BOOK REVIEW: Trust Me, I’m Lying – by Mary Elizabeth Summer

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Title: Trust Me, I’m Lying
(Trust Me #1)
Author: Mary Elizabeth Summer
Genre: YA, Mystery, Romance
First published: October 14th 2014
Finished reading: June 20th 2015
Pages: 336
Rating 2,5

“Coincidences are like unicorns.you can believe in them all you want,but that doesn’t make them real.”

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I was really looking forward to this read and the first part of Trust Me, I’m Lying was really promising. Unfortunately things soon went downhill from there. What started out as a great mystery/thriller read turned into a cheesy romantic mystery story before I reached the halfway mark. The main character Julep is the daughter of a master con artist and she is quite skilled herself as well. But as soon as she falls for the school’s hottest guy Tyler she seems to have forgotten all about her skills… And I’m not even mentioning the love triangle Mary Elizabeth Summer thought was necessary to spice up the story. Le sigh. The fact that Julep is supposed to be a great con artist and is constantly messing up while trying to find and rescue her father is not believable at all. I mean, she is supposed to be able to deceive even the best, but it seems that in the end she is relying more on luck than skill. And the fact that there is too much cheesy romance included in this story was a mayor disappointment as well. In short, I don’t think I would recommend this read unless you don’t mind unnecessary love triangles and a not quite believable plot.

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Julep Dupree is a con artist and master of disguise, and she has learned from the best. Her father has included her in his jobs ever since she was little, but it seems that a job has gone terribly wrong this time. When Julep comes home one day, her father is missing and their appartment is trashed. She is determined to find her father and has to take care of herself at the same time. Julep earns her own money running scams at her high school and she is trying to get into Yale in the process. But finding her father without undermining her plans to get a scholarship for Yale is not as easy. Even if she has her best friend Sam and another very unlikely candidate helping her. Is Julep really the only one not telling the truth and hiding facts?

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I loved the beginning of Trust Me, I’m Lying and I was already thinking this could end up being one of my favorite reads this year. The main character Julep started strong and I liked the prose, but things changed for the worse as I continued reading. The cliche ‘hottest guy of the school’ Tyler is introduced and then we have the ‘best friend who falls in love’ Sam… And another freaking love triangle. Why o why?! I seriously don’t understand why most YA authors seem to think their stories need a love triangle. Both Julep and her actions became less believable after that and I struggled to read the last part of the story, which is strange because it’s the part with the most action in it. And I’m not even talking about the end… I like cheese, but only as long as I can eat it.

WWW Wednesdays #45 – June 24th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

cinderwhatlieswithinI started Cinder by Marissa Meyer the other day and I while I love Cinder, Iko and their story so far, I wasn’t really in the mood for a fantasy read. So I decided to read What Lies Within by James Morris first; a mystery/thriller read about a girl who finds out she is adopted, has a brother who then dies just after repeating various times she is in danger. Really good so far!

  • What did you recently finish reading?

trustmeimlyingthedivinersI finished Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer the other day and I was really disappointed by it. It started off as an awesome read but things soon went downhill from there and I ended up being seriously frustrated by it. With The Diviners by Libba Bray it was the other way around; it started off a bit slow, but it actually turned out to be an exciting read and I loved the 1920s setting!

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

the5thwavethekingsofcoolMy next TBR jar pick is The Kings Of Cool by Don Winslow. It sounds like an interesting read, but I’m not sure I will be in the mood for it. I might read The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey first; I have been wanting to read this one for ages and it sounds like such a good read! 

WWW Wednesdays #44 – June 17th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

thedivinersItheperfectstorm still haven’t finished The Diviners by Libba Gray, but that’s mostly because I decided to pick up other copies first for some of my challenges. I have promised myself to finish it as soon as I finish The Perfect Storm though. This non fiction read by Sebastian Junger is very interesting so far and once I finish it I will have completed my Bookish Bingo Spring challenge! 😀

  • What did you recently finish reading?

frankensteinAfter realizingtheassassinsblade I have been neglecting my TBR Pile challenge, I decided to pick up my copy of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and finish it first. It’s actually quite a fast read and one of the first classics I have really enjoyed reading this year. I’ve also finished The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas the other day; I loved learning more about Sam! A shame it will be a long wait for the fourth book to come out though…

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

trustmeimlyingcinderTrust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer is still my next TBR jar pick, but I might read Cinder by Marissa Meyer first if I’m in the mood for a fantasy read. I have been wanting to start that series forever so it’s about time I pick up my copy!

WWW Wednesdays #43 – June 10th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

thedivinersIthedeathofdannydaggerst’s been a bit hard to go back to The Diviners by Libba Gray after reading my two read along reads, so I’ve decided to read some other books in between. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not that I don’t enjoy it, but I guess I stopped reading at the wrong point. I’m also still trying to finish The Death Of Danny Daggers by Haydn Wilks, an ARC that was sent to me by the author for review. The general story is interesting, but the use of too much swearing and difficult Scottish and Welsh dialects makes it hard to finish it fast…

  • What did you recently finish reading?

amidsummersnightmarethewitchmustburnI finished A Midsummer’s Nightmare earlier today and I didn’t enjoy this one as much as Kody Keplinger‘s other novel The DUFF. It’s too much of a chicklit to my taste and the main character Whitley is really annoying… Although you get an idea why later on in the story. I’ve also read the second prequel novella The Witch Must Burn by Danielle Paige, which turned out to be another disappointment… The prequel novellas just don’t live up to the actual series.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

theassassinsbladetrustmeimlyingI will either read Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer, my next TBR jar pick, or finally pick up The Assassin’s Blade bySarah J. Maas for my Bookish Bingo Spring challenge. Since I now only need two titles to complete the full bingo, I might read those two first…