We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Book Description:

Published: May 13, 2014

 

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

 

Review –

I really didn’t know how to feel about this book when I first started listening to it, but it was only five discs long so what did I have to lose?

It involves a private island, three sisters of a demanding, dominating father and three cousins, all rich and one boy who is not but is allowed to come to the island also during the summer months. They have good time and bad times and times that Cadence, the protagonist,  can’t remember because of the severe migraine headaches she suffers as the result of an accident the summer of her 15th year. After the accident she isn’t allowed to go back to the island because of her fragile condition and headaches. She sends emails to her two cousins which are never answered and wonders why Gat, the boy she loves from New York hasn’t been to see her.  Finally she is there on the island  again at the age of seventeen enjoying  their company and having her aunts, Grandfather and other cousins tip toeing around her. Why, she wonders?

The story deals with teen angst, issues of class and race and mostly on the dysfunctional family that she is a part of and has such a profound effect on her and her missing memories.

The ending was one that I did not see coming and made me cry. I had to pull over (I was listening to this in my car while running errands) until I could get a grip. This is another book that will haunt me for a very long time.

I rated this book 5 stars *****

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14 by Peter Clines

Book Description

June 5, 2012
Chosen by Audible.com as the best sci-fi novel of 2012!

Padlocked doors. Strange light fixtures. Mutant cockroaches.

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment.

Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much.

At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

Because every room in this old Los Angeles brownstone has a mystery or two. Mysteries that stretch back over a hundred years. Some of them are in plain sight. Some are behind locked doors. And all together these mysteries could mean the end of Nate and his friends.

Or the end of everything…

Review –
I just finished listening to the audio version of 14 by Peter Clines and I have to say I was blown away. Thank heavens I ran across this one while browsing for something new and exciting to listen to.
From the very beginning it held me spellbound. I even put off doing some things around the house just so I could listen to what happened next to the brave band of tenants of a very strange building in Los Angles. It was creepy and mysterious,  and Ray Porter, the narrator did a superb job with all the voices of the different characters. He  really made them come alive.  The plot was right up there with Twilight Zone and I found myself talking back to the characters or yelling at them to pedal faster. I’m not going to give anything away so you’ll have to read or listen to the book to find out where they were pedaling to or from.  Fantastic book and I rated it 5 stars *****. I can truthfully say that this book will NEVER leave my memory.
I rated this book 5 stars *****
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Everblue (Mer Tales) by Brenda Pandos

Book Description

February 15, 2014
She wanted her life to change… he wanted his to stay the same.Best friends share everything with each other. Or do they? Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn Frances Lanski is tired of her boring, single life. Spending time with her best friend Tatiana, dreaming about kissing Tatiana’s twin brother Fin, and swimming competitively are her only sanctuary. The girls plan to leave their drab lakeside town far behind for college. But when Tatchi fails to return home after a family emergency, and no one knows where the family has gone, Ash chooses to do something drastic to find them.

Ashlyn is about to discover what she’d thought to be true her whole life, wasn’t, and the truth, too fantastical to imagine. Secrets lurk beneath the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, secrets that will change Ashlyn’s life forever.

Review –
Mermaid books are not books I ever read but in the last couple of weeks this is the second one I’ve finished.(See Monstrous Beauty in a previous post)
This is a very fast read and a bit or should I say a lot far-fetched (but what books about Mermaids aren’t?)  and it deals with teenage feelings of love, the strong bond of family and has plenty of action. It was good enough for me to read the next in the Mer Tales series, which I will report on at a   later date.
Though strange it is a very good read.
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