Today I am taking part in the blog tour for Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp. This was released on the 15th of September published by SourceBooks Fire.
Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp
Release Date: 15th of September 2020
Print Length: 248 pages
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: SourceBooks Fire
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FIVE friends go to a cabin.
FOUR of them are hiding secrets.
THREE years of history bind them.
TWO are doomed from the start.
ONE person wants to end this.
NO ONE IS SAFE.
For five friends, this was supposed to be one last getaway before going their separate ways—a chance to say goodbye to each other, and to the game they’ve been playing for the past three years. But they’re all dealing with their own demons, and they’re all hiding secrets.
Finn doesn’t trust anyone since he was attacked a few months ago. Popular girl Liva saw it happen and did nothing to stop it. Maddy was in an accident that destroyed her sports career. Carter is drowning under the weight of his family’s expectations. Ever wants to keep the game going for as long as they can, at all costs.
When the lines between game and reality start to blend with deadly consequences, it’s a race against time before it’s game over—forever.
Are you ready to play?
Marieke Nijkamp is a new author to me and Even If We Break has been a great introduction to her work. I was immediately drawn to the story and was definitely intrigued after reading the blurb so I couldn’t wait to get stuck into it and be transported into the world she has created.
The story centres around five friends who decide to have one last get together before they graduate high school and head off on their seperate ways. The trip to a remote cabin is to bring closure to a murder mystery game that they have been playing for the last three years, as well as to try and repair the trust that they have lost in each other due to recent events that have lead to cracks in their relationships.
The plot has been very well executed and I really enjoyed how the story is told from five points of view. I loved the concept of LARP (live action role playing), which I found to be quite fascinating having not been really exposed to this world. The setting in a remote area is so perfect and provides a great back drop located on the top of a haunted mountain which adds to the eeriness of the story.
The characters are well developed, diverse and realistic which I loved. Marieke Nijkamp paints a perfect picture of each and the challenges that are going through, which I’m sure that any teenager who reads this will be able to relate to. I loved how Marieke Nijkamp nurtured each of them and it really showed through her writing that she cares very deeply for them.
I really enjoyed Marieke Nijkamp’s writing style and how she brought this story to life. She has done a superb job of creating a haunting atmosphere that is carried throughout the whole book and this just adds to the ambience of it. I am really glad that she is now on my radar and I hope to go back and read her other work when I can.
I did find that the story did move at a slightly slower pace to begin with, but it does pick up momentum as the tension and suspense also increases making for a more thrilling second half. Put it this way, it did keep me wanting to turn the pages which is a big plus! I also did pick where it was heading and who was involved, so there was no surprises, but this in no way hindered my enjoyment of the book in any way.
Even If We Break is a book perfect for teenagers who enjoy a good murder mystery, but it is not just for this age group. As an older woman, I still do love to read YA books and this one certainly fits the bill and Marieke Nijkamp has really delivered with this book. I look forward to reading what she comes up with next. It was a pleasure to read and review Even If We Break which I recommend.
Thank you to Marieke Nijkamp, Amber Choudhary and SourceBooks Fire for allowing me to read an advance copy of Even If We Break which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble & Waterstones if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.
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Let’s Get to Know Marieke Nijkamp
Marieke Nijkamp was born and raised in the Netherlands. A lifelong student of stories, language, and ideas, she spends as much time in fictional worlds as she does the real world. She loves to travel, roll dice, and daydream.
Marieke’s YA novels include: This Is Where It Ends, which follows four teens during the fifty-four minutes of a school shooting. Before I Let Go, a haunting murder mystery set during a cruel Alaskan winter. Even If We Break, a cabin-in-the-woods type thriller, following five teens, the RPG game that binds them, and the secrets that threaten to break them. When The Night Comes, pitched as The Society meets Contagion.
Additionally, Marieke is the editor of Unbroken, an anthology of 13 stories starring disabled teens, written by disabled authors.
Marieke’s graphic novels and comics include: The Oracle Code, a graphic novel for DC Books for Young Readers, with art by Manuel Preitano. Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp, a comic miniseries by IDW Publishing, with art by Yasmin Flores Montanez.