Author: Claire Kann
Genre: Contemporary, Young adult, Mystery
Publishing date: June 8, 2021
From the author of Let’s Talk About Love and If It Makes You Happy, this exuberant YA Novel follows six teens locked together in a mansion, contending for a life-changing cash prize in a competition run by a reclusive heiress.
Everyone thinks they know Jewel Van Hanen. Heiress turned actress turned social media darling who created the massively popular video-sharing app, Golden Rule.
After mysteriously disappearing for a year, Jewel makes her dramatic return with an announcement: she has chosen a few lucky Golden Rule users to spend an unforgettable weekend at her private estate. But once they arrive, Jewel ingeniously flips the script: the guests are now players in an elaborate estate-wide game. And she’s tailored every challenge and obstacle to test whether they have what it takes to win–at any cost.
Told from the perspective of three dazzling players–Nicole: the new queen of Golden Rule; Luna: Jewel’s biggest fan; and Stella: a brilliant outsider–this novel will charm its way into your heart and keep you guessing how it all ends because money isn’t the only thing at stake.
Thank you Xpresso Book Tours and Netgalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for a review. This did not affect my opinion in any way and all opinions are my own.
The Marvelous was an incredibly fascinating YA Mystery which keeps you hooked from the very beginning.
Jewel Van Hanen is an heiress and an actress and her every move has always been followed. She creates a video sharing app, Golden Rule, which instantly becomes popular. Almost immediately after, Jewel disappears for a whole year and nobody knows where she is. And then suddenly she’s back and invites four of Golden Rules’ followers to spend the weekend at her private estate.
Once the followers are there, Jewel Changes the rules and the guests are now meant to be players in a game that’ll require their best tricks, intelligence, etc. There’s challenges, puzzles and obstacles all around and she wants to see who has What it takes to win, no matter the cost they have to pay for it.
The story was told from the perspective of three players, Nicole, Luna and Stella. The story by itself was incredibly interesting but the multiple POVs and glimpse inside players’ heads made it even better. Other than the mystery aspect, the book explored the world of social media and showed lots of puzzles and challenges.
The challenges and riddles had a way of instantly pulling you in, the clues seemed so real, it felt like I was trying to solve them myself. This book would honestly be perfect as a movie. I also found the characters incredibly intriguing and I loved glimpsing inside all their heads time to time, seeing what they thought, their intelligence, how cunning they were willing to be to win the game.
If anyone loves YA Mystery and stories with multiple POVs where everything isn’t as it seems, this book would be a definite recommend!
About the Author
Claire Kann is the author of LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE and an award-winning online storyteller. In her other life, she works for a nonprofit that you may have heard of where she daydreams like she’s paid to do it. Find out more by visiting her website: www.clairekann.com (and while you’re there, tell her about your cats. She loves cats. A lot.)
One lucky winner has the chance to win a print copy of The Marvelous! Giveaway open only to US and Canada (Sorry international friends.) Giveaway ends on June 17th, 2021.a Rafflecopter giveaway https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js
If you were sent a relatively suspicious invitation to spend the weekend at a celebrity/ your idols’ house, would you do it?