ARC Review | This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

24529123Title: This Is Where It Ends
Author: Marieke Nijkamp
Publication: January 5th 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire
Format: Advance Reading Copy
Source: Provided by the publisher via NetGalley
ISBN: 9781492622468

This Is Where It Ends

synopsis10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.
10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.
The auditorium doors won’t open.
Someone starts shooting.
Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.


I received a Digital ARC of this book from Sourcebooks Fire via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. By no means have my review been affected and/or influenced.
This Is Where It Ends plot is as simple as it is. Boy brings a gun to school then starts shooting people. But what the book tells us is beyond what went down in those 54 minutes. It mirrors the reality of school shootings and how it happens in real life.
Never in my life did I wish to experience a horrible thing such as school shootings but I did want to experience this book.
To start off, I honestly felt conflicted with the shifting POVs. I like how it gave some sort of a play by play with what’s going on inside and out the auditorium but it became confusing at times. It wasn’t easy to connect and get familiar with the characters. I honestly had to remind myself which POV I’m reading, or whose brother is who or what’s the name of this character (still can’t remember if it’s Autumn or Summer?). There’s no distinction with the characters voices which made them sound all the same.
Also, I was looking forward to reading from Tyler’s (the shooter) POV. But the only way I was able to somehow see what’s going on inside his head is through the other characters perception of him. But I don’t think his actions alone toward these characters define him. All I learned is that he feels alone and there’s negligence, bullying, and rejection involved. But to why he just snapped and decided to do a killing spree is a mystery. I wanted to know how he planned it, what was he thinking while he was doing the shootings and to feel what he felt.
On the plus side, being inside the head of the 4 narrators added more intensity to the whole atmosphere as I wasn’t aware of what’s going to happen next. Also, I did enjoy the backstory each character had that involves Tyler.
In the end, I didn’t like how things went down in the book. I wanted justice. I wanted to bring those peoples lives back. Just undo everything. But that’s the sad reality that the book was able to grasp and it made me realize that school shootings that happen in real life doesn’t have happy endings either and for me to expect something like that in this book ruins the whole purpose. There are no happy endings in killing people, it’s awful and pointless.


  • Unputdownable – It’s given that a book with such a premise won’t let you put it down until you’ve finished the whole story and that is what I love about This Is Where It Ends. I downed this book in 8 hours and that’s a record.
  • Realistic and Diverse – Word.


Book Description and Cover Image from Goodreads

Most Anticipated Reads | January 2016

Happy New Year everyone! I’m still getting used to using 2016 instead of 2015 here. LOL. Anyway,  did you reach your goal for the Goodreads reading challenge? I surely did (58/50! Woot woot!), and most of the books I’ve read were on my Most Anticipated Reads of 2015. That’s why I’m looking forward to new releases coming our way this year. Let’s start off with this months titles that I know all of us have been waiting to read since 2015!

The Love That Split The World by Emily Henry
Publication: January 26th 2016 by Razorbill

25467698Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Publication: January 5th 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin

23480844Seventeen-year-old Mercedes Ayres has an open-door policy when it comes to her bedroom, but only if the guy fulfills a specific criteria: he has to be a virgin. Mercedes lets the boys get their awkward, fumbling first times over with, and all she asks in return is that they give their girlfriends the perfect first time- the kind Mercedes never had herself.

Keeping what goes on in her bedroom a secret has been easy- so far. Her absentee mother isn’t home nearly enough to know about Mercedes’ extracurricular activities, and her uber-religious best friend, Angela, won’t even say the word “sex” until she gets married. But Mercedes doesn’t bank on Angela’s boyfriend finding out about her services and wanting a turn- or on Zach, who likes her for who she is instead of what she can do in bed.

When Mercedes’ perfect system falls apart, she has to find a way to salvage her reputation and figure out where her heart really belongs in the process.

Identity Crisis by Melissa Schorr
Publication: January 18th 2016 by Merit Press

25877205When curvaceous Annalise Bradley’s scandalous freshman year hookup sparks the anger of her female classmates, three of them decide to get her back by “catfishing” her, creating a fake online profile of the perfect boy to toy with her affections.

Against her better nature, introverted Noelle Spiers, goes along with her friends’ plan, hoping to distract Annalise from dreamy Cooper Franklin, her lifelong crush who has fallen for Annalise instead.

As Annalise discovers she is being played and seeks revenge, Noelle increasingly regrets her role in the cruel hoax and tries to salvage their relationship.

The Girlfriend Request by Jodie Andrefski
Publication: January 11th 2016 by Entangled: Crush

28356657Updating best friend to girlfriend is more than a change of status…

Emma has been best friends with Eli since she moved to his neighborhood ten years ago. Tired of being cast in the role of the girl next door, Emma creates a fake Facebook profile in the hopes of starting an online friendship with Eli, which would hopefully lead to more. Like…way more. From friend request to In a Relationship–it all seemed so completely logical when she’d planned it.

Eli can’t figure out what Emma is up to. He’s pretty sure she’s the one behind the Facebook profile, but then again, why would she do something so drastic instead of just admitting she wants to be more than friends? And who the heck is this new guy he saw her with? Eli starts to think that just maybe…he missed his chance with the girl next door.

Two best friends, one outlandish ruse. Their status is about to become way more than It’s Complicated…

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Publication: January 5th 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire

2452912310:00 a.m.

The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

The auditorium doors won’t open.

Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira
Publication: January 12th 2016 by Spencer Hill Contemporary

21018154In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary. But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?

Not Okay Cupid by Heidi R. Kling
Publication: January 11th 2016 by Entangled: Crush

28356550Her wicked revenge, or his wicked heart…

Hazel McCallister loves her life. Perfect grades. Perfect best friend. Perfect boyfriend. Until her perfect boyfriend cheats on her with her perfect best friend. Now Hazel’s in free fall—until her best friend’s brother, Felix, gives her the perfect idea. Reclaim her power by taking revenge on her cheating ex.

Felix James loves his life. Casual relationships. Loads of surfing. He’s as drama-free as they come. But he can’t stand by when his sister steals her best friend’s boyfriend, and the dude insists it was Hazel’s fault. So Felix vows to help turn Hazel into a girl her ex can’t resist—so then she can break his heart.

With an alliance in place, Hazel’s revenge is all but assured. But with each piece of payback, she feels a stronger attraction to Felix, even though revenge will turn her into a girl Felix could never be with. And soon Hazel has to make an impossible choice: revenge…or Felix, the boy who’s stolen her heart.

WARNING! This book contains betrayal, revenge, and that most tempting vice of all, the bad boy you know you can’t have.

The Siren by Kiera Cass
Publication: January 26th 2016 by HarperTeen

25817407A girl with a secret.
The boy of her dreams.
An Ocean between them.

Years ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again.

Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude…until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of.

Falling in love with a human breaks the Ocean’s rules. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.

Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz
Publication:  January 19th 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin

25663880When Sarah Merson receives the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the most elite prep school in the country-Sanctuary Bay Academy-it seems almost too good to be true. But, after years of bouncing from foster home to foster home, escaping to its tranquil setting, nestled deep in Swans Island, couldn’t sound more appealing. Swiftly thrown into a world of privilege and secrets, Sarah quickly realizes finding herself noticed by class charmer, Nate, as well as her roommate’s dangerously attentive boyfriend, Ethan, are the least of her worries. When her roommate suddenly goes missing, she finds herself in a race against time, not only to find her, but to save herself and discover the dark truth behind Sanctuary Bay’s glossy reputation.

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