Dead Girls Don’t Lie

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How did I get it?:
It was a Christmas present from Beth.

Synopsis:

Rachel died at two a.m …Three hours after Skyler kissed me for the first time. Forty-five minutes after she sent me her last text. Jaycee and Rachel were best friends. But that was before…before that terrible night at the old house. Before Rachel shut Jaycee out. Before Jaycee chose Skyler over Rachel. Then Rachel is found dead. The police blame a growing gang problem in their small town, but Jaycee is sure it has to do with that night at the old house. Rachel’s text is the first clue-starting Jaycee on a search that leads to a shocking secret. Rachel’s death was no random crime, and Jaycee must figure out who to trust before she can expose the truth. In the follow-up to her powerful debut, Jennifer Shaw Wolf keeps readers on their toes in another dark, romantic story of murder and secrets.

Thoughts:

I had been eagerly anticipating reading Dead Girls Don’t Lie because of the synopsis. I thought it sounded particularly intriguing. Unfortunately, something fell short for me. I can appreciate that the book was well written, and well paced, but I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I wanted to, meaning that I didn’t feel invested enough in what happened to them.

Dead Girls Don’t Lie is billed as a Young Adult/thriller/mystery read. It centres around the murder of Rachel. Rachel is murdered the same night her best friend Jaycee ignores her call for help. When Jaycee reads the text message from Rachel, she begins to believe there’s more to her friend’s death than a gang related violence crime. When Rachel starts to explore further, there really is more than what meets the eye.

Of course, this sounds brilliant. But, unfortunately, it felt flat to me. I think part of the reason I didn’t get on very well with this book, is because there were quite a few stereotypes. I felt like the book was heavily based on religion. Our main character Jaycee, has an incredibly religious father. The reader is constantly reminded of the fact that she should be a good Christian. Now, I don’t have anything against religion, I’m pretty open and don’t mind what people believe, however, I don’t think the religious aspect of this book added anything to the story. It completely turns me off of the story when religion feels forced upon me. Another stereotype that I couldn’t get on with was the assumption that the Mexican migrant workers were bad people and the church going Christians were perfect. I felt like the reader was made to assume that this was the way things worked in this particular setting. Perhaps there are places like this in the world, but for me, it wasn’t believable and it just grated on me.

I didn’t really get to like any of the characters in this book. I found Jaycee incredibly naïve. She didn’t seem to do much either. Things just kept happening to her. It seemed to fall into place quite easily without any real building of mystery.

I think other’s would enjoy this book, especially if you like small town stories. But for me, I didn’t find it memorable or believable.

Would I recommend it?:
It’s not for me!- I didn’t really buy into the story.

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WWW Wednesday #64

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday!  To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

13121678I’ve just started Shine by Candy Gourlay. I’m only 50 pages in, but already the writing is beautiful and I think this is going to be a good, memorable read. I picked it out of my Luna’s Picks for this month.

What did you recently finish reading?17286807Last night I finished Dead Girl’s Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf. I had wanted to read this book for a while, so my sister bought it for me for Christmas.  It was enjoyable enough, but I wasn’t keen on the frequent reference to the character’s religion. I don’t think it really did much for the story. It was never forced upon the reader, but it was frequently mentioned. My review will hopefully be up within the next couple of weeks.

What do you think you’ll read next?

17307098I’m playing catch up with a lot of paperbacks as I’ve been reading a lot on my Kindle. This is my next paperback. I’m excited to read this, as my sister really enjoyed it when she read it as an advanced reading copy.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Please feel free to leave your answer to the questions or your links in the comments section below! Happy Reading 🙂

 

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR list (to be read). This list was incredibly difficult to limit to just ten books. Mainly because my TBR list is ridiculous.

I’ve decided to split it into 5 books on my kindle and 5 ‘real’ books. I’ve went for books that I actually have, not ones I’m anticipating, because again…we could be here all day if I do that!

Click on the book image for the Goodread’s page!

Kindle books:

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All The Truth That’s In MeJulie Berry– I’ve had this book on my kindle for a while now. I’ve heard such mixed opinions about it, so I can’t wait to read it to form my own opinion!

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Not A Drop To DrinkMindy McGinnis– Another book that I’ve had waiting to be read for a while. I was a bit scared of the hype around it, so I thought I would wait until it had died down a little! Again, I’ve heard really mixed things about this book, so I can’t wait to dive in and see what I think!

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Ten Tiny BreathsK.A Tucker– I’ve heard so much about this series. I really need to read it, don’t I?

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Picture Me GoneMeg Rosoff– I’ve had my eye on this one for a while. So I’m intrigued to see if it’s as good as I’m anticipating!

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Johnny’s GirlPaige Toon– I’m not ashamed to be a fan of chick-lit. I really like Paige Toon’s writing. It’s deeper than your average chick-lit.

‘Real’ books:

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Wedding NightSophie Kinsella– I used to be such a huge fan of chick-lit, but since blogging, I’ve definitely lost some of that love for it, because I’m reading different genres and really enjoying them! I’m intrigued to see if one of my favourite chick-lit writers can interest me enough in their latest book!

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Dear Killer- Katherine Ewell– I’m trying to read more debut authors this year. This is a debut that I’ve heard a lot about, so I’m excited to get to!

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TapeSteven Camden– This is another book that’s on my radar as a 2014 release. I love the bright cover!

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Birthmarked- Caragh O’Brien– This is a series that I aim to start this year. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. It’s time to explore it!

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Dead Girls Don’t LieJennifer Shaw Wolf– My sister bought me this book for Christmas. I still haven’t got around to reading it yet, but putting it on one of these lists will hopefully inspire me to pick it up soon. I really like the sound of it!

Have you read any of the books on my Spring To Be Read list? What did you think? What do you want to read in Spring? Please feel free to leave your link to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by!

Stacking The Shelves #51

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared! As ever, click on the book image to get to its Goodread’s page! This is the last Stacking The Shelves post of 2013. This year has flown by. I’m celebrating my blogoversary tomorrow! Chrissi Reads has been around for a whole year! Come back tomorrow for a giveaway!

Christmas presents:

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I’m loving this selection of books. My sister got me Dead Girls Don’t Lie, Belle Époque and After Eden! I received Wanderlove and Anna And The French Kiss from my Secret Santa. I’m so excited to own these books!

Have you read any of these books? Which one was your favourite?

Feel free to leave a link to your Stacking The Shelves post and I’ll stop by your blog and check out your haul!