Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Review: Where the Truth LIes by Jessica Warman

WHERE THE TRUTH LIES by Jessica Warman
Pub. Date: September 2010
Publisher: Walker & Company
Format: Hardcover, 320pp
Source: Publisher
On the surface, Emily Meckler leads the perfect life. She has three best friends, two loving parents, and the ideal setup at the Connecticut prep school where her father is the headmaster. But Emily also suffers from devastating nightmares about fire and water, and nobody knows why. Then the enigmatic Del Sugar enters her life, and Emily is immediately swept away—but her passionate relationship with Del is just the first of many things that aren't quite what they seem in Emily's life. As the lies she's been told start to unravel, Emily must set out to discover the truth regarding her nightmare; on a journey that will lead her to question everything she thought she knew about love, family, and her own idyllic past.

This companion novel to Warman's critically acclaimed Breathless proves that sometimes the biggest lies are told to the people you love the most.
I must admit after reading the synopsis of this book, I was highly intrigued about finding out the deal behind Emily's nightmares. The passionate relationship with Emily and Del turned up the knob on my interest even more.

Once I started reading this book, I found myself wrapped in a whirlwind as Emily tried to navigate around the secrets clouding her life. This book pulled at my heart and I even had a tear or two by the last page. This book is emotionally compelling and Warman's writing drew me deep into the pages and never let up. Being a paranormal book lover, where anything can happen, I tend to shy away from Contemporary novels sometimes because I find it hard to believe in the stories. But with WHERE THE TRUTH LIES, I felt like I knew these characters. Warman did an amazing job with the characters in this book. They felt real and authentic which is something I tend to find missing in so many contemporary novels that I read. If more writers could pull this off, I could find myself falling in love with this genre.

Warman inserts readers into Emily’s psyche as she goes about her day to day activities as the daughter of head master at a boarding school - A boarding school full of prodigies and even students who have been shipped off because of a not so perfect life at home. Right off the bat, I could feel that there was something missing in Emily's life. Even though she had her friends and family with her, I could still sense her longing for something more. Then enter Del Sugar, mysterious & new in a school that's never accepted students after the start of the year. I immediately wanted to know why. And what was Emily's dad keeping from her? When the truth finally came out, I was left speechless. All the lies and cover ups surrounding Emily's life is enough to make anyone question the actions by the characters involved.

WHERE THE TRUTH LIES weaves all the mysteries about decisions one would make to protect a loved one, while trying to hold onto a future that could lead to disaster if the truth came out into a beautiful story of forgiveness and second chances. This book is the companion novel to BREATHLESS, and it makes me want to go read it right now. I'm looking forward to reading more books by Jessica Warman.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

19 comments:

  1. Sounds great. Hoping to love this one as well! Nice review. :)

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  2. the cover looks great. this is my latest review.

    http://coffeecrackers.blogspot.com/2010/09/her-fearful-symmetry-by-audrey.html

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  3. I want to read them both too! Fantastic review!

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  4. I just got an ARC of this and after reading your review, I really can't wait to read it! I also tend to shy away from contemporary books, but the ones I've read have been amazing. Still, I'm paranormal all the way. Haha.

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  5. I love the cover of this and you've got me highly intrigued!

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  6. Wow, this one sounds pretty amazing!

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  7. When it comes to YA, I'm more of a contemporary girl. I think it's great that you're impressed by a book in a genre you usually shy away from. My interest in this book raised even higher because of that.

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  8. I've been hearing about this book and wasn't sure about it. Thanks for the great review. I'll be looking for it now.

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  9. This sounds captivating. I wonder though, do you have to read first Breathless to read this?

    I tend to lean towards fantasy myself. But sometimes a contemporary novel moves me so much, I'll go on a Contemp binge!

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  10. I hadn't heard of this book prior to this review. Thanks.

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  11. Nice cover! Love your review and you're right, after reading the synopsis, I really want to read this now lol. Thanks!

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  12. Thank you for the review! We've posted a link to your blog on the official Bloomsbury Teens Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/BloomsburyTeens

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  13. This sounds like a really well-crafted novel. I can't wait to dig in!

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  14. Wow! This book sounded good to me from just reading the summary, but after reading your review, I really, really want to read it now! Great review!

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  15. this might sound stupid, but i love to cry when i read a book... i love that feeling of emotion! great review ;)

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  16. This one sounds so good. The cover is gorgeous and really just sounds awesome. :)

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  17. Great review! This sounds like a perfect book for me. I enjoy books that have authentic characters and a story line that draws me in.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  18. This sounds extremely interesting and I love a good romance. (:
    Definitely going to read it.

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  19. I absolutely adored this book.I believe every teen should read it.It was so good! It kept my attention the whole entire time! Excellent story.I could go on and on about this book but I won't.Must Read!

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