What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Friday, April 12, 2013

Cross My Heart, Hope to Die by Sara Shepard

I'll be honest, I almost forgot this was a book series. I like the tv show - and (something I never thought I'd say) I think I like it better than the books. It's so much better when Emma and Sutton are both ALIVE. Yeah. That's my peace.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: When I died two months ago, my killer told my twin sister to become me—or else. Now Emma has it down to a T. She tosses her hair with the signature Sutton Mercer flip and can lead a Lying Game prank with the best of them. She’s even repairing my relationship with my adoptive family. The only thing she hasn’t done is solve my murder. Then our birth mother, the woman who abandoned us, showed up in Tucson. Emma hasn’t seen Becky in twelve years, but Becky recognizes Emma immediately—as Emma. Is it a mother’s intuition . . . or does Becky know I’m already gone?

What I Liked: 1) One thing I will say for this series is that Sara Shepard definitely knows how to keep a mystery alive. She has figured out a way to throw a million curveballs in one game (hey, it's baseball season, gimme a break) and still not get too terribly irritating. Cross My Heart, Hope to Die introduces even more pieces of an already complicated mystery, which, if you are at all familiar with her writing, you'll know is kind of her trademark. Thankfully, she lays it all out for you. It isn't particularly psych-twisty, so it doesn't require a lot of thinking to follow it. 2) The zings of humor that she adds through her characterization keep the book light-hearted, despite the dark undertones of murder and mystery. I laugh at how outlandish and larger-than-life her characters tend to be, and it's one of the things that keep me coming back for more. 3) Bringing Emma's birth mom back into it was...an unexpected twist. This book is already so different than the direction they've taken the television show that I guess I don't know what I was expecting from this, but it sure was an interesting change of page. 4) Something I've noticed in this series that I haven't seen in her other popular series (that I'm also addicted to!) is a maturing of the writing. Sometimes when I'm reading her work I just think to myself, when are they going to grow up? They act like spoiled six year olds! But she's really matured them up in CMHHTD, and I was glad to see it taking a little more depth, and lifelike, for lack of a better term.

What I Didn't Like: I mentioned that I actually like the television show better than I like the storyline in the books right now. I think it's because the storyline is moving at a glacial pace right now. I mean, we're talking snails are passing this bad boy by. I need to learn something new in the next book, because as interested as I am in finding out who killed Sutton and why, we aren't even crossing suspects off our list anymore!

Overall Thoughts: Cross My Heart, Hope To Die is a slow addition to the Lying Game series. It's funny, and I'm so glad to see Sara Shepard maturing her characters (read: they aren't quite as annoying) but I need the pace to be picked up in the story arc to convince me to keep reading the series and not just stick with the tv show.

My Rating: 3 shots

1 comment:

  1. Lol I think I feel the opposite! I don't like the TV series and I like that Sutton was killed, added more to the mystery. Anywho, I need to get back on this series! I have the second installment but I haven't gotten to it.

    Do you read her PLL series as well? That one has just gotten CRAZY!


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