Wednesday, June 24, 2015

REVIEW: Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

For fans of The Hunger Games

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?

Debut author Jeanne Ryan delivers an un-putdownable suspense thriller.

This book was very fast-paced with a very dark plot! I really enjoyed reading this book!

Vee is not usually the kind of girl who does daring things, her best friend is the one who usually is in the spotlight. One day Vee decides to not be herself and does a dare for NERVE, and online daring game. Her dare ends in a disaster and she vows not to do it again, but when they offer up prizes for doing more dares, she can't resist. She begins to do dare after dare, but as the prizes get more interesting, the game gets deadlier. The game is affecting her relationships, but it also may take her life.

This book is one of those books that are so very uncomfortable to read. If you're like me, you cringe whenever a character has an embarrassing moment. Read a book where a character has to complete dares and you'll cringe the whole way. Yet, I kept reading. I knew that things were going to go so very very wrong, but I had to watch. This book is very interesting in that way.  At first the dares just seem ridiculous, then the dares escalate, from dumping water on herself to possible death. While I knew it would get to that point, when we got to the end I was shocked at how horrible things were! Right along with Vee!

I think this book also tells us a lot about our society. In the game, when it gets bad, Vee tries to tell people to call 911 (her dares are being filmed!), but everyone assumes or part of the game or just don't care! It ridiculous! But people aren't going to believe it. Also, Vee's fellow players are more than willing to do whatever it takes to get their prizes. Honestly, Vee was like that up to a point. It brings up the idea on what are you willing to risk for prizes? It sucks to admit, but many people would risk a lot for some stuff.

There is some romance. It won't be a surprise that Ian and Vee get together. You read the synopsis and you know that's what will happen. I was very meh on the romance. This book takes place in a short period of time, so I didn't really see how they could be so close so fast. Bonding other dares? Anyway, it wasn't to bothersome as it didn't distract from the plot, I just wasn't that wild about it.

Lastly, the ending. Fair warning: this book has an open-ended ending.

I'm aware that my review is a mess and I'm sorry for that. Overall, I thought this book was very fast-paced with very interesting elements! This book was very nerve-wracking (har har) and I felt like I was doing the dares along with Vee. The romance was meh and the ending was just too open, but I overall enjoyed this book!

I hereby give this book
3.5 Wheels
Meaning: I liked it, but it wasn't quite amazing.

1 comment :

  1. I've wanted to read this book for the longest time because I'm a huge video game fan! You've made me want to read it even more, especially because you said it's very fast-paced. Great review!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian