Monday, 4 July 2016

Secrets, Lies & Scandals [Book Review, Tour & Giveaway!]

 Hi there!

Title: Secrets, Lies & Scandals
Author: Amanda K. Morgan
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published Date: 5th July 2016
Rating: 3 Stars

*Thanks to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for the review copy*


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Synopsis: In the tradition of I Know What You Did Last Summer and How to Get Away with Murder, five teens must overcome their paranoia in order to keep their teacher’s death a secret in this fast-paced suspense thriller.

Nothing ruins summer vacation like a secret…especially when it involves a dead teacher.

Ivy used to be on top of the social ladder, until her ex made that all go away. She has a chance to be Queen Bee again, but only if the rest of the group can keep quiet.

Tyler has always been a bad boy, but lately he’s been running low on second chances. There’s no way he’s going to lose everything because someone couldn’t keep their mouth shut.

Kinley wouldn’t describe herself as perfect, though everyone else would. But perfection comes at a price, and there is nothing she wouldn’t do to keep her perfect record—one that doesn’t include murder charges.

Mattie is only in town for the summer. He wasn’t looking to make friends, and he definitely wasn’t looking to be involved in a murder. He’s also not looking to be riddled with guilt for the rest of his life…but to prevent that he’ll have to turn them all in.

Cade couldn’t care less about the body, or about the pact to keep the secret. The only way to be innocent is for someone else to be found guilty. Now he just has to decide who that someone will be.

With the police hot on the case, they don’t have much time to figure out how to trust each other. But in order to take the lead, you have to be first in line…and that’s the quickest way to get stabbed in the back.

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Review: Secrets, Lies and Scandals was a book I wanted to pick up because it reminded me a bit of The Secret History by Donna Tartt when I read the synopsis. Sadly, I wasn’t able to love that book so I was hoping I could read this one and enjoy it even more than that one! Unfortunately, that wasn’t to be… Although I did really like this book at the beginning, it fell kind of flat for me at the end.

I just want to clarify that although this book does share the same premise as The Secret History, it’s also noticeably different. For starters, it’s a YA book and that’s already a pretty big difference. As well as that, this one is a group of five students who aren’t friends being involved in a murder, instead of a number of friends who are. And I think it’s just that much harder to trust people who aren’t your friends to not turn you in.


This book deals with multiple points of view – all five of the friends. I wasn’t too worried about this because you managed to get a good taste for each of the characters and the way in which they acted. I never felt a lack of depth due to the switching of points of views.

There’s Ivy, the popular girl who has fell from her pedestal. Mattie who is gay and has a long distance boyfriend he feels he can’t trust when he isn’t there. Kinley is a confident, goody-two-shoes with a big family reputation to live up to. Tyler is a juvenile delinquent and Cade is the rich kid.


All of them are very different and have different attitudes. But more importantly, each of them has a secret they are protecting or worried about protecting that is separate from the murder. I found those secrets to be incredibly interesting and I love how the author dragged out the suspense in those cases. And quite a lot of the discoveries were pretty scandalous, actually. And I was impressed.

The blame game going on, when they all agreed to keep the murder the secret but then were going crazy from paranoia was so interesting! It made things all the more suspenseful and the anticipation built as I wondered who would take the fall.


But I have to be honest. This book was building up to be a strong four stars, which was watered down to a three stars because of the flop of an ending. It’s not terrible, but for the level of suspense the book was arousing – it was pretty disappointing. I wish it could have ended in another way. What a shame >.>

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Quotes: “Delinquency… is an art. It’s all about the things you do wrong versus the things you’re caught doing wrong.”

“There was actually a certain freedom in total destruction.”

Olivia’s Question: Are you good at keeping secrets?

Olivia-Savannah x

28 comments:

  1. Aw. That's too bad. I hate when a book is building up to be something great only to falter into a resounding thud. I like the mix of characters, though.

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    1. There were some good points and some not so good points in this one.

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  2. Ergh, I hate it when the ending isn't right! It's like 'dude! I trusted you!' Lol! :)

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    1. Yup, that's definitely the feeling I got!

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  3. The story sounds kind of complex. Also seems I've seen a movie on LMN that was very similar in nature. Great review! :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. It sounds complex but it wasn't too complex that it became hard to understand! So it had a good balance there :)

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  4. When I first heard of this book, I thought it sounded super interesting, especially since I love a good mystery or crime novel. It's too bad that it seems the ending wasn't as amazing as the anticipation for what would happen next but I think I might pick this book up in the future. Awesome review!

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    1. It's always a shame when the ending lets you down but maybe you can still enjoy this one nonetheless!

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  5. I'm terrible at keeping secrets! =) Thank you for the giveaway, Olivia.

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    1. Hehe :3 Well, it's very good to be aware of that now!

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  6. This one didn't grab me when I first saw it. I'm still not sure if I'll ever want to read it. Yes, I can keep secrets well.

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    1. You're like me when it comes to keeping secrets then.

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  7. The story sounds interesting, too bad for the ending !
    Oh and I usually can keep a secret, but I must admit, there are few exceptions x)
    Lovely review though :)

    "Book Addict"



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    1. Thank you, Klara! It was an interesting read :3

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  8. GRRR! That's tough. You have so much expectation as you're reading and then it just falls apart. The idea sounds good, but I'm going to have to pass on the poor ending. Thanks again.

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    1. Yeah, I don't like being disappointed. It was a good idea though and the author did try!

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  9. Loved the Secret History (and also I Know What You Did Last Summer) but am kind of skeptical of this premise as YA.
    And yes, I am excellent at keeping secrets. My husband still holds a grudge because I promised a friend I would keep a secret and he feels like there's some significant other exception for secrets and I told him no way...
    Jen @ YA Romantics

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    1. I should try I Know What You Did Last Summer and maybe I can enjoy that one. Haha sounds like you are the paramount expert at keeping them ;)

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  10. Sorry it didn't work out. Love the gif though.

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    1. I thought it was pretty accurate to my feelings in the end :D

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  11. Ahhh it sounded so awesome! Pity the ending wasn't great - but at least the suspense was great, right? :)

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    1. Yes, at least the suspense was done incredibly well!

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  12. That sucks when it falls flat at the end, thanks for sharing though!

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  13. Sorry this one didn't pan out as good as you'd hoped. Sounds like it had some potential. Great review though!

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