The Runaways Review

Title: The Runaways
Author: Sonya Terjanian
Series: Not Applicable
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication Date: 03 April 2018
Source: Publisher (through Netgalley)
Format: eBook
Pages: 288
Rating: 4 Stars
Reading Timeline: 26 April 2018

Goodreads Synopsis:

Ivy is on the run. She is finally ready to trade in a dead-end future of college debt and family obligations for the thrill of a fresh start. But when she finds herself in an isolated cabin in the Poconos, she realizes that starting over is more difficult than she thought.

Especially when a stranger stumbles into her hiding place.

Mary Ellen is attempting to reinvent herself. Dissatisfied with her career and family life, Mary Ellen is finally pursuing art, something she has put aside for years. So, when she arrives at a cabin in the woods for an artist's retreat and finds a teenage girl instead, she realizes this is her chance to start new.

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

I was asked to review this book and when I read the synopsis I just knew that I had to review this book!

Thank you so much to Sourcebooks for providing me with a copy of this book to review. Just a quick small disclaimer for those reading this review. I have received this book for free. Please note that this does not affect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

The writing in this book was actually really good. It pulled me in straight away. The pace was really good and not slow. This really helped to keep the story moving. I liked that she omitted some detail at a later stage. I think that the author did this really well. I did, however, feel like she relied too much on teenage stereotypes when it came to certain parts of the dialogue. 

Plot Thoughts:

The plot was so good. I really loved it. The story just starts sort of in the middle and its done so well. It doesn't really feel random or odd. I also love how there is this whole mystery. The mystery in itself constantly shifts from one topic to another. I love that you were constantly wondering what is going to happen next. I loved not being able to predict the story.

Character Thoughts:

I liked the characters but I didn't really love them. They were well developed and each had a complicated history with one similarity; to break out of their current lives. The idea of reinvention is something that we all face and I think that the author played with that concept quite well with two very opposite characters.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I enjoyed this story. I didn't necessarily feel the whole thriller element but I loved the drama element that was present. I really enjoyed the writing that had a lot of skill in it. The plot was really good and unpredictable which is what I really enjoyed. The characters were also good but I wasn't in love with them. However, they were developed and complex. I really enjoyed the book. It wasn't something that I was expecting. Thank you so much to Sourcebooks for sending me a copy of this book to review.

Yours in Reading,



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