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review 2018-07-04 00:00
Pretty Little Liars
Pretty Little Liars - Sara Shepard The plot is good but I can't force myself to suffer through the writing anymore.
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review 2018-04-16 14:18
The Elizas
The Elizas: A Novel - Sara Shepard

Budding novelist Eliza Fontaine has a complicated past and things become even more complicated when she is found at the bottom of the pool at the Tranquility resort in Palm Springs. Eliza's family believes the worst, another failed suicide attempt, just like the previous attempts before her brain tumor was removed. However, Eliza is positive that she had been pushed this time. No one seems to believe her except for her rescuer, Desmond who thinks he saw someone fleeing the scene. Eliza desperately tries to put the pieces together from her night at the Tranquility, but she has severe memory lapses. The more she tries to dig, the more pieces she finds missing. With the impending release of her novel, The Dots, Eliza keeps finding more similarities between herself and her main character, Dot, and has trouble separating the fact from fiction.

The Elizas is a thrilling, addictive mystery that dives into the mysteries of the mind and memory. From the beginning Eliza is presented as an unreliable narrator, however that didn't stop me from sympathizing with her cause and rooting for her to untangle the web of lies and foggy memories that surrounded her. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to read both Eliza's narrative as well as her book, The Dots. The story line playfully and ingeniously bounced back and forth between the two plots interweaving Eliza's and Dot's story in the reader's mind just as they had become entwined in Eliza's. At first The Dots seems like a nice bonus story, although as the book progresses, I found that The Dots offered more insight into Eliza's character than her own narrative. Overall, a tantalizing story with intriguing characters that will keep you on your toes. 

This book was received for free in return for an honest review. 

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review 2018-04-12 00:00
The Elizas: A Novel
The Elizas: A Novel - Sara Shepard The Elizas is a story told by a quintessential 'unreliable narrator'. You learn from the beginning that Eliza has had some issues. She claims that she can be cruel and a liar. But, she also claims that she wasn't trying to commit suicide and that someone pushed her. As a reader, you have to sift through the words and decide: do you believe Eliza or not? Do you believe the people in her life or not? Can you parse out the truth from the deceptions?

The story alternates between Eliza's present and excerpts from her soon to be released book, The Dots. Seriously, you will spend all your time trying to figure out what, if anything is real. At first, I kind of took things at face value. But, when you start to read the excerpts from The Dots, you really begin to question Eliza. Thrown in some strange characters to add to Eliza's weirdness and you have a even more reasons to doubt. Then, I started doubting my doubts! I thought "Maybe she is throwing out red herrings..." There is also some threats of danger that add to the tension. IF something is real, then Eliza could be in danger. IF something isn't real, then she is creating lots of trouble. But, you just aren't sure...

In the end, I'm still not even sure what's 100% real...I couldn't stop thinking about this book. I didn't LOVE it, but I simply could not stop thinking about it! The Elizas brings Shepard's style of questionable narrators and motives to an adult character this time. Somehow, I Eliza being an adult made her even less trustworthy as a narrator. Teenagers are impulsive so its difficult to keep up a charade for extended lengths of time. But Eliza....I could see her being able to maintain the facade for years...
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text 2018-04-01 04:57
Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 261 pages.
Wanted - Sara Shepard
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text 2018-03-16 02:55
Reading progress update: I've read 9 out of 261 pages.
Wanted - Sara Shepard
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