Tuesday, November 9, 2010

READING : The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

Publication date: December 7th, 2010
Published by: HarperTeen
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 5/5

Foster kid Emma Paxton has only just discovered Sutton Mercer, the wealthy twin sister she never knew she had, when Sutton drops off the face of the earth, asking Emma to cover for her at home, school, and with her friends—just for a few days. At first Emma enjoys trying on her sister’s fabulous life: her fiercely loyal friends, her adoring boyfriend, her close-knit family. But as Emma is drawn deeper into Sutton’s world she finds the friends are not so fabulous, the boyfriend is not who she wants to be with, and the family is clinging to long-buried secrets and a veneer of functionality. And worst of all, Sutton may not be coming back. In fact, someone may have made sure she never could…and that someone knows Emma is not who she claims to be. Emma will need all her wits to survive The Lying Game.
OK,it's official.I absolutely love Sara Shepard!I adore her series, Pretty Little Liars ,and honestly,I was expecting a lot from The Lying Game and it definitely didn't disappoint!

Emma is a foster home kid who has never stayed in one place for very long.Descriptions of her bad and sometimes violent foster parents make you really think of what these kids go through from a very young age through no fault of their own.In Emma's case, her mother Becky abandoned her when she was little and even though Emma could have grown up to be bitter and mean,she fought through it and became this amiable and kind-hearted girl.When she finds out she has an identical twin,Sutton,she secretly hopes for a new life and a shot at happiness. However, when she starts impersonating Sutton and living her life, she soon realises that things are not at all what they seem and that her happiness will take a lot longer than she thought.

Shepard's unbelievably meandering writing still continues to amaze me!You never know what will happen next and I know that most of you are going "Yeah, yeah,OK!We've read a mystery book or two,we know what to expect".Believe me,you really don't!Every time you start to devise a theory in your head of what might have happened, bam!next chapter comes and it completely changes your whole perspective, all the while making you start thinking of another possible scenario.I loved the idea of Sutton's narrative along with Emma's.It was like one person with two minds thinking completely different things.It was different and unique and also kinda creepy,if you ask me :)

The Lying Game had plenty of mystery, tons of twists, a pinch of romance and a whole load of awesome!If you enjoyed reading the Pretty Little Liars series, I'm absolutely sure you'll devour this one!
A definite must read!

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  1. I want to read this! Great review :)

  2. I've read that ABC Family has picked up on The Lying Game, too! Man...I'm already behind on PLL. Hey, do you know if there is a way to get the first books of PLL WITHOUT that stupid band on the top? I read the books earlier this year, and have been wanting to buy the box set for ages, but I saw a photo--in the box set, the books had the bands on them! :'(


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