ARC Review | The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay
Release date: August 2nd, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley

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Who will be left after lights out?

At Cate’s isolated boarding school, Killer is more than a game- it’s an elite secret society. Members must avoid being “Killed” during a series of thrilling pranks, and only the Game Master knows who the “Killer” is. When Cate’s finally invited to join the Assassins’ Guild, she know it’s her ticket to finally feeling like she belongs.

But when the game becomes all too real, the school threatens to shut it down. Cate will do anything to keep playing and save the Guild. But can she find the real assassin before she’s the next target?

pink-divider-hiThe beginning of the book was immediate action. Something was happening and it caught my attention right away!!! Cate the main character is attending a talented kids school but she seems pretty normal, no special gift. The school is located on an island and has different activities according to the special abilities each student has. She is into art and that’s it. One day, she is taken from her bed ! She realized that the GAME has just started and she is delighted to be part of it! The ASSASSIN’S GAME.  The rules are simple, ONLY PRANK kills. The secret society called THE ASSASSIN’S GUILD is running the game this year and Cate is finally a player!

Vaughn shows up!  Yay!!! Vaughn’s Cate’s best friend before she got to that school. They stopped seeing each other at 8 years old, and now miraculously, he is a student and apparent “gifted kiddo”. Cate is confused and has this guilt trip feeling because she left their neighborhood without saying goodbye. Now he is back into her life and she needs to make things up. Not to mention he is extremely athletic, fit, handsome and smart.

Once the game starts everything is a thrill! Every kill has its essence and uniqueness. It was not until the game turned SERIOUS and there was an actual and REAL murder. At this point, I was really happy with the shift. The mystery under every kill and the quest to find WHO THE KILLER IS was good! And Vaughn and Cate ally and began to haunt the killer together, getting themselves in dangerous and risky situations!!!

I thought that this was a good idea, the turning points in the story are amazing! The very last chapters were also amazing and I can say that despite some bad or poor reviews, this is a good book. I have trouble with thrillers and mystery because most of the time they are not mysterious at all, however, The Assassin Game pleased me too much. I loved Some characters and hated some and that just feels so good because I enjoyed this a lot! The story went fast paced and started uncovering some facts about the characters that were not stated before and that made it more amusing since those facts were key to the whole story. The end of the book was unexpected at some point. Yes….. At the end, the truth was revealed, but there was something in the way Kirsty wrote the book that made it still engaging.


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