Friday, January 29, 2010

Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten


Summary:

Nina was beautiful, artistic, wild . . . and adored by her younger sister, Ellie. But one day, without any warning, Nina disappeared.

Two years later, Ellie can't stop thinking about her sister. Although everyone else has given up hope that Nina will return, Elile just knows her sister is out there, somewhere. If only Ellie had a clue where to look.

And then she gets one, in the form of a mysterious drawing tucked into the pages of a book. Determined to find her sister, Ellie takes off on a crazy, sexy, cross-country road trip with the only person who believes she's got a chance -- her hot, adventurous new crush.

Along the way, Ellie finds a few things she wasn't planning on. Like love. Mysteries. Lies. And something far ore shocking -- the truth.
 
Review:
 
Wherever Nina Lies was a page turning thriller and a solid debut by Ms. Weingarten.

The plot was fun, fast paced, and forever kept you guessing with the turns and twists it threw at you constantly. Though, while I did have a great deal of fun watching Ellie travel across the country to find her sister, I felt that at times it was a bit unbelievable. Since, for one, how many people would actually get in a car with a stranger they've only knew for about a day? Also I was often surprised at the fact that during the week long trip Ellie's mom didn't realize she was gone. Though, Wherever Nina Lies was still a great read even with this problem.

In addition to the plot, Lynn's writing often aided it in being even better. I loved how she was constantly manipulating what you thought was going to happen with the her words. Further more,  it was really interesting to see how she worked in all the clues and events to make up the story behind  Nina's disappearance.

The characters were interesting also. Ellie was a girl that wouldn't put anything in front of finding her sister which I respected even with some of the silly choices she made at times. Nina was probably my favorite character even though she was the one shown the lest because I loved her recklessness and carefree attitude. Though Sean was the one surprised me the most. At the beginning, I truly thought he was a great guy who only wanted to the best for Ellie, but those thoughts were quickly diminished as more was relived about his troubling, secretive past.

In all, Wherever Nina Lies is a novel I suggest to reluctant teen readers looking for a fun novel to get lost in. I'm looking forward to reading more by Ms. Weingarten.

Grade: B+


Wherever Nina Lies is now out not only in hardback (cover shown to left), but in paperback (the cover shown above and the one I like the most) too.

Source: Library

14 comments:

  1. I like how even though they changed the paperback cover, they still kept the title treatment so there was a connection between the two. I hate it when the re-released cover doesn't even remotely look like the hardback. Unless the hardback cover was awful. Then I'm all for forgetting. :)

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  2. Never heard of this book, but it sounds good. Thanks for reviewing it!!

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  3. Looks like a book when you need a fun read. Thanks for reviewing, haven't heard of this one before :)

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  4. Thanks for the awesome review because now I'll be reading this book in no time! I absolutely love both covers, I can't even lean toward one a little bit more. I remember when I first saw the book I thought the title was Whenever Nina Lies, making me think Nina was some compulsive liar like the character in Liar. Gosh I always misread titles!

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  5. Sounds amazing, and I'm loving the covers! Thanks, really ;)

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  6. Had not heard of this book but your review was very good. I like the cover. I think I will have to read this one,.,

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  7. I like both covers, and this book sounds good :) Great review!

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  8. I think I'll give this one a miss. It doesn't sound very me.

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  9. This one sounds good, must add it to my wishlist. I prefer the paperback cover, by the way!

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  10. This sounds interesting. I like both covers, but the paperback version is my favorite.

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  11. I have this book on my shelf waiting to be read for such a long time. Need to get to it soon. Thanks for the review Lauren ^^

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  12. For all, of you mystery readers, please give my book a chance. Family Secrets or Lies by Debbie Steever. The murder is based on a real story.
    My second mystery Dead at 30 will be out this Spring.
    Enjoy!!!

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  13. I like the paperback cover too. The green and pink in the hardback remind me of watermelons. :P

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  14. Oh My Gosh! This is so weird. I was just looking on this website randomly, and here is the book that i seriosly finished not even 45 minutes ago! This book is amazing, but does get a tad bit slow in the beginning-middle of it. But once you get past page hmm.. 225, it sucks you completely in. I recomend it and agree with the rating.

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