September 09, 2012

Betrayal Blog Tour

A Seattle native who lives in Washington State, Gregg has seen the darker side of the Pacific Northwest and knows a little more about the area than your average guy. “There is something dark and beautiful about the Pacific Northwest," he says. “We seem to have an overabundance of serial killers out here–so many, in fact, sometimes I wonder if they have a secret convention in Washington.”

A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with 13 books and sales of over one-million copies to his credit, Gregg made his young-adult fiction debut with Envy. The follow-up, Betrayal, will be published in September 2012.

In this action-packed thriller sequel to Envy, foreign exchange student Olivia Grant is stabbed to death after a party--and the prime suspect is her best friend. As twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan get pulled into the aftermath of this Amanda Knox-like crime, they realize nothing is what it seems. Could it be betrayal of the ultimate kind?

Betrayal features real-life crime-solving techniques, heart-stopping suspense, plenty of red herrings, hard-hitting ethical questions, and information about the Amanda Knox case that inspired the novel. As the crime unravels, so does the twins' past…and they must face off against a family member who may unexpectedly have carried out the worst betrayal of all.

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Guest Post:
 What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating Hayley & Taylor?

So many that it's hard to pick just one. But if I have to? I guess I would have to say that the most surprising thing I've learned in creating the characters and the series is how invested younger readers are in books and, really, in life. I have heard from countless readers about cyberbulling and how it has harmed them or people they loved. I guess when you hear the personal stories you can't help but be moved. I learned that young people today face problems that could never have been imagined. And yet while that is true, I know that we all share the same emotions, worries, fears as children born in other generations. 

This is not like any other book I have ever read. That being said I loved it and can’t wait for the next book.

Olivia is a foreign exchange student who is living with Beth. But everything is not how it seems. At a Halloween party Olivia is murdered and the twins Hayley and Taylor wake up from their sleep knowing something is wrong but not what. It’s not until the next day at school they find out. Their best friend Beth is accused of the murder but the police think it’s the best friend of Olivia Bree who has done it. Brianna doesn’t act like a grieving best friend. She goes on doing her everyday things like yoga in the police station, making out with her boyfriend, and shopping. With the twins special talents they set out to find the truth and try to find out more about themselves. But with the death of another and truth behind both murders is what shocks this small town. 

I love how the action starts immediately. Just when you think you know who is the murder something else happens that leaves you second guessing everything. I love the twins and how they follow the signs they are given. We really get to understand them more and the bond they have with each other. But we also get to see how different from one another they are. In the first book I really didn’t like Beth but we really get to see how much her past has made her the girl she is today. She is so strong and would do anything for Hay-Tay as she calls the twins. The one character I really didn’t like was Bree  she is spoiled and just down right cruel but as we learn more about her I finally understood why she acted the way she did. The other characters are just as important to the story line.

I really enjoyed this book. With all the twists and turns it has me guessing constantly and when the killer was revealed I wasn’t that shocked but the reasons behind it left me with my mouth hanging open. I just couldn’t believe it. I really enjoyed learning more about the twins past and I am hoping that we get the answers to questions left to us.

I can’t wait for the next book in this series. Greg writes about ripped from the head lines stories but he puts his own unique spin on it. That will leave you holding your breath and wanting more. 
5/5 Bats     

I want to thank Jean Book Nerd and Gregg Olsen for letting Tif and I partake in this amazing tour.

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