Book Review: Famous Last Words by Katie Alender

Hey my lovelies, this weeks book review is of Famous Last Words by Katie Alender, to be honest this has been at the bottom of my tbr pile for a long time, and it was there when I needed a book to read, so I read it, however I can't say I was impressed.

Title: Famous Last Words
Author: Katie Alender
Publisher: Point
Pub. Date: 30th September 2014
Date Read: 23rd December 2016
Pages: 320
Rating: 3/5 stars
Summary: Hollywood history, mystery, murder, mayhem, and delicious romance collide in this unputdownable thriller from master storyteller Katie Alender. Willa is freaking out. It seems like she's seeing things. Like a dead body in her swimming pool. Frantic messages on her walls. A reflection that is not her own. It's almost as if someone -- or something -- is trying to send her a message. Meanwhile, a killer is stalking Los Angeles -- a killer who reenacts famous movie murder scenes. Could Willa's strange visions have to do with these unsolved murders? Or is she going crazy? And who can she confide in? There's Marnie, her new friend who may not be totally trustworthy. And there's Reed, who's ridiculously handsome and seems to get Willa. There's also Wyatt, who's super smart but unhealthily obsessed with the Hollywood Killer.  All Willa knows is, she has to confront the possible-ghost in her house, or she just might lose her mind . . . or her life.


As mentioned above,  I was not a big fan of Famous Last Words, as to me, it read more like a middle grade novel than a young adult. By both the characters dialogue and the way that certain scenes were written. The characters were also not as well written or developed as I would like, especially considering it has a 4.2+ rating on goodreads.

Willa was also quite annoying, as for most of the novel you could tell she did not know what she was doing for most of the novel, but not in the traditional sense, of a naive character, in a annoying, not written well character. I also didn't feel attached any of the characters and was not that affected or shocked when we found out who the killer was. 

However, there were good aspects of the book, such as the way it builds tension at the crucial points of the novel, causing you to wonder if you are sure who the killer is. Although it was who I expected it to be by the way.

The last time I read a Katie Alender book, it was Bad Girls Don't Die, and even though this was quite a few years ago, I remember enjoying it, and after not enjoying this, it makes me want to reread that to find out if it really was as good as i remember. Famous Last Words reminds me heavily of that Nancy Drew film with Emma Roberts, from the moving into a famous dead starlets home, to the mystery solving the possibly supernatural. 


In conclusion, I found this to be an alright read, as I didn;t find it anything special, and did not enjoy it that much. I just found it was another one to knock of my tbr and to helps me reach my 2016 Reading Challenge Goal. 

Would I recommend this?

As you have probably gathered, this book was not my cup of tea, however if you are in the 11-13 age range wanting to read a paranormal read similar to the Nancy Drew film then this is probably the book for you. 

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