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The Next Big Thing (The Start-Up #2)

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The second page-turning installment in the Start-Up series, following twin college students Amelia and Adam as they attempt to make it in the competetive world of Silicon Valley.

Amelia and Adam’s new company, Doreye, may have won over Silicon Valley, but the trouble is far from over. After facing down skepticism, a meddler from their past and a saboteur who makes their app
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 26th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published October 22nd 2011)
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Jacqueline's Reads
Oct 11, 2013 Jacqueline's Reads marked it as considering
Shelves: arc
Just got my ARC in the mail. I need to start this series ASAP!

The second page-turning installment in the Start-Up series, following twin college students Amelia and Adam as they attempt to make it in the competetive world of Silicon Valley.

Amelia and Adam’s new company, Doreye, may have won over Silicon Valley, but the trouble is far from over. After facing down skepticism, a meddler from their past and a saboteur who makes their app malfunction right when it matters most, drama suddenly seems t
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Monaliz
Mar 30, 2012 Monaliz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, read-2012
My rating: 4.5/5 stars
Read the review in my blog!

May contain some spoilers
Three months has passed. In the end of the first book Adam received a very mysterious and ominous call. Luckily, we get explonation to it right away in the beginning. Adam and Amelia are blackmailed, but I'm not gonna spoil the fun, so who's the blackmailer, that's something you have find out yourself!

When it comes to business, everything is looking bright and heading up for Adam and Amelia! Though our very dr. evil, a
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Grace
Jul 21, 2015 Grace rated it it was ok
Review Posted @ She Reads Things
http://shereadsthings.blogspot.com/20...

I read the first book in this series, The Social Code, a short while ago, and was left wanting more right away. My library didn't have the book in its system, but hooray for ebooks, right? Unfortunately, this book didn't get a hooray from me, because it was lacking in many areas.

The Social Code ended on a huge cliffhanger, and I had really enjoyed that novel, so obviously, I had to read more. In the first book, I had loved t
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Juliana Mae
Oct 15, 2015 Juliana Mae rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC copy from Miss Literati in exchange for this review.
You finally have it. It's been 53 days since Sadie Hayes' The Social Code was released and now the sequel, The Next Big Thing, is finally here. You grip your book and excitedly make your way to your favorite place to read. You flip the pages anxiously and with each paragraph, more and more details from the first book come flooding back to you, making you more anxious as you wait to find out more about the mystery ending of The
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Cori
Jul 07, 2014 Cori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book two picks up a couple of months after book one ended. The twins are surviving and thriving, despite losing their scholarship. the decision to join the incubator has given Amelia the push she needed to make the most of her programming and the money to keep both her and Adam in school and able to live. Out of the blue a new enemy emerges from their darkest past to blackmail them. The Family - former foster parents - have damning evidence against Adam and if Amelia won't do what they demand, h ...more
Mary
Jan 08, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review copy provided by publisher.

Amelia and Adam have managed to stay in school and are working on launching Amelia's product with the help of investor Tom Fenway. It feels like their dreams could be coming true. Unfortunately, some voices from their past are threatening their future, plus they're dealing with new threats as well.

The soap opera antics and high stakes games of Silicon Valley continue in the second installment of this highly readable and dynamic e-series. Secrets seem to be a va
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Idris
Jan 28, 2012 Idris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Anti-Social Network is the second book of the The Start-up series by Sadie Hayes, and like its predecessor, it's full of drama, romance, mystery and a lot of technology.
The book starts almost in the same place where the first book ended, maybe some months later, and I must say that you won't put it down until you finish it... because it's awesome.

As expected many of the questions that the author left unanswered in the first book, are clarified. Who are the mysterious people who are threaten
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Becca ~BS BOOK REVIEWERS~
Nov 26, 2013 Becca ~BS BOOK REVIEWERS~ rated it really liked it
The Social Code is the first installment in The Start-Up series by Sadie Hayes with the follow up The Next Big Thing becoming the second addition to this series.

This series had me from the first chapter until the last sentence. I loved the idea of the book. The plot was geeky sheek with a little genius mixed in and I loved every minute of it.

I could easily see this book as a TV series with all the different plots and sub plot lines it’s like Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars with a techy fee
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Dana JH
To see my full review or others like it go to www.danadoesread.com

I've been reading so many wonderful books lately, and this one just adds to the list. I literaly read it in like 2 hours, and totally ignored my entire family for the duration. Just as good as the first, Or maybe even better, I was not disappointed. Not one bit. the plot was totally all over the place, and i was completely caught up. and the cliff hanger ending was like extreme! the only bad thing about ebooks is that you don't re
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Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this novel from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

An Overview of the Novel: Amelia and Adam's dreams are beginning to come true. Tom Fenway is giving Amelia the means to actually make a business out of her product and even though she was anti-business to start.

But when people from the past start threatening the twins, Amelia and Adam realize they might just have got themselves in over their heads. As Amelia con
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Erika
Dec 17, 2011 Erika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Title: The Anti – Social Network (Start – Up # 2)
Author: Sadie Hayes
Publisher: Backlit Fiction LLC
Number of Pages: 66
Date of Release: October 22nd, 2011
Summary From Goodreads:

The Dory twins grew up with nothing. Now on the verge of having everything, their fledgling company—built on Amelia’s intellect and Adam’s ambition—threatens to be torn apart by new, powerful enemies and old, malicious ones.

The Anti-Social Network is the second episode in The Start-Up series, a fast-paced and exciting se
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Jessica Bierschied
THE ANTI-SOCIAL NETWORK by Sadie Hayes is the second installment of Sadie Hayes new novella series, the first one is fast paced and fun, and the second one does not disapoint disappoint I was impressed with the continuation of this new and original story.

I dove right into Sadie Hayes' new novella. It is so easy to fall in to love with the characters and the unique situation the Dory twins are immersed in. I felt in this one I was able to get to know the characters much better and I could enjoy
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Lauren
Nov 15, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Start Up, twin siblings Amelia and Adam Dory start a business from Amelias invention of an iPhone app that controls things such as your garage, TV, and radio. Adam is the business head, while Amelia is solely involved in furthering the invention. Also included in the story is T.J Bristol, a Silicon Valley prince whose main goal is to become CEO, no matter the cost; Patty, who had a one-night makeout session with her future brother-in-law, but he still wants to continue it. Together, these ...more
Vanya D.
NOTE: I received the book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

I loved this cover the moment I saw it!!! So pretty! It's kind of an upgrade from the first installment too.

Let me say now that book one in this series was nice. I liked how the characters developed gradually. So I thought... I'd like to see how the story progresses. Right?

Well. I was mostly confused in this second installment. Why? Too many characters come and go and it can blow your head off your neck. I had hard time fo
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Chayse Sundt
Apr 09, 2012 Chayse Sundt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the second breath-taking novel of The Start-Up series, Sadie Hayes is able to capture the reader with multiple twists and turns that leaves the reader wanting more. I just wish that this book was longer. However, this author is able to write this book short/long enough to entangle the minds of all who read.

Amelia is a head-strong girl that doesn't lose herself, even when presented with a job that can change their lives forever. She is able to work hard and still have time to hand out with he
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Celeste_pewter
Nov 26, 2013 Celeste_pewter rated it liked it
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Sheila
A serial novel is an interesting concept, and Sadie Hayes The Start-Up picks an ideal topic for ebook serial fiction, with genius programmer Amelia Dorey persuaded by her more worldly twin brother Adam to turn programs into dollars.

The Anti-Social Network is the second episode in the series, a novella with enough length and depth to provide enjoyable reading. The author does a good job of creating and following a single story arc within the longer tale, and Amelia and Adam’s lives cross one more
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Jen  (In the Closet With a Bibliophile)
Truly fun, enjoyable and angsty, the Anti-Social Network jumps right on board with The Start-Up as a serial story that packs an electronic punch. Silicon Valley is the heart of money and greed and the Dorey Twins are doing whatever they can to survive, but some things from their past and present are trying their best to knock them off their feet and onto their backs with their feet left twitching.

Thankfully, Amelia and Adam are stronger than people give them credit for. With Amelia's new venture
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Sandra
Nov 14, 2011 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this novella! ...What I particularly enjoyed was the balance between the descriptions of Amelia's program and the start-up itself and the more personal issues Amelia and Adam are dealing with, particularly in the second book when both twins have love interested and their former foster family comes back to haunt them. Talk about juicy drama.

I particularly loved Amelia's character. She's smart - both street smart and technically smart. She's got the most common sense out of either twin and
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Sonya
Nov 23, 2011 Sonya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the first installment The Start Up, twin siblings Amelia and Adam Dory start a business from Amelia’s invention of an iPhone app that finds and controls the radio signals of a specific gadget is for instance a garage door, or a TV. After an interview with TechCrunch-a technology magazine is published. Amelia catches the attention of the ruined Ted Bristol his reputation haven taken a severe hit he plots Amelia’s destruction-his son T.j Bristol now the Dory twins boss. Find themselves in a uni ...more
Lexi Wright
Mar 25, 2015 Lexi Wright rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, reviewed
In this second rapid-fire installment of the Start-Up series, twin tech entrepreneurs Adam and Amelia vie for the direction in which to take their burgeoning app company, Doreye: Amelia is still dedicated to distributing her code freely, while Adam is after fortune and prestige. Staff restructurings, secret investors, power-hungry egos, and naive business moves leave Doreye dangerously vulnerable—and readers will wonder how Hayes (the nom de plume of a Silicon Valley insider) will wrap up the se ...more
Ashlinn
**3.5 stars
***Combined review of The Start-Up and The Anti-Social Network.***
Since these both are short novellas I thought I might just combine the reviews together. Basically this is about two siblings in college who are trying to make it big in the world while still living the normal college life. I liked Adam and Amelia they were independent and somewhat driven. They came from very hard backgrounds; foster homes and never having much money to do and buy things. When they get the scholarship t
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❤♏αια (My Book Diaries)
Original Post: My Book Diaries

From the very first page, it brings you right back into the drama and excitement of all that's happening in silicon valley. Tons of things are happening and it's so fun to read about.

We get to see a lot more happen with Amelia's app. This book is seriously just as amazing as the first. Still has that easy-to-read quality.

If you've read the first book, you definitely need to buy this one as well. If you haven't read the first book you need to go buy it now.

Content Wa
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Rebecca
After lapping up the first instalment in the series I could not wait to get stuck into the Anti-Social Network.
The Anti-Social Network is shorter than The Start-Up but is even more addictive. I flew through the pages of this one because there was just so much going on that kept me reading.
I find it so amazing that when one conflict gets resolved another one comes up and I find myself getting so deeply immersed in the story. I love Adam and Amelia and I really want things to work out for them so
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Karen
Jan 12, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is no turning back for Adam and Amelia after this episode. The siblings are thrust deeper into the cut throat world of Silicon Valley when they join a tech incubator. New characters are added and previous characters are further developed. The twists start coming fast and furious both in their business and personal lives and with this series what goes around comes around.
There were a few story lines that I was unsure of how they fit together. Since this is a series of novellas I'm sure thin
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Concetta
Mar 11, 2015 Concetta rated it really liked it
definitely some twists I was not expecting. fun, quick read.
Aya
Jul 27, 2015 Aya rated it did not like it
The stupidity and relationships in this book are killing me.
Irene
Nov 12, 2012 Irene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of twins Adam and Amelia who are starting their own company while students at Stanford continues with lots of intrigues, of course. It is a fun, easy read and each book reads more like an episode (since they're pretty short). Since it had been a couple of months since I read the 1st one, I had to go back to find who was who, but it came back to me pretty quickly.
Jamie
Sep 09, 2015 Jamie rated it really liked it
I loved this novel and can't wait to purchase the next novel in the series. A short book review with no spoilers is up on my blog now!
Julie
Dec 09, 2015 Julie rated it liked it
I couldn't stand Adam in this one, and his character annoyed me enough to sour the rest of the book for me. Things are looking up, though, heading into the third...
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