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Thursday, April 4, 2024

Sometimes there really is... NO ESCAPE by Maren Stoffels - REVIEW!

Looking for your next read?  Fan of Young Adult Fiction with a Mystery/Thriller angle?  Oh...are you in for a TREAT today!  We're taking a look at a title that was just released THIS WEEK via Underlined that fits that genre/subgenre perfectly, and when I say it will keep you on the edge of your seat?  I mean it.  For reals.  As in maybe don't read it with the lights off all alone at night...just saying.  *ahem*  Ladies and gents, let's get between the pages of what might possibly be your next MUST READ...

Maren Stoffels

About the book...
"You have been chosen to participate in a new Escape Room. You can bring one person. The one you trust the most. Your very best friend.”

When Lexi receives an invitation to participate in a brand-new escape room, along with her best friend Tess, she’s thrilled. They could both use the distraction after a recent tragedy.

But once inside, they learn that they must compete against one another.

What do you do when your best friend suddenly becomes your biggest adversary, and every choice you make puts her in danger? How far will you go to win?


Better question for me would be WOULD I ever consider it...the answer being a pretty hard NO, but I digress...I'm REALLY curious how many of you HAVE or WOULD!  We actually have one fairly local to where I live, and while the concept is interesting, I'm afraid I wouldn't like the claustrophobic aspect of being "trapped" somewhere that I couldn't just leave.  I get there are clues to get through the room, or in the case of this story, rooms and floors, but I'm still hedging on the HEY to the NO.  Anywho...

In this story, the teens featured like to live on the edge, or at least get out of their own heads from time to time, and that's good all things considered.  An escape room seems like a pretty tame way to do that...though the whole cloak and dagger way they get into this one was throwing RED flags up left and right.  They have more in common than they might think, and once those similarities are found, things start to make a little more sense as to the WHY them, even if the WHO behind it doesn't come screaming through.  I was definitely holding my breath as the story progressed to see who would make it out, discover the identity of the person or persons being interviewed throughout the story, and uncover the big WHY IN THE WORLD behind it all.  The author definitely kept you guessing, but while totally in the dark along the way, by book's end clarity is found...even if it DOES leave the door open for more.

A great read for those looking for a spooky mystery with a thrilling edge, but also a wake up call for those experiencing feelings like the characters, or if you know someone who is, to seek help.  It's out there, but you have to reach for it, or be that hand that aids in pulling someone else to a safe space.


About the author...

Maren Stoffels published her first book at age seventeen. She likes stories that are based on real experiences. Reading her books make you feel like it could all happen to you. And maybe it will...


Special thanks to Cat at Nicole Banholzer PR for the chance to bring this title to you and to Underlined for the copy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the series, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now via Underlined, an imprint of Penguin Random House, so plan a stop by your local brick and mortar, or order your copy online today!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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