British Books Challenge 2014: The round up!

The British Book Challenge was set up to show support for British Authors. By signing up I promised to read at least 12 books by British Authors. That’s equal to one book a month.

It’s safe to say that I exceeded this challenge this year.

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The 100 Society

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How did I get it?:
Netgalley- thanks to Hatchette Children’s Books

Synopsis:

For sixth-form student Grace Becker, The 100 Society is more than just a game; it’s an obsession. Having convinced her five friends at Clifton Academy to see it through to the end, Grace will stop at nothing to carry out the rules of the game: tagging 100 locations around the city. With each step closer to the 100-mark they get, the higher the stakes become. But when the group catches the attention of a menacing stalker – the Reaper – he seems intent on exposing their illegal game, tormenting Grace with anonymous threats and branding their dormitory doors with his ominous tag.

As the once tight-knit group slowly unravels, torn apart by doubt and the death of a student, they no longer know who to trust.

With time running out, Grace must unmask the Reaper before he destroys everything she cares about for ever…

Thoughts:

I have to admit, I was totally sold when I heard that this book was being pitched as I Know What You Did Last Summer meets Point Horror. I used to love Point Horror reads. I can totally see where they’re coming from with the Point Horror angle. I thought The 100 Society was a gripping read, but unfortunately I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I wanted to, which is why I have rated this book as 3 stars out of 5.

The 100 Society tells the story of Grace Becker and her friends who are playing a game called The 100 Society. They have to tag 100 locations around the city. However, the game gets serious as the group find themselves attracting the attention of a stalker known as the Reaper. He wants to expose the game and those playing it. Grace is being threatened and the Reaper is leaving his own tag on their dormitory doors. It’s up to Grace to work out who the Reaper is before even more chaos occurs.

I thought The 100 Society was a really gripping read. As the story when on, I was so curious to find out who the Reaper was. I’m happy to say, it wasn’t who I thought it was going to be, so well done to the author for that! I also thought Carla Spradbery did a great job of building the tension beautifully. It certainly kept me turning the pages eager to see what was going to happen next.

As I mentioned, I didn’t really connect with the characters which was a great shame. I didn’t really understand the motives behind what they were doing. I guess I didn’t buy into the fact that they wouldn’t ask for help when their friends were getting seriously hurt or even killed. I know that not every story has to be realistic, but I felt like The 100 Society would’ve been better if it felt more authentic.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Although I had my issues with being disconnected from the characters, I still think this book is worth reading. It’s full of suspense and keeps you turning the pages!

Stacking The Shelves #75

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

I’ve got another small haul this week. I haven’t bought any books! Go me! This will probably change very soon… Oops!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page!

NetGalley:

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I’m very excited about both of these books. The 100 Society by Carla Spradbery looks so intriguing and thrilling. I absolutely adored Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas, so I literally squealed when I saw Dangerous Boys on NetGalley!

What did you get this week? Feel free to leave me a link to your haul posts!