May 19, 2013

Review: ONE TINY SECRET by Adam Kunz {Scavenger Hunt Give@way}


Author: Adam Kunz

Source: eARC from author for review



**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for 17+ due to language, violence, and sexual content.

Just one tiny secret has the potential to ruin everything.

Being the daughter of the sheriff in a small town like Holden Ridge means that eighteen-year-old Danielle “Dani” Marks’ life is under constant surveillance. She’s made a habit of staying under the radar by being a floater among social circles at school, which has kept her out of trouble—until now.

After a missing persons case stirs up the entire town, Dani finds herself caught right in the middle of the scandal. When she’s labeled a possible suspect, things quickly go from bad to worse. The sudden return of her old flame, Parker Reed, manages to make her whole situation even more complicated.

When an elusive unknown person begins to blackmail Dani by threatening to reveal her deepest secrets, Dani refuses to play along. That is, until the person’s actions take a violent turn. Holden Ridge loses its sense of quaint town security, and Dani is caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Who can she trust when anyone around her could be a suspect?

One thing’s for certain though: Never underestimate the power of one tiny secret.

My take...
I cannot get over the fact that this book had me sitting on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. I mean that...literally. ONE TINY SECRET had me wound so tight I thought I would explode from the intensity of it. I am usually not a huge fan of murder/mystery books, but Kunz added in some romance and it evened the book out perfectly for me. (I have to have some romance in my reads.) In fact, the romance just added to my suspicions on who this Unknown was. Read it…you’ll see what I mean.
From the moment the old friend next door was mentioned my brain went on alert. I have watched enough movies over time to know when something is amiss and should be remembered so to help me solve the mystery that is sure to come. Ever seen PRETTY LITTLE LIARS? Yeah, A has nothing on Unknown. Unknown makes A look like a pansy when compared. Plus this book was more believable. Some of the things A does makes you roll your eyes and think 'Whatever'. And that is actually one of the reasons I quit watching the show. But not with ONE TINY SECRET. Oh no, this book was shockingly believable. So much so, I was wide awake checking doors and wondering what lurked outside. (Pssh! As if someone would stalk me.)
Another thing...I am usually not a fan of male authors who write romance and sometimes just books in general. I know, I am picky like that. But with Kunz I was blown away. I can now add him to my growing list of male authors who I adore. Yes, Kunz wrote a book that surprised me, had my interest the whole time, and definitely had me floored in the revelation of Unknown. Wow. I seriously did not see that coming. Like any of it.
Man, I am telling you the suspense will get you in this one. But it really is balanced out nicely with romance, which of course I loved! Once you start reading you will see how hard it is to put down. The one thing that irked me? Well, the dad. He drove me nuts not believing his only daughter. For a guy who is a Sheriff, he doesn’t seem all there at times. Or maybe that is just me. But everyone else was great in the book. I liked how they all seemed real and each had some weaknesses that made them that much more realistic.
Love movies like SCREAM or I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER? Well then you are going to love ONE TINY SECRET. Just think of it as a similar plot but with better actors. Get this one and you will see what I mean.
Make sure to visit each blog on the One Tiny Secret Promotion Tour schedule to grab the hidden word or words to crack the code! *Hint: the blogs are in order for a reason.
Once you’ve gathered the puzzle pieces from each blog, and arranged them to complete the hidden phrase, please send your answer directly to  for an entry into the Grand Prize Giveaway.
And this giveaway is INT!!

One winner will be drawn for the GRAND PRIZE:
1)      A signed paperback copy of One Tiny Secret
2)      A Hello Kitty Masquerade plush doll
3)      A mini pink skull-and-crossbones clutch purse
4)      A hand crafted skull-and-crossbones flower pin
5)      A One Tiny Secret book charm necklace
6)      A hand crafted skull-and-crossbones over the shoulder bag
7)      A One Tiny Secret button
8)      A purple skull-and-crossbones lanyard with a pink skull-and-crossbones charm attached
9)      A pair of black and silver skull-and-crossbones earrings
10)   A One Tiny Secret beaded bracelet
11)   A One Tiny Secret bookplate
12)   A One Tiny Secret glitter framed front cover picture (made by Adam Kunz himself)
13)   A $10.00 gift card to Amazon
14)   A $10.00 gift card to Barnes and Noble 

Friday, May 17th – A Reader’s Confession
- Review/Interview/Giveaway

Saturday, May 18th – A Love Affair with Books
- Review/Back Book Blurb/Giveaway

Sunday, May 19th – Little Read Riding Hood
- Review/Interview/Giveaway

Monday, May 20th – I read Indie Books Blog
- Review/Back Book Blurb/Giveaway

Tuesday, May 21st – I Love Indie Books Blog
- Review/Back Book Blurb/Giveaway

Wednesday, May 22nd – Blog critics
- Review/Interview/Giveaway

Thursday, May 23rd – Into the Night Book Reviews
- Review/Back Book Blurb/Giveaway

Adam Kunz is the A part of the mother and son author duo C.A. Kunz. Growing up, he always had a fondness for R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series. So, it was a no brainer when he decided to write his own novel that it’d be a thrilling mystery with a dash of horror. When he’s not busy writing, Adam enjoys his job at a theme park in Orlando, Florida as a d├ęcor consultant. This job brings him face to face with all sorts of nightmarish creatures, especially when he decorates the haunted houses for the park's annual Halloween event. It’s been said by many that his addiction to Starbucks coffee will most likely be his downfall later in life. If you would like to find out more about this author, C.A. Kunz, or  One Tiny Secret,  please visit the links below:
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1 comment:

  1. I just have to add that not only is Adam a talented writer, he's also a super-sweet guy! I met him at the Decatur Book Fair last summer and even though he didn't know me, he helped me escape a crowded restaurant when my claustrophobia triggered a panic attack, the stuck around to be sure I was okay.

    Gotta love real-life heroes!