ARC Review: This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston

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No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.

Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the District Attorney’s Office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.

Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has her own reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As she and Stone investigate—the ageing prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot—she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line…including her own.

review

**** Big thank you to Disney-Hyperion and Netgalley for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review****

I could tell this was going to be a YA mystery/thriller that I would love and I definitely was not wrong! From the first page I was hooked and every time I had to set this down I could not wait to pick it back up again because I needed answers! “This Is Our Story” is a fantastic, compelling book but I did have some minor issues with it which is why it didn’t receive a 5 star rating.

PLOT

I won’t talk about the details of the plot too much because I definitely do not want to spoil anything for you all since there are more than a few twists you won’t see coming!

My attention was immediately grabbed right at the beginning of the story I was instantly drawn into the mystery of what happened to Grant (the boy that was shot) and who did it. This story is extremely fast-paced and trust me when I say you’ll be turning pages until you reach the conclusion!

I also loved that I didn’t figure out who did it until it was revealed at the end because the plot gives you just enough information without actually giving anything away. The story is told from two perspectives one from Kate who works as an intern in the DA’s office and the other from the shooter but we also get perspective through the use of interrogation videos and old text messages. All of these things added so much atmosphere and suspense to the book.

One of my gripes about the plot were that I thought SOME parts were a little predictable and that’s just a personal opinion, it’s frustrating for me to guess something and have it take the main character forever to come to the same conclusion. However, these were just some minor things and not any of the major plot twists I definitely didn’t see the big ones coming.

The other problem I had was the ending was that, while it was satisfying and made sense and the shooter’s identity was a still a surprise, was that I thought it was just sort of anti-climatic. There wasn’t some completely crazy, mind-blowing ending to the story like I kind of thought there would be. Like I said though that’s just my opinion and it could be completely different for you if you read it!

characters

The characters were very well done and I liked them and hated them by which I mean the good kind of hate of course. I also thought they were very well developed, complex, and realistic.

I really liked Kate I thought she was a very smart and determined heroine and I thought her narrative was very fun to read through.

The friendship between Kate and her best friend Reagan was very well portrayed as well and even though it wasn’t a big focus in the story I appreciated seeing a strong, loyal girl friendship.

The River Point boys were also very well depicted and I liked how flawed they were all shown as being. I won’t elaborate too much on them since that’s part of the joy of reading this book!

romance

Meh, the romance was okay and I liked that it wasn’t too big of a factor in the story too.

One thing that actually bothered me a lot about these two (I won’t say who the other is because spoilers) was that I felt at times Kate put her romantic feelings over doing what was right for the case she was helping on. That irritated the living hell out of me! Like hellooooooo I think the confidential information for the case your working on is a little more important than your crush!

This was another reason I didn’t give a full 5 star rating, stupid decisions, while I respect that our heroine is flawed I thought the complete lack of common sense at times was a little too idiotic.

in conclusion

I enjoyed “This Is Our Story” very, very much despite having just a few minor issues with it. I thought it was a great fast-paced, suspenseful, and thrilling book!

What I Liked:

  • Great plot twists
  • Unpredictable ending
  • Interesting narrative style
  • Fast pacing
  • Complex characters

What I Didn’t Like:

  • Some predictable minor twists
  • The ending was kind of anti-climatic
  • Romance had some irritating points

RECOMMEND

Absolutely! I think this book would actually be enjoyable for pretty much anyone who likes YA there’s nothing about it that I think wouldn’t appeal to everyone. I would say if you like very original, fast paced YA mystery/thrillers then you’ll definitely love “This Is Our Story”.

Links: Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository

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11 thoughts on “ARC Review: This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston

    • Thank you! I really did love this one and I think it’s worthy of your excitement! And yes it is better to have small things be predictable then the big ones but when I say small I mean small, knowing what these were did not hinder my reading at all. Hope you enjoy this when it releases! 😊

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  1. I’ve been on the fence about this book, but now I think I’ll skip it. Protagonists who show little common sense irritate me to death, and an anticlimactic ending would make me wonder why I put up with the protagonists idiocy for so long. The premise does sound awesome, though! Excellent review. =)

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    • Thank you I’m glad my review was helpful at least! While these things weren’t too terribly irritating I think if you don’t like protagonists that make some dumb decisions you may not like this one, even though there weren’t a ton she definitely makes some bad calls in my opinion. 😊

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    • Thank you! I always like when YA romances aren’t the sole focus of the plot as well because that’s probably where I’m the most critical when reviewing. And yes I loved that I couldn’t guess what was going on or the ending! Hope you enjoy this one! 😊

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  2. Great review! First good point: not too much romance. I tend to lose interest when the romance takes over. Too bad Kate did not set her priorities straight enough! 🙂 Common sense at the most basic level is a must if I want to connect to or understand a character. When decisions are poorly decided, it can ruin everything!

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    • Thank you! I definitely rate books lower when romance is the sole focus over an actual plot so this book was a winner in that aspect. I also agree with protagonists that are complete idiots, however, Kate just made a few decisions I personally did not agree with but fortunately I didn’t think it ruined the story! 😊

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