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REVIEW ~ The Lying Game (#1) by Sara Shepard

4 Sep

“The Lying Game” by Sara Shepard

4 Stars  “I Really Liked It”

Cover Art: I like it. It’s simple, somewhat mysterious and interesting. Not the coolest cover I’ve ever seen, but definitely eye catching. I like that the whole series follows the same trend with the same girl.

The Lying Game is not necessarily a very well written or in depth book… but it is highly addictive.

I honestly didn’t expect to really like this book. I had seen part of, if not the whole, pilot episode of the TV series and did not particularly care for it. Now however, I think I may need to give it another shot!

Emma Paxton was a foster kid, stuck in the system after being abandoned by her mother. After happening upon a video of a girl on the internet who looks exactly like her, she sets out to find the twin sister she never knew existed. She contacts the girl in the video, Sutton Mercer, via Facebook and receives a message telling her to meet her. Emma hops on the first bus out of town, ready for her new life to begin.

What Emma doesn’t expect is to become trapped as a replacement for her Sutton, who has mysteriously gone missing – except nobody believes Emma, after all, who would believe a girl with a police record a mile long? A girl who founded a secret club called The Lying Game.
To make things worse, Emma receives threatening notes telling her she’d better keep up the act or she’s in for it.

I can’t really relate to any of the characters in this book, and normally, that pulls me right out, but The Lying Game kept me booked. Sutton and her friends are those evil girls in school that you can’t turn your back on. They pull pranks and drink and party and are just not the kind of people I would hang out with. However, Emma is not at all like those girls so watching her take Sutton’s place in life and having to act just like Sutton is quite the adventure.

I got this ebook from the library and as soon as I finished, I checked the ebook of the second book in the series, “Never Have I Ever” which I actually liked MORE! (Review on that one coming very soon.)

I highly recommend this series.

REVIEW ~ INK: Fine Lines (book 1) by Bella Roccaforte

15 Aug

“INK: Fine Lines” book 1 by Bella Roccaforte Review

2 Stars “It Was OK”

INK: Fine Lines is the first in the series and follows Shay, a young woman aspiring to be a comic book artist. Her twin sister is dead, her mother is dead, and she is somewhat estranged from her father.

The story begins with Shay’s birthday, her on-again-off-again boyfriend Aiden shows up at her house and, despite her protests decides to crash at her place. Shay awakes from a nightmare and heads off to her art studio in her garage to draw out the scenes for her comic book, about a specter who is murdering people. Soon enough, Shay is arrested for a double murder and her world spirals out of control.

Onto the review…. To begin with, I won a free ebook copy ARC from a blog, I probably would never have paid for this with my own money.

THE GOOD:
This book is well written and the storyline concept is interesting.

The prologue starts out with a bloody, gruesome bang. I’m not really a fan of horror, but Ms. Roccaforte did a brilliant job writing the prologue murder scene.

This book also contained numerous one-liners that had me chuckling, always a good thing!

McNab. Finally, someone who seemed to move the story forward.

The end – something FINALLY happened and it was an epic WTF?!? moment.

THE BAD:
The cover. I’m sorry, but this cover does nothing for me. The angle of the girls face is just not appealing at all. The title is nice and big to read as a small image, so that’s about all the good I can say about it.

Once I got past the prologue I just kept waiting for something to happen. We get a lot of drama between our protagonist Shay and the men in her life – the bad boy Adien who constantly asks her to marry him, only to turn tail and run, and Eli, the childhood friend who has always been there for her, but has his own demons – namely, a drinking problem. I got sick of watching Shay switch between them at the drop of a hat. She’d be hardcore macking on Eli one minute, then an hour later sucking face with Aiden. Either pick one, or let them go.

If I had been editing this book I would have said, cut down the first half of the book, make the current ending the climax, and put a little more at the end. One of the key rules to writing is that something has to happen. You have to have a sense of urgency for the protagonist so that the story moves forward and the audience is engaged. I didn’t feel that hardly at all. Shay, in her head, was somewhat distressed about everything that was happening, but her actions didn’t reflect it. I can’t imagine, being accused of murder, and then going on with life as if nothing had happened.

I won’t be reading the next book in this series. Though I’m slightly curious to know WTF was going on in the last scene, I simply can’t bring myself to care enough to read it.

There are a number of good reviews out there, I seem to be in the minority, so if you liked this book: Great!

If you didn’t care for this book, well, you’re in good company.

And again, I’ll say, the book was well written. It was essentially the pacing I had trouble with.