One of my favorite reads of last year was Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Jennifer is one of my favorite and most read YA authors so as pretty soon after the sequel was released I picked it up. I love YA mysteries and I had high hopes for this one. So let’s see if it lived up to my expectations!
"Think of the White Gloves like the Junior League-by way of Skull and Bones?"
Reluctant debutante Sawyer Taft joined Southern high society for one reason and one reason alone: to identify and locate her biological father. But the answers Sawyer found during her debutante year only left her with more questions and one potentially life-ruining secret. When her cousin Lily ropes her into pledging a mysterious, elite, and all-female secret society called the White Gloves, Sawyer soon discovers that someone in the group's ranks may have the answers she's looking for. Things are looking up... until Sawyer and the White Gloves make a disturbing discover near the family's summer home--and uncover a twisted secret, decades in the making.
No one is quite who they seem to be.
Deadly Little Scandals (Debutantes, #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Published by Freeform on 05/11/2019
While I do quite like this new cover, it’s a shame most people won’t have a matching set now. They did a new cover for the first book but that will only be released as a paperback. I really dislike when publishers do this, even though I get it’s probably because the need to boost sales. When I only take this cover into account, it’s a great cover. I love covers like this, the colors are great and it fits the story. This is definitely a book I would pick up to read more about based on the cover!
Think of the White Gloves like the Junior League-by way of Skull and Bones?
While I love YA mystery thrillers, I’m not super easy to please. So my 4,5 stars for the first book in this duology was a very good rating, you can imagine I had high hopes for Deadly Little Scandals. Sawyer discovered who her father was in Little White Lies but she hasn’t told all of her friends yet and she is struggling a bit with this. At the same time, all four girls get an invitation to the White Gloves, a secret society. Lily desperately wants to join this society so Sawyer goes along as well. During one of the initiation events the girls come across something that starts to unraveling a family secret.
For me, this was a super quick read! I finished it in two days and I could hardly put it down as soon as I picked it up. In my opinion Jennifer Lynn Barnes is one of the most underrated YA authors out there. Less than 600 people rated this sequel on Goodreads and that just makes me extremely sad. This conclusion to the Debutantes duology is so addicting and fun! There are some incredible twists and I just really enjoyed reading this.
We get three different time lines, one is the current time line where we only get a couple of sentences at a time. Than we have the timeline of a couple weeks ago, which is the main storyline. And we get a story from years and years ago. You slowly start to figure out how everything is connected but I can guarantee you won’t figure out the whole story until right before you see in unfold.
Where some of these twists a but unbelievable? Sure, it is all quite over the top. But at the same time it’s so much fun! And to be honest, I could definitely see this happening in high society haha. Life can be so much more crazy than anything we can think off, so who’s to say these twists aren’t realistic. They are in any case fun and definitely not predictable. I had a lot of trouble putting this book down and I’m very sad I won’t read anything else about these characters.
One of my small complaints about the first book was the lack of fleshed out secondary characters. While I do really like the secondary characters, I think they could’ve been developed a little bit better. On the one hand I do still think they aren’t extremely well developed in this sequel, on the other hand it didn’t bother me at all. I really like the characters and especially the relationships between everyone. There is a tiny bit of a romance going on but the focus is mostly on friendships and family. And that is something else I wish more authors would give us.
While I objectively know this isn’t the best mystery book out there, subjectively I had a great time reading this. And I rate my books based on my enjoyment so for me this was a solid five star read. I could not put the book down and loved every second, even the wild plot twists. This would be such a great duology to make into a tv show or into movies and I can’t wait for some company to pick up the rights haha. My next Jennifer Lynn Barnes book is already waiting for me and I can’t wait for her 2020 release!