Yes, a sequel can be better than book 1!


Sawyer Taft, having lived here a year now, has the knowledge and means to get around this new world. Now that she knows her father's identity, Sawyer is also ready to unravel a new mystery: who is Ana's baby, the other baby from the pregnancy pact that her mom made all those years ago? Answering this question is crucial for Sawyer for one main reason: she wants to have someone in her life who knows what it’s like to be her.

In her journey to find answers, Sawyer finds that this world she has gotten used to is shrouded in secrets and the more she uncovers, the more it crumbles. Even so, Sawyer must stay strong and be there for the ones she cares about; the ones who are suffering the consequences of the unleashed secrets. Will Sawyer find out the identity of Ana’s baby? Or will the weight of all these newfound secrets finally find a way to break the girl who won’t stop until she finds the answers she’s looking for?

BTSYA / Teen Reader (15):
You know that saying “sequels are never better than the original?" Well, throw it out the window for this one! If you thought Little White Lies was good, wait until you read this! It is similar to the first novel, but better. Deadly Little Scandals is one of my most favorite books, mostly because of the sheer detail that this book has to offer.

Deadly Little Scandals brings to life by the simple yet specific elements the author gives us. The plot twists and mystery make this a deeply enjoyable read. I also like being able to go back to certain chapters and find the subtle hints the author left for the reader. They all point to the ending, and while it can be annoying to realize that you missed something seemingly obvious, it shows the dedication Jennifer Barnes has to making a worthwhile enigma.

As much as I love the book, there are a few things that I personally didn't enjoy. One is the number of intertwined secrets. There are so many, it causes confusion, especially when it comes to who is related to whom. Another issue is what I mentioned in my other review: the number of side characters. Other than those few hiccups though, this novel is quite entertaining, and I recommend it to anyone 13 or older who likes a good thriller or mystery.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers who love mysteries with lots of twists and secrets will find this hard to put down.

Content Awareness Factors:

Characters use profanity.

Type of Book:
This is the continuation of Sawyer's journey to get answers to the mystery of her mom's past.
Educational Themes:

This is a book to read for fun. Based on our teen's review, you might recommend your reader create a character map to keep everyone straight - that could also help them solve the mystery quicker.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
13 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
13 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 15
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. A fun mystery series, but once you know the answers, you may not read it again.

Title Deadly Little Scandals

Debutantes, Book 2 of 2

Author Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers © 2019
ISBN 9781368015172
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Family, Mystery, Coming Of Age
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