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Try Not to Die: In Brightside

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This is a really neat book idea. I love the concept of this. You get to pick and choose the chapters that you believe would be the right decision to make in order to stay alive. Fantastic book!
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Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the free access to the audio book.
I wasn't sure how exactly this book would progress.  I had the old choose-your-own-adventure in my head and was several chapters in before I caught on.  I need to pay better attention.
In fact it was a unique twist on the choose-your-own idea.  You were given choices at the end of each chapter, though in this version, if you choose the wrong one, you die!  Several different ways, in fact.
I took most of it straight through because it was difficult to suddenly have to drop what I was doing, turn the phone back on, find the chapters, scroll down, and hit one.  So, for me, it really didn't work as an audio book.
But I really liked the story and the concept, so 4 stars.
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What a ride Brightside was. I was not expecting it. I loved how you could choose what scenario played out. Something about “what if’s” is so appealing.Living in Brightside is not a walk in the park. You have to be careful in everything you do including what you are thinking. No one has ever escaped. Be prepared to take an exciting, ride through your choices. The book itself was quick and it felt a little rushed in away. I really didn’t like that you could make the wrong decision but I get it. Real life has wrong decisions and some could cost you highly.
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In this audiobook we are placed in the shoes of our main character, Becky, taking on the decisions she is faced with as she tries to successfully escape Brightside. As someone who devoured the Choose Your Own Adventure series as a child, this was something I was looking forward to - though as an audiobook it was quite a strange experience.
First of all, as someone who had not read Brightside (which ties in with this) I did feel somewhat at a disadvantage. It was evident Becky wanted to escape this town, but I knew nothing about it, the people who lived there/policed it or the reasons for Becky being there in the first place. Had I known this background information, some things might have made a little more sense.
As it was, the decisions come thick and fast early on. I admit, without shame, that pretty much every choice I made early on (going off intuition alone) resulted in me dying in various grisly and gruesome ways. Suffice to say, Brightside is not a place that sounds welcoming at all...and I can fully understand why you'd want to leave it if you could.
Once events were underway, and we were following Becky on the course she was meant to be following, the story introduced us to a number of characters and yet I always felt there was something missing.
Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this, and I am intrigued enough to look at Brightside if I can get my hands on a copy.
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I'm sure for some people this is a wonderful book and a fun way to interact with a story, however, I am not one of those people. When I listen to a book, I am working on something else or riding in my car. I do not want to have to select what comes next in an audiobook. I do have to say when I was a child I enjoyed the Choose Your Own Adventure books, but this is very different when you are talking audiobooks.

I know you can listen to the entire book by moving to chapter 55, but when I did this, it did not seem to fit the first part of the story for which I had been listening. The beginning of the book grabbed my attention, but I was not going to take the time to choose a pathway.

The narrator was good and helped  to engage me in the storyline during the first chapter.
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This is a choose your own adventure novel that accomplishes what it sets out to do. every chapter ends where the reader must choose what to do next, and if you choose wrong the character dies. I enjoyed this setup, even on the audiobook, which surprised me. It wasn't easy to choose what choice would keep you alive, which is what I'm looking for in a try not to die, choose your own adventure story. 

The actual story was pretty engaging if a little basic. The story follows a woman attempting to escape from a facility that's prisoners can read minds. 

If you are looking to try to survive as you read this spooky season, I think that TNTD: In Brightside won't be disappointing. 

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
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I really enjoyed playing this adventure game with my 13 year old son. We listened to a few chapters each night and it had us talking at the end of each chapter to decide where we would take the story.  Unfortunalty we made the wrong choices often and kept dying! It was great that it let you go back and re-choose so we coudl continue the game.

A brilliant idea!

The narration was clear and easy to understand.
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I'm generally am not a huge fan of audio books. I struggle to take in the information and often get distracted by the activity I am doing at the same time and stop actually listening to the book .  Its a shame that I struggle to listen to them because I would get to read/listen to a lot more of the wonderful books that are in the world and I would probably get a lot  more work done ! 

I decided that I would give an audio book a try. I was browsing audio books and I came across Try not to die: In Brightside and discovered something wonderful . It was a choose your own adventure book !!!!!!!!. I really enjoyed the story. The choices were often hard and the best choices were not always obvious. 

It was a little confusing to start with as you have no idea what is going on but the story soon captures your imagination and keeps you guessing. 

I am really looking forward to the Sequel ,Beyond Brightside that will be out later this year.

Many thanks to Netgalley , Vincere press and the authors   Mark Tullius and Dawna Gonzales for sending me a copy of this audio in return for an honest review.

All thoughts and opinions are my own and are in no way influenced by the nature in which I received this book. 

My review with more information about this book is available on my blog
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Thank you to the publisher and to Netgalley for the advance copy of this audiobook!

I loved this book. The atmosphere was everything I wanted it to be. It had spook factors and a few chills and I loved it. The plot and storyline in the book were great. I loved the characters in this story. It gave me all the feels I was looking for when I started reading this. I highly recommend this author. I loved the writing. I will be looking for other works in the future from this author.
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I saw this on Netgalley and having never read an interactive audiobook before decided to give it a go. It’s essentially a choose your own adventure book, although it did feel a lot more limited as instead of branching story paths you had to find the correct path or die!

I liked the basic premise but found the execution to be a bit lacking as I didn’t really care for the characters (and thus their fates), the story was a bit dull and there were numerous plot holes. 

To be honest I found this to be mediocre, I only finished it as I was interested in the concept however with a bit more work this could’ve been fun.
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I enjoyed the uniqueness of this audiobook as it brought me back to my childhood and one of my favourite types of books as a kid - choose your own adventure books. I was hooked on those books as a kid and was thrilled to have the opportunity to listen along to Try Not to Die: In Brightside. 

I loved following along this audiobook and making the many difficult decisions that you must make at the end of each chapter. Sometimes you are tasked with choosing one of two options, and sometimes it was on in three options, which makes it that much more difficult, because if you choose the wrong answer you die, then have to select a different choice. Each choice you make is unique in the sense that the story changes with each choice that you make. I love that about this book!

A definite must-add that I recommend you add to you TBR.
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This is a fast paced, suspense filled adventure where Becky, her brother and other residents are trying to escape a horrific town called Brightside.

The book is an interactive book with lots of twists and it is loaded with the right amount of sarcasm 👌🏽. Loved it and want more.

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This is a very exciting story and it is in two versions,  starting at chapter one is the interactive version where the listener makes decisions at the end of each chapter, as to how the story should proceed - I died several times! Starting at chapter fifty five is the complete story. Brightside is run by the Boots, police who seek to control the thought thieves. The story is plot driven and you are the main character, Becky, a sixteen year old thought thief, and the only way not to die in Brightside if you are a thought thief, is to escape!

Mark Tullius and Dawna Gonzales have done a great job with the story and Maxine Denise does an excellent job of narrating. Aimed at teenagers and young  adults, this puts the excitement of game playing into reading or listening  to the book. A great idea, recommended.
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*received for free from netgalley for honest review* Used to really love these kinds of books as a kid (though this one has "right" choices and i dont recall the books i read being like that but its been a while), its just really hard for me to do the pick your adventure thing with audiobooks :/ and the netgalley app is especially bad at skipping things but luckily they numbered the chapters for once. nor horrible but not my cup of tea either.
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I received this audiobook from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

I'm not a big fan of audiobooks so I think that's why I didn't enjoy it as much as I think I would've as a book. The plot was good and the characters were as well. 3 stars purely for the reason that I didn't enjoy it as a audiobook. I would definitely rate it higher if I had read it as a book
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I love the choose your own adventure books and was super excited to see how entertaining it would be as an audiobook. This was a lot of fun and well narrated. You can choose your own version and/or choose the straight through version.
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More than two dozen ways to die.
Just one correct path.
Do you have what it takes to survive?

Try Not To Die: In Brightside had a horror\supernatural feel to it.

Y'all this was quite amazing.
I had a awesome time with the decisions even though I did die a lot.
Still fun to be able to make your own decision.

I really enjoyed! It was great!

Thank you NetGalley, Publisher & Author for this gifted copy.
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Ok, let me first say that this is a YA novel. That said, I tried to go back to when I was the age of Becky who is the protagonist in this book. The really cool aspect is that YOU, the reader can choose the outcome of each chapter. I will say that the audiobook version is probably not as good as the actual book due the the fact it seemed to rush you in making your decisions. Overall though I would definitely give 4/5 stars and recommend this book to any YA who likes scary stories. Becky is new to Brightside and she needs to be very observant. The people there are not like other people. There is one big difference, they tend to disappear at night. You mustn’t say a word about it either. The nurse, Jenny, carries a gun. The story line is great and it kept me interested the entire way through. I do not want to give away too much because it is worth the read.

Thank you to netgalley as well as the author/publisher for allowing me to read this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Becky is planning on escaping Brightside by Mark Tullius and Dawna Gonzalez. Then, her neighbor is murdered. In this create your own adventure, you get to try to help her escape. Becky tries to investigate to find out who killed her neighbor and is still trying to escape.

This was my first choose your own adventure story. It was so fun except I kept picking the wrong choice. When you pick the wrong choice, it tells you which chapter to go back to to retry. I started randomly picking numbers instead of choosing what I thought was the best choice and did way better.

I did the choose your own adventure story and think I liked it more than I would've liked just listening to the story.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Maxine Denis. Denis did a great job narrating and her voice worked well 

Thank you NetGalley and Vincere Press for this audiobook.
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Time to make a decision...

This is my first experience reading a choose your own adventure novel in audiobook format. And I have to admit that the idea is pretty fantastic. It's one thing to read them yourself, but as an audibook it's an entirely different experience. It's one that I think has a lot of potential. That said, Try Not to Die: In Brightside by Mark Tullius and Dawna Gonzales wasn't really all that great. 

Turn to Chapter 2

As I said, I love the concept of a choose your own adventure in audiobook format. This was probably the single best thing about the whole story. Having the ability to listen to the story and have the main character make decisions based on my choices has always been something I've been intrigued by. It was truly wonderful to be able to do so simply by moving from chapter to chapter. 

In its own way, the audiobook made it even easier to follow the process of jumping from chapter to chapter. As far as I'm concerned, this book could have been one of the most amazing I'd read this year if only the story was up to par. 

Try Again

There are a lot of things that didn't really work well with this story. Perhaps part of it is that I did not read the original book by Tullius that built the world in which this book is set. That said, I do think this only plays a small role in my disappointment. Ultimately, the actual plot as well as the characters were not written very well. Everything is very matter of fact. The characters all have a goal and are working toward it, but there are a lot of weird things involved in order to make the events you have to choose between more dangerous.

The world-building is...okay. It's nothing mind-blowing, really. You've kind of just got some template for a dangerous escape novel in which the author kind of plugs in a bunch of mildly developed filler points and...voila. There's the book. 

The characters, though, are probably the worst. I never once felt connected to any of them. There didn't seem to be any depth to a single character, or at least we never get enough time with anyone to unveil any of the potential depth they may have had. In the end all, even the main character, are very forgettable. 

Choosing Your Adventure

Speaking of the main character, why were all the choices that furthered you along in the story awful? It almost felt as though the author were trying to discourage kind acts, since all the options to be kind and helpful resulted in her basically dying. Honestly, what the hell? I was so disappointed with this.

What's worse is that this really never felt like a choose your own adventure story. It was really more of a guess the option that won't get you killed kind of tale. This, admittedly, made me like the story a lot less than I might have if it actually had different endings that you could potentially reach. 

In general, there was nothing terrible about the writing, but it was definitely subpar in a lot of ways. I think the only thing that the author could do a decent job at was action...but even that was very meh.

Speaking of Meh

I'm not sure if it was the characters, the writing, or just the narrator but I never once felt scared while reading this. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this supposed to be the kind of story that you feel scared while reading or listening to? Despite stakes being supposedly high, nothing ever felt that way. Not once. Which is hilarious because there are literally so many instances in which the main character dies if you make a bad choice. 

The audio just needed something more to make me really feel like I was in the moment, to actually scare me. Maybe the voice should have been different. Maybe there should have been sound effects. Perhaps it would have been best to put in some creepy music. I'm not sure. But what they did do just didn't work for me. 

So, at the end of the day this book wasn't terrible. But it's definitely not anything to get excited about, either. 

I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This review will be live on the Reader Fox blog on October 2, 2020.
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