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Monday, November 19, 2018

Extremely Addicting: Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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Extremely Addicting: Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Little White Lies
Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: Debutantes #1
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, YA
Publication date: November 6, 2018
by Freeform

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"I'm not saying this is Sawyer's fault," the prim and proper one said delicately. "But."

Eighteen-year-old auto mechanic Sawyer Taft did not expect her estranged grandmother to show up at her apartment door and offer her a six-figure contract to participate in debutante season. And she definitely never imagined she would accept. But when she realizes that immersing herself in her grandmother's "society" might mean discovering the answer to the biggest mystery of her life-her father's identity-she signs on the dotted line and braces herself for a year of makeovers, big dresses, bigger egos, and a whole lot of bless your heart. The one thing she doesn't expect to find is friendship, but as she's drawn into a group of debutantes with scandalous, dangerous secrets of their own, Sawyer quickly discovers that her family isn't the only mainstay of high society with skeletons in their closet. There are people in her grandmother's glittering world who are not what they appear, and no one wants Sawyer poking her nose into the past. As she navigates the twisted relationships between her new friends and their powerful parents, Sawyer's search for the truth about her own origins is just the beginning.

Set in the world of debutante balls, grand estates and rolling green hills, Little White Lies combines a charming setting, a classic fish-out-of-water story, and the sort of layered mystery only author Jennifer Lynn Barnes can pull off.
-A copy was provided by Freeform for review-

Not to be extremely dramatic or anything but I’d kill to read the sequel to Little White Lies (and to The Long Game but that’s a whole other story.) This is probably an odd sentence to start a review with but honestly, that’s just how J Lynn Barnes’s books make me FEEL. Barnes has a knack for writing addicting novels that you cannot stop reading even if they are over 400 pages long. Little White Lies is not only addicting but it reads like a puzzle, clues dispersed everywhere that you need to connect to form the bigger picture.

Sawyer Taft’s life changes when her grandmother shows up on her doorstep and offers her a deal she is unable to resist. Soon she is drawn into the world of high society, debutantes and a LOT of well-hidden secrets.

Sawyer is witty, sarcastic, jaded, and just a little bit hopeful. She enters a world completely alien to her but somehow becomes the leader of a ragtag group of debutantes and falls deep into a mystery that will dig up a lot of things that people would rather remain buried.

There are a lot of things to love about this book but I think my favorite is the rag-tag group of girls. They start off as reluctant allies but as they all get to know one another better, and overcome a LOT Of misunderstandings, their reluctant alliance blooms into a strong friendship.

Of course, where there is a ragtag group of girls, there is also a ragtag group of boys and the best news is that these boys are not all secretly in love with how ‘different’ Sawyer is. In fact, Sawyer doesn’t even have a love interest!!!!!! BUT THERE ARE SOME ADORABLE side-romances to root for.

So. The mystery. If you’ve read The Naturals series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, I am assuming you’re gonna come in with some high expectations. While Little White Lies takes a much less gruesome approach to mysteries it is still entertaining. Sawyer agreed to her grandmother’s conditions so that she’d have a chance at college as well as the opportunity to figure out who her father is. And while the mystery of figuring out who one’s father is doesn’t seem interesting, we all know things are never as they seem to be and OF COURSE some skeletons come crawling out of some closets. Also, some teens plot a devious scheme in an attempt to get justice and that is always fun.

I don’t know if everyone who reads Little White Lies is gonna love it but I do know that it is very likely you will be entertained if not fall head-over-heels for this delightful novel. SO, while I eagerly anticipate the sequel, maybe you could play catch-up and join me in this awful wait. YAY.

4.5 Stars
4.5 Hot Espressos

The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Posted by on 06/16/2016 • 3 Comments

Do you like Scandal? Do you like political thrillers? Do you like mind games? WELL. YOU HAVE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE. But also, go read book one which is called The Fixer and is amazing.

So, if The Fixer made you swoon and made your heart beat faster and nearly killed you, I have some real bad news for you. It all gets worse in The Long Game. I had my feels shredded, my OTPs stomped on and my heart set on fire. I hope Jennifer Lynn Barnes at least feels a little bad about what she did to me.

Tess is still as amazing as always if a little more nosy than she should be. She thinks she is nothing like her sister but we all know…

Review: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Review: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Posted by on 10/25/2013 • 32 Comments

The Naturals is a hit or miss for me and very hard to review. Some parts of the book I really enjoyed, while others I found lacking. To give you an example – I’m not even sure if this book is part paranormal or not. As a serial killer mystery, however, it has its fair share of appealing qualities.

This novel starts by introducing us to our protagonist, Cassie, who’s always been good at reading people with only the tiniest of details. She quickly meets with an FBI team who takes her on to train as a profiler. That is about all we get as an introduction. Forget learning very much about this classified Naturals program. Moreover, we don’t find out where these special abilities come from. Are we supposed…

2012 DNF Madness [Part 1]

Posted by on 12/27/2012 • 49 Comments

Yes, sometimes books are so awful that I do not finish them. I used to refuse to leave a book unfinished, but then I realized how crazy I was to keep reading something I hated. However, as I usually read at least 50-70%, I still gather more than enough to have an opinion on it. This DNF madness event–which I gather will be at least 2 or 3 parts long, will showcase books that, unfortunately, took hours of my life that I will never get back. As these are simply reasons, or ramblings, on why I did not finish the book, they will not be up to par–in length and quality (hours of my life!!)–with my usual full length reviews. You might consider them… fleeting warnings.  

Nobody Jennifer Lynn…

Cover Reveal: Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ Nobody

Posted by on 08/16/2012 • 24 Comments

NobodyJennifer Lynn BarnesSeries: StandaloneRelease date: January 22nd 2013by Egmont USA

 

There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away.

That’s why they make the perfect assassins.

The Institute finds these people when they’re young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated.

Sixteen-year-old Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute’s monitoring. But now they’ve ID’ed her and send seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can’t make the hit. It’s as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the…

Pre-Cover Reveal Excerpt & Giveaway: Nobody

Posted by on 08/06/2012 • 41 Comments

This is a very exciting day on the blog today. I’m part of the pre-cover reveal for Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ new novel – Nobody – and to celebrate the upcoming reveal I’ve got an excerpt on this mysterious new novel, along with an immense giveaway! If you’re new to Jennifer Lynn Barnes you’re in for a treat because not only do you get a chance to win a bunch, you can finally check out her books! Since I can’t show you the cover for Nobody just yet, I made my own homemade cover to tease you with!

NobodyJennifer Lynn BarnesSeries: StandaloneRelease date: January 22nd 2013by Egmont USA

 

Synopsis to be revealed with the cover

The cover reveal is set for August 16th (hosted by Mundie Moms) along with…