This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

thisiswhereitendsTitle: This Is Where It Ends
Author: Marieke Nijkamp
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Release Day: January 5th 2016
ARC kindly provided from the publisher via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
AMAZON US | AMAZON UK
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10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

2 stars!

To say I was looking forward to reading this book would be an understatement, I was even scared of the amount of feels and all the tears it would bring. That didn’t happen. I don’t have much to say, it was such a let down and to be honest, after the 50% mark I struggled not to DNF it. It was that bad.

Unfortunately, this book did not live up to the amazing cover and captivating blurb. The villain was almost cartoonish and between the multiple POVs it was impossible to connect to a character – so many POVs with so many details for almost an hour of events that should have taken my breath away but instead it was boring and I couldn’t even be bothered to remember the characters backstories or names after a point.

The villain was a huge let down. Like a Joker-like character but flat. He only had an evil movie-like laugh and he was literally shooting people like he was playing a game – it didn’t help the story in any way to have him behave like that. He was totally one dimensional and the little pieces of story we got didn’t fit him or the overall story at all. It was just confusing.

Kudos to the author for writing a book with diverse characters which were not given enough time to connect to due to all the POVs and also they all have the same amount of dramatic background like the book was trying to make them even more likable and extract all the feels of pity and anguish, like the actual act in itself wasn’t enough to achieve that – which it also felt flat if not annoying after a while and not believable.

I wanted this book to go deep and give us everything that’s promised from the cover and the blurb but instead, it barely scratched the surface and it left me with this feeling of utter disappointment and frustration.

Kei

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