Author: Jeanne Ryan
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: September 13, 2012
A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly
When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it's exhilarating--Vee and Ian's fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn when they're directed to a secret location with five other players for the Grand Prize round. Suddenly they're playing all or nothing, with their lives on the line. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE?
Debut author Jeanne Ryan delivers an un-putdownable suspense thriller.
Nerve by Jeanne Ryan slowly digs its hooks in you until you cannot possibly let go. The action continues to ramp up as the book continues, and it does really stop until the very last page. Vee decides that she has had enough of being in her best friend Sydney's shadow, and decides to do one of the entry dares into the new and exciting game Nerve. Nerve is a twisted reality web show that tries to see how far contestants will go, and if they have the “nerve” to face their greatest fears. After completing the first dare, Vee is teamed up with hot and sexy Ian. Vee decides that teaming up Ian is going to make the dares a lot more fun.
At first Nerve seems like a harmless game of dares and the prizes are just too good to pass up. When Vee and Ian are invited to compete in the Grand Prize round, they just cannot pass up the opportunity to make their dreams come true. The problem is that what they may have to do to make their dreams come true may not be worth it.
Vee is a somewhat shy behind the scenes girl until she starts competing for Nerve. I really liked seeing her evolve for shy to risk taking, and how that plays into her relationship with Ian. Vee really does grow into her own skin in the short time frame of Nerve, but even under pressure, she does not really lose herself. The one thing I think Nerve is trying to accomplish, to find out how much pressure and money it takes someone to go against everything they believe in. I was unsure of Ian in the beginning, but as time went on, he started to grow on me.
The suspense of Nerve had me hanging on my seat, and I could not wait to find out what was going to happen next. I happened to read this while on vacation, and I knew I had plans and had to be up by six A.M. Once I started Nerve all concept of time went out the window, and I still do not regret the time amount of sleep I got that night. Nerve was worth every single minute! In other words, clear your schedule before picking up Nerve.
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