{Review} Killer Within by @SEGreenAuthor @simonteen #pulseit

June 20, 2015 Reviews, Young Adult 12 ★★★★

{Review} Killer Within by @SEGreenAuthor @simonteen #pulseitKiller Within by S.E. Green
Pages: 304
Published by Simon and Schuster, Simon Pulse on May 19, 2015
Genres: Law & Crime, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Thrillers & Suspense, Violence, Young Adult
Source: ARC from Publisher
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In the heart-pounding sequel, teen vigilante Lane must face the secrets and unexpected consequences that arise in the wake of her first kill.

It’s been three months since the sadistic Decapitator’s demise, and Lane feels both closer to and more alienated than ever from her united, grieving family. Haunted by conflicting memories, she resumes the role of Masked Savior vigilante—but her heart just isn’t in it. For Lane now knows the rush of deeper thrills. Darker thrills. And a growing part of her wants to revisit its seductive power.

To Lane’s chagrin, the Masked Savior inspires its own fan site, where groupies gather online to praise, document, and debate each delivered act of justice. But then one of Lane’s secret admirers becomes a cunning copycat, assaulting the defenseless with escalating violence. And Lane suspects someone is spying on her, edging closer to making contact-someone who knows her secrets.

Will Lane be able to stop the copycat and keep her identity protected? Or will she give in to the thrills that tempt her? Because as her life continues to unravel, the revelations shake Lane to her core.

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Note: This is the second book in the Killer Instinct series. If you are new to the series, you can find out more about book 1 and the series HERE

Killer Within is the second book in the young adult Killer Instinct series by S.E. Green. I really liked the first book, and the second book is even crazier. There is so much going on in this book and I am going to try my best to describe this book without spoilers, but it picks up right after the events of the first story, which is a huge spoiler in and of itself. So if you are new to the series, you might be better checking out my review of book 1- Killer Instinct here.

Killer Instinct totally took me by surprise with that insane ending. I did not see it coming at all. So in Killer Within Lane is struggling with the fallout of that last scene, as well as still trying to find her place not only in the world but also within herself. Lane was called the masked savior for some of her actions in the first book, and much of the second book deals with how the community perceives the masked savior. I really liked the website that popped up. And of course, some copy cats also popped up. So that was part of the mystery of this book. Along with a couple of new mysterious characters, there was plenty for Lane to sort out. Some characters I really liked, and some I loved to hate. And if you can get over the fact that this seems to be the most dangerous and killer heavy town in the united states, this book is a wild and really fun journey.

I love Lane. I am such a huge fan of hers, and most of the reason I like her is that she is not your typically heroine. She struggles with questions of morality, and who she is and what she wants to do and be. I really liked that aspect of her. She seemed softer and more emotional in Killer Within. I know Lane likes to think of herself as this stoic, unfeeling person, but I don’t think that is true at all. I think we saw some truly evil characters in book 1 and now in book 2 and I wouldn’t include Lane in them. Not even close. I just hope that Lane sees that and believes that. I really like this series. I think they are super fast and easy reads that captivate you and hold your attention. I was so quickly drawn in to Lane’s world and I was just as wrapped up in finding the copycats and M and j-d-l as she was. I devoured this book in one night. It is so deliciously twisted.

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About S.E. Green

S. E. Green, or Shannon Greenland, is the award winning author of the thriller, KILLER INSTINCT, the spy series, THE SPECIALISTS, and the romance, THE SUMMER MY LIFE BEGAN. She lives off the coast of Florida with her very grouchy dog.

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12 Responses to “{Review} Killer Within by @SEGreenAuthor @simonteen #pulseit”

  1. Lekeisha

    Great review! I’m actually excited to read this one, but that cover is sort of crazy for the title. It looks like a piece of candy. LOL

  2. Bill Blume

    This series sounds nuts, but in a good way. You’ve got me curious to see how Green handles this kind of character, one rather violent but still the protagonist of the story.

  3. Berls

    I hadn’t heard of these before (I don’t think…), but they sound great! I skimmed you’re review, but will check out book 1.

  4. Suzi Q, The Book Dame

    I really go for mystery and suspense and yet, I am not familiar with this series. I have only recently started to see this cover popping up, and am now realizing that there is a book before this one. I will be sure to check that one out. Thank you for your review.

    • Michelle @ Book Briefs

      The covers got a new look with the release of the second book. The old cover was mostly white, so maybe you saw it and didn’t even realize. I like the new covers way more for the series.

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