Truth or Dare – Jacqueline Green

15777797Title: Truth or Dare
Series:
(
Truth or Dare, #1)
Author:
Jacqueline Green
Category: Young Adult

Goodreads

When a simple round of truth or dare spins out of control, three girls find it’s no longer a party game. It’s do or die.

It all started on a whim: the game was a way for Tenley Reed to reclaim her popularity, a chance for perfect Caitlin “Angel” Thomas to prove she’s more than her Harvard application. Loner Sydney Morgan wasn’t even there; she was hiding behind her camera like usual. But when all three start receiving mysterious dares long after the party has ended, they’re forced to play along—or risk exposing their darkest secrets.

How far will Tenley, Caitlin and Sydney go to keep the truth from surfacing? And who’s behind this twisted game?

Set against the backdrop of Echo Bay, an isolated beach town haunted by misfortune, Truth or Dare is a highly charged debut that will keep readers in suspense from beginning to end.

MY REVIEW

Imagine if someone knew all of your darkest secrets. And intended to use them against you, provided you do not do everything that person tells you to, including betraying your own friends.

When I first read the synopsis, I was so excited, because it was like Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars all over again. Trust no one. Even the people you think you know so well can be strangers. However, despite how awesome this came across to someone who loves GG and PLL and backstabbing drama (only in books!), my initial excitement to find a new series cataloging a vicious game of truth or dare quickly fell short when I discovered that this book was 99 percent slow-paced teen drama chock full of whining and moaning and characters talking about how attractive they are and blah-blah-blah.

Our blackmail victims come together in the eerie town of Echo Bay, where everyone knows everyone. Not to mention the curse of the Lost Girls – the story of three beautiful, wealthy girls in the prime of their life, each mysteriously dying in the ocean during Echo Bay’s fall festival just years earlier, before the town had elected to cancel the festival. With this years first fall festival since the events that led to the curse, everyone in Echo Bay is wondering if the ocean will claim yet another life, a fourth Lost Girl.

Every single one of the characters is, at some point, a suspect. However, during the shocking big reveal of who is blackmailing these girls – gasp! – once again falls short. Truth or Dare could’ve been thrilling and easily became a new guilty pleasure, but alas, it was remarkably dull. Oh, we get it. Sydney wants Guinness. Tenley wants Guinness. Caitlin wants to be perfect at everything. Boring. None of the girls being blackmailed spent much time worrying about it – not about some stalker out there following them around, sending them creepy notes. Instead, the group worries about everything but, like, oh, what to wear to seduce Guinness! And moaning about not being perfect!

And of course, the last twenty pages finally pick up, only to be left with a cliffhanger and barely any answers. And then the remaining girls went right back to being their obnoxious, underdeveloped selves, never mind that two people supposedly lost their lives.

Perhaps the next installments will be more thrilling and develop the characters more, but I don’t think I’ll be sticking around to read them.

3stars

Stunning (Pretty Little Liars #11) – Sara Shepard

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Author: Sara Shepard

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis

In Rosewood, Pennsylvania, four stunningly beautiful girls are haunted by a very ugly past. Spencer, Aria, Hanna, and Emily want nothing more than to forget Alison DiLaurentis, their former best friend who tried to ruin their lives. But someone refuses to let her memory die. A is still out there, lurking in the shadows and digging up the pretty little liars’ newest secrets.

Emily’s reconnecting with an old flame, one baby step at a time. But is she headed toward true love or another bundle of heartache? Spencer’s learning about the highs and lows of campus life on a trip to Princeton. Aria’s seeing a whole new side to Noel’s dad–and it could drive a wedge between her and Noel. And, for better or worse, Hanna’s getting in touch with her inner A.

Secret by secret, lie by lie, the girls get tangled in A’s dangerous web. A knows about everything, from their tiniest transgressions to the awful incident in Jamaica. Soon A will have enough ammunition to pull the trigger and end the pretty little liars, once and for all. . . .

READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. IN THE IMMORTAL WORDS OF RIVER SONG, “SPOILERS!”

Spencer, Emily, Hanna, and Aria are yet again being haunted by the mysterious A. But who is A this time?

A knows one of their biggest secrets- the Jamaica incident. The girls know A will do anything to ruin their lives.

Granted, I missed book 10, and my public library doesn’t have the most fab collection of YA, so I went ahead and read this, anyway. It isn’t hard, because Sara Shepard has a way of reminding you what happened in the last book.

Emily just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. This crazy looneytoon, Gayle, offered her 50 grand for the child, but Emily has realized this woman is straight from crazytown and instead, dropped her baby off on the doorstep of a lovely couple that she had previously been interested in when trying to find a family to adopt.

Aria’s just discovered her boyfriend, Noel Kahn… well, his dads a crossdresser. Yikes. A demands she better break up with Noel or pictures of Mr. Kahn dressed as a woman will go public.

Hanna is pissed because her super cute boyfriend is now dating someone else. That never ends well.

Spencer has framed another girl for drug possession, and now she’s trying to get into an Eating Club at her top university of choice. THAT doesn’t go too well, since A is out to get her.

Oh wow, the secrets just keep coming! So much suspense. Who is the New A? Is it Real Ali, who supposedly died in the fire? Her body was never recovered. And who the hell was Tabitha Clarke, was she and Real Ali working together?

Dun dun dun!

As usual to the series, I whipped through the books in a day. Not something I normally read, but I love the mystery of never knowing who A really is. It took a little getting back into the series since I haven’t read them really since the television show came out and realized how many characters the show made up and how the girls look nothing like their book-counterparts.

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