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June 14, 2016

A Shot of YA: Frayed by Kara Terzis

Series: Standalone
Format: eGalley
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Young Adult | Mystery Thriller

Dear Kesley,
My therapist tells me I should write you a letter. Like flushing all my thoughts and feelings out of my system and onto paper. I tell her it's a stupid idea.

But here I am, writing a letter to a dead girl. Where do I start? Where did our story begin? From the moment you were born...or died?

I'll start with the moment I found out the truth about you. Your lies and my pain. Because it always begins and ends with you.


And that end began when Rafe Lawrence came back to town...

Ava Hale will do anything to find her sister's killer...although she'll wish she hadn't. Because the harder Ava looks, the more secrets she uncovers about Kesley, and the more she begins to think that the girl she called sister was a liar. A sneak. A stranger.

And Kesley's murderer could be much closer than she thought...

A debut novel from Wattpad award-winner Kara Terzis, Frayed is a psychological whodunit that will keep you guessing!




I think FRAYED's ending got written or conceptualized first versus it being the eventual outcome of the plot and premise. The ending is awesome in a dark, twisted, and very unexpected. Very fitting resolution to the murder mystery. 

The plot development not so much. I felt like certain plot points could've been drawn out more to help with the build-up so the motives and character traits of the cast didn't feel disjointed. FRAYED didn't have a steady flow, I get that we have to be distracted, misdirected, and some things concealed to build the mystery and make the revelation more startling, but too little is given for the conclusion to make perfect sense. Like Kelsey's character, surely someone outside her group would've noticed even a sliver of what she really is, a conniving, manipulating mean girl. Instead Ava, her own sister, is like a deer in headlights for the most part, totally clueless of what's going on. I get secret lives but it's too convenient given the set-up.

Maybe it would've helped if the characters are older to justify a LOT of their behavior? They're too... smart and polished for juvenile delinquents. Maybe if there's a prologue recounting the past with aliases to help bridge everything in the end? Some of their actions are over the top too. Like is it really necessary to knock Ava unconcsiouc, blindfold and take her 2 hours away from your town in a secret cabin, only to tell her that though Kelsey was an asshole, they want to help Ava find her murderer?

To be fair, FRAYED is an easy read despite its dark elements and tragic outcomes. However it needs depth from the characters down to the plot to make this a realistic crime fiction. 









Talk Supe


45 comments:

  1. I can understand needing it to make more sense with the characters and their ages. Sounds like it could be good.

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    1. It can be, the end changed the story completely

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  2. I agree. I so wanted this to be a great mystery and it just fell so flat but had so much potential.

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    1. And you rated this a star higher than I did. You're way better at this than I am

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  3. Boou, that's too unfortunate! I don't have much faith in YA mystery - it usually is too simple vs adult mystery.

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    1. There are some good ones. Hannah Jayne writes great ones and Kelly Armstrong too!

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  4. Oy. This book has not been getting the best of reviews as of late. So I'm probably going to pass.

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    1. I hate to agree with you but I think that's wise

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  5. Ah sorry about the plot and the fact that it wasn't much more, I hope your next read is a bit better

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    1. Thanks, and CFeehan is much better than this for sure

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  6. I was getting all geeked up to love it after that blurb, but good to know that it isn't deeply developed and the actions are jarring with the characters. Might still give it a go as I love a mystery thriller.

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    1. Oh, and hey, did you see the Japanese steampunk that's now up on Net Galley? ;)

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    2. Yes ma'am, reading it now :)

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  7. Yeah Braine I'm with Sophia Rose I read the blurb and then my heart stopped on your rating. You gave it a great review and still made it sound interesting

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    1. It's not all bad, I feel this needed a beta group or something. I know this is a wattpad story, not sure how it works in that site, but I'm surprised nobody caught the inconsistencies or the exaggerrations

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  8. Yeah this book hasn't been working for anyone as far as I know, which is shame. I struggle a lot with YA mystery novels. It's hard to find really good ones. You really have suspend your disbelief and it can be hard. I'd probably struggle with this one too, especially because of the characters and the flow issues. I think I'll opt to skip this one!
    Wonderful review, Braine!

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    1. I generally like YA mystery, there are some really good ones.

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  9. I thought I was the only one. It definitely needs a lot of work. No shock value to the story, but the cover makes you think it's a dark mystery. I was really hoping to love it, but it fell flat.

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    1. It was a good start, then it got funny, then just ridiculous.

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  10. Tragic outcome...sounds tragic and sad

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  11. I've read books where you can tell it was by the seat of their pants and it works, but it wasn't a twisty mystery. I cannot see how that would work unless you are unusually skilled at that particular genre. Sounds like this needed to plot to be plotted. :) Well, brilly review and I don't think this one is for me.

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    1. You said it perfectly, this definitely needed more plotting.

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  12. Yeah, it does sound like it needs a bit of work.

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  13. You really did a nice job of explaining how this book was interesting but could have been so much better. I'm sorry it didn't live up to the premise though. It sounded great!

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    1. I try to be constructive. I want to be objective versus other people thinking I'm just hatin'. lol

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  14. I really like that it's a standalone read. We need more of those in the world. But sounds like there are things needed to make is more developed to be that. Thank you!

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    1. Yes, standalones are a different animal altogether. At least with series, you have room to develop the story at your pace. With standalone, it has to be concise

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  15. I've been wondering about this one. I've heard mixed reviews, a few have gushed over how great it was but most have been saying that it needed more development.

    Simply Angela

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  16. What a shame, I like the premise and the ending sounds good.

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    1. If only the middle part sucked less

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  17. Thanks for your honest thoughts. It's great there was a nice ending, but sorry the "getting there" didn't work.

    -Lauren
    www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com

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  18. Hadn't heard of this one before. Sorry to hear that the depth just wasn't there. I would totally need the ending to make sense based on the previous events, and it sounds like there's a disconnect between the ending and what happens before it.

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    1. The exaggerrations got in the way of the flow IMHO

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  19. Despite not reading much YA, the title of this would have grabbed my attention, and the blurb is fantastic. Sounds like the character development just wasn't there. As always, you give really good reviews, and did a great job of explaining why it needed some work. Hugs...RO

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    1. Not just the development but the characters in general

      Thanks, Ro.

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  20. I'm not into thrillers s probably not the one for me to try.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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  21. I was curious about this one, but decided it probably wasn't for me. That's too bad that while the ending is great the plot doesn't logically build upon towards that point and there aren't enough hint towards the ending. It's nice it's still an easy read despite the issues you had with it. Great review!

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    1. The ending is so so good! Getting there is the tricky part

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  22. That's a shame the rest of the book wasn't as good as the ending :/

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