Monday, November 5, 2012

Alibi Omnibus by Twist Literary Review and Giveaway



Today I'm proud to be hosting the AToMR blog tour of ALIBI featuring all four of the short stories in one book. Each book has a totally different author and is written from a different character's point of view. This is a new type of reading experience that TWIST LITERARY has tried out with this series. Each book, Charles, Palmer, Mason and Rowan are published individually as well and then later it came out as a full book. I personally would have loved to have read the book as short stories had I known about them because time is always at a premium for me, I'm sure for you, too. So you can read the short version each month or wait for the full version. I prefer the shorties. 
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Alibi by Twist Literary
Spring Valley's golden girl is found floating face-down in her boyfriend’s pool, hands bound behind her back, head bleeding, drugs and alcohol in her system. Her friends are the only suspects – and they all have reasons to want her dead. Everyone has an alibi, but no one is innocent.

ALIBI is a 4-part young adult e-book series. Each one-hundred page installment reveals the perspective of a different character: the secret love, the nemesis, the boyfriend, the best friend. As their tales unfold, we learn that Abby is not as perfect as everyone believes, but she’s not the only one with secrets to hide. This page-turning tale of suspense, betrayal, murder, and lust will keep fans of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars up and reading well past curfew.

This was the kind of book I've been looking for the past few months. It's a YA contemporary, but I'd say definitely on the upper end of YA as there is a lot of sexually explicit scenes. That being said, they fit in with what was going on and I didn't think they were overdone or too graphic. Just a warning before you let your 13 yr old read it.

The first book, Charles opens with him being questioned in the police station. We aren't sure why he's the main suspect. But we learn all about what he's been doing through his confession to the police. What he does and does not say. But Charles doesn't know everything. He thinks he's the only one with things to hide, like juggling several girls at once and having a relationship with his cousin's girlfriend.

On to Palmer. She's poor, but smart and she wants a ticket out of Spring Valley. She's gorgeous, but has a reputation and has the biggest secret that could blow the Governor's campaign to smithereens if she reveals it, but it also means she's got the most to lose. She's holding out on Charles, while she seems to be chasing after Mason. A fight with Abby, Abby who planned the whole event for the Governor's campaign that night is not out of the question.

On to Ace, or Mason. We don't know how he got the nickname but he doesn't seem like an Ace at anything. He seems oblivious to what's right under his nose, but we learn what we see isn't what we get with him. His relationship with Abby isn't exactly what he desires and what better way to get rid of her for good?

And finally Rowan. Mousy, stand behind everyone and watch things happen Rowan. She's Abby's best friend, but they really have nothing in common. Only once do they go anywhere or do anything without a boy with them and still it's to meet up with the boys. She's very smart, computer whiz, mechanical whiz and she knows how people act. She learns by watching and knows a lot more than she lets on.

So, what happens? I thought I wasn't going to learn who killed Abby, but I did and man, cold hearted. But the other things I learned about the characters that they themselves revealed about themselves and the others was really interesting. Take Charles, I thought I knew everything about him when he was remembering all his time in the past three months before Abby's death, but he forgot to mention a lot! So we get it from someone else's story. And when something happens in one story that is left unfinished, it gets finished in another story so nothing is left hanging.

One problem, Palmer's story has her and Charles meeting before school starts for the year. Rowan's story has them meeting after school starts for the year. That was the only inconsistency I found which is pretty good considering four different authors wrote the books. And the other thing I would have liked was to see how things worked out after everything was figured out. Maybe a little epilogue. There was a romance I was really interested in and I'd liked to have seen if justice got served. 

The character developments are great because you get to see how they see themselves as well as how the other characters see them. You see them in their element and outside their comfort zones and how they handle those situations. You see their motivations, but it still doesn't give you a clue as to who did what until the author wants you to know. Any of them could have done it. All of them had reason to do it. Abby herself could have done it. You just don't know. Lots of lies, two faced people, back stabbing, manipulation, it was fantastic. Twist literary has another series getting ready to start and I'm putting it on my TBR! I highly recommend this series!!

And if you'd like to follow the tour you can go to AToMR to see the full list of participating blogs.

And for the Giveaway
Twist Literary develops innovative e-books for YA readers, bending traditional storytelling in unexpected ways. Twist introduces the edgy world of its characters, full of secrets, sex, and scandal. It provides an exciting new platform for up-and-coming voices in YA fiction.
Twist Literary develops innovative e-books for YA readers, bending traditional storytelling in unexpected ways. Twist introduces the edgy world of its characters, full of secrets, sex, and scandal. It provides an exciting 
Twist Literary develops innovative e-books for YA readers, bending traditional storytelling in unexpected ways. Twist introduces the edgy world of its characters, full of secrets, sex, and scandal. It provides an exciting new platform for up-and-coming voices in YA fiction.
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4 comments:

  1. Wow! This one sounds like a very interesting mystery. The way it is handled really makes sense and seems to draw you in. Normally I may pass on this but I admit you have me curious. What a different sounding YA! I'm putting it on my wishlist.

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  2. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one. I've heard of it before, but wasn't sure if I would like it or not.

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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  3. Good to see you back on the blogosphere I just finished writing my review of this trippy little book and whoa was it a wicked ride. I liked it a lot but totally agree with you it needs an epilouge I had a WTF moment and was flipping through the kindle to make sure it was over.

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    1. Glad to know I wasn't the only one. It just ended. That was it. I was like where's the rest? Like Abby's story would have been great. And that Epilogue was really needed. But overall, I loved it. THAT has not been happening lately.

      Heather

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