Jan 5, 2013

Hysteria by Megan Miranda Review + Giveaway

Hysteria by Megan Miranda
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Walker Childrens; 336 pages
Mallory's life is falling apart. Her boyfriend was stabbed. He bled to death in her kitchen. Mallory was the one who stabbed him. But she can't remember what happened that night. She only remembers the fear ...When Mallory's parents send her away to a boarding school, she thinks she can escape the gossip and the threats. But someone, or something, has followed her. There's the hand that touches her shoulder when she's drifting off to sleep. A voice whispering her name. And everyone knows what happened. So when a pupil is found dead, Mallory's name is on their lips. Her past can be forgotten but it's never gone. Can Mallory live with that?


Megan Miranda has certainly surprised me with her second released book, Hysteria. It was creepy, that’s for sure but I actually think I enjoyed it a lot more the second time through. Yes, I re-read this book because it had been months since the first time I read it and wanted refresh my memory before tackling this review. (Plus, I’ve read like 60+ since reading it the first time…details become fuzzy after that many books!)

Mallory is just a normal girl…or she was…before she killed her boyfriend, Brian a few months ago. It’s not like she meant to kill him….but you can’t take back a life taken. She wasn’t charged in this case as it was proven as self defense but it doesn’t change the fact that his mom is stalking her looking for her son, his brother (whom she liked before she even met Brian) Dylan glares at her, her mother is afraid of her and just…nothing is the same. Plus, she’s certain Brian’s spirit is haunting her…she has to take sleeping pills to get any sort of rest but she never falls asleep before the boom boom boom comes to haunt her…

Her parents decided to send her to her father’s old private school; Monroe and Mallory can’t help feeling angry. I don’t blame her, really. I would feel like my parents were trying to get rid of me so they can try leading a normal life since the past few months haven’t been anything near normal. Sending her away is not only their chance for normalcy but hopefully for her, as well. Problem is she heading in to a school of rich snobs and a guy whom she once tried to kiss and he denied her. You would think she’d be over that put down years later but the second she see’s him she realizes she’s not.

The one thing I liked most about this book is it’s like two stories in one. Not only is Mallory trying to figure out everything that happened with her and Brian but also she’s suddenly thrown in to some serious situations at her new school in Monroe…including lead suspect in a new murder. While she’s not even over killing Brian in self defense she has to deal with something all over again…while her wounds are still fresh.

Another thing I liked is the relationship between Mallory and her best friend, Colleen. They have such a strong bond and they are so close that they would lie for each other in a heartbeat. Hell, Colleen was even willing to run away with Mallory after she found out about Brian while Mallory was missing. That is what best friends are supposed to be like. It’s relationships like that that you never want to take for granted. I also really like the relationship between Reid and Mallory…and how it progresses. It seems real and legit…it’s not sudden and it’s certainly not perfect.

I have read this book twice and the first time it was insanely creepy. The second, even knowing the outcome I felt more interested in certain characters and their actions moreso than I was the first time. It was like reading the story from another pair of eyes, it was truly amazing. So with that being said, it’s definitely one I recommend reading more than once. Hell, I think both her books (Fracture) are worth reading more than once, as I’ve read both at least twice.

So come February 5, this is definitely a book I recommend going out to read.





I will be seeing Megan in early March so I'm offering one personalized signed copy to one lucky winner! This contest is opened internationally so anyone is able to enter!

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37 comments:

  1. I had seen this book before. The cover is as interesting as the summary!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. I have read such great things about this book on other blogs. And the cover is awesome!

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  3. I must admit that I hadn't heard of it before this post. The cover looks amazing and the synopsis scary!! It makes you want to know what happens and what is this thing she's feeling.
    Thank you for the chance to win this.

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  4. Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    I felt sort of indifferent about the cover and title, to be honest. But the description definitely sounds intriguing. I can't even imagine how awful I would feel if I had killed someone I was close to and couldn't even remember it! Plus, creepy boarding school - can't get enough of those. Amazing reviews like yours also helped convince me that I need this book :)

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    1. Honestly, the cover for the UK version is so much better & so fitting for the book. Take a look at it here

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  5. Thanks for the awesome post and giveaway! I love the cover and synopsis for this book! Initial reviews have been great and it's definitely on my want list :)

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  6. I always like it when a book has two different stories and good friendships :D I've been interested in this book because of the blurb. I like it when the MC loses her memory, because it's great to unravel the mystery together with her. Thanks for the giveaway + making it INT!

    Mel@thedailyprophecy.

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  7. Thanks for the giveaway!! I love the cover and the description definitely has me intrigued!

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  8. I just keep hearing about it all the time!

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  9. The cover is very intriguing as well as the title. I often feel hysteria coming on!

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  10. I have seen this around a little, but the cover first drew me in and the synopsis is very intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  11. The cover certainly catches my attention but the synopsis sounds really interesting so I really want to read it.

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  12. I loved Fracture so I'm sure I'll love this one too! The cover definitely drew me in as well : )

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  13. The cover first drew my attention, but the synopsis clinched the deal. :D

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  14. I'm amazed by Megan Miranda's review about the book and the impressive synopsis! really want to find out what's happening wth Mallory!
    thanks

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  15. I love the sounds of it! Unreliable narrators are some of my favourite. I also am dying to read Fracture which I've heard awesome things about!

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  16. The cover is great and the synopsis is very, very intriguing. Love to win this!

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  17. I think it's the cover. I'm pretty shore I falled in love with this cover

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  18. The cover is what drew me in but the synopsis is what made me want to get the book

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  19. The cover drew me in but when I saw what it was about I really wanted it then! :)

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  20. the cover makes it look amazing!

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  21. This is the first time I hear about this book, but the synopsis is interesting, she doesn't remember stabbing her boyfriend. Why her boyfriend? Have this things happend before to her? Can't wait to find out! (Ileana A.-rafflecopter)

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  22. I think it's both the cover and the synopsis... It sound very interesting and so so different from what's out there!

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  23. The cover! I don't know, maybe the red dress

    Thanks for this(:

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  24. Honestly, I want to read it mainly because I loved the previous book Megan Miranda wrote, Fracture. That, and the cover. It's so . . . different!

    Lust For Stories

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  25. The cover and the synopsis sound and looks great and intresting to me but honestly I've been wanted to read a book by Megan Miranda a long time now most diffently going to add this to my tbr list thanks for the givaway!:)

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  26. The cover totally caught my eye and the synopsis sounds really interesting.
    Ashley A

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  27. The cover's definitely made me intereted, plus your review and the fact that you said you recommend it and read it twice!

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  28. The synopsis has got me interested in reading this book. Thanks for the recommendation and the giveaway!

    thompsonem3 at aol dot com

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  29. the cover first drew me in!

    Froggy
    froggarita@gmail.com

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  30. The cover seems quite interesting

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  31. I think the synopsis had me interested! Thanks for the introduction and chance to win! Looks great!

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  32. The blurb and cover both look really good!

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  33. Loved her book, Fracture and love the cover!

    Thanks,
    Leanne

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  34. I came across this book about a week or so ago and have to admit the cover made me want to know more and now I am really interested in finding out just what happens. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  35. What first grabbed me is the cover (I love it), but I added it because of the blurb and it's moved up my list due to all the great reviews I've read about it.

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