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Second Verse

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  106 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Bad things come in threes. In Shady Springs, that includes murder.

Murder Now
Lange Crawford’s move to Shady Springs, Pennsylvania, lands her a group of awesome friends, a major crush on songwriter Vaughn, and life in a haunted, 200-year-old farmhouse. It also brings The Hunt: an infamous murder mystery festival where students solve a fake, gruesome murder scheme during the
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Luminis Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jun 19, 2013 Jan rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Jennifer Walkup's chilling, enticing, mystery/thriller/love story is one of those books that had me in its grip from the beginning and the rest of the day was gone... I had to finish it in one reading! The relationship between Lange and Vaughn is exciting, the mystery is compelling, and the ending very satisfying. A most becoming debut. I will definitely be watching for her next!
This was a great, spooky, fun, and quick read. Some of the plot twists you could see coming from a mile away (view spoiler) but the big one at the end was pretty fun. I liked our protagonist, Lange, and her relationship with Vaughn. I can't say much about the story without giving things away but I will say that it is such an interesting premise, particularly including the bit with photographs, I really found it fun to read.

I don't like it when the female protagon
Amy Lignor
Preston Academy for the Arts is a small school located in the quaint town of Shady Springs. This is a school for truly creative people, like Lange and her friends. Lange is a newbie to the school, considering she and her photographer Mom only moved to town a few short months ago, but she already has a small group of friends she truly cares about.

Ben, the strait-laced pianist; Kelly, the gypsy who is crazy about fashion design; Stace, a happy blonde who is in love with Vaughn, who is basically t
4.5 stars...
OH WOW!! What a suspenseful, dynamic read that kept me on my toes all the way through.
When reading the synopsis and seeing that this is going to be a murder mystery with a twist, I was highly intrigued. Who doesn't love a tale with a thrilling plot to get the juices flowing??
The whole premise surrounding Second Verse is unique, alluring, and stimulating. There are so many events that happen during this book that I cannot tell you one without giving something away...
Jennifer Walkup d
So fun! Well-paced and creepy, with a satisfying romance. I am terrible at predicting who will turn out to be the bad guy, but even with that caveat I was surprised.
(This review can be found on my blog The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl).

I first saw this book on Goodreads, and I knew I had to have it when I read the word "haunted" in the book synopsis. I'm so happy I had a chance to read this book because it was awesome!

I think the blurb is fantastically written! It definitely made me want to read the book, and I like how it doesn't even mention the tiniest spoiler which I love.

I'm not a big fan of the title simply because it make me th
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Second Verse is what I like to call a creepy, supernatural read with murders, a haunted house, mystery, a relationship bound to happen and a wrenching and unexpected finale.
Jennifer Walkup did an excellent work. H
I scare ridiculously easy and so I was a tad afraid going into this one. But I really love ghost stories and for that reason I couldn't resist. While I'm really glad I read this (really glad!) it was really scary. I did read some of it at night and that was simply because I HAD to know what happened. Even though it was terrifying, I just couldn't set the book aside. I know those that read a lot of horror may not get as scared as I did, but those of you that are chickens like me, be aware, this b ...more
Wow! I just finished Second Verse. This book was amazing! I’m not sure where to start. This book really had it all. I bought this since I love mysteries and paranormal/ghost type stories. What I didn’t expect to get was a lot more. It is a true thriller that had me on the edge of my seat the entire story. It also kept me guessing from page one. There are so many incredible twists. Every time I guessed what would happen next or how one of the mysteries would be resolved, I was wrong. That was the ...more
Tracy Banghart
This book is spooky, fast-paced and romantic. I loved the "murder now, murder then" element and was genuinely creeped out as Lange, the main character, started uncovering details of the murders that had been committed in her home - an old farmhouse that Jennifer did a fantastic job making super spooky. The book is haunting in the ways that the best ghost stories are: you'll want to read with the lights ON...and you'll be left with that tingly, goosebumps feeling on the back of your neck for long ...more
Aug 05, 2014 Jessica rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens 9th grade and up; fans of supernatural thrillers
Recommended to Jessica by: Shveta Thakrar
Shelves: fiction, juv-and-ya
This is an incredibly creepy book and one that's very hard to review without spoilers so here's the best I can do: it's part ghost story, part murder mystery, part thriller, and part love story. I was occasionally forced to overlook how quickly the action happens but by the same token, it certainly makes for a page-turner! There is some violence towards the end of the book that was a little more graphic than I expected, but it is absolutely within the context of the story. Which is creepy - did ...more
I received this book in the advanced give away. I did enjoy this book. The story line is very interesting. The main characters have purchased an old historical home that is thought to be haunted. As the story continues, the characters have more of a connection to the house than they would have every dreamed. I will have to say that the ending took me by surprise. I did not see this ending coming. That was fun! Thank you for allowing me to have this book to read and review. It is a good read!
Kathleen Yohanna
This turned out to be a great book. When I won a free copy from the Goodreads First Read program, I almost didn't read it because horror stories make me have disturbing nightmares. But, I started to read and was pleasantly surprised. It is spooky but not horribly so. I liked the twists and turns and the romance. It was so good that I had to make time to read it. I loved the surprise ending. Five stars.
Mia Lansford
I cheered Vaughn admitting his feelings when Lange came to him. I've been reading way too many Twilight copies where the guy ignores the girl for her own good. Not in Second Verse. This is a great read for any fan of thrillers. I raced through it wanting to know what happens. Being an older reader I know something the kids didn't realize. And groaned when it finally came out. I did not expect the ending which made me think damn that's good. My only negative comment is the beginning starts slow. ...more
Michelle Joyce Bond
Jennifer Walkup's romantic YA thriller SECOND VERSE will draw you into the shadows.

When Lange moves with her mom to a 200-year-old farmhouse, she has no clue what chilling history awaits her. A séance puts Lange in touch with Ginny, a girl who was murdered. Vaughn, a cute musician from her high school, was holding her hand during the séance. He, too heard the whispered warning of the ghost, words that will haunt Lange through the rest of the book.

As Lange and Vaughn work to solve the mystery be
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Originally posted on, reviewed by Nichole.

Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup is a difficult book for me to review because I didn’t like the story, but it was well written. It honestly came down to the plot and the characters for me. I didn’t connect with anyone, and I didn’t overly enjoy the story itself. However, this book should be a big hit for younger teenagers, and it definitely gives off Halloween vibes, which is perfect for October!
The major problem that I had with this book
Mandi Kaye Ottaway
I really had no idea what to expect from Second Verse. It sounded interesting and I’m always a sucker for a seance. So I volunteered for the tour and crossed my fingers, hoping that I’d like it.

I loved it.

I’d gotten pretty close to burning out again, so I’ve found it difficult to find books that keep me invested. This one grabbed me early on and I read it in a single sitting. Like Lange, I didn’t share the town’s fascination with The Hunt. It just sounded too gruesome and macabre for me. But I l
Second Verse was the perfect book to read around Halloween. I don't like graphic horror books, but come October I usually like to read something that sets the mood for Halloween - something haunting or creepy or slightly scary (I get creeped out easily so I don't like the super scary or gory stuff) and Second Verse was a great pick.
I thought the writing was pretty good! I didn't find myself rolling my eyes like I've been doing sometimes with first person YA books lately. Second Verse had just en
Jul 09, 2013 Jess rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Laini Taylor and JL Bryan
This wasn't a bad book, but it did spark a weird realization--The Ghost Story may be a dead genre.

First of all, thank you to Ms. Walkup for offering Second Verse in a First Reads giveaway. I'm honored to be a winner and I appreciate the chance to read an ARC copy. The advertising and the summary of the novel drew me in right away--I loved the "Murder Now, Murder Then, Murder Yet to Come" tagline on the back, and the summary definitely had me guessing. I started this book two days ago and even th

This is one of the best Young Adult debut novels I have read, maybe ever.

The plot is very fun while being instantly gripping. I was amazed at how unique this story truly was. Several times I thought I knew what was coming, only to realize how wrong I had been. I was expecting what I always expect, but got the unexpected. Though, every once in a while (very seldomly), the dialogue felt stilted, it was nothing in comparison to the parts where the dialogue seemed to

I was excited for this book after seeing it around and was so thrilled to receive the ARC in the mail. I couldn't wait to open it up and dive in. The book was a good read. The thrills started right from the start and carried on right through to the end.

Lange Crawford has recently moved to a new town, new house, new school. She has made some friends, found a crush, and seems to be adjusting pretty well. The local high school seniors run a murder mystery hunt around Halloween, to get things off t
Kimber Wheaton
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Second Verse combines great storytelling with intriguing characters and ends with a twist I never saw coming. It's interesting to have a murder mystery town event that coincides with the real mystery. Really, the antagonist couldn't have planned this better to freak out the main characters, which no doubt added to the sick fun.

Lange is new to the town of Shady Springs and moves into an old farmhouse that was the site of a gri
It's not a spelling mistake, I assure you. Luminis Booksdefinitely shines a light on authors you might not have otherwise noticed in the clustered publishing world. I've read a few of their other author's books before, and would love to point you in the direction of either Aloha Mozart, and Maybe I Will.

Mostly though, I want you to take a look at Second Verse with me.

At lunch. It's a date!

12:04pm: We've met for lunch, and today, the menu calls for curried vegetable soup with some fabulous esspre
Wow. I mean WOW!
Oh right, terms & conditions crap first. To comply with the terms and conditions that I'm sure no one ever reads, I hereby disclose in this, my review, that I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Just a heads up for the publishing company, when you print this in paperback, make sure the cover is going to last. Mine's already peeling along the edges, and I treat my books like delicate lace. No rough and tumble here.
Ok, now that that's over and done with..
Dorine White
The Story-
Lange Crawford has moved to an interesting little town with her mother. They are living in a 200 year-old farmhouse that is known for a gruesome murder that occurred there. Lange makes a small group of friends, including Vaughn, a songwriter. Together the group gets ready for The Hunt, a murder festival that the town holds once a year.

Getting into the spirit of things, Lange invites her friends over for a seance in the barn, but there are unexpected results, and soon both Lange and Va
Andrea King
Second Verse was a very enjoyable quick read. Walkup hooked me right from the start with her ingenious weaving of the unpredictable twists and turn of the story and the hint of mystery and thrilling paranormal suspense. I tried guessing and solving the mystery as the story goes and ended up being completely wrong quite a few times.
I loved Lange and Vaughn. They were such a cute couple. Lange was smart, cool, and independent. I liked how Vaughn kept trying to come up with imaginative nicknames fo
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*This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The story starts out the in the cafeteria of Preston Academy of Arts, a private school in the small town of Shady Springs, PA. We are introduced to Lange, our main protagonist and her small group of friends. One of these friends happens to be Vaughn, our other character that is very frequent, and quite an important part of the story. We are also introduced to Stace, the possible love i
There is so much more to this book than immediately meets the eye. So much mystery and suspense comes into this plot, and there are so many twists and paranormal elements that I loved and just hadn't been expecting! Some of it was a little much to comprehend, at first, as it was integrated in the plot. I ended up loving all of these extra elements, even with the building intrigue of the Hunt and the violent past that comes with Lange's house.

I was trying to solve the mystery alongside Lange and
I was given a complimentary copy by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book, the story was unique, to me at least. The characters agreeable. I did have some issues with how the story left some things unanswered. I would say however that this book took me completely by surprise. It's very rare for me to read something in one sitting these days, but Second Verse made it into the exclusive club :)

In a way it makes sense that I would like this book as much as I did bec
Mary Lou Hoffman
Category /Genre: YA, mystery, romance
Received from: Jennifer Walkup (in exchange for an honest review)
Recommended for: grades 8 - 12
Grammar/editing: A – near perfect

What better way to celebrate Halloween than with a séance in the barn on a 200 year old property. Soon Lange and Vaughn are playing detective, trying to solve an eighty year old murder that is being copied again today with them as they intended victims. Can they solve the mysteries of the past before they are forced to repeat history
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