Book View: Nerve

Book View: NerveNerve by Jeanne Ryan
Published by Dial Books on September 13th 2012
Pages: 304
Goodreads

A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly

When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it's exhilarating--Vee and Ian's fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn when they're directed to a secret location with five other players for the Grand Prize round. Suddenly they're playing all or nothing, with their lives on the line. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE?

Short and Sweet:

It all starts with a dare. After reading a similar book, Nerve was a read that, honestly, I was expecting to dislike. But after a few pages, I was hooked. However, that does not mean that Nerve was all sunshine and rainbows. While some of the dares were enjoyable, others were cringe-worthy at best. It was really about a 50-50 mix.

Nerve has a good premise. But parts of the read failed in its execution. Nerve kept me on the edge of my seat. But also had me questioning why these teens really felt the need to keep going with the game.

Final Verdict:

On the surface, Nerve has plenty of potential. And, I will freely admit that I enjoyed this read a lot more than I had anticipated. Nerve is the second read that I have found focusing on a reality game show type premise. Both times now, I have wanted more than what the read has delivered. I would think that it may be time for me to give up on this type of read. But I doubt it will happen.

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