Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Blog Tour: Third Twin by CJ Omololu (Review | Giveaway)

You may have heard CJ's story, she's an amazing author with amazing friends who are supporting her as she battles Stage 4 colon cancer that has spread to her brain, hips, spinal cord,  and several organs. Until recently we weren’t sure if CJ would make it to the release date of THE THRID TWIN, but with the help of some modern medicine, and a whole lot of good thoughts and prayers – it looks like things are good to go for the big day.

I couldn’t be happier to be one of the bloggers on this tour, helping to support this book and the amazing strong woman who wrote it!

Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery
Publication.Date  February 24th 2015
Published By:  Delacorte
AuthorCJ Omololu

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My review copy:Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Identical twins. Identical DNA. Identical suspects. It's Pretty Little Liarsmeets Revenge in this edge-of-your-seat thriller with a shocking twist.

When they were little, Lexi and her identical twin, Ava, made up a third sister, Alicia. If something broke? Alicia did it. Cookies got eaten? Alicia's guilty. Alicia was always to blame for everything. The game is all grown up now that the girls are seniors. They use Alicia as their cover to go out with boys who are hot but not exactly dating material. Boys they'd never, ever be with in real life.

Now one of the guys Alicia went out with has turned up dead, and Lexi wants to stop the game for good. As coincidences start piling up, Ava insists that if they follow the rules for being Alicia, everything will be fine. But when another boy is killed, the DNA evidence and surveillance photos point to only one suspect: Alicia. The girl who doesn't exist. As she runs from the cops, Lexi has to find the truth before another boy is murdered. Because either Ava is a killer…or Alicia is real.


“You always have to put people into little labeled boxes." I can see his eyes flashing in anger. "The pretty one. The smart one. The surfer. The jock." He walks up to me so forcefully that I take a step backward. "The rock star. And your world is totally out of order if one of those people tries to step out of that box. Even you." He tosses one arm out to the side. "You're so busy being Stanford material that you cant see what's in front of your face. What's been in front of your face for years - ever since we were little.”

     From the bestselling author of Dirty Little Secrets and Transcendence series comes yet another highly entertaining, suspenseful and supremely readable story!

     The Third Twin is a murder mystery and high-intensity thriller about identical twin sisters, Alexa and Ava, who play with fire by pretending to have a third sister, Alicia. Alicia is fun, beautiful, fashionable and extremely popular with boys. She goes on many dates, gets invited to all the hot parties and is simply the coolest sister out of the three. The only problem is, Alicia doesn't really exist. She's made up. It's always Ava and Alexa pretending to be Alicia, taking turns going on dates and fooling around with boys. But, as usual in these kind of situations, it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt. When Alicia's boyfriends start dropping dead one by one and the cops come knocking on the door, looking for the third sister who doesn't exist, the girls find themselves in a whole lot of trouble. Someone's out to get them, will they find out who before it's too late?

     This book was extremely entertaining. It took me back to my high school years when I was obsessively reading R.L. Stine's The Fear Street. Fun, fast-paced and easy to read, this was simply a solid and well-written teen thriller with some elements of family drama and romance. Semi-cautionary tale, designed to scare but also teach the kids not to play with other people's emotions, because, hello, you might get burned. Badly.

   This is a plot-driven story. The characters are interesting enough to keep the readers engaged and captivated, but they're not particularly memorable. I didn't hate them, but I didn't get especially invested in their fates, either. I did, however, want to find out what in the world was going on. The mystery aspect of the story was supreme and executed with the utmost care for details. I could not for the life of me tell who the evil culprit was. I had tons of theories and I suspected everyone. Well, almost everyone, because I was honestly surprised to find out who was behind the murders. The ending was very twisty and gasp-worthy. I was so sure I had it all figured out, but was taken aback by the final reveal. Omololu did a great job keeping the suspense going and she really managed to surprise me at the end.

     I am so glad I got a chance to read this book. If you enjoy entertaining thrillers that really mess with your head, The Third Twin should be your next read. Particularly if you happen to be a fan of The Fear Street and movies such as I Know What You Did Last Summer or House At The End Of The Street.

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