Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Book Review and Giveaway: Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten

16 year old Ellie’s older sister Nina disappeared two years ago without a word. Ellie occasionally thinks she’s found a clue that will lead her to the truth of Nina’s whereabouts, but the clues never pan out. Until one day, one does. Ellie hops in the car with a cute guy she’s just met and embarks on a cross-country adventure to track Nina down. But will she like what she discovers?

So, I was really intrigued with this concept, and always thought that the cover was giving some sort of clue that Nina was kidnapped. I expected the novel to have more of a thriller feel, so was initially disappointed when it started out like a typical teen novel with Ellie bantering with her super cool gay co-worker at the coffee shop she works at.

Then there was this scene where Ellie and her best friend Amanda go to this party to follow up on a lead and the house they are in catches fire and burns down. And this is no big deal! It’s also not TOO big of a deal that Ellie decides to leave town for a few days with a total stranger. You see, Ellie has the sort of absentee mother prevalent in teen lit who doesn’t seem to give a damn where her kids are. OK, not my experience certainly, but OK.

And the road trip. Yeah, it’s something I might have done in college, but at 16? Whatever… go with it! I got the feeling the author was going for a sexy, devil-may-care vibe but was getting more a cheesy, creepy vibe and just when I couldn’t take it anymore, BAM!! The narrative takes a turn for the dark and brilliant. And by the end, I could see the first half in a whole new, much more appreciate light.

So…yeah. If you’re the patient type, you’ll be richly rewarded with this very clever, very twisted tale.

WHEREVER NINA LIES is available in paperback now. Find out more about it at the publisher’s website.

I also have 3 copies to give away to my readers. First 3 (US residents) to claim a copy in the comments, get a copy. ETA: All copies have been claimed. See sidebar for a ton of other contests you can enter!

16 comments:

Book Crazy Jenn said...

wonderful review, I just read this one myself and I liked it...it's one of those crazy reads!

Inked Books said...

I'd like one please!

Allyson A said...

this sounds so interesting! it'd be great to get a copy!

KrysteyBelle said...

I would like a copy please.

Kelsey said...

I'd love a copy!

Thanks,
Kelsey
krae991@yahoo.com

Lenore said...

Inked Books - I sent you an e-mail.

Allyson and Krystey,

Please send your mailing addresses to lenoreva AT hotmail DOT com in the next 24 hrs, or I'll go with the next commenters.

Thanks.

Jessy said...

Please enter me to win one!

Thanks

donnas said...
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tetewa said...

Sounds good, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

Sadako said...

Great looking book. I'd totally enter if they weren't taken.

Squishy133 said...

This looks really awesome! Darned Australia and it's slow releases!! Thanks for the review though. :)

Lauren said...

I thought this sounded quite interesting before, but your review has got me really intrigued about it. I like the idea of starting to form an opinion about what you're reading and then having it turned upside down.

Rebecca :) said...

Interesting. I wonder what happens later in the book that makes a cheesy first half be seen in a whole new light.

Zibilee said...

This book sounds like it might just be worth the patience. Great review, it sounds like an unusual book. I am glad your frustrations were erased in the end!

misskallie2000 said...

Great giveaway but as usual I missed it..LOL

Joanne ♦ The Book Zombie said...

Haha I loved this review! From the first half I thought "oh no" but then to hear that you ended up quite enjoying it really made me happy! I really appreciate how honest your reviews are!