This book takes place in Seattle and is about a girl named Vee. She works in
high school theatre behind the curtains and helps the actors with their make-up
and costume changes. Her best friend is Sydney, a beautiful blonde, and she’s
the star of the play. Vee has a major crush on one of the actors, Matthew, and
he constantly flirts with her, but she doesn’t know if he likes her or not. One
day after the play she’s alone in one of the dressing rooms and runs into
Tommy, who works on the sets. They start talking about the online game called
Nerve, which consists of completing dares. She decides to complete a dare in
which she has to dump water on herself in a coffee shop. She asks Tommy to go
with her so he can video tape on her on the live feed with his phone. Her dare
get a lot of views and comments from random people. Matthew starts teasing her
about it and her friends start acting weird around her. Her best friend Sydney
gets upset with Vee for doing the dare, so she promises her that she won’t do
it anymore. That promise is hard for Vee to keep as Nerve starts to tempt her
with prizes on her ThisIsMe page. She registers to complete the dares and
becomes partners with a hot guy named Ian. When Sydney finds out that Vee broke
her promise she gets angry and they stop talking to each other. During the
play, when Matthew and Sydney do their kiss, it goes longer than expected and Matthew
has his hands all over her. Vee feels betrayed by Sydney because she knows that
she likes him. She starts to think that Matthew isn’t interested in her at all
because he has his eye on Sydney. Vee decides to participate in more dares and
each one gets riskier. Vee finds the dares thrilling at first as the fans cheer
them on, but eventually the game takes a drastic turn when they have to go to a
secret location with five other people to complete the ultimate dare. Now,
their lives are at stake.

If you’re looking for a great suspense thriller then this book if for you.
It had me at the edge of my seat. The game knew everything about Vee, which
made it a little creepy, but it was intense. I was hooked from the first
chapter and I couldn’t put it down. I really enjoyed reading this book.


This book series is about a girl named Emma Paxton who suspects she has an identical twin sister named Sutton Mercer. She decides to send her a message on Facebook. Sutton writes her back and suggests that they meet up in Tucson, Arizona. When Emma gets there she is kidnapped by a bunch of people and taken to Nisha’s party. Nisha and Sutton hate each other, but Emma doesn’t know that yet. Eventually, she realizes that those people were Sutton’s friends and they were just playing a prank on her. At this point Emma is confused and scared because she doesn’t know any of these people, but they think she’s Sutton. After the party they take her to Sutton’s house where she continues to pretend that she’s Sutton Mercer. The next morning Emma gets a mysterious note telling her that Sutton is dead and warning her that if she doesn’t keep pretending to be Sutton she will be next. Now she knows that Sutton is dead. She tries to go to the police and tell them that she is really Emma Paxton, but they don’t believe her because of all the lies Sutton has told. Emma finds out about a pranking game that Sutton and her friends used to play called “The Lying Game.” Emma begins to like a boy named Ethan, who was in love with Sutton. They start spending a lot of time together. Emma tells Ethan who she really is and he promises to keep that a secret. He tells her about the time Sutton’s friends played a prank on Sutton that almost killed her, but he saved her life. She begins to suspect that one of Sutton’s friends might have something to do with Sutton’s death. She decides to keep pretending to be Sutton so she can find out who killed her sister.

This is an amazing story! As soon as I finished a book in the series I started reading the next one and I couldn’t put it down. There was never a dull moment and there was a lot of suspense. You don’t find out what really happened to Sutton until the end and it was well written. I enjoyed this series so much that I watched the television series too. It was a little different than the book, but still very good. Sara Shepard is my favourite author.

              What Inspired Me to Write Masquerade of Lies

I started writing shortly after I had our second daughter in 2009. I graduated from the Early Childhood Education program and have taught children from birth to six years of age. I have read a lot of children’s books, so I decided to write the Frizzy Tizzy children’s book series. I had a lot of fun writing those books and realized how much I enjoyed it, but I wanted to write a different genre. One of my favourite shows growing up was Degrassi Junior High. It was a teen drama series about a group of students faced with real difficult challenges. The majority of the television shows and movies that I watch are centred on young adult, so I really wanted to write a book in that genre. Teenagers have to deal with common problems such as drugs, drinking and peer pressure. Bullying/cyberbullying has become a huge problem and victims of this are more likely to commit suicide. There are so many young adult books out there about vampires and werewolves, which is great, but I wanted to write something different. Don’t get it twisted, as I really enjoy watching shows like True Blood, Vampire Diaries, The Originals and I loved The Twilight Saga. I wanted to write a young adult novel about regular people tackling real common issues. I enjoy reading young adult novels because I find them entertaining. They make me feel nostalgic remembering my young adult days.

Masquerade of Lies is about a 17 year old girl named Hanna Clark who moves away with her mother to Willowdale, California to start her life over. Her life gets turned upside down when she becomes a suspect in a murder investigation. While on a mission to prove her innocence, she becomes friends with the most popular girl in school, Claire Miller, and falls for her boyfriend, Josh Banks. Suddenly, things fall into place and Hanna learns that nothing is ever what it seems.

I was a teenager once and I know how difficult it could be sometimes. How easy it is to be misunderstood. Most of the time teenagers just want to be accepted for who they are and not be judged. Teenagers make friends and lose friends. They talk sh*t behind each other’s back and call them out on their crap. They might try drugs, get drunk and experience a horrible hangover. They’ll cry alone in their room and take selfies. They’re teenagers and I can’t wait to write all about their challenges in my future books.


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