Thursday, September 8, 2011

Emilia's review on Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever
Author: Sara Shepard
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: August 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 309
Source: Bought
Series: The Lying Game series Book Two
The Other Books: The Lying Game, Two Truths and a Lie
Extras: Series Website, TV show
Buy at: Amazon

My perfect life was a lie.
Now I'd do anything to uncover the truth.

Not long ago, I had everything a girl could wish for: amazing friends, an adorable boyfriend, a loving family. But none of them know that I'm gone—that I'm dead. To solve my murder, my long-lost twin sister, Emma, has taken my place. She sleeps in my room, wears my clothes, and calls my parents Mom and Dad.

And my killer is watching her every move.

I remember little from my life, just flashes and flickers, so all I can do is follow along as Emma tries to solve the mystery of my disappearance. But the deeper she digs, the more suspects she uncovers. It turns out my friends and I played a lot of games—games that ruined people's lives. Anyone could want revenge . . .anyone could want me—and now Emma—dead.


Rating – 4/5 stars

Judge the Cover – The cover resembles the first except this time the girls are dressed in different outfits. I love how colorful it is.

Selecting – Bought The Lying Game, read it, loved it, and I knew I had to get this one.

Review – I guess I can’t really say much because this would ruin the first book. Although, I know I am going to lay down a few things about the book. So, be careful there might be some spoilers.

In the last book, Emma finds out she has a twin sister named Sutton. After a little trouble, Emma contacts Sutton to meet her. Sutton replies back immediately and says come to meet her. Emma goes to Arizona but only to find out it wasn’t Sutton who wrote her back. It turns out Sutton is dead, and the killer wants Emma to take her place. While Emma is playing along, she is also trying to figure out who the killer is.

She had three main suspects in the first book, but now she thinks there are two other ones that she overlooked.

In this book, Emma thinks two girls that hang out with Sutton’s group could be suspects in Sutton’s murder. They have a reason to kill Sutton after one of her pranks went terribly wrong. Now it seems like they want pay back. Everything is still about the Lying Game and Emma is still trying to figure out everything about Sutton. She is also looking for clues about when Sutton dead, and who was the last person with her.

Also Emma and Ethan, the only person who knows the truth about Sutton’s murder, are getting closer in this book. They relationship starts to go from friends to crushes. In the back of my mind, I just want them to be official boyfriend and girlfriend, but then I remember, Emma has way more things to worry about.

Throughout the book, Emma is still being watched by her dead twin Sutton. You will switch points of view again, but it’s not hard to follow along. And Sutton is not the only one watching Emma. The killer is still out there, and he/she don’t want Emma digging around. This ending had a bigger surprise than the last one.

I liked the book. It was fun, and fast paced, and the suspense is maddening. Not really, but I did try several times to put the puzzle pieces together. From the last book, I put Charlotte’s dad as a suspect but in this book, he wasn’t really mentioned. Makes me wonder, but he won’t be off my list until I read the last book.

Favorite Character – Once again, Emma is my favorite character. The things she has to go through, and most of the time it’s about Sutton. Things that only Sutton would know, and sometimes, Emma has no clue what the others are talking about. It must be frustrating for her, but she still pulls through.

Least Favorite Character – Nisha is getting on my nerves in this book and the first one.

Favorite Scene – Emma and Ethan swim in the pool at night, and it was a cute moment between the characters.  

Author’s NEWS – The next book in the series, Two Truths and a Lie, comes out in February 7, 2012, which means not so long of wait. But sometimes, the dates can change so, we will just see.

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