Friday, December 20, 2013

Unfinished Book: Pretenders

Title Pretenders

Series Pretenders, book 1

Author Lisi Harrison

Release Date October 1, 2013

It takes place at a high school in New Jersey. Summer is over. Sophomore year begins tomorrow. Outfits are being planned. Lunch buddies are being secured. Texts are flying. All seems normal when…ping! Everyone in the sophomore class gets an email.

SUBJECT: The Phoenix Five: License To Spill.

Attached is a mega document.

A letter from a mysterious student starts the book. It explains that at the end of each year the school yearbook- The Phoenix- names the five most outstanding freshman. She (or he) always suspected that last years’ five (3 girls, 2 boys) were phonies. She (or he) always thought they tried too hard to be popular. But she (or he) never had the proof. Until now. She (or he) stole the secret diaries they were asked to keep by their English teacher. She (or he) has compiled them into a book.

This is that book.

Years ago, I read some of Lisi Harrison's Clique series. The series didn't do too much to hold my interest, so I only read a couple of the books. However, none of that had any influence on my decision to read Pretenders as I didn't even know that they were written by the same author. Perhaps if I had known this, I wouldn't have bothered grabbing the book from Netgalley.

Frankly, the book didn't grab me soon enough for me to read more of it. From other reviews that I've read (why didn't I read them before requesting this book?!), there's a giant cliffhanger at the end of the book and considering the book didn't draw me in quickly enough, I figured that I didn't want to waste the time to trudge through a mediocre book to only be left in the dark about the rest of the story. Sorry, but my reading schedule is pretty full right now.

I won't make the mistake of requesting a book, read now or otherwise, on Netgalley without first doing more research. Normally, I don't make this mistake, but the book sounded more interesting than it really was. Lesson definitely learned.

* This book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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