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    Good storyline, wonderful characters

    At first, I thought this was going to be a bit dry and slow, though I loved the entire concept of Leo's gift. All of a sudden, it became a real page turner as Leo, JC, and Laura race to prevent JC's murder. I loved Leo's innocence and determination. JC was a strong supportive friend, though he had his secrets. Laura added a more level-headed dimension to this trio, and I enjoyed their journey through growth, change, and danger. The ending was a surprise which gave a satisfactory conclusion to their story. I received a copy of this story through Enticing Journey Book Promotions, and this is my unsolicited review.
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    I know when you're going to die

    What if you were given the ability to see how and when people were going to die, and you had the chance to stop it from happening to your best friend? This is exclty that case of what happens to Leo and his friend J.C. Leo is one of the quiet shy kids at Costa High who is a kind soul and spends his time volunteering at soups kitchens, it is here that he encounters a homeless man who bestow onto Leo his ability allowing him to pass on and die safe in the knowledge that someone worthy of it is going to take it over. This was a fantastic read, and when Leo looks into this friends JC eyes and see how he is going to die he swears to protect his friend and stop it from happening, JC is a bit of a mouthy kid but who would actually want to kill him leaves the boys drawing a blank other than the school bully Chet, but as the story reaches it peak you soon realises there are more people than anyone actually realised. The story flowed well and held my attention from the start, and i did not foresee the outcome! 5 stars
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    Young adult mystery/thriller

    Gift or curse? Either way, Leo is stuck with the power to see when people are going to die. The big question is what should he do about it? Until he sees his best friend's death. Figuring out the whodunit before they do it is an interesting concept, and it does a fair job of keeping the pages turning. In addition to the mystery, this story touches on friendship, diversity, and acceptance. The pacing is steady, the characters are interesting, and I did want to finish to see how it would all play out. That said, the story didn't quite get there for me in terms of what I expect in a thriller. Part of that could be that I'm probably not really the target audience for this one. I do think that older teens/young adults will enjoy it, and target audience or not, it was worth the read.
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    I could not put this book down

    Among the ranks of superheroes, seeing the future has always carried more of a burden. In the book “I Know When You’re Going to Die,” this gift takes an even darker turn. In his town, Leo, the main character, is known as “Shy Boy” or “Ninja Turtle.” He’s painfully shy, and among the ranks of his equally rich peers, Leo sticks out like a sore thumb. He isn’t popular in the least, and prioritises using his privilege and wealth as a reminder to help others instead of using it to his benefit. Every week, Leo volunteers at a homeless shelter. One night, as he’s dying, an elderly man looks Leo in the eyes and passes on a gift that will challenge Leo and push him more than ever before, with all the odds stacked up against him. Leo doesn’t look most people in the eye, too shy to do so, so Leo’s new ability is tinged with irony. When he looks someone in the eye, he knows when they’re going to die. J.C is Leo’s best friend. In many ways, he is just like the kids that Leo refuses to be like. He’s rich, snarky, materialistic. But he’s different, because he is Leo’s friend. Leo’s only friend. Instead of seeking popularity, he has Leo’s back and Leo has his. When J.C finds out about Leo’s new power, he thinks it’s really cool. At least, until Leo looks into J.C’s eyes and finds out that J.C will be murdered in two weeks time. Enter Laura. She’s the new girl at school, and she doesn’t care about what anyone thinks. She’s very genuine and true to herself, and calls out everyone when they aren’t acting right, even her friends. Leo, J.C, and Laura band together, desperately trying to make meaning of Leo’s vision to prevent a brutal end to J.C’s life. This is a wonderful suspense and mystery book, tinged with a bit of a supernatural element. The beginning starts off a little slow, but it’s a natural progression to the rest of the action packed book. The author is able to weave in these amazingly subtle clues that blow up later and support a wrenching series of twists in the climax of the book. I’m usually able to see the hidden surprises coming in mystery books, but this book definitely took me for a ride. My one critique of this book is that the characters seemed a little two-dimensional at times, and the writing could be a little repetitive. However, the character growth and the plot, as well as seeing the characters’ dynamic develop, more than made up for this. Another thing I really enjoyed about the book was the way it approached J.C and Leo’s close friendship. In the media, most male friendships are either distant or unsupportive, and this book debunked all those stereotypes with J.C and Leo’s open, healthy friendship, even though they face a lot of hate for it at times. I enjoyed seeing the diversity that was subtly and naturally worked into this book, and it successfully tackled issues like racism, and homophobia. I Know When You’re Going To Die is a book that you won’t be able to put down, and a book that will make your mind reel with the absolute brilliance of all the plot twists. A clever, original, mystery with an interesting supernatural addition.

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