Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | June 20 – June 26

Weekly-Cover-Reveals

Hey guys!

Here are the covers that were revealed during the week of June 20 – June 26. Click the author to hop on over to their GoodReads page to add it to you’re TBR!

FANTASY

A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen #2) by Roshani Chokshi

Published by St. Martin’s Griffin

March 28th 2017

When Gauri, the princess of Bharata, is captured by her kingdom’s rivals, she can only find help in Vikram, the cunning prince of an enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with royal life, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. They set aside their differences and team up to compete in the Tournament of Wishes, wherein the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

Shadowcaster (Shattered Realms #2) by Cinda Williams Chima

Published by HarperTeen

April 4th 2017

Alyssa ana’Raisa is the reluctant princess heir to the Gray Wolf throne of Fells, a queendom embroiled in a seemingly endless war. Hardened by too many losses, Lyss is more comfortable striking with a sword than maneuvering at court. After a brush with death, she goes on the offensive, meaning to end the war that has raged her whole life. If her gamble doesn’t pay off, she could lose her queendom before she even ascends to the throne…

Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

Published by HarperCollins

April 11th 2017

Half-sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close…

The Ship Beyond Time (The Girl From Everywhere #2) by Heidi Heilig

Published by Greenwillow Books

March 28th 2017

Nix has spent her whole life journeying to places both real and imagined aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. And now it’s finally time for her to take the helm. Her father has given up his obsession to save her mother—and possibly erase Nix’s existence—and Nix’s future lies bright before her. Until she learns that she is destined to lose the one she loves. But her relationship with Kash—best friend, thief, charmer extraordinaire—is only just beginning. How can she bear to lose him? How can she bear to become as adrift and alone as her father? …

CONTEMPORARY

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Published by Balzer + Bray

April 11th 2017

What does a sixteen-year-old girl have to do to kiss a boy? Molly Peskin-Suso wishes she knew. She’s crushed on twenty-six guys…but has kissed exactly none. Her twin sister Cassie’s advice to “just go for it” and “take a risk” isn’t that helpful. It’s easy for her to say: she’s had flings with lots of girls. She’s fearless and effortlessly svelte, while Molly is introverted and what their grandma calls zaftig…

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Published by Balzer + Bray

February 14th 2017

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—the good life. But after leaving Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud, American cousins—Chantal, Donna and Princess—the grittiness of Detroit’s west side, a new school, and a surprising romance, all on her own. Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola must learn that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

The Hidden Memory of Objects by Danielle Mages Amato

Published by Balzer+Bray

March 21st 2017

Megan Brown’s brother, Tyler, is dead, but the cops are killing him all over again. They say he died of a drug overdose, potentially suicide—something Megan cannot accept. Determined to figure out what happened in the months before Tyler’s death, Megan turns to the things he left behind. After all, she understands the stories objects can tell—at fifteen, she is a gifted collage artist with a flair for creating found-object pieces. However, she now realizes that her artistic talent has developed into something more: she can see memories attached to some of Tyler’s belongings—and those memories reveal a brother she never knew…

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Published by Bloomsbury

February 14th 2017

Jade believes she must get out of her neighborhood if she’s ever going to succeed. Her mother says she has to take every opportunity. She has. She accepted a scholarship to a mostly-white private school and even Saturday morning test prep opportunities. But some opportunities feel more demeaning than helpful. Like an invitation to join Women to Women, a mentorship program for “at-risk” girls. Except really, it’s for black girls. From “bad” neighborhoods

MYSTERY / HISTORICAL

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Published by Katherine Tegen Books

January 24th 2017

Mary B. Addison killed a baby.

Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a church-going black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say…

Wait for Me by Caroline Leech

Published by HarperTeen

January 31st 2017

Can their love survive a war?

It’s 1945, and Lorna Anderson’s life on her father’s farm in Scotland consists of endless chores and rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Lorna is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy when her own brothers are risking their lives for their country? …

The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight (The Outliers #1) | REVIEW

The OutliersThe Outliers by Kimberly McCreight (The Outliers #1)
Published by HarperCollins on May 3rd, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository


It all starts with a text: Please, Wylie, I need your help. Wylie hasn’t heard from Cassie in over a week, not since their last fight. But that doesn’t matter. Cassie’s in trouble, so Wylie decides to do what she has done so many times before: save her best friend from herself.

This time it’s different, though. Instead of telling Wylie where she is, Cassie sends cryptic clues. And instead of having Wylie come by herself, Jasper shows up saying Cassie sent him to help. Trusting the guy who sent Cassie off the rails doesn’t feel right, but Wylie has no choice but to ignore her gut instinct and go with him.

But figuring out where Cassie is goes from difficult to dangerous, fast. As Wylie and Jasper head farther and farther north into the dense woods of Maine, Wylie struggles to control her growing sense that something is really wrong. What isn’t Cassie telling them? And could finding her be only the beginning?

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4 Stars

First Line:

Why are the bad things always so much easier to believe?


Review

COVER 🌟🌟🌟                PLOT 🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟            ROMANCE 🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟             THRILL 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


The Good

  • The Outliers was equal parts confusing and thrilling. There was never a portion of the book that didn’t leave you questioning your trust with the characters. “Is she in trouble? Can you trust him? Why is this happening???” At one point during the novel when while they were on the road, I was on the edge of my seat. My senses were heightened and my anxiety going through the roof. Something didn’t feel right. And I loved every second of it!
  • I liked Wylie as a main character. She was equal parts cautious and curious. Where Jasper lacked common sense she made up for it. And vice versa, where Wylie lacked confidence, Jasper was there to take over the situation. They made a great duo on this crazy ride of a story.
  • The writing was a strong point. Although after reading, a couple aspects of the science and foundation were a bit inaccurate (thanks, Jenna) I still rather enjoyed it. If you’re not knowledgeable in the science field this novel and writing will fascinate you.

The Bad

  • I dislike this cover a lot. The UK/AUS cover is 10x better then this one.
  • The plot was a bit dry when their was no action going on. Midpoint when they’ve arrived at their destination I found to be quite bland and uninteresting. I kind of wish the novel could have carried through on a high note. At least the ending made up for the middle portion!
  • I can how there may be a romance blossoming between our main characters Wylie and Jasper in the future. But this book lacked in that department. Mostly because Wylie hates Jasper’s guts and doesn’t want to give him the time of day, and Jasper is moping around for the first portion of the book. But who knows what the next books have in store!

So if you guys are looking for a thrilling YA experience, find the science behind emotions interesting, or like when you can’t trust any of the characters, then this book is just for you!

Let me know what you guys thought of The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3

#TrustYourInstincts

Kimberly McCreightKimberly McCreight is the New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia, which was nominated for an Edgar, Anthony and Alex award. She attended Vassar College and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter and at kimberlymccreight.com

 

Unrivaled by Alyson Noel (Beautiful Idols #1) | REVIEW

UnrivaledUnrivaled by Alyson Noel (Beautiful Idols #1)
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on May 10th, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary
Pages: 432
Format: Hardcover

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

Everyone wants to be someone.

Layla Harrison wants to leave her beach-bum days for digs behind a reporter’s desk. Aster Amirpour wants to scream at the next casting director who tells her “we need ethnic but not your kind of ethnic.” Tommy Phillips dreams of buying a twelve-string guitar and using it to shred his way back into his famous absentee dad’s life.

But Madison Brooks took destiny and made it her bitch a long time ago.

She’s Hollywood’s hottest starlet, and the things she did to become the name on everyone’s lips are merely a stain on the pavement, ground beneath her Louboutin heel.

That is, until Layla, Aster, and Tommy find themselves with a VIP invite to the glamorous and gritty world of Los Angeles’s nightlife and lured into a high-stakes competition where Madison Brooks is the target. Just as their hopes begin to gleam like stars through the California smog, Madison Brooks goes missing. . . . And all of their hopes are blacked out in the haze of their lies.

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4 Stars

First Line:

Despite the crush of tourists storming the sidewalks year after year, Hollywood Boulevard is a place best viewed behind a pair of polarized lenses and lowered expectations.


Review

**** I received and ARC from Harper Collins Canada in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ****

COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟                  PLOT 🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟              ROMANCE 🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟             WORLD 🌟🌟🌟

The Good

  • First we will talk about the cover. I LOVE IT. It was perfect to depict the Hollywood high class that this book has at it’s background. And I just love that the strawberry is dripping gold instead of the usual chocolate. A++
  • The characters were another high point of the story for me. They came off as very real, but sometimes scripted like reality TV stars. And as I am reality TV trash (meaning I am obsessed with it), then this book and characters were great! Layla was a bit wishy washy for me, but I really enjoyed Tommy and Aster!
  • And finally we have the writing. I have read Noel’s previous books in her Evermore series and liked it. This time around, I completely devoured this book for the writing. It was bits suspenseful, bits trashy, and lots of drama. Everything I look for in a book like this!

The Bad

  • The plot was really dragged out in this book. The first half of the book is really just introducing characters and the competition they are all competing in. I really wanted more about Madison and the whole mystery aspect of it. And to find out this will be a trilogy actually has me scared. Can this really be dragged out for 3 books? I’m sensing more filler crap.
  • The romance was all over the place in my opinion. It was a mish mash of he likes her, but she likes the other guy etc. I’m hoping for more concrete romance in the next book!
  • And then we have the world. As interesting as the rich and famous lifestyle is, it fell kinda flat for me as the backdrop to the actual story. I just didn’t click so much with the club life vibes this story is all centered on. But we’ll see how things progress in the series.

Ok, that’s it. Let me know what you guys thought of Unrivaled by Alyson Noel! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3

#WelcomeToTheParty

Alyson NoelAlyson Noel is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty=three novels, including the Immportals, Riley Bloom, and Soul Seekers series. With millions of copies in print, her books have been translated into thirty-six languages and have made numerous international bestseller lists.

Born and raised in Orange County, California, she’s lived in both Mykonos and Manhattan and is now settled back in Southern California, where she’s working on her next book.

The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude | REVIEW

The May Queen MurdersThe May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on May 3rd, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

Stay on the roads. Don’t enter the woods. Never go out at night.

Those are the rules in Rowan’s Glen, a remote farming community in the Missouri Ozarks where Ivy Templeton’s family has lived for centuries. It’s an old-fashioned way of life, full of superstition and traditions, and sixteen-year-old Ivy loves it. The other kids at school may think the Glen kids are weird, but Ivy doesn’t care—she has her cousin Heather as her best friend. The two girls share everything with each other—or so Ivy thinks. When Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers that both her best friend and her beloved hometown are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.

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3 Stars

First Line:

Kerosene slopped from the rusty pail and splashed against the abandoned stable.


Review

COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟              PLOT 🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟        ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟             WORLD 🌟🌟🌟


The Good

  • The cover is on point! It’s perfectly eerie with a dash of beauty. It has a couple elements pivotal to the story being displayed, such as: the May Queen and the river.
  • The romance was so steamy between Ivy and Rook that I had to take a break when it came to the intimate scenes. For a YA novel it was quite descriptive and I applaud Sarah Jude for not being afraid to depict sex in such a realistic way.
  • Jude’s writing style was great. She is a fantastic story teller and leaves the reader wanting to know more.

The Bad

  • The plot fell flat for me. For a mystery novel things didn’t really start happening until 50% into the story. And from that point things would get confusing and a bit jumbled in my opinion. And then the ending comes and the last section of the book is just filled with information and answers. Too much revealing all at once was overwhelming.
  • Besides the good chemistry between the characters, I really couldn’t care less about them. Heather came off conceited and self centered, Ivy was stuck in Heather’s shadow and would do anything for her even at the cost of her own happiness, and Rook felt like arm candy only. I couldn’t connect with a single one.
  • The world was creepy to me. And not the good kind of creepy mysteries and thrillers usually crave for. Everything about the old town life seemed off. A secluded community that only reacts with themselves and rarely lets outsiders in. The best way to compare it would be an Amish type village. No electricity, old fashioned clothing, and olden time ways of living.

Ok, that’s it. Let me know what you guys thought of The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3

#DontEnterTheWoods

Sarah JudeSarah Jude lives by the woods and has an owl that lands on her chimney every night. She grew up believing you had to hold your breath whenever you passed a graveyard or a bridge spanning water. Now she writes about cemeteries, murder, and ghostly apparitions. She resides in Missouri with her husband, three children, and two dogs..

Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | Mar 14 – Mar 20

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Hey guys!

Here are the covers that were revealed during the week of Mar 14 – Mar 20. Click the author to hop on over to their GoodReads page to add it to you’re TBR!

CONTEMPORARY

The Sound of Us by Julie Hammerle

Published by Entangled Teen

June 7th 2016

Driven by a social-media-addicted, nerdy heroine, this charming, thought-provoking coming-of-age story is PITCH PERFECT at opera camp.

How to Make Out by Brianna R. Shrum

Published by Sky Pony Press

September 6th 2016

Sixteen-year-old Renley needs three thousand dollars for the math club’s trip to New York City, and she knows exactly how to get it: she’s going to start a how-to blog where people pay for answers to all of life’s questions from a “certified expert.” The only problems: 1) She doesn’t know how to do anything but long division and calculus. 2) She’s totally invisible to people at school. And not in a cool Gossip Girl kind of way.

Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinksi

Published by Swoon Reads

April 18th 2017

Meg is newly single since Sophia went off to college, and she doesn’t particularly like it. When her best friend Linus refuses to approach Danny, the boy he likes, she finds the perfect project to distract herself from her own heartbreak. And Danny seems interested enough, but Linus continues to be oblivious, and maybe Sophia isn’t quite as out of the picture as Meg thought she was…

Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse

Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers

March 7th 2017

Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything.

The Memory of Things

The Memory of Things by Gae Polishner

Published by St. Martin’s Griffin

September 6th 2016

The powerful story of two teenagers finding friendship, comfort, and first love in the days following 9/11 as their fractured city tries to put itself back together.

FANTASY

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova (Brooklyn Brujas #1)

Published by Sourcebooks

September 6th 2016

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange markings on his skin.

Timekeeper by Tara Sim (Timekeeper #1)

Published by Sky Pony Press

November 1st 2016

Two o’clock was missing.

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

Mystery

We Know It Was You

We Know It Was You by Maggie Thrash (Strange Truth #1)

Published by Simon Pulse

October 4th 2016

Halfway through Friday night’s football game, beautiful cheerleader Brittany Montague—dressed as the giant Winship Wildcat mascot—hurls herself off a bridge into Atlanta’s surging Chattahoochee River.

Just like that, she’s gone.

Eight days later, Benny Flax and Virginia Leeds will be the only ones who know why.

Sci-Fi

Willful Machines

Willful Machines by Tim Floreen

Published by Simon Pulse

October 18th 2016

The closeted son of an ultra-conservative president must keep a budding romance secret from his father while protecting himself from a sentient computer program that’s terrorizing the United States—and has zeroed in on him as its next target—in this “socially conscious sci-fi thriller to shelve between The Terminator and Romeo and Juliet


 

Well that’s it for this week! Are you looking forward to any of these books? Let me know in the comments below! Stay tuned for next weeks cover reveals!

Until next time,

Sig New

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver | REVIEW

Vanishing GirlsVanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
Published by HarperCollins on March 10th, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 357
Format: Hardcover


Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.


Vanishing-Girls-ReviewVanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver is a mystery thriller about two sisters and the aftermath of a terrible accident. How do two sisters that used to be inseparable repair their relationship when one of them is the reason why the other now has scars that mull her face? How do they expect to get along again when their divorced parents can’t even be in the same room anymore? How does the disappearance of a local nine year old girl relate to their current predicament?

All of these questions and more in this enjoyable mystery!


Vanishing-Girls-Plot-+-WritingWhen two sisters get into a little argument one rainy night driving down the highway, little did they know that Nick wold lose control of the car and they’d both be left emotionally and physically damaged. So after a couple months of living with her dad, Nick is sent back home for the summer in hopes of rebuilding the relationship she had with her sister Dara. But the disappearance of a local girl Madeline rocks the small town. So when Dara turns up missing on her birthday, Nick believes it has something to do with her dark past and is also the reason Madeline is gone too.

With a plot like that I knew I would be in for a lot of suspense and drama. With such a shattered life, these two sister’s just can’t seem to repair the once fun loving relationship they had. And nothing makes it easy for them. Dara blames Nick for her now scarred face and her new anti social life, while Nick blames Dara for causing the argument that ended with the accident. Not to mention having two parents that can’t stand each other anymore. The mom is too heart broken over losing her husband and now having two daughters at war, and a dad that wants to focus on his new life with his new girlfriend. When their life is as messed up as that I agree it would be hard to resume when things were good.

With all the twists and turns and the big reveal at the end I found myself quite enjoying the book to be honest. Oliver‘s writing was suspenseful, intriguing, and compelling all at the same time. Maybe I’m just a fool, but I didn’t see the ending coming and was quite surprised. But the story doesn’t come without it’s faults. It switches between past and present and alternating POV’s which can make for a bit of a confusing mess to be honest. I’m a straight forward reader and I found myself getting lost in all the details of the past to the point where I had to put down the book or a while.


Vanishing-Girls-CharactersWe should talk about the two most important characters of the story, the sisters. Nick, the good sister. Over achieving, perfect, and all around good girl. The majority of her narratives are pretty straight forward and easy to read. We get to see her sister through her eyes and how much she truly wants to fix things between each other. I preferred reading her POV’s more than Dara’s for the simple fact that she was more tolerable of a character then her sister was.

Where as Dara is the bad sister. Likes to party, get drunk, and the one with the dark secrets. Her narratives were a bit confusing and I get why after finishing the book. Her personality was also a bit jumbled when it came to her decision making. So in order to avoid spoilers I think I will leave it at the fact that I didn’t find her quite as enjoyable as her sister was to read.


Vanishing-Girls-SettingVanishing girls takes place in a small town where everyone is in everyone’s business. So when a little girl vanishes literally the whole town goes looking for her. I get why the location was chosen. Small towns just make thrillers all that more exciting to read. Oliver’s location choices were clear and well thought out and I liked the little images and blog posts/news articles that get thrown in between chapters to further set up the tone of the story. On one hand I just wish there was more dark settings that add a bit more creepy factors to the story. I feel like that would have made it more suspenseful and thrilling.


Vanishing-Girls-In-ConclusionVanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver was a good read. I quite enjoyed that big reveal at the end, but it didn’t save the confusion I had with the back and forth POV’s the story was written in. If you guys have read Vanishing Girls, let me know what you thought about the sister’s relationship and how surprised were you when the ending came. I would love to know that I wasn’t the only one who fell for it!

Rating

Plot = 4/5

Writing = 3/5

Characters = 2/5

Setting = 3/5

Until next time,

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Vanishing-Girls-About-the-AuthorAuthor 21Lauren Oliver comes from a family of writers and so has always (mistakenly) believed that spending hours in front of the computer every day, mulling over the difference between “chortling” and “chuckling,” is normal. She has always been an avid reader.

She attended the University of Chicago, where she continued to be as impractical as possible by majoring in philosophy and literature. After college, she attended the MFA program at NYU and worked briefly as the world’s worst editorial assistant, and only marginally better assistant editor, at a major publishing house in New York. Her major career contributions during this time were flouting the corporate dress code at every possible turn and repeatedly breaking the printer. Before I Fall is her first published novel.

She is deeply grateful for the chance to continue writing, as she has never been particularly good at anything else.

The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver | Review

The Secrets We Keep The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver
Published
by Farrar, Straus and Giroux on April 28th 2015
Genres:
Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Mystery
Pages:
304
Format:
E-Book

3Hearts


“A girl takes over her twin sister’s identity in this emotionally charged page-turner about the complicated bond between sisters.

Ella and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddy’s shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, she’s chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddy’s world.

When—after a heated argument—Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy. Feeling responsible for Maddy’s death and everyone’s grief, Ella makes a split-second decision to pretend to be Maddy. Soon, Ella realizes that Maddy’s life was full of secrets. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options—confess her deception or live her sister’s life.”

REVIEW

The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver is a contemporary mystery novel about twin sisters that get into a huge accident. After the “perfect” daughter Maddy dies, her sister Ella decides to take over her life thinking that is what her family and friends wanted. She thought no one cared about Ella, everyone will survive without her, but definitely not Maddy. But when Maddy’s secrets start to come out, she is finding it harder and harder to want to be her.

I seemed to have a love hate relationship with this book. On one hand I enjoyed the concept, one twin taking over her “perfect” sister’s life in turn to find out that it was a lot more dark then she ever thought. And on the other hand, I found some of the characters to be annoying and off putting.

I like Trisha Leaver’s writing. It perfectly encompassed teen life with a hint of mystery attached. But I was underwhelmed with character development. I didn’t feel like Ella really thought through her decisions, and it took too long for her to come to her senses. I also would have like Maddy’s deep dark secrets to be a lot more sinister. I feel like that would have made the story a lot more addicting then it was.

Ella as a main character for me was just meh. I wasn’t rooting for her, but I also didn’t want to see anything bad happen to her. She was too much of a people pleaser and didn’t think too much of herself. She jumped at the first chance she saw at becoming her sister, leaving her one true best friend behind and picking up what she thought was the perfect life.

I had a feeling how it was going to end, which was kind of a let down. I was just left wanting more out of the story then I got. So overall I didn’t entirely in hate it, but I also wasn’t in love with it either. I only wish there was more dark twists in the life of the “perfect” daughter.

If you’ve read The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver, let me know what you thought! I would love to start a conversation!

Until next time,

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About the AuthorTrisha LeaverTrisha Leaver resides on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather excitable black lab. Her YA Horror novel CREED is coming in Fall of 2014 from Flux. Her YA Contemporary THE SECRETS WE KEEP coming in the Winter of 2015 from FSG/Macmillan.