Today, I am bringing to you my review of ALIBI as part of the ALIBI Tour hosted by AToMR Tours. This was a riveting and refreshing read and I really enjoyed the unique concept. Be sure to check out some of the other posts on the tour. You can see the full schedule by clicking on the banner. Also be sure to stick around after for the tour giveaway!
ALIBI: The Complete Series (Alibi #1-4 omnibus) by Annie Miles, John Byrne, Isabel Eckersley, Sorrel Provola, Twist Literary (Editor)
Abigail Shelton is dead.
Spring Valley's golden girl is found floating face-down in her boyfriend’s pool, hands bound behind her back, head bleeding, drugs and alcohol in her system. Her friends are the only suspects – and they all have reasons to want her dead. Everyone has an alibi, but no one is innocent. ALIBI is a 4-part young adult e-book series. Each one-hundred page installment reveals the perspective of a different character: the secret love, the nemesis, the boyfriend, the best friend. As their tales unfold, we learn that Abby is not as perfect as everyone believes, but she’s not the only one with secrets to hide. This page-turning tale of suspense, betrayal, murder, and lust will keep fans of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars up and reading well past curfew.
Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published 2012 by Twist Literary
Abby is dead, but who murdered her? Four different teenagers are caught in a vicious and tangled web of deceit and treachery. Who is pulling the strings? Charles, the handsome Aussie, sits in the police station dodging questions. Abby was the girlfriend of his cousin, but was she cheating with him? Is he to blame for her death? What about "Ace" Mason, the boyfriend....did he and Abby have a feud, did he find out she was stepping out on him and lose his temper? Palmer is the poor white trash girl who stands to lose everything if someone finds out that she is an illegitimate daughter. Did Abby somehow threaten to take away her dreams of the future? Finally, there is Rowan. Abby's best friend, the girl who feels jilted and stuck in the shadows is she to blame? Pick through the four different narratives and see if you can catch the killer!
What I Liked:
- I jumped at the chance to review this because I was fascinated with the concept. Four different authors writing four view points for the same events and cohesively putting them together in one book. I couldn't wait to dig in and see how well it executed, and needless to say, I was not disappointed. I loved reading the different angles and learning the motives of each character. I also enjoyed each unique voice. I was delighted to see how well this all pieced together. If you are looking for something that is refreshingly original give this one a try.
- I was thrilled to find that this book was full of twists and turns and it kept me guessing up until the very end. Who killed Abby? There are so many riveting developments and jaw dropping revelations. A wicked good read! It was fun to see how thick the web tangled around the four players and how they all interconnected with one another. I kept changing my mind on who the killer was and I couldn't decide who the villain was, either. This one will keep you on your toes.
- I enjoyed all the perspectives. Charles was probably my favorite, the gorgeous Aussie boy who made a big mistake and now must spend his senior year in the U.S. He is a pretty boy who is used to getting his way with the girls, but he is also smart, athletic and for the most part a good guy. Ace, is a bit of a mess and it was interesting to see how is insecurities and jealousies led him down a self-destructive path. Palmer is also a fascinating character in that she has had a tough life and fought for everything but still is looked down upon. She is a nice girl in a bad spot. Rowan, Wow! Is she ever a head trip, I won't say more you must read about her yourself.
- Normally, I hate love triangles, and this book has a love square, but I actually enjoyed it. I liked that all the characters were intimately tangled together and was surprised to see who was hooking up. I think the reason that I liked it was because it was a big hot mess of deceit, lies, manipulation and more!
And the Not So Much:
- My biggest complaint was the ending! All the riveting pieces were dropping into place and light was being shed on all the events, and then we get to the moment of the murder and BAM! It just ends. I wanted the aftermath! What happened to Ace and Charles? I seriously looked to make sure I really hit the end. It isn't a cliffhanger, all the answers are there as far as the murder is concerned, but it is extremely abrupt. A shocker!
- The only problem I had with merging the four stories and replaying the same events, was that you were reading the same scenes a couple of time from different angles. So it was a little boring reading the exact same conversation, I admit I skimmed this replays a bit. This isn't a big deal, but just know there is a bit of repetition.
- I wanted more resolution. Each of the four parts ends on a bit of a cliffhanger and I thought that I would get the final bits of information at the end and learn each character's fate, but alas, it does not happen. I checked to see if there would be another installment, but didn't see a sequel.
- This is definitely a book for older readers, I would even classify it as a New Adult book. There are scenes with drugs, and sex and the topic is something best suited for more mature readers.
ALIBI was one of the most unique and entertaining reads I have encountered this year. It was something original and different. This is a four part story blended into one thrilling read. Oh how tangled the plot becomes as you try to determine who killed Abby! This is a fun, wicked read and I really enjoyed it! I will most definitely be on the lookout for more of this type of book!
"Boredom was a dangerous thing---it could make you blind."
"It was a desire of mutual need, of two people seeking in each other what they couldn't get from the ones they actually wanted to be with."
"Coffee is the glue that holds my life together."
"I like seeing you far more than I dislike seeing him."
"He splashed on a bit of cologne, sniffed himself and smelled guilt, then doused himself with the rest of the bottle."
"Then, Charles had clearly been a jerk to Abby but since then, he'd started watching her like a pimp watches his ho."
"Typical Abby. She could probably hold a quarter between her butt cheeks all day and it would never fall out; she was that uptight."
"She dropped her hands to her sides with a resigned look on her face, as if accepting that tonight she would graciously step aside and let the understudy play the role of the pretty girl."
"Rowan stared; every second their kiss lasted added another gallon of gas on the fire of her hate."
I received a copy of this book as part of a promotional tour. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions expressed are my own.
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