thriller · Young adult

Charisma – Jeanne Ryan. ✶✶✶

A chance at the ultimate makeover means deadly consequences in this Sarah Dessen-meets-Robin Cook thriller

Aislyn suffers from crippling shyness—that is, until she’s offered a dose of Charisma, an underground gene therapy drug guaranteed to make her shine. The effects are instant. She’s charming, vivacious, and popular. But strangely, so are some other kids she knows. The media goes into a frenzy when the disease turns contagious, and then deadly, and the doctor who gave it to them disappears. Aislyn must find a way to stop it, before it’s too late.

My Review: 
I must start off by explaining that I struggled what to award this book between a four star and three star, that is because my assumption of what would happen in this book turned out to be correct and that spoilt it for me as I already knew! Secondly, I had high expectations after reading and loving Nerve by this author but personally this was no where near as good as Nerve and I felt let down. Lastly, it took me a while to get into this book and I found from chapter 11 on wards it did pick up but dragged until it got going good!

HOWEVER, aside from all that it is a good story! One the author has obviously had to research a lot into. Charisma is written well, contains short chapters and is the ideal young adult book. It is meant to be classed as a thriller but personally it did not feel like a thriller to me. I wanted to enjoy this book more than I did but this is MY honest review of the book and others may love it!

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Adapted to film · chick-lit · suspense · thriller · Young adult

Nerve – Jeanne Ryan ✶✶✶✶✶


A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly
When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it’s exhilarating–Vee and Ian’s fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn when they’re directed to a secret location with five other players for the Grand Prize round. Suddenly they’re playing all or nothing, with their lives on the line. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE?

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book! Like a true bookworm I have to read the book before I watch the film and I was impressed. I loved it. If the film is anything like the book then I know I will already love it. I was hooked. Brilliant. Nerve is easy to read, fast paced, contains short chapters and is written well. Not a game I would personally play! I would highly recommend this story to you all. I’m sad that I’ve finished it. A book you will not want to put down and now I can finally watch the film.. YAY.

Nerve is perfect for readers who enjoy a brilliant young adult, suspense, chick-lit, thriller and adapted to film story. Another great book I have read this year which I will not forget. Enjoy, I did.