Friday, 7 August 2015

Review: The Dead List by Jennifer L Armentrout

The Dead ListThe Dead List

Author: Jennifer L Armentrout
Series: Standalone
Publisher – Self (Free on Wattpad)

Synopsis (Goodreads)

From Jennifer L. Armentrout's blog posted on April 15, 2015:

"The Dead List is a full standalone novel, coming in at roughly 93,000 words. It’s a Young Adult Romantic Suspense Yes. Lots of Romance. Sort of like Don’t Look Back, but a throwback to movies like Scream and the sort of campy fun ones. Think I Know What You Did Last Summer meets Scream. But with more romance.

That’s all I’m going to say about the book. I think a blind read is something different. A little fun.

There are no plans at this time to sell it or put it in print soon. I probably will one day, but the point of this is that it’s free for you guys.

The Dead List is a raw novel, meaning it hasn’t been through copy editing. You’ll going to see typos and some strange things. You’re actually going to see what a book of mine looks like before copy editors get their hands on it. Hopefully there are no random ‘shits’ where there is supposed to be ‘shirts’. 

I will be posting a chapter or a couple of chapters at a time, as one does on Wattpad. Chapters will be added every Wednesday, Friday and then Sunday as long as I’m not traveling or, you know, acts of God clause.

You can find me on Wattpad by going HERE
– You can download Wattpad on your phone or tablet
– Or read on your computer"

Read the full blog post regarding The Dead List HERE

Review: 4 ½ out of 5 stars

I didn’t know what to expect when I started The Dead List by Jennifer L Armentrout, I have enjoyed her thrillers and suspense novels previously but I didn’t know much about this freebie Wattpad title but once I started on it, I couldn’t put it down (and I’m still suffering from the late night read!).

Our MC is seventeen year-old Ella, a high school senior who was once best friends with Penn, Gavin and Jensen – they were once inseparable but after a tragic event, Jensen moved away and Gavin & Ella ended up dating but it didn’t work out but they remain close.

When Ella attends a party with her best friend Lindsey she ends up getting attacked by someone in a freaky clown mask but she is thankfully saved by Jensen who has since returned to the area. After this happens other people begin to disappear and strange things are happening around Ella but she puts it down to the after effects of being attacked.

We also get a sweet romance between Jensen and Ella, I loved their interactions and I adored how protective he was of her; they complimented each other well and I am always drawn to relationships where they start out as friends and it turns into more. All of the secondary characters were written well but I never quite knew who could or couldn’t be trusted.

I love books that make you think, I was sure I knew who the villain was & I was half right but then JLA threw in a twist I definitely wasn’t expecting. There were so many crazy happenings in this book, I couldn’t put it down! I needed to know who would be next – why the bad guy was targeting Ella and bullies who were connected to them when they were younger and also who was behind the disturbing mask! I loved every moment of it and I am relieved I read it as a whole rather than wait for it to be released chapter by chapter as it was when it was first released.

I really enjoyed JLA’s writing; she really should write more suspense/thrillers because she does it well. The Dead List is a raw novel, it hasn’t been through copy editing so there are errors but it was nothing that couldn’t be overlooked. 

I highly recommend this thrilling read!

Jennifer L. ArmentroutAbout the author: # 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia. 

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true. 

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen. 

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins. 

All images/blurb/author details etc. have been copied from GoodReads


  1. OOoh nice! I have yet to read this one. Mostly because I know I will have to read it on my computer and that's sooo note comfortable. Plus I was waiting for the whole book to be out instead of waiting chapter by chapter. I like to read a book in its entirety when I read. Meaning, I didn't want to wait chapter by chapter every week all while reading other books. So yeah, great time to read it now...I just don't know when I will. Computer screens can irritate my eyes after awhile and to have to read the whole book on it.'s a moment like this I wish I had a tablet! Oh well!

    Great review! Glad to hear that this was an enjoyable as her first thriller! Looking forward to reading this one eventually!

  2. This sounds good. I have never tried Wattpad but my youngest daughter loves it. Great review Sharon

  3. This sounds good. I have never tried Wattpad but my youngest daughter loves it. Great review Sharon

  4. This sounds good. I have never tried Wattpad but my youngest daughter loves it. Great review Sharon

  5. Oh, cool! I still haven't read any JLA yet, but I'm definitely checking this out. I didn't even know about this until now, and it's freeeee ... :D

  6. I haven't heard of this at all. Great review. Going to check it out now.


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