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Beautiful Lies

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  1,225 ratings  ·  294 reviews
Rachel and Alice are an extremely rare kind of identical twins-so identical that even their aunt and uncle, whom they've lived with since their parents passed away, can't tell them apart. But the sisters are connected in a way that goes well beyond their surfaces: when one experiences pain, the other exhibits the exact same signs of distress. So when one twin mysteriously ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Walker Childrens
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let me just come right out and say what you are all thinking: worst title ever. i know, i know, titles are haaard, but so is writing a book. this title is lazy and it doesn't even seem appropriate for the story. i already ranted on this review about these "dime a dozen" titles, so i am not going to repeat myself, but dayuuuum...

and, no, i don't have any suggestions. because i am not a writer. i would probably have called it monochorionic monoamniotic ginger twins: the scariest kind!! which is pr
I love a good mindfuck. A book is amazing if it makes me view the world a little differently, and Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman does just that—all while twisting my brain and shaking my world like a snow globe. And at the end, my mind was reeling and I was trying to process what happened.

Guys, Leah Clifford shook my world by saying once (in a live show): what if you imagined everything? What if you imagined your boy/girlfriend, your friends, your entire fucking life? And after she said that,
What the absolute FUCK?

I don't know what to say to be honest. Is there anything you can say after an ending like that?
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First off excuse me for a minute *shudders* okay nope not done *full body shudders*
I umm...well...just let me say....OMG I have no words for this book!! I don't even know how to begin this review because I am still in shock and my heart is in pieces. There are only a few books that have managed to take my breath away and this one is right at the top of that list. I honestly couldn't breathe throughout this book and I am still struggling to even after finishing it several days ago. Bare with me w
I can't bring myself to give this less than 4 stars, even though there were some things (especially at the end) that I didn't like/didn't think made sense.
YA suspense is not my genre of choice, but the reviews on this book were so overwhelmingly good that I thought I'd give it a chance. I'm glad I did, because this is the first book in a while that I've actually stayed up late to finish.

(For Parents)
This is definitely not a young Young Adult book. Lots of drug and alcohol use without any 'Moral
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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Michelle Arrow
"We are essentially the same, she and I. Her and me. My sister, myself. When she takes off her makeup and brushes out her hair—when we first wake up in the morning, or right before we go to bed in the evening—nobody in this world can tell us apart just from looking at us. Only we know who is who. Knowledge like that, shared with only one other person in the world, can feel exhilarating. It's like we own a secret that nobody else will ever hold the key to, for as long as we both live."

Twins are
sunset shimmer
3.5 stars.

This book is difficult to review. Cause I feel like I'd be in a minefield of spoilers, and just one step could make everything blow up.

But, to put it shortly, this book was absolute mindfuck.
Wanda (Good Choice Reading)
I finished this book because I needed to know what happened. But this book really messed with my head mentally.
Kayla Ashley
I've read a lot of young adult mystery/thriller type books this year, but I think this might be one of my favourites. You see, the problem with most of these books is that they're either really, REALLY predictable or they're filled with plot holes that drive me INSANE! This one wasn't perfect, but it was a really crazy read and I really enjoyed it!

What drew me in right away about this book is that it's about twins and what happens when one of them goes missing. Since it's the bad, rebellious twi
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I’ve told you about my Bookish Preference for twins, so I imagine you know (or can guess) that Beautiful Lies was an auto-read for me. The story goes like this: identical twins Rachel and Alice are ” ‘monochorionic, monoamniotic twins,’ which means [they] are identical twins who grew in the same amniotic sac and shared one placenta” (p.18). It’s a real thing. I Googled it. Yet, despite this rare closeness, in the recent months, Rachel and Ali
First thoughts about finishing: What the heck.

I’m still trying to figure out what happened. I’m not all that sure that what I think happened, really did happen. I’m having some trust issues here amongst all these beautiful lies.

I don’t really want to get into much of the actual plot, because it has sort of a mystery vibe happening, and there is other craziness going on, that I think is important for the reader to discover their self. So, I’ll give you the simple summary. Alice and Rachel are twi
Beautiful Lies is perhaps one of the best YA mystery novels I've ever read. Filled with fast-paced mystery and a tinge of paranormal, Beautiful Lies was a book I'm not likely to forget. However, there were some elements in this book that could've been better.

I was pulled in from the very beginning of the book. Jessica Warman introduces her two main characters, Alice and Rachel, in a very interesting way--which gets even more intriguing (not to mention confusing) as the book progresses, because
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While painfully tragic, Beautiful Lies gives us a story of a tight sisterly bond, an adventure with high stakes, and just enough madness in there to make you go mad.

Beautiful Lies opens with Alice and Rachel at a fair with their friends, on any normal day. And then, everything goes wrong. One of the twins disappears, and the one left must find her as soon as possible, before the hallucinations that she starts to experience pre
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
This is the third book I’ve read from author, Jessica Warman, and I have to say that after her last book, Between, I was a bit scared to try it. I loved that book so very much that I was certain Beautiful Lies wouldn’t be able to measure up, and that always scares me. Twists and turns abound in this novel, setting the pace for a whirlwind mystery that you’ll think you understand, only to realize it’s nothing like you expected after all. With a breakneck speed, Beautiful Lies takes every single o ...more
Grade: C-

Alice and Rachel, monochorionic, monoamniotic twins (identical, who share one amniotic sac and one placenta) can feel each other's pain. When one is bruised, a mark appears on the other. When one twin goes missing, the other is determined to find her. But which sister is actually missing? Rachel, the smarter, "good" twin, or Alice, the more troubled sister. Is the missing sister dead, and is the twin left behind okay, or mentally ill like her mother and grandmother?

I think this is one of the best books I've ever read, and I haven't even finished it yet. Jessica Warman the author, sets a strong scene in the beginning. The first incident mentioned, that happened between the girls when they were really young is really foreshadowed by the back cover of the book. And all of the incidents after that aren't something normal, the girls have a special psychic connection.
Celise Winters
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Beautiful Lies was stunning! Now that I'm finished with the book, I'm going to go check out all of Jessica Warman's books. It was wonderful! Tragic with a hint of madness, that's how I would describe this book.

First off, this book is confusing at times. Like at the beginning, the twins, Rachel and Alice switch places for the fair. I was very confused. Also, at the end, but I won't say about then, lest I reveal too much.

But simply, wow! Alice was one messed up h

With Where The Truth Lies, Jessica's second book and the first one I've read of hers, I fell head over heals in love with her storytelling ability. Her ability to craft characters and plot was fascinating. Then with Between, Jessica's '11 release and my second book of hers, that statement was seconded all the more. Now with Beautiful Lies, her latest release, I have a strong feeling I'll be a lifelong fan of Jessica's because this one was EXCELLENT! It was mysterious. It left me unsettled b
What would it be like to be a twin? What would it be like if you felt everything your twin felt? I mean everything! This is the case with Alice and Rachel. They can feel if something is not right with one another or if one is hurting even if they are not even in the same room, it is like a sixth sense. They have had it all their lives and some of their relatives believe in it and some of them don’t. Only with Alice and Rachel it goes beyond just feelings, it actually becomes physical. If one get ...more
I can tell you now, that despite my low ratting it was kind of a good book. I’ve never read this genre before. Truthfully, I was prepared to be disappointed or bored by this book, but surprisingly found myself drowned into it and the way I was left wondering what will happen next.

The twist and turns of the plot were good. I was like


As it was ARC copy I kept thing that there must be a mistake! It is just a typing error. Right?! They probably fixed it in the final version. Right?! What?


It is not
Mysteriously alluring and boldly intriguing, Beautiful Lies is sure to mystify reader's. Exciting and full of suspense, Jessica Warman delivers, yet again, another young adult novel that will keep reader's guessing as they flip the pages. Delving further below the surface of a normal bond shared between identical twins, Beautiful Lies is a gripping runaway mystery full of so many amazing twists and turns. Filled with extreme boiuts of emotional trauma and pain that seems to manifest itself p ...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
If you had a twin what is the first thing you would do? SWITCH! That's what comes to my mind. For a time being, I can trick people that I am someone else and no one could tell. But, what if something went wrong? Then what?

What really hooked me is the part of switching. I always wondered what it would be like to switch places with someone and no one would be the wiser. Only if things went wrong, I would totally freak out. Just like the twins did. I admit that this plot has me intrigued all the wa
Dorine White

The Story- Alice and Rachel are twins, and nobody can tell them apart, which helps whenever they trade places. They also have a very close connection. When one of them is hurt or injured, the other fills the pain or gets the bruise. Personality wise, the twins are totally different, with Rachel being the good twin.

The twins attend a local carnival, and the twists begin. One of them is kidnapped, and it is up to the other to find her. The one twin knows terrible things are happening to her sister
Book Twirps
This book made me feel like I was going a little crazy while reading. It’s an intriguing read, and while I’m not sure that I loved the book when all was said and done, I definitely had a heck of a time reading it.

Rachel and Alice are identical twins — so identical on the outside (though personality wise they couldn’t be more different) even those closest to them have never been able to tell them apart. The bond between them goes beyond just sharing identical looks. Each of them can feel the othe
I don't even know what to say.... This is one twisted mystery that had me guessing and trying to solve it the whole time. I can honestly say that I never got bored. It kept me turning the pages and wanting to find out what happens. I really, really enjoyed reading the book!

So much happened in this story that I don't think I could ever explain it to anyone. It is a very engaging story. It honestly had me questioning a ton of things, even myself. The writing and techniques she used to portray the
I've read so many glowing reviews about this book and I've always been fascinated with twin stories since I read Sweet Valley.

The idea is great, until it gets confusing to one point. I like both Alice and Rachel, and it's a bit jarring to have that sudden twist in the story, especially when the narration does not change. We are left to keep guessing, much as the main character is left to her own devices. It gets a little creepy afterwards, especially the dreams and images she gets, and the cover
Elizabeth S
Beautiful Lies is a book written by Jessica Warman. It is about a set of identical twins, Rachel and Alice. Rachel and Alice were born in one placenta and are tied by a psychic bond which is deeper than other twin's bonds. They both could feel or see on themselves what the other twin is going through. So in the book, Rachel gets kidnapped and Alice is trying to save her. But she finds out more than she expects.
I give this book 3.5 Stars because it really confused when the narration kept on swi
I like to indulge in the odd YA from time to time, but I prefer it to be amazing and this my friend was not amazing. The writing style was too blah blah blah and the plot was kind of strange, no scratch that, it was very strange. This is also not a book to read when you're tired. I spent a lot of time rereading pages trying to figure out what was going on. At one point I thought my Kobo was broken and repeating pages, but no that was just the story attempting to trick me. For what was an easy re ...more
Oh. My. Gosh.

I don't even know where to start... This books was... Mind blowing! It gives me the same eerie feeling as when I'm watching The Black Swan. And it gave me the same strange after taste of watching/reading The Lovely Bones.

Just mind blowing.

This book really was refreshing and new being that I don't read much thrillers and suspense stories. I was so intruiged by this story, I could hardly bring my self to set it down (which resulted with sleppy eyes the next morning).

Just WOW... So co
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Jessica Warman is the author of Breathless, which received three starred reviews and was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and Where the Truth Lies. The idea for Between came from an incident in her childhood, when a local boy went missing after a party on a yacht (he was eventually found, alive).
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