The Clique

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 27 Aug 2018

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This reads like book 2 in a series. There isn't enough backstory or buildup and I was left feeling a little adrift with just how fast paced it was. I don't think i'll continue with the series.
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I really wanted to like this book because when you read the description it has so much potential! A paranormal investigator that keeps it a secret while she solves crimes? So cool! But it definitely felt a little directionless and I never became fully invested in the character or her development. There is a good storyline in there, it just didn't go as far as I needed it to or ever have that pique to the plot. Once you get to the conclusion, you don't feel like anything was really accomplished and that is a frustrating feeling when you keep waiting for something to happen and it just doesn't get to that point.
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This book was fast paced! I felt like you were just thrown in the world! Still a great book! Can't wait for book 2 thank you netgalley for the free arc in exchange for an honest review!
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Alex is contacted by the enigmatic c0nundrum, who hires her to investigate a strange energy he senses emanating from her college. Her research leads her to a clique of popular girls, who are dabbling with ancient mystical forces deep underground in a forgotten mine. She races to stop them before an old evil is released ...

The Series:

Alexandra Morgan, known as Alex, is a 19-year-old college student and the daughter of two prize-winning scientists. What no one knows is that in her free time Alex is a paranormal investigator who takes on a variety of mysterious cases. Together with her best friend Rusty and an online associate known only as c0nundrum, she unravels a conspiracy that will put her own life and that of her family in danger ...

I really enjoy YA series and was hopeful about this one which has all the ingredients of a great supernatural thriller.
It wasn’t quite what I’d hoped though, firstly I was surprised this wasn’t episode 1 as the way the reader is dropped into Alex’s life seems like we should know more about her than what we actually do, it’s slightly confusing, especially when C0nundrum pops up.
Alex isn’t a bad character though it doesn’t quite explain why nobody likes her, Rusty was sweet and I did warm to him but all the characters came across as much younger than they were supposed to be, more like young teens rather than almost adults.
In future episodes I would like to see more of the supernatural elements of the story and some of the characters would benefit from a bit of fleshing out.
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Thankyou to NetGalley, be ebooks and the author Jay Mason for the opportunity to read a digital copy of The Clique in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. 
I thought this book was a good read given that it is aimed at the YA age group. It was quick and easy to follow.  I wouldn't mind reading the next bok in the series to see where the author takes the characters.
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Paranormal investigator...high school setting...cheerleaders hearing voices after carrying out seances. This won’t appeal to everyone, but it’s an entertaining enough read. 
I liked the idea, but there are some aspects that made it less successful.
Firstly, we’re thrown into Alex’s world with no idea of what happened to her or why. It’s clear she’s investigating some weird stuff, but it isn’t apparent how she got to this situation.
Secondly, everything rattled along rapidly and I felt some details needed clarification or further development to engage me and make me care more about what was going on.
Thirdly, dropping in this mysterious Dr Straker who is evidently important but not really giving us any detail left me bewildered. He seemed to be in the events of the asylum, and there’s something odd going on with this Centre but I couldn’t tell you more than that.
I have a feeling some of the details might be fleshed out in further episodes but I’m not sure it captured my interest enough to keep reading. 
I was provided with a copy of this in exchange for my honest thoughts. Thank you NetGalley.
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Really great book! Fast paced!! I really loved all the characters. Tweens will love it!!!  just reviewed The Clique by Jay Mason. #TheClique #NetGalley
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I loved the premise of this book. I was expecting kind of a cross between Veronica Mars and Scooby-Doo .  And while it wasn’t quite like that, it still has a lot of potential. I just had a hard time at first getting comfortable with the characters and mood of the story. At times it seemed very lighthearted  with quirky dialogue and odd exchanges with her very eccentric parents. And even though Alex is 19, she and  her classmates seemed much younger sometimes (especially Rusty!) and the other girls were almost “mean girl” type cliches. But then in the middle it took a very dark and more serious turn and almost seemed like another book entirely. (I don’t want to spoil it) I thought that part was very creepy and compelling. Since it’s a series, we don’t get complete closure but I still have a lot of unanswered questions and want more backstory on Alex. 

I don’t understand her relationship with her parents or why girls are so mean to her. That may be revealed in the next book but I felt a little like I was missing vital information as I was reading. In spite of this, I enjoyed this book overall even though the writing style seemed inconsistent and some characters were a little odd at times. Alex is a very interesting character and I enjoyed this story enough to give the second book a try when it comes out. The series might improve a lot as it goes on. The premise has a lot of potential. Thanks to Netgalley for allowing me to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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I really like the premise of this book, a super smart college girl who plays dumb so she can secretly investigate paranormal cases.  But I think the story needed to be filled in a bit...details that make the story believable.  I wouldn't mind reading the next book to find out what happens next...
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The story starts in the middle of Alex's musings as a PI and her conversations with the mysterious 'c0nundrum'. There was no back story and no idea about the beginning, it leaves you confused like you have started the book in the middle of the story.

She is chided by her mother for not being as smart as them, but the truth is that she dumbs herself down so as to fade into the background. Just like her science partner. While the reason for Rusty doing so is mentioned, he reason is rather too little and too vague to be believable.

Rusty's character is easy to like, but despite the fact that he has a girlfriend he becomes her love interest.
Next, Alex tells him, her secret of being a PI in complete confidence, which he disregards by confiding in 
bethany.

The paranormal doesn't really feel like that. It is too little to categorise the book as paranormal. It remains absent for most part of the book.

I wouldn't recommend this book. The blurb sounds interesting, but that's about it.
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I was hoping for a a mystery that involved something paranormal but I seemed that this book was more about the character of the book than a true mystery that she may have investigated. Not the story for me not enough of a mystery.
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I enjoyed this paranormal book. It gave the spooky while holding the audience captive. I just wish there was a little bit more to the ending. It felt unfinished.
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-- I received a free e-review copy of this novel via NetGalley. All opinions are my own. --

I am hard pressed to find something positive to say about this book. The characters are written rather shallow and flimsy, and the story isn't much more sensible. At time, this first novel reads like it was taken straight out of the middle of a series, and much backstory is mentioned but barely introduced. If this had not been a review copy, I doubt I would have finished it.
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E-book/Paranormal Mess:  This is a short story and I want my three hours back.  I read this in one sitting because I knew if I stopped, I would procrastinate and not finish.  Spoilers below.  

Alex is a transported lass from England. Her parents are geniuses at the lab, but really need parenting lessons.  The mother tells Alex to her face that she doesn't understand how genius could skip a generation.  The father is a fool who doesn't stick up for his daughter.  They both work in a lab, but are always home.  But Alex has a secret.  She really is a genius but doesn't want to go an Ivy League because there's something paranormal going on in her town.  

She really isn't an investigator either.  She mostly has email conversations with c0nundrum (Yes, that's a zero in the spelling; maybe he's a rapper).  From what I can gather, she has not ever solved any cases.  Alex is more like Chloe on Smallville, minus the wall of weird.  She is also an outcast at her college, but the cover shows a very attractive girl and she has an accent?  

Then there's Rusty.  He also doesn't want to go off to a real college, so he too, is doing his best to fail and waste taxpayer money on an education.  And for two "morons" going to college, they are both taking chemistry.  Really?  Shouldn't Alex be taking criminal justice and Rusty take some LPN classes so at least he can be doing something to help his ailing mother.  

That is just a set up.  The plot is like the title where Alex must help a clique of girls who hate her.  Not only does Alex help them, but she asks for nothing in return.  Dummy.  How about, "Please stop telling your friends that I'm a crazy witch and I will help you". 

Don't get me wrong.  I am a big paranormal fan.  I like Buffy, Angel, and Supernatural, but this book is dumb and I cannot recommend it.  Granted, I started college at 23 and I remember the 19 year-olds I was in class with.  I just can't imagine a bunch of cheerleaders doing a séance for no reason in a community college basement.  I also can't see Alex creeping on campus on the regular and never getting caught sneaking down the basement.
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Alex is investigating the paranormal, but doesn't suspect there is a major source of trouble in her own school.

I received a free copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

So, this is the first book by Mason, and it does have the feeling of a debut - good intentions, but rough.

The idea behind it is quite good, that Alex is a Paranormal Investigator, but keeps it secret. She works in complete anonymity, and uses her sixth sense and high intelligence to solve mysteries.
Or at least, that's how it's supposed to go.
 It's all really quite vague, and I found it hard to follow.

From the start, it drops you into the middle of Alex's musings as a PI and her conversations with the mysterious 'c0nundrum'. There were no explanations of how or why, and the way it was written made me feel like I was jumping in mid-series - I had to double-check this was definitely the first book.

After that, the book settles, and tells of Alex being at school, and constantly dumbing herself down, so people don't realise she's as intelligent as her sciency-genius parents. Why she has to be thick, isn't really explained very well - her friend Rusty is doing the same, but he has good reasons. He doesn't want to be pressured into moving away to a good college, so he can stay and care for his mum and investigate his father's disappearance. Alex's reason is... something vague.

There's a lot of Rusty, he's the friend/love interest. The intelligent, attractive, gentle guy that shuns the eye-batting cheerleaders for outsider Alex.
He is kinda sweet, as he interacts with Alex, his mum and sister. He seems really honest, and caring, and is endearing - for the most part.
There's just a couple of things about him that make him a dick.
First, and most obviously - HE HAS A GIRLFRIEND. Bethany, a cheerleader (who actually seemed quite nice, and didn't need this douche). Except, Rusty keeps brushing her off, and saying that they're friends - yet he's clearly happy to keep shagging her, and plays the doting boyfriend when she gets ill (cheating scumbag).

Secondly, Alex tells him in complete confidence that she is a PI, making him the only person in the world that knows; whilst also making it clear she doesn't get in with the cheerleading clique.
Rusty's very next move is to tell his girlfriend-not-girlfriend Bethany, without checking with Alex first. But yeah, he's cute, let's forgive him...

The story then takes a really weird turn, and it's very hard to follow, as suddenly there are visions and dreams and memories and reality and new reality, and we're supposed to know which is which.

The main characters are supposed to be in college, but they come off as high-schoolers. Alex, in particular, feels very immature. She's supposed to be 19 yrs old but behaves like a kid, living at home with parents, whining and crushing, (I remember when I was 19, I moved to a different country, to teach and run a yard).

The paranormal side of things isn't very paranormal. There are a couple of incidences, and it's hovering in the background, but it's absent for 90% of the book.

Overall, there were some nice ideas, but needed more work.
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A very Light hearted YA Paranormal read. A bit of fun to read with a cup of tea on a Sunday afternoon. A bit light for my taste but fun none the less. Thank you Netgalley for this copy x
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**I received the copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

I couldn't finish this book and let me tell you why. The writing was insufferable, the MC was annoying and the story was hard to follow. 

The writing. The story constantly jumped between the female MC and the male equivalent. It was so random and only happened so often in the story that sometimes it was a complete left turn. It would have been so much easier if the author had at least separated the paragraphs but I don't even think that happened. I'm not sure whether or not this was an advanced read copy, but there were a lot of grammatical and spelling errors. 

The MC... I thought she was just the most annoying character I've read about in awhile. She was constantly "hounded" by her parents but in all honesty I didn't even think they were that bad. And her constant anger towards them and the other characters in the book was uncalled for frankly. She was 19 years old, but she acted like she was a spoiled 16 year old girl. And it was quite annoying how she thought she was so smart and that she would have been going to Harvard (or was it Yale?) because she was such a genius but she acted super dumb because she didn't want to leave her school? Or the town? I was so confused on that aspect. And frankly I didn't care about her one bit. I found myself rolling my eyes the majority of the time. I could go on and on about how much I disliked her but.... this would be pages long.

The story... was just so confusing. It jumped from one thing to another and then on to something very different. She started off exploring the tunnel underneath her school and found... a monster? With glowing red eyes and a roar. So... a "genius" 19 year old girl with an established paranormal website listens to some stranger and risks her life? And then all of a sudden we're introduced but not really introduced to the idea of vampires, aliens, and other paranormals? But of course we are never introduced to any of these (maybe at the end but I couldn't suffer anymore through this). And then all of a sudden there's a mystery about a hospital? And some powerful guy that runs the hospital? And then we have this mystery about the school and its basement again... and something about mean awful cheerleaders that bully our cute little MC... I think I might have had a couple chapters left in this book but I just couldn't torture myself anymore. I will definitely not be revisiting this series.
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This book is pretty much on par with other Young Adult novels, with paranormal characteristics. Alex is an interesting   girl and Rusty as her friend, not quite a boyfriend. I found the story to be enjoyable with a quick tempo but not really a page turner, as I found myself skipping through pages not totally into it.  If you like YA paranormal books you might try this, but I don't think I will be reading any more in this series. I received an e-book from NetGalley in return for an unbiased review.
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I really wanted to like this book, but it felt like a sequel. Too much of the back story was missing and the book ended with the loose ends tied up within a few pages. It was disappointing not to learn more about the mysterious doctor who is treating Alex. I was an early reader thanks to the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for my fair and honest review.
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What do you do when you’re a young woman with genuine paranormal abilities whose parents lock you in a hospital for suggesting this to them? Become an electronic paranormal PI, of course. Alex Morgan, Paranormal Investigator, the creation of Caroline Dunford, writing here as Jay Mason, is the latest in her stable of quirky competent and likable detectives. 

Alex and her parents, described as brilliant scientists but clearly clueless about their genius daughter, have moved from England to this unspecified town in the US, ostensibly so that they could take up a position in The Center for Scientific Excellence. There, Alex is enrolled in the local community college, to satisfy her parents’ desire that she be progressing towards a proper career - in science. Her mother, Dr. Irene Morgan believes that anything to do with art is a waste of time. Alex resolutely fails every course, exam or test. “Have you any idea how hard it is to fail and exam without raising suspicion?” She asks.

Isolated, a newcomer without friends, Alex’s only real interest is her website, Beyond Belief Investigations. When a mysterious and demanding prospective customer with the peculiar internet handle, c0nundrum finally corrals her interest, she finds herself investigating long forgotten tunnels and rooms under her school. Something very bad is definitely down there. She emerges from the entrance onto the presence, literally of Rusty Gibson. Alex is just beginning to find him attractive (teenage hormones and all that), when his girlfriend, Bethany and her cheer-leading buddies, Savannah, Tiffany and Charisma (of course), the Clique of the title, typical mean girls, arrive to whisk him away. 

But, they too have been messing about in these not so forgotten rooms, with seriously disturbing results. When Bethany collapses, ending up unconscious in hospital, Alex and Rusty are drawn in to finding out just who or what is lurking in these underground tunnels and why is their effect on Bethany, Savannah and Alex so dangerous. In the process a number of other mysteries are uncovered, solved or at last progressed. Not all questions get answered, including, who is c0nundrum? With his mysterious internet presence, he reminds me of the unseen Charlie Townsend in Charley’s Angels. 

This is the first book of what looks like becoming a very successful series. It is very much in the YA category, but would definitely suit anyone looking for an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon, either at the beach or sheltering from the rain.  I’m happy to give it 4****
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