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Saturday, October 21, 2023

Book Review: The Island by Natasha Preston

The Island by Natasha Preston
Genre: Young Adult Fiction (Horror Mystery)
Date Published: February 28, 2023
Publisher: Delacorte Press

Hot on the heels of the New York Times bestsellers The Twin and The Lake, another pulse-pounding read from the undisputed queen of YA thrillers!

They said goodbye to their friends and family for the weekend. They weren’t counting on forever.

Jagged Island: a private amusement park for the very rich—or the very influential. Liam, James, Will, Ava, Harper, and Paisley—social media influencers with millions of followers—have been invited for an exclusive weekend before the park opens. They’ll make posts and videos for their channels and report every second of their VIP treatment.

When the teens arrive, they're stunned: the resort is even better than they’d imagined. Their hotel rooms are unreal, the park’s themed rides are incredible, and the island is hauntingly beautiful. They’re given a jam-packed itinerary for the weekend.

But soon they'll discover that something's missing from their schedule: getting off the island alive.

The Island by Natasha Preston was like a book version of a 90s horror movie. You’ve got the tropical island with s bunch of teenagers who get killed off one by one. It felt so much like Scream or I Know What You Did Last Summer. Probably more like I Knew What You Did Last Summer 2, since that took place on an island as well. I always liked those movies. Still do. So, naturally, I liked this book too. What I hate about those movies are the cliffhangers. Especially when there is no known sequel in the works. It needed a real ending.

 From the mainland, Jagged Island looked tiny, but as the boat speeds toward the rocky cliffs, I see that it’s much larger than I thought.
It must be, to fit a whole amusement park, hotel, and restaurants on it.
Large hills and hoops of wooden roller coasters jut out of the ground and stretch high into the sky.
Sharp black rock that looks as if someone has carved vertical shards from the surface frames the island.
The amusement park sits high off the water. Waves crash against the cliff face and white foam races back into the sea.
Trees are sparse on the island but the few there are full of bushy green leaves. From here, the park is dark, wooden, and void of color.
Even with the blue ocean and clear, sunny skies, the island appears more gloomy than glamorous. I kind of like it. The Magic Kingdom isn’t my thing.
Our boat jumps over choppy water as we hurtle toward the jetty. I grip the side of the boat…e

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The Cellar and The Cabin. Romance and YA Thriller writer, boy mum, Tom Hardy enthusiast. Always buried in a book and a glass of wine.

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