Never Missing, Never Found by Amanda Panitch

never missing never foundTitle: Never Missing, Never Found
Author: Amanda Panitch
Publication Date: June 28th 2016 by Random House BFYR
Source: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley
Rating: ★★
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Synopsis

A juicy thriller about a girl who returned from the missing. . . . Hand to fans of We Were Liars, Bone Gap, and Vanishing Girls.

Some choices change everything. Scarlett chose to run. And the consequences will be deadly.

Stolen from her family as a young girl, Scarlett was lucky enough to eventually escape her captor. Now a teen, she’s starting a summer job at an amusement park. There are cute boys, new friends, and the chance to finally have a normal life.

Her first day on the job, Scarlett is shocked to discover that a girl from the park has gone missing. Old memories come rushing back. And now as she meets her new coworkers, one of the girls seems strangely familiar. When Scarlett chose to run all those years ago, what did she set into motion? And when push comes to shove, how far will she go to uncover the truth . . . before it’s too late?

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange of a review. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

Having read Amanda Panitch’s debut, Damage Done, I knew exactly what I signed up for. Damage Done is one of the best thrillers I’ve read last year so when I heard that she’s going to write another thriller, I immediately put it on my TBR.

Panitch’s writing style is simple yet effective. It hooks the reader in all the right spots which prevents them from putting down the book. That’s exactly what happened to me.

“You know what they say: never missing, never found.”

Apart from the writing style, the narration is amazing as well. It’s not that complex but it’s really interesting because it sometimes seem like the narrator is unreliable. I also like how somehow it focus on the central character, Scarlett. For some books, it’s a bit of a problem for me but for this one, it works perfectly and it’s integral to the story as well. It’s easy to follow Scarlett’s character and narration and every chapter would leave you almost hanging and definitely wanting more.

The plot twists worked in a way that made my mind go crazy. It’s exhilarating to read the story unfold from the turning point. I know it seems vague but it’s better to dive into the story without knowing anything. Just trust me, I had several WTF moments but they’re all worth it.

“This is the fourth choice. And it’s the choices we make that make us who we are.”

The flashbacks work really well with the narration of the story and how they all pieced together. They’re well crafted and I love how they made the past complement and balance out the present events in the story.

This book definitely met my expectations and I need more! It’s a great read for readers looking for quality YA thrillers and suspense.

*Review also posted on YA Books Central*

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Damage Done by Amanda Panitch

damage doneTitle: Damage Done
Author: Amanda Panitch
Publication Date: July 21st 2015 by Random House BFYR
Source: Borrowed from PBT
Rating: ★★★★
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Synopsis

22 minutes separate Julia Vann’s before and after.

Before: Julia had a twin brother, a boyfriend, and a best friend.

After: She has a new identity, a new hometown, and memories of those twenty-two minutes that refuse to come into focus. At least, that’s what she tells the police.

Now that she’s Lucy Black, she’s able to begin again. She’s even getting used to the empty bedroom where her brother should be. And her fresh start has attracted the attention of one of the hottest guys in school, a boy who will do anything to protect her. But when someone much more dangerous also takes notice, Lucy’s forced to confront the dark secrets she thought were safely left behind.

One thing is clear: The damage done can never be erased. It’s only just beginning. . . .

MY JAW HIT THE FLOOR BECAUSE OF THIS BOOK!!!

I haven’t read as much suspense/thriller YA books but almost all of them managed to make me gasp in shock, this one in particular. Damage Done is very interesting and unpredictable most of the time, because there were times where I suspected the truth but since I see the good in people, I just shake it off. Basically this book taught me to trust my instinct more!

This book tells the story of Julia, who is starting a fresh life with her parents by moving into a new town and changing their names to try to forget the past that has haunted them. I’m not going to give away much though, but there’s a thrill, romance, and comedy in this book.

 “And no matter how good a liar you are, the fact of the matter is, the truth will always come back to haunt you.”

The characters were very realistic and interesting. Emotional as she was at times, Julia/Lucy was also really smart and sassy. She’s definitely got an interesting relationship with her brother, Ryan. Alane compliments Lucy’s character which was suiting with her being Lucy’s best friend. She’s very supportive and lovely all the time. Michael’s definitely a keeper. He’s adorable, kind, and he’s much of a gentleman! Definitely a golden retriever (big, sweet, earnest, and a little bit dumb)! Haha!

The plot was crazily unpredictable, and predictable at the same time. It’s full of interesting events and plot twists, which made it really climactic. I cannot even remember how many times I said “HOLY SHIT” while reading the book because it’s remarkably heart-pounding. It also has shady characters which suits the genre. It’s best to read this book without much knowledge about it. I’m pretty sure this book will surprise you in many ways!

“Love was leaving someone free to destroy your life and stomp on the ruins because you couldn’t bear the thought of ending theirs.”

Amanda Panitch delivered a great debut novel. She’s definitely on my author radar now. Y’all need to watch out for this author!

Recommended to fans of: Liars Inc. by Paula Stokes, HTGAWM, Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin.

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