October Fright: (Mini) ARC Review – One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards + Giveaway

One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards

Title: One Was Lost
Author: Natalie D. Richards
Series: N/A
Pages: 320
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: October 4th 2016
*I received a copy of this book through a giveaway hosted by Armchair BEA, which does not influence my review.* 

      “Murder, justice, and revenge were so not a part of the plan when Sera set out on her senior camping trip. After all, hiking through the woods is supposed to be safe and uneventful.
      Then one morning the group wakes up groggy, confused, and with words scrawled on their wrists: Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Their supplies? Destroyed. Half their group? Gone. Their chaperone? Unconscious. Worst of all, they find four dolls acting out a murder—dolls dressed just like them.
      Suddenly it’s clear; they’re being hunted. And with the only positive word on her wrist, Sera falls under suspicion…

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In Natalie D. Richards’ One Was Lost, an innocent school camping trip turns deadly and four teens must find a way to survive when they discover someone may be out to harm them. If you’re looking for a novel this month to get you in the mood for Halloween, but isn’t too intense when it comes to horror, One Was Lost might be for you. One of the most interesting things about this book is that although it was told in first person, we still get a chance to get to know the secondary characters beside the protagonist Sera. Lucas, Emily, and Jude had their own stories and brought their own issues to the story. I personally really liked Lucas and felt that we got to know him compared to the other two. One of the reason for this is Sera’s flashbacks, which added depth to their relationship and helped in the development of Lucas’ character. I do think that both Emily and Jude had more to offer and in terms of character development, the book might have worked better with multiple points of view. The story felt very limited and isolating at times and while this echoed what was happening to the characters in the story, there were moments when Sera would mention her relationship with her mother or father and it really made me want to read more about these different relationships. One Was Lost isn’t particularly groundbreaking when it comes to the thriller genre and its scares aren’t necessarily the most unique, but it’s a good book to pick up for October when you want to spend time with reads that will have you checking your locks before bed. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Rating: 3/5

★★★

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Giveaway time! I currently have an ARC of Natalie D. Richard’s One Was Lost that I’d love the opportunity to share with another reader, so I am hosting a little giveaway. A few rules:

  1. Giveaway will run from October 2-14th.
  2. This giveaway is limited to the US due to shipping costs.
  3. You must be 18 or older to enter (or have your parents’ permission).
  4. The winner of the giveaway will be selected randomly and emailed on the 15th (you will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen).
  5. Prize will be mailed to you within a week of your response.
  6. To enter, click on the Rafflecopter link below.

A Rafflecopter Giveaway

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4th Annual ARC August: Week Four Update

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The 4th Annual ARC August is hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat. Yes, this post is a little late. You may have noticed that I did not have an update for this challenge last week and that’s because I didn’t get a chance to pick up any ARCs. And this week I was actually sick, so I didn’t get a chance to finish putting this post together before the month ended. During the final week, I read two final ARCs. My goal for this challenge was originally three books with a soft six book goal if I found the time. I ended up reading five ARCs in totally which feels extremely satisfying (I now have only one NetGalley ARC I haven’t tackled yet). Here’s a quick look at the two ARCs I read this week. Scroll to the end of this post for links to my previous ARC August posts. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

ARC August Read #4:

Title: The Graces

Author: Laure Eve

Publication Date: September 6, 2016

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I was initially really excited about this novel. When I saw it on NetGalley, I jumped at the chance to request it, but I kept seeing a lot of negative feedback on it in the weeks leading up to August. So I lowered my expectations and while this one didn’t complete suck, it could have been a lot better. I actually posted a full review of this one early this week, which you can read here.

ARC August Read #5:

Title: One Was Lost

Author: Natalie D. Richards

Publication Date: October 4, 2016

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I didn’t completely fall in love with Natalie D. Richards’ One Was Lost. It’s kind of hard to impress me when it comes to horror books, but this was a fairly entertaining read and I liked the lead characters in it. There were only a few times when I screamed at them that they were making terrible mistakes no one in a horror story should ever make. I’m actually thinking of hosting a giveaway for the ARC of this one come the beginning of October. It just seems like an appropriate time to share a few scares, right? Look for my full review and potential giveaway in October.

Other ARCs I Read This Month:

(Covers linked to my ARC August posts)

How did you do this month for the ARC August challenge? Do you have a favorite ARC you read in August? Let me know and leave a link to your own ARC August week two update post in the comments and I’ll be sure to visit.