Friday, July 10, 2015

The Rules by Nancy Holder and Debbie Virguié

The Rules by Nancy Holder and Debbie Virguié - Thoughts in ProgressWhen I first saw THE RULES mentioned as a teen thriller, I almost didn’t read it. Boy, would that have been a huge mistake.

Turns out THE RULES is one of the best psychological thrillers I’ve ever read. Doesn’t matter it’s listed in the YA genre, it’s a fascinating read for all ages. It will keep you glued to your seat from beginning to end and even then it’ll leave you gasping.

The tension begins fast, holds you spellbound and throws you for a loop or two as the adrenaline rush accelerates. The alternating narratives will keep you in suspense as the good guys begin to look bad and the bad guys seem innocent.

When junior Robin Brisset has the opportunity to attend one of Callabrese High’s most exclusive parties, she knows it will be a memorable night. What she doesn’t realize is that the stakes will turn deadly during the party’s traditional scavenger hunt. Bending and breaking rules will become necessary for the partygoers to survive, that is if they can determine who to trust as they look for clues and a way out.

Authors Nancy Holder and Debbie Virguié have created unique characters that will defy your expectations. The dialogue moves from teen to teen in a fast pace, action-fueled transition. Each unexpected twist will shine new light on the characters and their motives.

This dark thriller is a must-read for those who enjoy spine-tingling tales with mysterious settings and captivating characters.

Author Nancy Holder’s website is and author Debbie Virguié’s website is DebbieVirguié.com

The Rules by Nancy Holder and Debbie Virguié, Delacorte Press Books, @2015, ISBN: 978-0385741002, Hardcover, 352 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks for stopping by today. Do you sometimes overlook a good book because it’s listed under a genre you don’t read? Would you not read a book just because it was listed YA?

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  1. Fortunately I don't miss books for genre reasons. I wish I could read more though.
    There are always soooooo many books I long to devour.

  2. Scavenger hunt is a good setting for a thriller. And unique, as most are comedies.

  3. Great cover. I currently work for the publisher who does only YA :) But I don't do books in which teens or kids are put in horrors, or deadly situations... and will never understand the irresponsibility of the writers who do it

  4. I've seen that title and wondered what the book was about. I think a scavenger hunt thriller is brilliant.

  5. I love thrillers. I don't come across too many YA ones, or maybe I'm not looking hard enough. This one looks great.

  6. I tend to read books that are recommended rather than looking at the genre. I've got to know many bloggers who have the same tastes as I do and it's helped me step out of my comfort zone.

  7. I love psychological thrillers, so this one is right up my alley. I do miss books, not because of genre, but because there are so darn many books out there!

    VR Barkowski


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