Review: This is W.A.R. by Lisa and Laura Roecker

This is W.A.R.Publishing Date: July 2, 2013 by Soho Teen
Format: ARC paperback
Pages: 278

This Is W.A.R. begins with a victim who can no longer speak for herself, and whose murder blossoms into a call-to-arms.  Enter four very different girls, four very different motives to avenge Willa Ames-Rowan, and only one rule to start: Destroy James Gregory and his family at any cost.  Willa’s initials spell the secret rallying cry that spurs the foursome to pool their considerable resources and deliver their particular brand of vigilante justice.  Innocence is lost, battles are won – and the pursuit of the truth ultimately threatens to destroy them all.

I really enjoyed the writing style. The book was definitely enjoyable to read and I am looking forward to reading the authors’ other books. It was a great summer read, considering the time of year the book takes place. :)

The premise of the book interested me, though I also found it to be a bit hard to swallow – four teenage girls plotting to get revenge on an extremely rich and influential family. That said, I did find the characters to be more believable and relatable than I was originally expecting. I still had some difficulty (it is a bit hard to relate to characters who can just throw $25,000 around!), but it was easier than I expected it would be.

The way the book was set up was interesting, but threw me off at first because I wasn’t expecting it. The book begins with Willa Ames-Rowan’s death and then has different sections whose POVs alternate between the four main characters. I admittedly had a bit of a hard time relating to most of the characters – there was information supplied on each one, and while there wasn’t information overload, I also didn’t get to know the characters as well as I would have liked. I kept wanting more reasons for all the characters’ motivations and more was unfortunately not delivered. XD So it was enough… but not quite enough at the same time.

That said, I did enjoy this, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a YA mystery. The book had a relatively good pace and I had a hard time putting it down. There were a lot of twists and turns. I read the grand majority of it over two days.

I received a copy of this book through Goodreads’ First Reads program. :D First book I’ve won, yay! :)

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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