Blog Tour: ARC Review of All Her Secrets by Kate Avery Ellison (+ Giveaway!)

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I’m so excited to be a part of the blog tour celebrating the release of All Her Secrets by Kate Avery Ellison! Barclay Publicity is hosting the tour and was nice enough to send over an eARC for me to review. So without further ado… what did I think of this book?

Published: October 18th, 2016, self-published | Series: N/A | Length: ~250 pages (ebook only; estimate from Goodreads) | Genre: YA, psychological thriller | Source: I received an eARC from Barclay Publicity as part of this blog tour.

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Summary:

Nothing is as it seems in this psychological YA thriller set in a not-too-distant future.

A GIRL WITH SECRETS

Eighteen-year-old Victoria, the daughter of inventor and visionary-genius Bill Faraday, was almost murdered by a stranger four years ago. She’s been trying to forget the incident ever since.

When Victoria discovers something that might explain why she was brutally attacked, she heads home from college to uncover the truth. Then, she’s kidnapped.

A GUY FROM THE WRONG SIDE OF THE TRACKS

Sam’s just a poor kid from Valley City, but he knows who Victoria is as soon as his cousin Craig drags her from the trees. He doesn’t want anything to do with what appears to be a revenge kidnapping, but Craig has a gun and needs someone to take the fall if things go wrong.

A DESPERATE PLAN TO SURVIVE

Craig and his buddies imprison Sam and Victoria in an abandoned mountain cabin to await ransom. Putting aside mistrust for tentative friendship, Victoria and Sam conspire to escape together, and the close quarters ignite a startling attraction between them. Then they discover strange tunnels beneath the cabin. And what they find inside the tunnels proves more bizarre.

With a plan in place to escape, freedom seems within reach. But Sam and Victoria are both keeping secrets about their past.

And secrets can be deadly.

My Review

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Every once in awhile I get really in the mood for a particular genre, usually one that I haven’t really read or at least haven’t read in a long time. Recently I’ve been going through this with thrillers. So when Barclay Publicity announced that they’d be doing a blog tour for a new YA psychological thriller, I jumped at the chance to join.

There are many things that I liked about All Her Secrets. All of the characters in this story are complex, intriguing, and have you constantly guessing about what to expect from them. Some characters you’re not sure whether you can trust them or what their motives are. Other characters have you thinking that you know about them, but they end up having some secrets and throwing you off. This is typical of thrillers, yes, but it doesn’t mean it’s any less entertaining to read about.

All Her Secrets is told in dual POV, alternating between Sam and Victoria. I really liked both of their perspectives and I think both brought something to the story that was meaningful and interesting and would have been nearly impossible to see without the inclusion of both points of view. I also really enjoyed seeing Sam and Victoria struggling to decide whether or not it was okay to let their guard down around each other and find a support system with each other or whether they needed to keep to themselves. Seeing them sort through the complexities of their situation was incredibly fascinating.

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There are some sci-fi elements to this story which, although not the main focus, are a big driving factor behind the plot and quite interesting to read about. Victoria’s dad has invented these incredibly complex and impressive robots and while many people love the inventions, they’ve also caused a lot of controversy and resentment as they become very human-like and begin to replace people in their jobs, leaving many people in the area unemployed.

This book is incredibly suspenseful as well. Obviously, this is what you’d expect from a thriller but hey, just because you’d expect it doesn’t necessarily mean you’d get it. 😉 I was hooked from very early on in the story and found it difficult to ever put this book down. Chapters are very short, only a couple of pages at most and sometimes even only a paragraph or two, but the story never felt choppy or disconnected to me which is a testament to the author’s writing.

The reason I decided to give this four rather than five stars is simply because there were some parts, especially towards the end, that were really kind of cheesy and had me rolling my eyes a bit. But even with those eyeroll-inducing moments, All Her Secrets is still a great read that I’d definitely recommend to anyone looking for a suspenseful, captivating thriller. Even if you’re not one to normally read thrillers, if you like sci-fi, I’d still say to give this a shot because there are some sci-fi elements that may appeal to you. Overall this was a great book and a steal at only a few dollars.

Giveaway

Kate Avery Ellison is offering one (1) lucky winner a $25 Amzon Gift Card and five (5) runner-ups an eCopy of one of her books (winner’s choice)! To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter.

About Kate Avery Ellison

kateaveryellisonKate Avery Ellison decided she wanted to be an author when she was five years old, and with hard work, determination, and the support of loved ones along the way, her dreams of telling stories for a living came true in 2011 with her first novel, The Curse Girl, and continued with her Amazon bestselling series The Frost Chronicles and numerous other fantasy and science fiction novels. She loves putting a dash of mystery in everything she writes, an ode to her childhood spent reading Nancy Drew, Agatha Christie, and Sherlock Holmes, and she can’t resist adding a good twist in the story wherever she can.

Kate wishes she could live in a place where it’s always October, but until that’s possible, she makes her home in humid Atlanta with her husband, son, and two spoiled cats. When she isn’t dreaming up her next novel or holed up writing it down, Kate can be found binging her favorite shows on Netflix, reading on her Kindle, building intricate train track configurations with her toddler, and playing board games with her husband and friends.

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