Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Book Review: Dial Em for Murder


Get ready for a wild ride. My first series of 2017 is about to start. 



I am deciding to start a new series on YA Novels. Often during the next three months, I will be reviewing quite a few YA novels from publishers. 

What would you do if death literally fell into your lap? 

That is exactly what happened to sixteen-year-old Emmy Danvers. She must figure things out now.  

Lets talk about the characters. Our main character Emmy loves romance novels and writing, which is why in our story she is half way through writing her novel. She is your average teenager except she seems quite quirky and wise beyond her years. At the beginning of the book, she is at Starbucks trying to add some depth to her story. When a strange older man mumbled a cryptic message to her. Then tackled her to the ground, dying right on top of her. 

The character in this book that I didn't like was Ben. He often was a jerk, treated Emmy pretty badly at times. I also hated all the mansplaining he did. ( I hate using that word by the way). In the end, though he always had her back, which is perfect best friend behavior. 

Then there is Sebastian St. James, the rich boy that Emmy hates. He is sort of the bad boy character in this novel. She hates him, his actions, his character, and pretty much all that he stands for. Of course, she does develop slight feelings because teenage girls in YA novels seem to be unable to resist bad boy charms. 

A cutesy YA Novel.  This book has a pretty good plot line, in fact, I didn't find that the plot line was lacking in any way. The protagonist is incredibly fun and sassy. The characters are likable. The mystery does exist even if the romance sometimes gets in the way. I found that some of the things YA  novels get stuck on,  instant-love,  love triangles, bad boy gets turned into good boy instantly, didn't happen in this book. It was all just really fun and cute. 

What I didn't like about this book, was the open ending. In my opinion, this novel was sort of un-ended. It left the reader with more questions, little answers, and slightly confused. I really don't enjoy investing so much time and getting such little results. I am not saying the book was bad because of this it just made it a little annoying. 


In summary, I found  Dial Em for Murder to be quite a fun read. This is what I want out of every YA novel. Even if the characters are slightly clichéd. The mystery in the book is not bad, although the romance of the novel sometimes puts the mystery aspect on the back burner. I enjoy reading this book, and it engaged me enough to never bore. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys fun mysteries, young adult books, or romance novels. Check it out for yourself. 

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Merit Press in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All thought and opinion are my own. 

Links to purchase: Amazon and Barnes&Noble


Goodreads Description: 

Sixteen-year-old Emmy Danvers was just trying to write a halfway decent romance novel when a senile old man mumbled a cryptic warning, tackled her to the ground in the middle of Starbucks, and...died right on top of her.

Unfortunately for Emmy, the incident wasn't quite as random as she thought, and it turns out that the old man might have taken a bullet for her. Not only that, he slipped something into her pocket: a digital tablet containing secrets that she has no idea how to unlock, but that others are ready to kill for. Thrust into a world where nothing is as it seems, Emmy must try to track down her absentee father, deal with a flirtatious bad boy who may or may not be on her side, and, oh yeah, stay one step ahead of the killers lurking in the shadows of an exclusive prep school. The old man's parting advice to "trust nobody" doesn't sound so crazy after all....

"Bates weaves a fast-paced, heart-in-throat thriller!" --Mary Elizabeth Summer, author of Trust Me, I'm Lying and Trust Me, I'm Trouble

"Dial Em for Murder kept me up--with all the lights on--long past my bedtime." --Tracy Deebs, author of Doomed and The Tempest series, and coauthor of The Hero Agendaseries

"Marni Bates's Dial Em for Murder has it all: quirky humor, pulse-quickening action, and a sassy heroine you'll love."--Emily McKay, author of The Farm series

"A funny and engaging read that will keep you guessing." --Paula Stokes, author of Liars, Inc.

Author Info: 




Marni Bates' autobiography MARNI (part of HCI's Louder Than Words series) was on the New York Public Library Stuff for the Teen Age 2010 List. She then signed a five book deal with KTeen. Her first YA novel, AWKWARD, has been optioned by the Disney Channel as a made-for-TV movie and translated into several languages. Her latest YA novel DIAL EM FOR MURDER is with Merit Press.

In her free time she can be found reading romance novels, hiking, singing really loudly (and off-key) in public and watching copious amounts of television--strictly for artistic inspiration, of course.
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