Thursday, March 5, 2015

Book Review: Famous Last Words

Title: Famous Last Words
Author: Katie Alender
Genre: Young Adult // Ghosts // Murder // Mystery
Publisher: Point
Publication Date: September 30, 2014
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased (BN.com)



Willa is freaking out. It seems like she's seeing things. Like a dead body in her swimming pool. Frantic messages on her walls. A reflection that is not her own. It's almost as if someone -- or something -- is trying to send her a message.
Meanwhile, a killer is stalking Los Angeles -- a killer who reenacts famous movie murder scenes. Could Willa's strange visions have to do with these unsolved murders? Or is she going crazy? And who can she confide in? There's Marnie, her new friend who may not be totally trustworthy. And there's Reed, who's ridiculously handsome and seems to get Willa. There's also Wyatt, who's super smart but unhealthily obsessed with the Hollywood Killer.
All Willa knows is, she has to confront the possible-ghost in her house, or she just might lose her mind . . . or her life.
Acclaimed author Katie Alender puts an unforgettable twist on this spine-chilling tale of murder, mystery, mayhem -- and the movies (goodreads).




Ghosts and a Hollywood serial killer? This was DEFINITELY my kind of book. 
Plot: Famous Last Words marries supernatural mystery along with a serial killer mystery-it's not every day that a ghost can help solve a murder mystery! While the serial killer was easy enough to guess, the tone of the book was what sold it for me. The scenes with the ghosts were downright spooky are were vivid enough where I thought I was watching a paranormal movie. 

Characters: Willa is uprooted from life as she knows it when her mother marries an upcoming director in Hollywood, introducing her to a world of glitz and glamour. Willa was very likable and I felt sympathetic towards her as she tried to juggle handling her father's untimely death and trying to fit in to her new family. 

Reed is our quirky love interest who initially rubs Willa the wrong way. Their love story plays second fiddle to the overarching mystery (as it should, because ghosts), but it was nice to see Reed and Willa's relationship develop and see the early stages of romance. 

World Building: I felt just like Willa did, an outcast of the glitz and glam of Hollywood. Alender did a wonder job highlighting the shallowness of the industry, but I also liked the glance we got into Old Hollywood. 

Short N Sweet: Famous Last Words makes a better ghost story than murder mystery, but it was still a fun ride!



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