story was going. This story has so much suspense, mystery, and swoon. I loved this book so much that I had to find more books by Sirowy.FULL REVIEW GO TO: takemeawayto [...]

    11. I have mixed feelings about this. I liked parts of it, but there were definite parts that I disliked. Ben was the most interesting character in the entire book, he was dark and twisted and I liked reading about it. I did had a theory early on and finally when I got there I was more intrigued than surprised.

    12.   This is one of my favorite lines from Monty Python and it fits so many things in life.  It just sings in my head whenever I come across something I've never seen or experienced before in my life.  And The Telling certainly qualifies for this quote.  I was not prepared for what all the "craziness" in this book.First and foremost, this is a young adult mystery.  Lana is our protagonist and first person narrator.  She is dealing with the death of her stepbrother Ben only a little over two [...]

    13. THIS BOOK IS UNPUTDOWNABLE.Official comments: "Thrilling, evocative and compulsively readable, with knock-out prose and sizzling intensity. THE TELLING establishes Sirowy as a master of the who-dun-it, and is an absolute must-read this summer."Sirowy's second novel, like her first, accomplishes the rare dual feat of being a page-turning mystery and also a study in characters and relationships. And while both books are excellent, this one in particular really spoke to me in terms of the relations [...]

    14. Alexandra Sirowy’s The Creeping is one of the best YA thrillers I have ever read. Suspenseful and full of interesting characters, I knew I was going to have to keep an eye out for what Sirowy wrote next, and here we are a year later with The Telling.I am not overly impressed by The Telling, but I think it is a solid YA thriller that I am glad to have read. It cemented that I really enjoy Sirowy’s writing style and her themes revolving around teenagers. 3 ½ starsIt’s been two months since [...]

    15. I enjoyed this read. I was interested right from the start. It kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next. Right when I thought I knew who the killer was something would happen and make me think twice. I was surprised about what happened at the very end. Altogether a good ride.

    16. A chilling, twisting mystery that blends the line between nightmares and reality. This is now one of my all-time favorite mysteries.

    17. I was lucky enough to get an ARC thanks to netgalley and the publisher.This book was DISTURBING but in a good story kind of way.I couldnt figure out "who done it".It was a goodread.

    18. "There were hundreds, all the sort of dark, twisted fairy tales you find in dusty, yellowed books. Except they weren't from books. They were ours. And no matter the faraway land or the plot or the crimes of the villains, Ben always made the two of us the heroes. We were better and braver versions of Ben and Lana McBrooks, It was good against evil, and we always won."There's this really popular teen show on right now called Riverdale. Based on the Archie Comics, it follows the characters through [...]

    19. THE TELLING was a creepily haunting tale where not everyone is safe from the killer lurking in the shadows. Those who enjoy reading thrillers with an edge of darkness may enjoy this one.I wasn't too sure about this story. There is a lot of crude banter, innuendo and references as well as lots of partying, bullying, language, etc. Then there is the rather gruesome and macabre violence. We're talking nightmarish here. It wasn't extremely detailed, at least, but your mind can definitely conjure up [...]

    20. Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesAfter has Lana boldly kissing her crush, jumping into the water from too high up, and living with nerve and mischief. But after also has horrors, deaths that only make sense in fairy tales, and terrors from a past Lana thought long forgotten: Love, blood, and murder.Quick & Dirty: Twisted mystery that will keep you intrigued the whole way through! I really enjoyed this one and would highly recommend it to thriller/mystery fans!Opening Sentence: This is wha [...]

    21. facebook // twitter // bloglovin // youtubeI was definitely drawn into The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy because of two things: that amazing cover and the last line of the synopsis summarizing the book into three simple words, love, blood, and murder. Who doesn’t want to read about love, blood, and murder? Those are the three BEST things to read about! Certainly, I was not disappointed. In fact, Alexandra Sirowy blew me away with The Telling where now I’m hoping there could be a sequel for rea [...]

    22. The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy is a chilling story about Lana, who has lost her stepbrother Ben, several years prior. She has gone from goodie two shoes, to hanging out with the popular crowd that contains her longtime crush, Josh. The story starts at a secluded lake where she takes a foolhardy dive. But soon after, the teens find a dead body weighted down at the bottom of the lake, and suddenly, they are all suspects. I award this book 3.5 stars. I enjoyed the suspense, and the mysterious back [...]

    23. "Adults reach a certain age and they forget tasting the salt of make-believe oceans."This is a wonderfully spooky story about a gory death of a beloved step-brother and the ripple effect this has in one girl's life. But when there is another murder, everyone wants to know what's happening.The clues were near impossible to decipher. I just had to roll along with the group and try to glean details. Could it be Josh? Duncan? Rusty? Carolynn? So many options. It wasn't until the final few chapters t [...]

    24. I received this arc from Netgalley, all opinions are honest!This was alright. I guess this is mystery, thriller, dark contemporary which is different from what I've read besides R.L Stine because I don't read anything related to contemporary. The beginning is so slow though, be warned but the ending was shocking!An in depth review will be posted shortly on my blog!EDIT: IN DEPTH REVIEW ON BLOG

    25. It had been two months since the death of Lana McBrooke’s golden-boy stepbrother, Ben. Two months since she shed her eight-semester plan and joined the Core, the elite popular group of Gant Island, Washington. Lana buried the whispers and insinuations that followed her and Ben and became fearless Lana, the girl of the stories that Ben used to tell her when they were in middle school. All of that changed when, a week before senior year, she, her best friend Willa, and the Core discovered a body [...]

    26. 2.5 stars. The Telling was good up until a point. I was really entertained and enjoying the story at the beginning and then it just became so boring. It dragged and it took me so long to read it. There was no balance between prose and dialogue. And I couldn't grasp the timeline until 200 pages in. Also, the scene changes were convoluted. I hated all the "Ben thisBen that". Ugh! There are a lot of things I can stand but unfortunately (view spoiler)[gratuitous incest (even if they are step-sibling [...]

    27. OMG I am so beyond happy about this book. It's a new fave and I might even like it better than The Creeping.Have you ever read a book that you love only to find that it's the author's only book out right now and you have to WAIT to get your hands on more by this potential favorite author?? As the pub. date approaches, you start to get nervous that maybe you won't like the book as well as the first book. And you can't decide if you want the book to have the same feeling to it or be completely dif [...]

    28. I loved The Creeping gave it five stars. I was disappointed in this novel. The mc, Lana was dull and her inner thoughts didn't make me interested in her. In fact I was more interested in the side character Car than anyone else and didn't get enough about her.The book starts out with a bunch of kids drinking at a swimming hole, I can count at least five novels I've read recently that either started this way or had a similar scene, so apparently it's becoming a new YA trope. I maybe did something [...]

    29. I must say, I totally saw that ending coming. Well part of it anyway. 'The Telling' is the type of book that will keep you reading through the night. Point in case, it's almost one o' clock in the morning and I just finished the book. I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I did, but here I am going through everything I just read and thanking my lucky stars that I chose this book to read and review. This is foremost a mystery book. But it has elements of being a thriller and for a time being [...]

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