Saturday, August 18, 2012

Blog Tour: Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman Review and Guest Post


Hello!! Welcome to my stop on the Beautiful Lies Blog tour put on by Bloomsbury Publishing. I have my review and a wonderful guest post from Jessica Warman.

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  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Pages: 432
  • Source: eARC provided by the Publisher/NetGalley for review and blog tour
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

Overview

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 disappears, the other immediately knows something is wrong-especially when she starts experiencing serious physical traumas, despite the fact that nobody has touched her. As the search commences to find her sister, the twin left behind must rely on their intense bond to uncover the truth. But is there anyone around her she can trust, when everyone could be a suspect? And ultimately, can she even trust herself? Master storyteller Jessica Warman will keep readers guessing when everything they see-and everything they are told-suddenly becomes unreliable in this page-turning literary thriller.

My Thoughts

Okay, so I don't even know how to start this review. I am still trying to figure out this book. It was good, but very confusing. I really like mysteries, but this one just hurt my brain. So right now you are probably thinking, "So did you like it or not?" and my answer is yes, I did like it, but I am still kind of at a loss for words. I was very interested in this book and even through my confusion and the slower parts I could not stop reading. 

The twins have been switching places and pretending to be each other for a while. The night that one of them goes missing happens to be one of the nights they have switched. The problem is, the one who goes missing happens to be the one who tends to run off or cause trouble. Or so everyone thinks anyways. Now everyone thinks the wrong one is missing, but they aren't all that concerned. The twin who isn't missing knows that something is majorly wrong because she is getting bruises, and injuries when she isn't actually being hurt. Since no one seems serious about helping find her sister she decides to figure it out herself. 

The mystery aspect of this is great. I finally figured it out a little bit from the end, but just because I solved the mystery, doesn't mean I was less confused. This book totally messes with your head. I must have written "WTF" "OMG! What is happening?" and "I'm so confused!" about thirty times in my notes. The moment you think you are starting to figure things out, you get thrown for a loop again. You start to question your own sanity along with the characters sanity. Besides going along the journey trying to figure out what happened, we also keep going into the past when she is remembering something from their childhood. Although interesting, I could have done with a lot less of it. I don't really think that most of it really added to the story much. 

This book is still on my mind and I trying to wrap my head around some things that happened. I really have no clue and I feel like the answers should have been given. Who knows, maybe they were, but somehow they got all jumbled up with the rest of the stuff going through my mind. This book was odd, creepy, suspenseful, and flat out confusing. I was so intrigued by it all, and I give major praise for Jessica for creating such an in depth mystery that you never completely understand. I really don't know what else to say. If you like a good mystery and some major psychological craziness, I definitely recommend picking this up. 4 out of 5 stars

 
Guest Post

Five favorite places to read or write:

5. The sofa in my family room – but only when I’m home alone, as I need complete silence/no distractions to work.  But the room itself is enormous, and when we moved in a few years ago, we had to have a big sectional custom-made in order for it to look remotely appropriate.  There’s one particular spot on this sofa (I’m sitting on it right now, as I type these words) that is just about the coziest corner of the entire world, in my opinion.  I sit there so often that the cushions are permanently shaped around my posterior; I’ve ruined it for everyone else in my family.
4. My kitchen table – The room gets a ton of natural light, and there’s always a snack nearby.
3. My bedroom – The pros are that my bed is super comfy, and it’s one of the few rooms in my house with a locking door, which means I can usually get some peace and quiet when the rest of my family is home and I need to get work done.  The con is that my bed is super comfy, which means “working” often quickly becomes “napping.”  
2.   My home office – when we were house-hunting a few years ago, my number one “must-have” was an office.  I got it all set up and decorated, and it was fabulous.  I don’t use it that much anymore, because I used it to house a litter of kittens last year… and now there’s a permanent kitten-smell that no amount of scrubbing or steam cleaning has been able to get rid of.  But I would really, really love to use it again.  Maybe someday.
1. My dad’s home office at my parents’ house.   It has a big, awesome desk, and there’s a ton of privacy.  Every so often, I’ll go over when I know nobody else will be home, and I’ll spend all day writing.  The room smells like my dad, and like my childhood in general.  It’s also the same room where I used to sit and write for hours on end as a kid, so there’s a level of deeply ingrained comfort and security that I can’t quite find anywhere else. 

Thank you so much to Jessica for taking the time to do this guest post! It was a pleasure to take part in this tour!! 


19 comments:

  1. I started this book, but there was something about it that didn't click with me, so I stopped reading it. From your review, it seems like the confusion continues until the very end. I'm glad I didn't really continue it since I hate being confused. :/
    I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed the book, Amy.
    Great review as usual! :)

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    1. I was getting frustrated with it, but so intrigued with it at the same time. I couldn't stop reading, and I thought maybe I would be less confused as the story unraveled. I am still scratching my head at this book and I don't know that I will ever really understand.

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  2. I have this one to read soon, and I've seen from a lot of reviews it's a bit confusing. I'll have to keep that in mind when I start it. :)

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    1. It's totally confusing. It's good, but it will mess with your head.

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  3. Awesome!!!!! I'm glad their is a thrilling mystery in this book. Glad you liked it despite being confusing sometimes. Wonderful review!
    I love the guess post too! Sofa's are amazing places to write!

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    1. I really don't know if a book has ever left me so confused at the end of it. I guess it's a good thing because I can't stop thinking about it.

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  4. I'm not sure this is my kind of book and even though it was a bit confusing at times, I'm glad you enjoyed it! LOL

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    1. I don't think this will be a book for a lot of people. I grew up reading mostly all mystery /thriller books so I was very intrigued by this, but it really did make my brain hurt at times.

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  5. Hmmm....guess I'd have to be in the right mood for this book. Glad you liked it!

    Valerie

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    1. This book definitely goes beyond mystery and into total WTFery!! I enjoyed it though.

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  6. I love a shocking mystery but I also heard this is confusing! I LOVE WTF weird books but at the same time I kind of like to eventually know what the heck truly happened. Sounds interesting though!

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    1. I mean the mystery is solved at the end, but you are still left wondering about some of the other stuff. The stuff that had you going WTF throughout the book.

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  7. Twin books are fun -- huge fan of Parent Trap and the Lying Game!
    Great review and glad you liked it, even with the confusion :)

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    1. It was very interesting. I was hooked!!

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  8. This one is new to me, I'll admit, even the beginning of this review had me a bit confused O.O Though the one twin getting bruises randomly sounds super interesting. Great that you still enjoyed it through the confusion and lulls. Great review Amy!

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    1. It was hard to write this review and make any sense. Lol!! It was very interesting.

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  9. I think if I was in the right frame of mind for this book, I would totally love if. I kept seeing your tweets about this, they cracked me up. I had to know what you were talking about. Glad you did enjoy the story, despite the brain pains!

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    1. Haha. I really had no clue what was going on most of the time. Even though I figured out the mystery I was still confused.

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  10. I really liked this book. It is not only exciting, scary, and mysterious, but it has many twists. Things turn out the way I never would have expected. This story really captures a readers attention and really makes them understand the character's feelings. This book refers back to previous times often, like in a dream or a memory, and it helps the reader understand. This should definitely be read and enjoyed!

    Mariz
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