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**2014 YALSA Quick Pick**
Ariel's birthday weekend looks to be the event of the season, with a private concert by rock star Hudson Winters on the grounds of her family's east coast estate, and all of Ariel's elite prep school friends in attendance. The only person who's dreading the party is Sera, Ariel's former best friend, whose father is forcing her to go. Sera has been the school pariah since she betrayed Ariel, and she now avoids Ariel and their former friends. Thrown ...
**2014 YALSA Quick Pick**
Ariel's birthday weekend looks to be the event of the season, with a private concert by rock star Hudson Winters on the grounds of her family's east coast estate, and all of Ariel's elite prep school friends in attendance. The only person who's dreading the party is Sera, Ariel's former best friend, whose father is forcing her to go. Sera has been the school pariah since she betrayed Ariel, and she now avoids Ariel and their former friends. Thrown together, Ariel and Sera can agree on one thing: this could be one very long night.
They have no idea just how right they are.
Only moments after the concert begins and the lights go down, thugs open fire on parents and schoolmates alike, in a plot against Ariel's father that quickly spins out of control. As the entire party is taken hostage, the girls are forced apart. Ariel escapes into the hidden tunnels in the family mansion, where she and Sera played as children. Only Sera, who forges an unlikely alliance with Hudson Winters, knows where her friend could be. As the industrial terrorist plot unravels and the death toll climbs, Ariel and Sera must recall the sisterhood that once sustained them as they try to save themselves and each other on the longest night of their lives.
Named by Huffington Post Books as a Top 10 Book For Kids Who Hate Reading
"Two high school seniors re-evaluate their failed friendship under dangerous circumstances. Benedis-Grab alternates between the two girls' perspectives; nearly every chapter ends with a cliffhanger, keeping tension high. The action and high stakes should keep readers engaged." --Publishers Weekly
"Told in alternating voices ... this compelling narrative includes a touch of romance. Readers will find this mystery satisfying." - School Library Journal
"Quickly paced and without a dull moment, Benedis-Grab manages to write a disturbing, yet entertaining, novel that will entrance future readers. Budding young romance adds an extra touch to the already thriving story line, and the will to survive makes this an inspiring read. I recommend The Girl in the Wall to readers addicted to fast-paced storytelling and action. Benedis-Grab's novel is a must-read." --Blogcritics.org
"In so many books, when the author tries to tell the story in alternating voices it can quickly become confusing. In The Girl in the Wall it works. Each girl has her own voice and you can easily distinguish them both. Once I started, I could hardly put them down. Daphne Benedis-Grab is definitely an author on my to-watch list." --Mel's Reading Blog
"Four stars! The Girl in the Wall was everything I hoped it would be and it sounds like Merit Press has a hit on their hands! You're definitely going to want to check out this action-packed thriller this Christmas." --Panda Reads blog
"This contemporary YA novel packs a punch. Using alternating perspectives - one of my favorite devices! - Benedis-Grab weaves a compelling, scary tale of one fateful night in the lives of two former best friends. Also, it's gratifying to see teenage girl characters kicking butt while also patching up their friendship." --Persephone Magazine
"I felt that this novel was compelling, with an interesting plot and characters I wanted to learn more about. Why are Ariel and Sera so estranged? Who is behind the hostage situation? Who will live, and who will die? I really enjoyed the story and will be on the lookout for more from Daphne Benedis-Grab and Merit Press!" --Christi, the Teen Librarian blog
"Daphne Benedis-Grab's debut YA novel is filled with suspense, danger, and murder as the clock ticks through a deadly night. From the very first chapter, I was hooked, and the story got more intense every page! It's an absolutely thrilling ride, and I look forward to Ms. Benedis-Grab's next foray into young adult literature!" --Jack and Jill Magazine
"This book gripped me from the beginning and I finished it in a day. The action was intense but well-paced, the characters were realistic and meaningful, the consequences were honest. If you're looking for a different YA book, try this one." --Book Sojourner
"The book: woah. It was a fast-paced emotional rollercoaster that really kept me guessing. The characters were seriously awesome. Packed with turns and tear-at-your-heart moments. I had high expectations since it's been on my wishlist for a time, and I was not disappointed." - Nightly Reading
Posted February 12, 2013
Yep, that's right- this book earned 5 birdies. And here's why. I've been in a bit of a reading slump. I have two books that I'd been waiting for for a while sitting here, started, but not holding my attention. I have a stack of books that I know will be wonderful once I can focus on them, but I've had trouble doing just that. Until I picked this book up Sunday, determined to read it for this review today.
Once I got started, I spent hours telling myself, "Just one more chapter." I chewed through page after page of this thriller, unable to slow down, let alone stop reading. I was entranced.
Others will pick this up and wonder why I'm talking it up so much. At first glance, there doesn't seem to be anything exceptional about the book; it's from a largely unknown author, from a largely unknown pub house, with a cover image that does the job, but isn't really remarkable. The craftsmanship of the plot, however, is so finely-tuned, it's pretty difficult to find a spot where the pacing is anything less than pristine. The suspense builds steadily and without pause, while the author builds in just enough back-story to explain character relationships without getting in the way of the action.
Another element I enjoy: this is a perfectly wrapped-up stand-alone, without a love triangle. I love my series books, but it was refreshing to finish this one in a single afternoon and know that I've read the whole story; I don't have to wait months and months for the next installment. There were elements of innocent romance sprinkled throughout, but I wasn't asked to sympathize with a heroine who had to choose between two boys. Thank you, dear author.
Readers should be forewarned that there is some graphic violence in this book; characters get shot and die, and some of the description is unpleasant for the squeamish. Otherwise, the book is quite clean of elements that some consider inappropriate for young readers. I'd especially recommend for the reluctant reader, since the action is so engaging.
If you're at all inclined to take a chance on a book that may not have been on your to-read list, something just for fun, try this one. I dare ya.
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Posted December 18, 2012
Sera made a difficult choice to save a life by telling the truth. Now she’s paying for it day after day after day. Her peers at school are treating her like “pariah of the year.” Now her family is insisting she attend the birthday party of her ex-friend, Ariel. It’s all very uncomfortable until rock star Hudson Winters (real name Hunter Winters) begins to croon a song Sera loves. The mesmerizing effect of his singing is cut short by the burst of gunfire and then the hell begins!
Two people are died and a group of killers is holding the rest of the party attendees temporarily until they realize the person they really wanted to kill, Ariel, is missing. So begins an awful night of threats, murders, fire, and more while Ariel is hidden in the walls of her home. It’s a place where Sera and she hung out and played when they were much younger. But now Sera has to make a choice to betray Ariel again or prove her loyalty. The cost of either is huge!
As the night progresses, the remaining youths know there will be no help until well into the next day. They, therefore, begin to plan on how to attack the killers and at the same time gradually discover who is behind this insane, cold-blooded attack and why. It’s NOT a pretty picture, no matter how one sees the choices and possible outcomes.
During this night Sera discovers that Hudson (Hunter) is a regular guy with his own sad story. It’s his strength and ideas that help Sera tolerate the intense pressure and plan for a different alternative to the end they all expect. At the same time, Ariel has the time while in hiding to think about who are her true friends and make a decision that might just save her own life.
The Girl in the Wall punches the reader with its very real brutality and poignancy. The author knows well how to increase the tension but also make it something compassionate and moving, not just another made for TV drama. Superbly done, Daphne Benedis-Grab! YA readers will love this novel, for sure!
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Posted June 6, 2014
This book shocks you at every corner and is an amazing twist of many different categories of books. I would highly recommend it to everyone. This book is fu of suspense and has you excited to see what the next page holds. AMAZING!!!
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I wasn't real sure I would like this book, but the reviews sold me on at least trying it out, plus it was free. I gave it a 5 star because the reviews were dead on fantastic. I look forward to reading more from this Author. You will not be disappointsc in trying this book out.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 27, 2014
Got this as a free book on my nook and it was definitely the deal of the month! Thrilling page turner that I could not put down! You will not be dissapointed. It was kind of like the new TV series, Crisis, where they kidnap rich kids. Very riviting and real to life. Made me feel like I was there. Easy to relate too since situations such as this are popping up in the news all the time now. Sad but true. If you like thrillers you won't be dissapointed in this one!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 27, 2014
I enjoyed this book. It held my attention much more than I anticipated. The characters were interesting to read about. Their actions were logical and moved the story along. I think most people would find this to be an entertaining novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 16, 2014
Good, but disbelievable at some points. For example the issue with unlocking the phone. I thought phones had a emergancy bypass thing so people could use them to call 911, so you wouldnt need a password to use it. Other things like the 'security' with machine guns were a bit hard to buy. Who in the right mind would believe that a security team carries machine guns? Areils father should definitly have been suspicous. And the fact that a week later theyre all in school acting like nothing happened. Yeah, they were held hostage, had to fight back by killing people, almost died and saw their friends die, but no biggie theyre back in school with no serious phycological problems. Again, im not buyin it. Also twords the end of the book, it mentions Franz being insane, when just before he had been fine and driving a car around trying to run over agents. A little explanation on what happened there would have been nice. I also thought the focus of the book was off. It should have been more about plotting to fight back against the agents and icluded more of the actual battle and the aftermath instead of focusing on how a friendship was restored. Those things just seemed a little more major to me than repairing friendships. I am describing all the flaws in this book though, so dont let this review turn you from reading it. It was entertaining and not a bad read in the long run.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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