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Review: One of Us Is Next (Karen M. McManus)

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Rating: 4 Pfoten

”Phoebe Lawton, you’re up first! Text back your choice: Should I reveal a Truth, or will you take a Dare?”

Guess after “One of Us Is Lying” we all know that you better take the dare, right? Well, if you want to find out what Phoebe did you’ve to read the book, because this review is going to be spoiler free. ;-P
So this out of the way, what is “One of Us Is Next” about? It basically plays one year after Simon’s death and the events that followed. This time around there are three different POVs though. One of them is Maeve Rojas (Bronwyn’s sister that already was a side-character in book one) and the other two are Knox Mayers (Maeve’s best friend) and Phoebe Lawton. In this second instalment the plot is all about Truth or Dare. There is a mysterious person named Unknown who threatens to expose a secret of the chosen people if they don’t take the dare. So you either take the dare or your secret gets spilled and everybody and their grandma will talk about it.

”And then I remember why About That was so popular for so long. Because even though I hate Unknown, and it freaks me out that they revealed a secret I thought would never get out, and the idea of another Simon Kelleher prowling around Bayview High is straight-up nauseating – I can’t help being curious.
What’s going to happen now?”

Well, and that’s basically the concept on which this book is built. Who is going to be next and will they choose truth or dare? I’ve to admit this was an intriguing concept and that I really liked the characters. I already loved Maeve in “One of Us Is Lying” and Knox and Phoebe were two really likable voices as well. I loved that Phoebe was a very unapologetic and straight forward character and that she challenged the narrow-minded perception of people. She’s actually a feminist and I loved that about her. XD

”Really? Let me see if I have this straight. If I do what you want, I’m a slut. If I don’t do what you want, I’m a tease. What I want doesn’t count, but you’re the big man at Bayview no matter what. Does that about sum it up?”

Another thing that made me happy was to see more of the Bayview Four and how they did after all the events that happened in the first book. It was so wholesome to see where they are standing now and that despite everything that happened they were all doing good and leading a happy life. =) Also Bronwyn and Nate!!! AHHHH! Still, I kinda wish I would have reread the first book before this one though, because I couldn’t really remember Luis and had a tough time to place him in the events of “One of Us Is Lying”. But that’s just personal preference and doesn’t take away any of the enjoyment. 😉

”I was thinking about this stupid game last night, and how it has everybody dancing like puppets on a string. Whoever’s behind Truth or Dare is on a massive power trip. And the thing is, we’re giving them that power. By caring. Reacting. Spending all our time worrying about who’s next and what’s true. We’re feeding the beast and I, for one, am done.”

All told this book was great and entertaining. What made me like it slightly less than its predecessor was the mystery element, though. While I could guess and rack my brain in the first book I didn’t really get a chance to do that in here. I was able to unfold about 50% of the mystery but I would have never been able to discover the other 50%. There just wasn’t enough information to reveal everything properly and this was kind of a letdown. Still, “One of Us Is Next” was a nice book to read in between and I don’t regret it. I just wish I would have gotten a chance to wrack my brain a little more. *lol*

Allgemein, Bookish Fox Knowledge

May Wrap-Up

Wrap Up

It took me ages to get to this but I’m finally writing my May Wrap-Up! If I wouldn’t have been ill over those last few days I most definitely would have posted it already, but life happened and the germs of my daughter happened so yeah, I’m sure you get the idea. *lol*

All I’m saying is that it sucks to be ill when there are 35 degrees (95) out there and you have to lie in bed with a fever. XD Anyway let’s not dwell on the bad things and rather go for the good ones!

For instance the simple fact that I managed to read 7 books in May! Okay, two of them were Fruits Basket volumes but still! This is one more than I managed to read in April so I count this as an achievement. ;-P Plus, I think I’m finally catching up on my review copies and ARCs which means my ARC ban will be dropped soon! YAY!

I guess with this good news we can move to my monthly statistic:

Books read: 7

Pages read:  2.149 (Interesting. According to my last Wrap-Up I read one book more but also read 290 pages less. XD)

Average rating: 4,14 (Am I getting picky again? *lol*)

Books that were on my reading list:  4 (2 from 2018 and 2 from 2019)

May Reads:

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The Picture of Dorian Gray: 5 Pfoten

One of my all-time faves and a classic I’ve read about a thousand times. ❤ This time however I didn’t only read it very slowly but also made sure to write a proper review! I wanted to do this ever since I joined goodreads but I never had the time. XD Well, at least not up until now. 😉 So if you want to read an elaborate  review about one of my favourite classics you can finally do it here!

The Three Hares: 4 Pfoten

This was a review copy and a really nice change to the books I usually read. The genre is somewhere between adventure, mystery and middle grade and I enjoyed to dive into this world. For some reason I had the idea that there would be magic too but there actually wasn’t which was kind of funny and gave the story a touch of mystery. XD If you want to read more about Geoffrey’s book you can always read my goodreads review here!

The Good Daughter: 4 Pfoten

I rarely read thrillers because they have a rather unnerving tendency to give me nightmares but this one was really good! It went in an entirely different direction than I initially expected but if there is one thing Karin Slaughter can do then it is to write thrillers that make you feel for her protagonists. And boy, did I feel for Charlie and Sam! >_<

One of Us is Lying: 4 Pfoten

I wanted to read this book for ages and therefore wrote it on my book list 2018. Yes, you read right: 2018. I don’t have to tell you about good intentions, do I? *lol* Anyway, this was a lot of fun to read and I loved to guess about the murderer! The fun part: I even found out who it was! XD If you’re a fan of murder mysteries with a little bit of teen drama and loved to watch Castle episodes I’m sure this is going to be fun for you too! 😉

A Court of Thorns and Roses: 4 Pfoten

This was a reread but I loved it so much!!! ❤ It was so good to be back in this world and I loved every single moment with my precious autumn leave, Lucien! No one writes faeries quite as entertaining as Sarah J. Maas and I can’t wait to continue my reread. Especially because ACOMAF is my fave book in the entire ACOTAR series! 🙂 I won’t gush about ACOTAR here because if you truly want to see my super long and epic gush feast you can do it right here!

Fruits Basket Vol. 19 & 20: 4 Pfoten

It makes me sooo sad to know that I only have 3 (by now it are even only 2) volumes left to read. I loved this manga as a teen and nothing changed! Those characters are just too precious and each and every single one of them is amazing in its own way! ❤ I wish there would be even more volumes but every series has to end and so I’ll be inconsolable once I finished the final page. T_T


So what about you? Did you read any interesting books in May? Which book made it into your faves and did your already read some of the books I mentioned in my wrap-up? If yes, what did you think of them? Did you like them or hate them?

Talk to me and let me know! =)


The Sassy Library Fox