All Julep Dupree wanted to do was get through the next few years of Agatha’s Preparatory School without gettingRating 2.8 rounding up for good measure
All Julep Dupree wanted to do was get through the next few years of Agatha’s Preparatory School without getting into too much trouble. She longed for a full ride to Yale, in the hope she could move beyond her days as a grifter. However, in order to pay for Agatha’s expensive tuition, for a small fee she used her unique talents to help solve other people’s problems. In Julep’s world the best grifters were ghost that’s why no one really knew her, except her best friend Sam. But, when Julep’s dad went missing she suddenly found she had to rely on gorgeous and popular Tyler Richland. Luckily, her dad had hidden some cryptic and sometimes helpful clues to his possible whereabouts. Now, Julep is forced to use her knowledge and connections as a grifter to resolve her own problem. What she didn’t expect was to be stalked by someone driving a Chevelle who dressed in all black, be entangled with the mob, and mostly, Julep wasn’t sure why she found herself trusting all her secrets to Tyler.
I love Ally Carter’s Heist Society books. I can see some similarities in Trust Me, I’m Lying. Both Julep Dupree and Katarina Bishop were raised by their father’s, which inadvertently resulted in them following in their dad’s footsteps. Follow by example… right. There was also the commonality of both characters wanting to step out from under their dad’s shadows and the life of crime. The girls wanted more from their futures, but life, family, and friends would hold them back. Maybe a life of uncertainty and secrecy was too tempting to leave behind. Anyway, those were the only comparisons.
Unfortunately, I found the writing to be a bit flat. It seemed as if, once Julep found a clue left behind by her dad and being followed by a mysterious person the reader would have a sense of wanting to fly through each page. I didn’t get that urgency. Yes, there was a sufficient amount of action, but there lacked that aha moment for me... when I'm over taken by each page. I also, sadly, didn’t find myself falling in love with Julep and Tyler’s relationship. They lacked chemistry. There were no sparks between the two. Tyler was definitely no Hale from Heist Society. I’m a little perplexed, because I really didn’t find myself connecting with Julep’s character. I wanted to care about her story, but I was left feeling underwhelmed. For me, a really great book consumes your thoughts and you just can’t wait until you get to sit down and dive into the pages again. I didn’t get that with this book.
Over all, I think this was an okay being to a new series. I think girl and boy teen readers will love this book. It had a lot of elements that will appeal to them... action, mystery, and a sort of love-triangle. I’m very willing to read the next book, in order to see the development of Julep’s character and story. There is plenty of potential for this series to be really good and that is why I want to give it a second chance. Plus, the book ended with some surprising secrets that piqued my interest. ...more
Katy was not happy about moving to Ketterman, West Virginia. It was in no man’s land a far cry from Gainesville, Florida. But, after the death of herKaty was not happy about moving to Ketterman, West Virginia. It was in no man’s land a far cry from Gainesville, Florida. But, after the death of her dad Katy’s mom was ready for a fresh start. Katy was obsessed with reading and writing reviews on her blog. She claimed to be boring and overly trustworthy and that’s why her mom had no problem leaving her on her own. Katy hated that her mom worked too much and wished she would go back to being the mom she was before they lost her dad. Even though Katy’s mom wanted to start over someplace else her work habits didn’t change. Moving to Hicksville may not be as unexciting has Katy had been expecting, especially not after meeting Dee and her twin brother Daemon who was her gorgeous next door neighbor. Whenever Katy was hanging around Dee she noticed strange looks coming from the town’s people, but when other weird things started to occur around the twins, Katy may have found more than she bargained for.
I really didn’t want to love this book, especially when it seemed to start out like Twilight… new town, boy acting like a complete jerk upon first meeting the girl, and a dangerous event that throws the boy and girl into a relationship. But, I’m a sucker for this kind of YA material. It is a guilty pleasure. Jennifer L. Armentrout knows how to write steamy scenes without the smut. I think I literally saw steam wafting from the pages anytime Katy and Daemon where in a room together. I think my own heart beat a little faster and my own cheeks blushed after their interactions. That’s why I ended up devouring every page. Then, I find out Daemon was a powerful Alien. Seriously. No vampires in this book. Watch out what’s his name, oh yeah, Edward. Besides, I’ve had many fictional boy crushes since him anyway. I thought Obsidian was an intoxicating start to a new series. Looking forward to book two and where Katy’s adventures with Dee and Daemon may take me. ...more
Members of the Sinclair family are tall, athletic, and beautiful. They come from old money and democratic. No one would accuse a Sinclair of being a fMembers of the Sinclair family are tall, athletic, and beautiful. They come from old money and democratic. No one would accuse a Sinclair of being a failure, criminal, or addict. At least, not in polite company. Tipper and Harris are the Sinclair matriarchs. They had three daughters Penny, Carrie, and Bess. Cadence “Cady” Sinclair Eastman was the oldest grandchild, daughter to Bess, and heiress to Beechwood Island. Cady and the Sinclair family spent their entire summer on Beechwood Island isolated from the rest of the world. Gat started to visit Beechwood Island in Cady’s eighth year. He was an interloper. Cady, Gat, and Cady’s two cousins Johnny and Mirren were considered the Liars. Each summer on the Island the four of them were inseparable and wreaking havoc.
Cady’s story starts in her fifteenth year on the Island. It was the summer her dad left her and her mom for another family. It was the summer that Cady and Gat started to notice each other. They understood each other. He challenged the norms, the illusions of the Sinclair’s. This was also the summer of Cady’s accident. She wouldn't return to Beechwood Island until her seventeenth year. The year she wanted to remember what happened the summer she was fifteen.
Cady’s story is one of forbidden love. Gat was an outsider. He certainly didn't fit into the Sinclair mold.
I thought the writing was different…rhythmic and circular. It had a nice flow to it. The ending was so unexpected. Once I was finished, I went back through the entire book to see how I had missed the clues… signs. Then, I was like, how did I not see that. There were even metaphors about fires and hurting, but I didn't catch any of them and what they really meant. I honestly was thinking that Gat did something to Cady that he hurt her in some way. I think my jaw literally dropped at the end, because I had no clue. At least for me that’s why I ended up liking the book so much more, because I was taken by surprise. I really loved the way it was written too. Now that I think about it, it was like reading a crazy persons thoughts or someone completely broken.
If it wasn't for the ending, I think, the book was just another okay read. I would have probably given it two, maybe three stars. Once I reread it, the whole book was changed for me it seems so much sadder. I think it takes a certain kind of author to pull off what E. Lockhart did, total unpredictability. ...more