Nov 29, 2010

Girly, Bitchy, and Hardcore

lyinggameReleased:  December 7, 2010

The Lying Game | Sara Shepard

HarperTeen

Hardcover | 307 pages

I had a life anyone would kill for.
Then someone did.

The worst part of being dead is that there’s nothing left to live for. No more kisses. No more secrets. No more gossip. It’s enough to kill a girl all over again. But I’m about to get something no one else does—an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never even got to meet.
Now Emma’s desperate to know what happened to me. And the only way to figure it out is to be me—to slip into my old life and piece it all together. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best friends? Convince my boyfriend she’s the girl he fell in love with? Pretend to be a happy, carefree daughter when she hugs my parents good night? And can she keep up the charade, even after she realizes my murderer is watching her every move?
From Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars books, comes a riveting new series about secrets, lies, and killer consequences.
Let the lying game begin.
Brent’s opinion of the novel:
     Sara Shepard is the author of the Pretty Little Liars series, which is one of my favorites ever.  She’s genius, her writing is badass, and she’s damn good at shocking her readers.  Sara ended  the Pretty Little Liars series this  past summer, and I thought I was going to go crazy. I need her books, y’all.  So, I was beyond excited to hear she had a brand-new murder mystery series. I was never really worried that The Lying Game wouldn’t live up to my expectations, because get real it’s Sara Shepard. She’s the YA Thriller Jesus.
     Sutton Mercer was murdered, and she doesn’t know who did it. No one does. Hell, no one even knows she was murdered. Because her long-lost twin sister, Emma, takes her place. Emma slips into Sutton’s life, desperate to solve her twin’s murder. But then she realizes that Sutton’s murderer may be after her, too.
So, yeah. Sara Shepard is a genius. You’ve probably heard me say it fifty-thousand times, but I love innovative and unique books and stories. And that’s exactly what Sara Shepard is.  I’ve never read YA mystery/thrillers in the way she writes them. They’re girly, they’re bitchy, and they’re hardcore. 
     I started loving the main character, Emma, from page one. She’d never lived in a stable home, ever, and Sara Shepard makes the reader feel Emma’s loneliness and wanting for family.  In Pretty Little Liars, she did the same.  I was scared to death for the four girls, Emily, Hanna, Aria, and Spencer. I freakin’ loved them. And in The Lying Game, I freakin’ loved Emma.  It’s impossible not too, Sara Shepard develops characters so well.
     If you read The Lying Game, good luck guessing who the killer is, because Sara Shepard throws in huge plot-twists and surprise you’ll be completely thrown-off.  So, yeah, read this book.
     I totally failed my computer apps test for this book. I SHOULD have been studying last Thursday…. but instead I was reading The Lying Game. Hehe! Reading > Studying.

10 comments:

Chapter Chicks said...

I don't really know why I like Sara Shepard's books so much, I haven't been able to put my finger on it. But I do know I felt scared for the PLL girls too, and if this book is anything like it (which by your review, it sounds like it) I am definitely picking it up as soon as possible!

Jessica from Chapter Chicks

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Terra Mae said...

AH! I can't wait to get my hands on this book! I LOVED the PLL series and I just love Sara Shepard! Her books, I call my guilty pleasures! Love love love the review!

Anaiz said...

I just started it last night and I am lovin' it too, can't wait for PLL to come back on TV :D

Elise said...

Haven't read any of her books, but this sounds fantastic. I think I'll go back and read Pretty Little Liars first, then jump into this one.

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Gilliene said...

Awesome review! 'Happens to me too - the part where I decide to read an awesome book instead of forcing myself to study for a test...the end result? Me getting a not-so-great score. :))

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YA Book Lover said...

Have somehow never even HEARD of Sara Shepard but that looks kinda awesome!

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