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Played (Hooked #2)

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This Game Is Getting All Too Real

He said: I like to keep under the radar and mostly hang out with my friends from the rez. But when I saved Riley Berenger from falling off a mountain, that rich suburban princess decided to try to save me.

She said: If I can help Sam Tracy win the heart of the girl he can't get over, I'll pay him back for helping me. I promised him I would,...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Harlequin Teen
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Jan 05, 2013 Erica marked it as to-read

I am so happy that I decided to read this. Last year I read Hooked, story about girl named Fred who plays golf and popular boy Ryan who took his sweet time to finally make his own decisions. I was not the biggest fan, so you can understand my hesitance to pick up a sequel. But now I am really glad that I did because otherwise I'd miss something worth reading. (Aman won't agree with me about that one, so you can read why she didn't finish it on Enticed by Books - just in case you need "second opi...more
May 01, 2014 Aimee rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles
I read and enjoyed Hooked a year ago, so of course I was ecstatic when I was approved to read and review Played.

Now, I'm very conflicted about my thoughts on Played. A few minutes after reading it, I decided that it was just an okay book--not bad, not great. After giving it a few more hours of thought, I realized that there were much more things that were bad than good, to my dismay. I really wanted to love this book, since the premise was something I enjoyed reading about.

So I thought the synop...more
Originally posted on: Confessions of an Opinionated Book Geek

This is a story about wrong first impressions, misconceptions, white lies and misunderstandings. It’s also about a good girl who is suddenly trouble and a quiet boy who finds himself suddenly a hero. I loved it.

Riley has always done everything right. She’s got great grades, is always home by curfew and never gives her parents any problems. She’s also a nobody at high school, well not completely a nobody, she is Ryan Berenger’s little...more
What a fun surprise Played by Liz Fichera was. Two teens from different worlds collide at a school sponsored Leadership Conference. Like oil and water, Riley and Sam clash, until they are forced to work together as a team on a scavenger hunt in the forest and hills surround the conference. One wrong turn, one huge misstep finds Riley and Sam trapped until morning, huddled together for warmth and to stay dry. Sam sees Riley as a rich little princess, Riley sees Sam as an arrogant teen with a chip...more
Divergent Gryffindor
I was so happy I learned that I was a part of the Played blog tour, and I was so excited when I received my copy from Netgalley! I wanted to read it immediately, but figured it'd be best if I waited until my tour stop date got closer before reading it.

Before I read Played, I was in a slight reading slump. I read, but a book couldn't hold my attention for more than 15 minutes, thus me reading four books all at once. I knew I had to finish Played soon, so that's what I concentrated on mostly. At f...more
I received this free eARC in exchange for my honest review.

I am really enjoying Liz Fichera's novels! When reading this novel, I didn't realize how involved the characters would be dealing with the previous novel characters: Ryan and Fred. Yeah, I knew they would be in there since Riley and Sam were either friends or siblings of them, but Riley's plan? That takes it to a whole new level!

Throughout the novel Riley changed and I can completely understand why. Her big brother gets away with murder...more
Since I read the previous book in this series, Hooked, and loved it, I was excited to read this book and I had high expectation. Unfortunately, it didn't quite meet them, and I had a couple of issues. But, overall, it was a light, fun, and generally enjoyable YA romance.

To be honest, Riley was a problem for me. She came off as spoiled and, at some points, a bit of a brat. I didn't understand how she could justify breaking up her brother's relationship, when it was obvious to one and all how happ...more
Kimi (Geeky Chiquitas)
Originally posted at Geeky Chiquitas

It is when a book hits so close to home that I find it the most difficult to write a review and make sense of how I feel about the story. Played is unexpectedly one of those books, and I've spent days trying to decipher my thoughts into words. Nevertheless, I shall attempt.

Played tells the story of Riley and Sam, two people with completely different backgrounds, whose paths one day cross on a leadership camp for intelligent and outstanding students. They inst...more
Riley is this Pink Girl. She's a smart blond (weird, huh?), she over thinks everything, plans a lot and is full of energy and words. She also sketch a lot.
Sam is this Native hot and strong guy that is a gentleman, mysterious and very nice (also adorable).
They both get to know each other in a Leadership event when they get paired for a scavenger hunt. At the beginning they hated each other because Sam hates Riley's brother and is being rude to her so Riley is angry at him for being rude. Riley is...more
Ok, this book was seriously so good! I loved it! There was so much action, drama, and cute little moments that made me go "aaaawwwww". Riley and Sam were two very different but fantastic characters. I like how Riley could be tough and she held her head high when people were teasing her. Sam was quiet and sweet and both of them together was the cutest thing, even when it usually got them into trouble. Throughout the book I couldn't stop thinking to myself, oh my gosh, when will bad stuff stop hap...more
Apr 18, 2014 Kristin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
It's not that this book is a roll over from the previous book in the series. However, the two main characters in this story were also in the last story. Plus, Fred and Ryan from Hooked are in this story a lot. So even though it's not 100% necessary to read the first book, I highly suggest it.

Sam and Riley live on two separate ends of the teen sceene. Sam is a boy from the Reservation who keeps to himself. Riley is Ryan's (the popular boy in school) younger sister. However, when on a camping tri...more
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I squealed with delight after reading Hooked, as I found out that there would be another book that looks at Riley and Sam’s relationship. I loved Hooked but I’d read it a while ago, so it was great to know that I wouldn’t need to remember a lot of what happened in the previous book going into this one. I liked Played a lot better than Hooked. Hooked was amazing, but this was so much better! I loved coming back to a familiar world and...more
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and NetGalley.)
Ryan and Fred may have had their happily-ever-after, but what about Sam and Riley?

This was an okay story, and I liked it more than the first.

Riley and Sam were both good characters, and it was nice to get to know both of them a bit better. I did think that Riley was a bit clueless at points, but the pair of them were quite sweet together.

The storyline in this was a lot more...more
Originally posted at City of Books

This is actually the first interracial YA series I've read, beginning with Hooked last year. It definitely opened my eyes to see all the racism present even with a thriving Native community, and I was quite outraged by most of it. So in a way I'm glad there's less focus on it in this book. Played follows Ryan's sister, Riley, and Fred's friend Sam from the Rez. There's a lot more drama in this one, and some pretty dangerous situations as well. But I didn't like...more
Sienna Logan (Lost to Books)
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I was honestly surprised by this book. I went into it thinking that it sounded like an OK read and something that may interest me and break up my time. However, I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I did. It was a standard young-adult romance but that's not a bad thing. It was a lighthearted, quick read that you didn't have to think too much about.

One thing that I really liked was that there were more strands than just the romance in the boo...more
Renae McKenzie
I picked and read Played in one sitting. Honestly, it wasn't my intention. I just meant to read a couple of pages while I waited for some of my uni stuff to download - I had every I did plan studying... But what can I say? I got drawn in.

I was lucky enough to win an ARC copy from Liz Fichera, so HUGE thanks to her!

Poor ole Sam just can't seem to cut a break. The only girl that he has ever loved (Fred) is happily inlove with a guy that he detests. His book smarts make him an outsider amongst his...more
This book is amazing. At first I thought I really wouldn't like it. At the beginning I thought that Riley was just a spoiled brat but then throughout the book she really grows. I also didn't like Sam at the beginning. I thought he was just a buzzkill. And I really didn't like the idea of Riley messing with Fred and Ryan's relationship. But, toward the end of the book I really started to like it. Because I think they both started to realize their feelings for each other.
"After a high school leadership conference ends with Sam saving Riley from the wilderness, Riley promises to make it up to him by setting him up with the girl of his dreams...even though that girl is actually dating Riley's brother. Through twists and turns of Riley trying to make good on her promise, the two slowly find out that maybe what they originally wanted isn't what they actually need." Full review at Fresh Fiction:
Margo Berendsen
A main character that's Native American... I loved Sam!

My first impression of Riley wasn't too great but she had some lessons to learn about peer pressure (haven't we all?)

Highlights of this book, for me:

Sam's friends on the Rez

His grandmother and her baskets

The road trip to California (on a motorcycle!) and its unexpected consequences

that there was just a touch of a reverse love triangle going on between Sam, Riley and Fred

the secret about Sam's father

Looking forward to reading Hooked now......more
I really enjoyed this book and think teen YA fans will love it. I had never heard of or read the book Hooked, so if you haven't either, it's not needed to enjoy this book. It stands alone, although I am now interested in Hooked. Fans of Katie McGarry's books will love the story and characters. I thought the Riley and Sam had some very realistic issues that were dealt with well.
This book was really good!!
It is a very beautiful story and of course- I love Liz's style of writing!!
I enjoyed every page of the book!
Lesley Peck
Amazing!!! This is an excellent sequel to Hooked. Sam and Riley's story was phenomenal! <3
What a great book. I enjoyed reading it. Wanted to find out more.
This review and more on So Bookalicious

Played is about a lot of things: wrong first impressions, white lies, misunderstandings, first love and friendship.

Riley has always been the good girl. She got stellar grades, never breaks curfew and doesn’t cause her parents any trouble, after she has an older brother to do that. Everyone knows her as Ryan Berenger’s little sister, besides that no one ever notices her. That’s until she gets stranded in the woods together with Sam Tracy. Suddenly everyone...more
I always have such mixed emotions when I read books like this. If I could just do some personal editing, I would love this book. Why? Because the characters are so life- like. The conversations and interactions are so real you might as well be standing right there with them, listening. This book is full on high school drama with all the crazy stuff you might expect to happen. Stress over relationships, grades, scholarships, friends and home life are all covered. I think teenagers everywhere will...more
Mary Z
Was fortunate to get an ARC of the book Played. Great follow up to Hooked! I highly recommend it!
I totally loved Hooked when I read it last year and I knew I had to get Played when it came out, and I was not disappointed.
Riley has always been the good sister even as her older brother Ryan messes up over and over. But on a school trip to a leadership conference she and Sam Tracy get in trouble and they end up being rescued. When they were out in the forest lost, they connect and she promises to help Sam connect with his crush, that never seems to work out.
Riley is the perfect little sister....more
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Sam and Riley travel on a leadership conference and end up getting lost and spending the night out alone in the woods. Out of this shared experience comes an unlikely friendship. Sam is Native American and distrustful of Riley who he thinks is just a shallow rich girl. After Sam shares that he is in love with another girl, Riley makes it her mission to help Sam make a love connection. As Riley and Sam spend more time together they grow closer and find that they have strong feelings for each othe...more
Clare O'Beara
The YA story is told from two viewpoints. This time it is a reversal of the previous Hooked in which the girl was from the Gila River Reservation and the boy was well off. Riley is the girl in this case - sister of Ryan from the previous book - while Sam is the boy whose parents work in the tribal casino. He knows he needs to get something impressive on his CV to get a job off the reservation so he goes to a junior leadership 'conference' which turns out to be a camping trip except that they don...more
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