Thursday, September 10, 2015

Reading on a Theme: Teens Working Behind the Scenes

Whether they are out to catch a murderer, seek revenge, or make a buck these teens all have one thing in common: they would rather you didn't know about their schemes.

The Anonymous Photoblogger:
Lauren "Panda" Daniels prides herself on being invisible because it keeps people from guessing that she's really the internet vigilante, Gray. Panda exposes people for who they really are by photographing them in compromising situations. She is a watcher, but she has become the watched. What will she do when terrible things start happening to her classmates and friends, especially as she's set up to take the fall? Lamar Giles created a true thriller in Endangered, complete with an anonymous psychopath. I'm happy to report there were many things I never saw coming. Endangered was intense and difficult to put down. Endangered was out April 2015. Review copy from Edelweiss.

Clearing Their Name:
In this sequel to Gretchen McNeil's Get Even (review here) (which had one of the worst cliffhangers ever) the girls of the secretive Don't Get Mad are no longer hatching revenge pranks but are instead hunting a killer. With Bree under house arrest and Margot in a coma, Kitty and Olivia turn to a couple of their class mates for help. The stakes in Get Dirty are pretty high. With more murders and more threats, the girls of DGM aren't sure who to trust. I enjoyed this fast paced conclusion. I could not believe how many problems continued to stack up against the girls. How could they possibly get out of this mess intact? Get Dirty is a fast-paced, pulse-pounding mystery. Get Dirty was out June 2015. Review copy from Edelweiss.

They'll Lie for You:
Max, his buddy Preston, and girlfriend Parvati form Liars, Inc., supplying cover stories to their classmates for cash. When Preston asks Max to cover for him so that he can take a trip to Las Vegas, Max agrees easily. And that's when everything falls apart. Preston is missing. The FBI is questioning Max. And soon it looks like the evidence is piling up against him. But Max is innocent. I really enjoyed Paula Stokes's first book, and I am even more impressed with this one because it is nothing like the cute romance we saw in The Art of Lainey. Liars, Inc. is a true thriller with heart-stopping twists and turns that I did not expect. Liars, Inc. was out March 2015. Review copy from Edelweiss.

She'll Make Your Problems Go Away:
When Tess Kendrick's ailing grandfather can no longer care for her, she moves to Washington, D.C. to live with her big sister, Ivy. When Tess's classmates at her new school try to employ her to fix their problems, Tess learns that Ivy is a professional fixer; she makes the problems of the nation's politicians and bigwigs disappear. Tess isn't too interested in going into the family business until her new friend comes to her with suspicions concerning a Supreme Court Justice's death. Before she knows it, Tess is involved in a conspiracy that may reach to the highest levels of the U.S. government. If you love a good government conspiracy then Jennifer Lynn Barnes's new novel is perfect for you. Tess is snarky and smart, and the action is nonstop. The Fixer was out July 2015. Review copy from NetGalley.
Revenge on the Football Team:
The Ranburne football players may be the town heroes, but Melanie Jane, Liv, Ana, and Peyton are sick of how they treat girls. The four conspire to teach the football team a lesson. I really like how this book moves between past and present. The structure adds a bit of suspense to the story and keeps the secrets secretive for longer. In The Revenge Playbook Rachael Allen confronts double standards, especially when it comes to sex and clothing. It's a good message, but I felt like it was a little heavy-handed, in that it was abundantly clear that there was a moral to this story. Still, I liked the girls and their growing friendship. The Revenge Playbook was out June 2015. Review copy from Edelweiss.

Endangered reviewed by Paige.
Get Dirty, Liars, Inc., The Fixer, and The Revenge Playbook reviewed by JoLee.

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