Short and Tweet Review: This Is How It Ends by Jen Nadol

Title:  This Is How It Ends
Author:  Jen Nadol
Series:  None
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Publication Date:  October 7, 2014
Pages:  320
Format/Source:  eARC/From publisher via Edelweiss  
Age Group/Genre:  Young Adult/Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery

If you could see the future, would you want to? After the disturbing visions Riley and his friends see turn out to be more than hallucinations, fate takes a dangerous twist in this dark and suspenseful page-turner.

Riley and his friends are gearing up for their senior year by spending one last night hanging out in the woods, drinking a few beers, and playing Truth or Dare. But what starts out as a good time turns sinister when they find a mysterious pair of binoculars. Those who dare to look through them see strange visions, which they brush off as hallucinations. Why else would Riley see himself in bed with his best friend’s girlfriend—a girl he’s had a secret crush on for years?

In the weeks that follow, the visions begin to come true…including a gruesome murder. One of Riley’s closest friends is now the prime suspect. But who is the murderer? Have Riley and his friends really seen the future through those mysterious binoculars? And what if they are powerless to change the course of events? (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

Unfortunately I didn’t write many notes for This Is How It Ends, with the exception of my theories on who the killer was and what else was going to happen during the book.  Luckily my friend Kate from Midnight Book Girl has a feature where she writes what she calls Short and Tweet Reviews, writing reviews of books in 140 characters or less, like a tweet.  So I’m going to write a Short and Tweet Review for This Is How It Ends.

Short and Tweet Review:

This book had me hooked right away, but I predicted a lot, with the exception of the very end. Could have had more mystery and creepiness.

My rating for This Is How It Ends by Jen Nadol:
Actually 3.5 stars.  I think the story was interesting but kind of predictable and not as creepy as I would have liked.
Find it:  Goodreads │ Amazon │ Simon & Schuster

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any other way for this review.


  1. Jessie Marie

    January 5, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Oh, interesting. Hadn't heard of this one previously but my interest is piqued. I'm bummed, though, that it was somewhat predictable and less creepy than it could have been. For some reason, while reading the synopsis, I got The Blairwitch Project in my head. Something about the woods and creepy, unusual things happening, I suppose.

    These short and tweet reviews are so good, especially when you can't really think what to say (or, more commonly in my case, can't remember).

  2. Kami

    January 5, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    I haven't heard of this book, looks interesting. I love the short and tweet idea!

  3. Brandi Kosiner

    January 6, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Glad you found things to enjoy even if a bit predictable

  4. Kate Midnight Book Girl

    January 7, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Yes, for the short and tweet! I kind of like the sound of this book too- it's like an episode of the Twilight Zone. ;)

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