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Young Adult Fiction 6746
Hollywood and Murder
(Updated: April 05, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
There is one thing you don't do with this book. That is to read FAMOUS LAST WORDS right before going to bed. I read the first seven chapters before jumping onto the mattress. While snuggled underneath my blanket, I kept on thinking the worst whenever there was a simple creaking sound. Thank you, Katie Alender, for scaring me. I did not sleep well that night.

FAMOUS LAST WORDS is a supernatural thriller. Katie Alender, the author of BAD GIRLS DON'T DIE, gives us a creepy mix of a ghost, multiple murders, a serial killer, and the magic of Hollywood. Alender goes into detailed descriptions, bringing the classic horror and mystery story with a touch of romance. Alender is skilled with red herrings and misdirections. The book is targeted at young teens and up (meaning 12+), which is the age group I approve of.

The main POV of FAMOUS LAST WORDS belongs to Willa. Uprooted from her home, Willa comes to Hollywood and finds the promise and glamour of Hollywood lacking. (Don't worry, Willa. I feel the same thing.) Stalked constantly by the ghost, Willa sees images of gruesome thoughts and hears words that may or may not be related to the Hollywood Killer. Willa is unnerved from the ghostly attention she receives, and I sometimes find myself questioning whether or not Willa is mentally sane. Despite that, I like Willa and her soft personality.

The book kicks off right away. The house has a drippy leak that doesn't exists. There is a dead body in Willa's swimming pool, which disappears as soon as Willa's parents check on her. Paranormal events happen almost out of nowhere, and there are definitely some parts that have me screaming: "Don't go in there!" (Someone should give Willa a phone number for the Winchesters.) The plot is a wild ride from beginning to end. Even more haunting is the fact that the crafty murderer, who has been nicknamed "the Hollywood Killer by the press, is closer to Willa than everyone thinks. The weight of the murders increases as the tale unfolds.

The mystery of the Hollywood Killer is not as climactic as it could be. But the reveal of the killer is amazing and almost flawless. The impact definitely changes the book and its characters for the remainder of the story.

In a love triangle, Willa is torn between Reed and Wyatt. The romance isn't a major plot, which is exactly how I like it. Alender sets the plots perfectly, putting the ghostly and paranormal movements in the driver's seat. The romance is in the backseat.

Overall, FAMOUS LAST WORDS has my feet on the edge. It is one of those books that are worth rereading over and over again. Ghost? Supernatural? Murder? Romance? Check, check, check, check. Famous Last Words has the perfect length, the entertaining plot, the intriguing characters, and the flawless pace, which has me wishing for a sequel. Katie Alender meets my expectations and goes beyond that.

Rating: Four out of Five
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