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REVIEW: Never Have I Ever (The Lying Game #2) by Sara Shepard

Title: Never Have I Ever
Author: Sara Shepard
Series: The Lying Game #2
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date of Release: August 2nd 2011
Pages: 309

My perfect life was a lie.

Now I'd do anything to uncover the truth.

Not long ago, I had everything a girl could wish for: amazing friends, an adorable boyfriend, a loving family. But none of them know that I'm gone--that I'm dead. To solve my murder, my long-lost twin sister, Emma, has taken my place. She sleeps in my room, wears my clothes, and calls my parents Mom and Dad.

And my killer is watching her every move.

I remember little from my life, just flashes and flickers, so all I can do is follow along as Emma tries to solve the mystery of my disappearance. But the deeper she digs, the more suspects she uncovers. It turns out my friends and I played a lot of games--games that ruined people's lives. Anyone could want revenge . . . anyone could want me--and now Emma--dead.

From Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars books, comes a riveting series about secrets, lies, and killer consequences.


PLEASE NOTE: If you have not read the first book... you will probably not want to read this review, sorry. However, here is my review for the first book in the series, The Lying Game.

I love the cover, they are simple but extremely effective, its as if at the start of the story it completes the mystery of the last book by completing the face then by the end of the story you have the start of the face for the new suspect. Here are all the covers: (click on them to go to their Goodreads page!)


All the books also seem to have a new colour combination every time.

After Emma rules out the idea it was just a twisted game Sutton was playing on Emma, Ethan finds out about Sutton's death meaning Emma must be more careful than ever. As Emma collects information about who Sutton had made contact with in the months before her death, she starts to realise that those who where closest to Sutton may be the ones with the strongest motives.

In The Lying Game-1 here is what I thought of Emma and Sutton:
Emma:
  • Loving, kind, friendly, happy-as-she-can-be, determined, never-gets-into-trouble, sensible, and does not like the lying game. She also finds it hard to cope with accusations of things she doesn't know about of which Sutton did, making everything that much harder for her. She is also a very likeable character who is mature and practical.
Sutton:
  • Unkind, hates-everyone, goes-along-with-it, ALWAYS-in-trouble, rebellious, selfish, immature, moody, and loves the lying game! She also seems to revel in everyones unhappiness and does not think about others before herself.

Has my opinion of them both changed? Yes! Highlighted are the changes I have made:
Emma:
  • Loving, kind, friendly, happy-as-she-can-be, determined, gets-into-trouble-on-purpose-if-thats-what-it-takes, sensible, and does not like the lying game. She now easily copes with accusations of things she doesn't know about of which Sutton did as she is very clever in twisting it around to use it to her advantage and acts as clues for Suttons death, making everything that much harder for her. She is also a very likeable character who is mature and practical.
Sutton:
  • Unkind, hates-everyone, goes-along-with-it, ALWAYS-in-trouble, rebellious, selfish, immature, moody, and loves the lying game! She also seems to revel in everyones unhappiness and does not think about others before herself. Now that we have seen her view from the outside... she seems to regret a lot of things she has done, is great at encouraging her sister even though she knows she can't hear her and shows that she can also be practical and think through the situations and come up with valuable and accurate conclusions.
In this instalment of The Lying Games we see peoples true colours begin to come out and to what lengths they would go to, to get their revenge. We also learn a lot more about the Twitter Twins and in what ways they could be involved in Sutton's murder and why. This book is fast paced with more flashbacks that help to build on the story, making you want to shout at Emma to tell her what you have just learned. You will also, like the first instalment of The Lying Games suspect everyone... I even found myself suspecting the policemen and shop assistant! You see a little more about the relationship of Ethan and Emma (which is undoubtably adorable!) and the ways they are both put on edge about the murderer finding out... otherwise she is next. We also get to know a little more of Sutton's past and the way in which some of their games can give others the motive for a dangerous revenge.

I highly enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it! The next book in the series: Two Truths and a Lie.

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