“I really tried to like this novel. The cover got me all curious. Yet it wasn’t what I thought it was. I thought there was going to be more of a paranormal feel to it, but it’s limited to mostly the twins having their telepathic abilities. I rather liked the history behind the two girls that was actually the more interesting part of the book. The mystery part of the book wasn’t that great. It sure had all the makings of an intriguing mystery, it even got me hooked and I kept trying to guess who was behind it. Yet the ending was just so anti climactic and I felt almost as if I was cheated out of a good ending (and suddenly feeling the urge to demand a refund of my time back). So when you find out who did it and what really happened, it was pretty much bland.
The characters were okay. The twins were your typical gifted, overachieving, strikingly beautiful people to ever walk the earth with paranormal powers. Nothing new there and they were like made out of a cookie cutter style. None of the characters really stood out to me, and I think this, with the combination of rather dry writing, and a slow pace of the plot, I didn’t really enjoy the novel. It was disappointing, since I was looking forward to reading this, and I thought it certainly had the potential to be interesting.
I am still not sure if I’m going to read the second one of this book. It’ll have to be spectacular and exciting enough for me to read. It is the first book of a series, and sometimes they’re off to a rocky start so who knows what the second one will have. Not going to recommend this to anyone but if you are curious, I say take it or leave it. ”
“Twins Hayley and Taylor appear to be normal teenagers, but they are hiding a secret. Somehow, they have the ability to discover people’s thoughts, either in the present or the past, by touching objects, concentrating or through various other ways.
Read the rest of the review on my blog: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/envy-gregg-olsen/”
“This was such a great read. Gripped my attention the whole time. I love that this series is based on true life events. Told from various points of view including a pair of psychic teens who are intent on solving the crime . . . add a small town shrouded in tragedy and an evil presence in the shadows that remains a mystery . . . can't wait to read the next one!”djgroupi wrote this review Thursday, December 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Chilling. That's the first word that pops into my head when I think about my reading of Envy. Even before I realized that this was based on a true crime, my heart beat faster just reliving the events of this book. Imagine a book that mixes a bit of horror with the paranormal we all know and love. Are you imagining? Good. That? That's this book. It's pretty amazing.
I fell in love with Hayley and Taylor instantly. Twins, sisters, confidants, and sharing one of the biggest secrets that they've ever had. I really wanted to get to know Hayley and Taylor as I followed them. Witty and intelligent, these girls are definitely spitfires! Determined to find out who killed their friend, the girls end up learning more about themselves than they every really though possible. I loved uncovering the mystery of their childhoods, and learning more about the Ryan family overall. It's not everyday you see such a tight knit family, and it makes for great atmosphere.
When I said that this book was chilling, I wasn't kidding. Gregg Olsen leads the twins on quite a chase as they struggle to uncover what truly happened to Katelyn. The mystery here is scrumptious. It's the type that will draw you in, have you probing for answers, and then throw a slap in the face at the last minute, just as you think you might have finally figured out what's going on. Oh yes. There's some twists and turns along the way. Let's just say it makes this a read while worth diving into. I can promise you that you'll be flipping pages faster than you can read.
Long story short, this is a wonderfully written mystery that is just creepy enough to make you want to keep reading. I devoured Envy and then was still hungrily looking for more to read. If you are a fan of mysteries, or of true crime novels, this is the best of both worlds. Pick up a copy of Envy and get reading.”
“This book was so cool especially the cover page this is one of my favorite books ive read this year!”thalia wrote this review Friday, November 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is about 2 twins Hayley and Taylor try to find out how did their old friend Katelyn died .”Britney Rose wrote this review Tuesday, October 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was a great book it was a little scary but i kept me turning pages more and more every time i read a new sentence. I love this book and i think you guys would too.”jeidy wrote this review Friday, October 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“omg this book is giving me the chills and the cover of it is already giving me the chills that makes my nervs shake.This book is scary.I like the part when she is lying in the bathtub with blood on her lips.I dont know why she died burt its really sad also people say that she is suicide.I feel bad for her mother and father becuase they lost their only possesion:(.”AngelReyes wrote this review Friday, October 5, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Everyone in her high school and family is shocked when Katelyn dies in the bathtub, electrocuted by the espresso machine falling into the tub. Many speculate whether it was an accident or intentional. The Ryan twins, Haley and Taylor feel that it wasn't either and are convinced that she was murdered.
The reason that I loved this story so much was the fact that it wasn't just a plain old crime thriller for teens. It was rich in the back story, including a fatal bus crash. I loved the element of the supernatural in the twins psychic abilities! The book also touched on some sensitive topics, like suicide and cutting.
The book was faced-paced, gripping, and completely surprising. I was on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. The ending was perfect. Love love love love this book!!! ”