Killer Game

Killer Game[PDF] ✎ Killer Game ✐ Kirsty McKay – At Cate's isolated boarding school Killer Game is a tradition Only a select few are invited to play They must avoid being killed by a series of thrilling pranks and identify the murderer But this time At Cate's isolated boarding school Killer Game is a tradition Only a select few are invited to play They must avoid being killed by a series of thrilling pranks and identify the murderer But this time it's different the game stops feeling fake and starts getting dangerous and Cate's the next target Can they find the culprit before it's too late. I was thinking this book was going to be something else entirely I'm not sure why but I had a few movies running around in my head where they were these masks but that has nothing to do with the story This book is a little young adult than I was expecting when I started reading it but I really enjoyed it The kids are sort of weird and dorky acting but who isn't at that age It does have a creep factor that reminds me of the young horror books I used to read as a kid I'm old that was a long time ago Cate's parents own an island in the Irish Sea and there is a school on the island called Umfraville So naturally Cate gets placed in this school She has some good friends Daniel and Marsha seem to be the closest but there are The school has a Guild where they play a game called Killed This isn't a computer game it's for real Okay so not for real kill or They get initiated into the Guild and there is a really gross way that Cate is initiated I will save that one for you all to read about yourselves They have meetings etc and once they get a certain number of kids initiated the leader Alex puts names on cards and whoever draws the KILLER card is the one that goes around taking out the other players Simple little cheesy stuff like putting stuff that will look like the water is bleeding on you in the shower I thought it sounded fun at that point Cate's friend from childhood suddenly shows up at the school She hasn't talked to him in years when her parents moved and wouldn't really let her talk to Vaughan But why is he there? And how did get immediately initiated into the game? There are mysteries everywhere and it's all good until the game turns lethal Someone has gone off their nut and starts killing for real And you know what? I know who the killer is I really did enjoy this book once it got going it made made me think of childhood scares that I loved ever so much I would like to thank Netgalley and SOURCEBOOKS Fire for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest reviewMY BLOG Melissa Martin's Reading List Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || PinterestRemember those Point Horror books that were so popular in the 80s and 90s? RL Stine Christopher Pike Diane Hoh? When I was in middle school my school library had a little bookshelf crammed with these trashy gems and I checked them out by the dozen I think by the time I had my commencement ceremony I'd read all of the titles they had in circulationThere were various themes but my favorite was always The Deadly Party a throwback to parlor murder mysteries and escape the room puzzles the deadly party was all fun games until it wasn'tTHE ASSASSIN GAME is a modern version of The Deadly Party Set in a Welsh boarding school it is about a game of Assassin that goes horribly wrong I took one look at that summary and instantly reuested this as an ARC which I then proceeded to forget about until a couple days ago I downloaded THE ASSASSIN GAME and promptly read it in a sittingKiller is their sophisticated version of Assassin and is kind of like a cross between Assassin and Mafia Cate our main protagonist who also happens to own the island the school is built on has been angling to participate for years membership is highly exclusive and members can only be chosen and now she finally has her chance thanks to her friends Marcia and DanielHer school provides the perfect gothic backdrop with its patchy wi fi and misty shores The rules are simple One person is the killer The game ends when everyone is killed or the killer is discovered Players have multiple chances to guess the killer's identity but if they're wrong they're dead Deaths are supposed to be funny pranks but since this is a spin off of The Deadly Party trope you know that someone is going to take things too far Which they do obviously with a very fatal turnI really found myself enjoying this book far than I thought I would have I'm kind of jaded when it comes to YA I think I'm getting too old It's harder to relate to younger characters and their decisions I often finding myself muttering crazy young whippersnappers and shaking my head over underage tomfoolery I was able to shelve that for this book Killer actually sounds fun well not the Too Far bits but the premise of the game itself I could understand why Cate got caught up in the thrill of it and why nobody wanted the game to end The suspense was TERRIBLEI mean that in the best wayHowever as much as I enjoyed THE ASSASSIN GAME I have to admit it has its flaws The romance elements in this book seemed forced Cate is torn between two boys a manic genius who might also be dangerous and a mopey nerd who can't take no for an answer I was not impressed with either boy especially when one of them commits what was pretty much an act of sexual assault The villain in this book was also cringeworthy I'd guessed who it was halfway through Finally Cate's narrative is emotionless and wooden I would have liked to have seen some genuine emotion fear passion something from her and instead was treated withnothingTHE ASSASSIN GAME is a light fun read that I think will appeal to younger teens and twenty year olds who are feeling nostalgic for the trashy mysteries of their youth Honestly getting to relive the fun of reading a book that's meant to be pure thrill and nothing else was really great Perfect for summer Don't go into this expecting a whole lot of suspense but do expect to be entertained3 to 35 stars It is about 400 AM when they come for me I am already awake strung out on the fear that they will come and the fear that they won't When I finally hear the click of the latch on the dormitory door I have only a second to brace myself before they're on meThe Assassin Game by Kirsty McKayMy reviewCome one come all Let's playThe assassin gameImagine Just imagine You are away at Boarding school There is a secret society you really want to be part of But not any society This is the Assassins the killer clubOnly a select few get inYour friends are in it You want to be tooThe society plays a wonderful little gameevery school yearThe members hold secret meetings They pick from a hat of names All but one of them receive a note with something nonsensical on itExcept for that one personThey receive a note that saysKILLERLet the games beginThe other members must figure out who the killer is while avoiding being killed themselves These killings are not REAL I meanhow could they be? But the point isit is entertaining as anything and keeps the whole school on its toes Stay alivedon't get killed Keep your wits Guess the killer Survive the game How does one get killed? Ahhso many possibilities The rules are clear nothing really bad But maybe a water pistol A prank Or two Or threeAnd Cate is yearning to get in and play the gameAnd she does They choose herBut she will soon be wishing they hadn'tBecause what ifwhat ifTHIS TIMEThe killer decides to change the rules?What if THIS TIMEThe killings are real?Goshwhat a fucking great movie this would beSo That is all from me I will saynot a perfect five T here are parts I skimmed I do not like it when books go back to the past over and over again I am simply not a major fan of that style I did not like it here and I skimmed most of that stuff It simply did not interest me at allAt one point I thought I might just give it a three because besides that the book is long very wordy and so heavy on YA speak AND YA romance although the romance here worked very wellSonot perfectBut so well done I will tell youpicking out the bad one in this book is very hard Shades of Agatha here But Agatha YA style And seriously creepyYou will suspect everyone You will doubt yourself than onceOh heckthe game sounds like so much funnot the psychotic KILLING gamethe innocent partwhat a great conceptkudos to the authorI was hookedI think this is one you will want to check out Actual rating 35 starsI received this book on a read to review basis from NetGalley Thank you to the author Kirsty McKay and the publisher Sourcebooks Fire for the opportunityThis novel whilst not being entirely new in plot and idea handled a tried and tested concept well whilst feeling uniue enough to not feel like a rehashing of a known tale The novel takes place at an elite boarding school on an isolated island off the coast of Wales The over achieving teenagers who go there have their own secret society that reuires humiliating and dangerous initiation ceremonies to gain access These culminate in the annual Assassin Games where a 'killer' is anonymously selected and must attempt to prank kill his fellow society members until he is discovered or has 'killed' them all The game seemed innocent enough until the members were actually being culled at the hands of an unknown killer and the pack began to turn on themselvesI enjoyed the plot and the goose pimples along my arms it created There were some eerie moments that made this do not read before bedtime reading I also liked the creative manner that the initial prank kills were carried out in The later real killings and disappearances were also spooky and chilling enough to keep me invested on discovering who the perpetrator wasI was invested in the story but not all the characters Some felt a little inconsistent and altered their personalities to suddenly fit the progression of the plot In all this was a thrilling read and whilst giving me nothing new provided me with a puzzling plot with an exciting progression of it I was super excited at the premise of this book I love any and all things like a secret society so I couldn't wait to get my hands on itCate is an okay MC She's a little dramatic and I felt like I couldn't ever settle into her inner monologue or the rhythm of the story There are a lot of other characters but no one really stood out as a solid likable person to root forThe plot was slow and fast at the same time if that makes sense There are a lot of things happening but it still progressed so slowly It really started to get interesting about 70% in but by then I didn't care who the killer was I could have easily walked away from this book without knowing that info and not been botheredOverall there was something that kept me reading but I'm not sure what it was I loved the concept but found the execution lackingHuge thanks to Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review I was thinking of giving this a 28 but I;ve slept on it and it doesn't deserve it 2 StarsAs you guys can probably see by my updates this book took a LONG ass time to start How awesome does this sound? Our MC Cate is in a boarding school called Umfraville Umfraville is for geniuses and on an island that is only accessible by Boat if the tides are right or helicopter After reading this my internal conversation went a bit like this Me Oh cool setting What do you have plot wise book? Book Oh well every year 13 kids play The Assassins Game A game where one of them is the Killer and has to kill all the others before they guess who it is You can kill someone with a fart bomb as gas a water balloon filled with red paint as a grenade the possibilities are endless with a school of gifted children right? RIGHT?MeWRONGKiller Game is boring The game doesn't actually start until the half way mark and for geniuses the prankskills were lame We are in a fictional world of kid geniuses I'm sure they could come up with something a bit inventive then covering someone in red paint I wanted to see people get killed not covered in food colouring build a droid to launch missiles at people Set up a hold in the floor and capture people silence of the lambs style I DON'T KNOW I JUST WANTED MORE Oh and for a book that had a real killer thrown into it no one dies Was I scarred at any point? No The one plus I can say for this book is it was easy to read and I didn't find myself wanting to DNF it Upon finishing the bookMe Well that was a whole lot of not much Book But weren't you surprised by the ending? Me If surprised you mean slightly happy it was over disappointed that it wasn't a shocking reveal and a little bit hungry then yes I was very surprised Book If your looking for a thriller look away Killer Game is about as Thrilling as me on a Monday before my coffee Thank you to Netgalley and the publishes for allowing me to read a free copy in exchange for an honest review 15 StarOverview I received a ARC of this through Netgalley Thank you to the author and the publisher for the opportunity This was a DNF around 20% for me I really hate rating books this low Especially review books And I feel especially bad about the fact that I didn’t finish this But I already had too many problems with it and too many other better books I’d rather spend my time reading An isolated upper class boarding school has a secret society who organizes a giant game referred to as ‘Killer” During this game someone is chosen to be the “killer” and must simulate deaths of other classmates until someone solves the mystery Pros This started right in the middle of the action which I really appreciate All too often books spend too much time elaborating on characters and setting before jumping into the plot This certainly did not Cons Okay so maybe this is my fault because I didn’t read the summary close enough I’ll admit I was mainly swept in by the title and the cover but I was not impressed with the plot I love mysteries and thought this had potential The plot just seemed off with no real purpose By far my biggest problem was the startling lack of motivations amongst the characters I could not figure out why anyone wanted to play this game At all Usually in a secret society the characters get something out of being in the society—be it money power or acceptance This society seemed to promise none of those things It seemed everyone already had money and power and everyone hated each other just as much in the society as this did without I couldn’t figure out why everyone was subjecting themselves to all this hazing and torture Basically though I couldn't figure out why anybody was doing any of the crazy shizz they did I also had a problem with the writing as it never really appealed to me—in fact it seemed rather simplistic throughout Maybe it’s because I didn’t read far enough so I can’t fully critiue this But I was never really enthralled by any of the characters As a narrator Cate fell flat to me She would go on random asides and distract from the plot often than I liked and spent far too much time trying to be tough In Conclusion I don’t know how this ends but I don’t really care Killer Game is one of those books that has such an exciting concept that you can't wait to sink your teeth into it Instead Killer sinks its teeth into youI didn't find the first uarter of the book all that interesting but I'm glad I kept reading because the rest of the book was really thrilling You turn page after page or if you have an ereader like me you go tap tap tap tap because you have to know what happens next It's the perfect high school whodunnit and everyone's a suspectSometimes it focussed a bit too much on your typical high school drama though which I found a bit disappointing But when the Game ha ha you just lost the Game became the main focus of the story it was really great and I enjoyed it a lotHad to dock another star for the ending though I'd figured out the big reveal uite some time ago but I thought the Killer had the worst motive of all time to kill someone and I was hoping they wouldn't go there But they did which I really didn't likeOverall though I had a lot of fun reading this book The Game was a really fun touch and it kept me reading for hours on end Thank you NetGalley Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with a copy I was immediately drawn to this book on the shelf with its gripping title and creepy looking cover I’m a complete sucker for thrillers especially when they’re done well and the blurb on the back of the book seemed exciting The blurb however really talks up the overall plot of the book making it seem intense than it isI wasn’t entirely disillusioned with the book the descriptions throughout are lovely and the setting a rainy foggy isolated island boarding school is a lovely place for a thriller to take place There’s a bit of a natural feeling love story gem packed within these pages I found my gut burning for the romance than I felt my heart pounding for the suspense Cate the main character has multiple love interests throughout the book I won't gripe about it though because the author handled it well there was no pining over “who to choose” I think it’s important to note that Cate knew what she wanted from suare oneCate herself wasn’t a terribly interesting character but she felt rather real to me and I could relate to the level of boring she projects upon herself She plays the game mostly from a standpoint that she wants to feel connected to her peers and feel a kinship with them pretty run of the mill for a high school girl She is not without extreme emotion freuently toiling and yelling and confronting and she’s not afraid to show a feminist disposition and call some of her guy friends out on their bullshit She is full of a lot of anxiety about relationships and friendships The character is easily relatable to the intended reader demographicThere were a lot of side characters in this story and a lot of them melded together into a big blob of guild members Most of the Assassin Guild the elite group within the school that plays the game consisted of “popular girls” and “jock boys” and it’s hard to tell them apart Cate’s close circle of friends Marcia Daniel and Vaughan had a bit personality to them Vaughan had a particular loveliness and he was full of energy and sparkle every time he was introduced He was a bit off the rails in a charming manner The most concerning thing to me here was that Marcia who is supposed to be Cate’s bff was a horrible friend She’s so freuently absent There’s than one scene where Cate is trying to have an important conversation with her and Marcia blows her off entirely Daniel Cate’s other “best friend” never shows up as a friend figure within the text His character arc which included an episode of sexual assault was handled distastefully felt very incomplete and painted him as being this ghastly inhuman villain rather than as a human being who needed real helpThat being said I was spurred toward the end due to the extreme suspense A person went missing toward the end of the book and the author had me completely fooled about whodunnit However this doesn’t mean that it was a good mystery I felt as if the author had intentionally veered away from planting clues about the many killers that were present throughout giving us only clues that pointed towards red herrings It wasn’t an incredibly satisfying close and the epilogue left some large scary and important facts revealed about the main character's love interest completely unaddressed Overall I think this would be a fun easy and suspenseful read for teens who are new to the genreCheck out my review blog I received a free digital copy from the authorpublisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest feedback In an isolated and exclusive boarding school on a Welsh island the Assassin's Guild is the club everyone wants to join Once a year new initiates join and the whole club play a game called 'Killer' where members are killed off using tricks such as smoke bombs and red paint nothing too dangerous and nothing illegal This year things take a weird twist when there's another Killer and the game takes a dangerous turnThe premise of this was exciting it was like Pretty Little Liars mixed with Scream and then some boarding school action thrown in I liked the Guild's history and how they went about some things like the sorority pledge like initiation and then the cave with the statue the bracelets and the ritual goblet The game itself seemed pretty clever though I wondered at times if it was a bit far fetched and if teachers and other students would be so okay with everything that was going on Cate as a character didn't totally do it for me She seemed a bit of an enigma she wasn't very popular was described as mediocre at best in the looks department and was a bit of a drab ueen yet she had a bit of a rap sheet with the guys And can I just say that all the guys even Vaughn the main love interest were really creepy I felt like everything they all did just had a mega creep vibe to them and I didn't feel any likability coming off them at all and wouldn't like to meet any of them on a road in the dark This didn't have uite the thrill I was expecting from it and not everything turned out very surprising for me But I think people who are fans of the Pretty Little Liars and Scream TV shows will like this one

Paperback  º Killer Game Kindle ¼
  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • Killer Game
  • Kirsty McKay
  • English
  • 07 August 2016
  • 9781909489110