“Nerve” by Jeanne Ryan

This book was hard for me to put down…it builds with a heavy sense of foreboding but with an eagerness of seeing just how far will it go and if our girl has the “nerve” to go through with it.  I really really enjoyed this book!

Title: Nerve

Author: Jeanne Ryan

Publisher: Dial Books (Penguin)

Summary (by Goodreads):

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?

My take:

Disclaimers and such: I received this book from DAC ARC Tours!  Thank you for letting me read and review this ARC and thank you to Dial Books as well!  So although, I received this book for free in exchange for a review, all thoughts are my own.  This book was published September 13th!

In the book, “Nerve” is a new reality game based on the idea of someone taking a dare and, when successfully completed, earning a prize.  Contestants may enter by completing a preliminary dare and making sure the video is streaming through their phone to “Nerve”s website as they are completing the dare.  With enough views, comments, and popularity, “Nerve” will dare the contestant to do something else.  The dares get bigger and so do the prizes, but once you start, do you have the nerve to actually go through with all of it…to the end?

We find Vee in the beginning of the book as a back stage makeup artist to her friends who are in a school play.  No recognition and no fame has put Vee in the backseat watching everyone else get all the glory.   She doesn’t mind it, but a little recognition wouldn’t kill would it?  To gain the attention of a certain boy in particular, Vee enters the Nerve game by completing a preliminary dare and with the growing number of fans…Vee finds herself texted by Nerve to do another dare, but this time for a prize.  And so it begins…

I tried to find a “Pringles – Once you pop, you can’t stop” gif, but couldn’t find one!!  If someone finds one, tell me where and I’ll put it up!

We have a couple of characters in this book, boys in particular.  Matthew: the boy who Vee has a crush on, but she can’t tell if he’s really that into her or just after her best friend.  Tommy: the good boy that has a crush on Vee (and who Vee should like back), but he doesn’t have the guts to tell her.  Ian: the very cute boy that Nerve pairs Vee with as a partner to go through competitions/dares with.  I picture Scarlet O’Hara out on the lawn in the beginning of Gone with the Wind…if you haven’t read or seen the movie, just…now.  Go see it now.  It’s a classic.

As the dares progress, feelings escalate and the feeling of invincibility sets in, but just how far is too far?  Pretty soon we see the true nature of each person.  Is Ian too perfect?  Will Tommy be there for her in the end?  Who is Matthew really crushing on?

The book really feels like an adrenaline rush and it starts with coasting, then goes to jogging….and then you feel like you’re sprinting to the end.  What I think drew me in the most was the fact that this seemed like a game that you would possibly see on TV.  With all the reality shows…why not have one where people are dared to do crazy stunts for prizes at home with friends watching?   Question is, would you be one of the people to do it and have the nerve to do everything they ask?

Read it!  Read it!  Loved it!!  🙂



Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

I was surprised by how much I liked this book!  I’m not much of a contemporary novel reader, but it was so nice to take a break from the paranormal, deal with real people, and not have to worry about a sequel!  Don’t get me wrong…books in a series are great, it’s just nice to have closure every once and a while!

Title: Graffiti Moon

Author: Cath Crowley

Summary (by Goodreads):

Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she’s going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He’s out there somewhere—spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night—and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for. Instead, Lucy’s stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she’s managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they’re suddenly on an all-night search around the city. And what Lucy can’t see is the one thing that’s right before her eyes.

First 5 Sentences:

I pedal fast.  Down Rose Drive, where houses swim in pools of orange streetlight.  Where people sit on verandas, hoping to catch a breeze.  Let me make it in time.  Please let me make it in time.

My take:

I enjoyed the story!  The book goes back and forth between our girl Lucy, a guy named Ed, and his friend Leo/”Poet”.  It’s not a fast paced novel, but it shares a story of a one night adventure that Lucy and Ed go on together.

Lucy has been obsessed over a guy named Shadow.  He does graffiti work all around town and although she has never met him, she “knows” he’s THE one.  So when a guy slips to Lucy that he knows Shadow and where he might be, Lucy and her friends go on an all-nighter to find Shadow and to finally meet him.  The only problem is that Ed is part of the “party” to find Shadow and Lucy has been determined to steer clear of him.

Here’s the deal…Lucy and Ed went out on a date a couple years back and she ended up breaking his nose.  Her side of the story goes that he grabbed her “arse” and since it was a first date…she broke it.  But she vomited once she got home because she couldn’t handle the blood and was sorely disappointed that the evening didn’t go as planned.

Ed’s side of the story is that it was purely an accident and he was sorry it happened…even before his nose started bleeding everywhere.  But neither of them share their full sides of the story to each other and since that night, they’ve been trying to stay as far away from each other as possible even though they still harbor feelings.

As the night progresses and people drop out of the search party to enjoy a real party, it leaves Ed and Lucy to find Shadow together.  While searching, Lucy and Ed start opening up to each other to talk about anything and everything.  During the middle of it all, Lucy professes her feelings for Shadow to Ed.  What she doesn’t know is that she has unknowingly told Shadow, himself.  This isn’t a spoiler, it’s covered in like the second chapter of the book…the summary just makes it sound like it’s a big unknown.

The writing was great.  The excerpts between Lucy and Ed is “Poet” and his chapters are always so cool to read.  Just fun little blips in the book that makes you want to re-read it to see what details you may have missed the first time.  It was like a little distraction, but relevant at the same time.  It’s hard to explain.

Will Ed tell Lucy the truth about him being the famous “Shadow”?  What happens when the sun comes up and the night is over?  I enjoyed the book and recommend it!