I knew right away that Famous Last Words was going to be amazing. I loved the Bad Girls Don’t Die trilogy by Katie Alender and was excited to read another thriller/mystery from her. It was way better than I was expecting it to be as well.
Famous Last Words by Katie Alender
Expected Publication: September 30, 2014
How I Acquired This Book: ARC Tour, Also was just approved on Netgalley
(Netgalley is a free to join site where bloggers can request digital review copies of upcoming books)
Willa is freaking out. It seems like she’s seeing things. Like a dead body in her swimming pool. Frantic messages on her walls. A reflection that is not her own. It’s almost as if someone — or something — is trying to send her a message.
Meanwhile, a killer is stalking Los Angeles — a killer who reenacts famous movie murder scenes. Could Willa’s strange visions have to do with these unsolved murders? Or is she going crazy? And who can she confide in? There’s Marnie, her new friend who may not be totally trustworthy. And there’s Reed, who’s ridiculously handsome and seems to get Willa. There’s also Wyatt, who’s super smart but unhealthily obsessed with the Hollywood Killer.
All Willa knows is, she has to confront the possible-ghost in her house, or she just might lose her mind . . . or her life.
(Summary from Goodreads)
Wow this book was absolutely amazing. I loved the story line and I loved the characters. It felt like I was reading an episode of Criminal Minds if that makes sense. What I liked most about Famous Last Words was that Katie Alender didn’t wait until the last two chapters for everything to unravel. I cannot stand when the author just tries to throw everything together in the last couple of chapters. When everything really began to get crazy and intense, there was still about 50 pages left. I found myself almost jumping over one paragraph to get to the next because I was so on edge about what was going to happen that I couldn’t even read fast enough.
I really enjoyed all the characters in Famous Last Words, even the annoying/bad ones. They all gave a lot to the story and had one been left out, the story would not have been the same. The main characters were awesome. I loved Willa and Wyatt and the journey they go through together. Marnie had her moments when I liked her and others when I wish I could have reached through the page and slapped her. Reed just seemed like your typical Hollywood heartthrob. What surprised me the most was finding out who the Hollywood Killer was. When I was reading I was going back and forth between two characters and just when I would start to think, “Yes I was totally right!”, something happened to change my mind again.
I loved that there wasn’t just a murder mystery, but ghosts as well. I love, love, LOVE all that paranormal stuff (to an extent I would say…yes to the spiritual, no to the demonic). I thought the ghost part of the book was going to be similar to the ghosts in Liv, Forever, but when I found out who the ghost in Willa’s house really was, I was shocked. The way Katie Alender tied everything together in the end made Famous Last Words one of the best young adult thriller/mysteries that I have read. With the creepy and spookiness of the story, along with the thrills, mystery and ghosts, Famous Last Words would be great to read around Halloween (but is amazing to read at anytime).