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bookstimesinfinitya month ago
Love is to need and be needed. Love is truest, strongest when you need each other, when you can鈥檛 live without each other.
-Sarah Lyu, The Best Lies
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bookstimesinfinitya month ago
I was recommended this book by an online friend (@brennagreene glad to have met you!) and since she trusted me with my recommendations, I had to read this. I'm always up for young adult fiction and this was icing on the cake. I am going to be expanding on the message that I sent to her when I had taken time to process this. Yes you'll need time to process this.
I liked how it began. Developing suspense and emotional turmoil. But. There wasn't enough character development. I mean sure the book progressed but it wasn't exactly in any particular direction. Remy's turmoil is at the crux but actions are not very well explained.
I liked the theme of psychological manipulation. I haven't read any books that deal with the subtle attack of psychology. I liked how it was dealt with and how it escalated to such a gruesome ending.
I wished the ending could have been more powerful somehow. Engings make up the overall impression I have of the book and if I feel that something was missing by the end of it, it affects the whole experience of the read. It wasn't bad. It just didn't feel like enough.
I recommend to anyone looking for a short but impressive read. To anyone exploring the YA genre. To anyone who would like to read about psychological manipulation.
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rosepetals19845 months ago
Retro Review: "The Best Lies" by Sarah Lyu
Retro Review: 鈥淭he Best Lies鈥 by Sarah聽Lyu
So I鈥檓 going to be the person who goes pretty hard and to bat for 鈥淭he Best Lies鈥. This was one of my favorite (well, a tough favorite given the subject matter) reads of 2019. I never wrote a full review of it until now and鈥 feel like this was slept on for so many reasons. I鈥檓 not sure why. I didn鈥檛 hear a lot of press about this book, just happened to pick it up at Barnes and Noble when it was鈥
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bookrecommendsandstuffa year ago
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Remy Tsai used to know how her story would turn out. But now, she doesn't even know what tomorrow will look like. She was happy once. Remy had her boyfriend Jack, and Elise, her best friend-her soul mate-who understood her better than anyone else in the world. But now Jack is dead, shot through the chest... And it was Elise who pulled the trigger. Was it self-defense? Or something darker than anything Remy could have imagined? As the police investigate, Remy does the same, sifting through her own memories, looking for a scrap of truth that could save the friendship that means everything to her.
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fl0w3rp0w3rgrla year ago
A Deadly Obsession
The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu perfectly narrates what happens to a friendship聽when it鈥檚 poisoned by obsession.聽
Synopsis: Remy felt like she was never seen between her parents鈥 fighting and her golden-boy brother. Then, Remy meets Elise. Elise and Remy quickly become best friends, and after Remy meets her boyfriend Jack, she feels really, truly happy. But one night, Remy hears shots. Jack is dead, and it was Elise who pulled the trigger.聽
The story is told from聽Remy鈥檚 point of view. The timeline alternates between the year of Elise and Remy鈥檚 friendship and the time afterwards--after Jack is dead. The split gives the reader a clear picture into how things ended the way they did, and telling the story through flashbacks keeps the reader in suspense. 聽
The story started slow at first for me. It took me a moment to really get looped into it, but once I did, the story moved at a good pace. Remy is a well-written character with a lot of internal conflict that fits the circumstances of the story. Elise and Jack were well written as well. The two of them remind of of Remy鈥檚 conscience. Elise is up for any adventure, and she believes that revenge is a dish that should always be served. Jack, on the other hand, is laid back and a go-with-the-flow type.聽
I liked this book because friendship is such a dynamic thing. It was interesting to see Remy鈥檚 outlook and Elise鈥檚 behavior throughout the story and when things started to go wrong.聽
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boobberriesa month ago
boob my beloved, i found a murder book that just so happens to have a lesbian couple (i think, im just getting the vibes that they're gonna end up dating but whatever) it's called best of lies by sarah lyu and i suggest it anyway have a nice day
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bookstimesinfinitya month ago
Our wounds don't make us special. They only mean we've been hurt.
Suffering isn't romantic. It's just painful.
-Sarah Lyu, The Best Lies
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blakegallo5 months ago
35 and 36 for the bookish asks?
these answers might be a flop bc the booktube/book twitter community really be having me think that some titles are more popular than they might be in the outside world.
35: Name a book you consider to be terribly underrated
the best lies by sarah lyu. i read this early this year and it gave me lowkey thirteen vibes [ the movie with nikki reed directed by catherine hardwick before twilight ] about this teen girl and her toxic friend and how her boyfriend ended up murdered.
36: Name a book you consider to be terribly overrated
i鈥檓 gonna cheat and give a couple of answers for this one. the priory of the orange tree by samantha shannon for all the reasons i discuss here. the invisible life of addie larue for all the reasons i discuss here. and i couldn鈥檛 talk about overrated books without mentioning the secret history by donna tartt + the seven husbands of evelyn hugo which were my least favorite reads of 2019 and talk about those here.
send me bookish asks [ prompts ]
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quietya6 months ago
31 Days of quietYA: YA Mysteries
I had a request for some mystery recommendations, so here鈥檚 a post full of them! I figure most of y鈥檃ll know about One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus, but here鈥檚 a bunch of others.
As a reminder: links go to Bookshop. Purchases made through these links earn me a small commission at no extra cost to you.
Heartwood Box by Ann Aguirre Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson All the Pretty Things by Emily Arsenault The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Girl, Unframed by Deb Caletti All We Could Have Been by TE Carter I Stop Somewhere by TE Carter In the Shadow of the Sun by EM Castellan One Lie Too Many by Eileen Cook With Malice by Eileen Cook You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook I Know You Remember by Jennifer Donaldson Lies You Never Told Me by Jennifer Donaldson All Eyes on Her by L.E. Flynn Last Girl Lied To by L.E. Flynn I鈥檓 Not Missing by Carrie Fountain Grit by Gillian French The Lies They Tell by Gillian French The Missing Season by Gillian French All Eyes on Us by Kit Frick I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick See All the Stars by Kit Frick Endangered by Lamar Giles Fake ID by Lamar Giles Overturned by Lamar Giles Spin by Lamar Giles Blood Will Tell by April Henry The Body in the Woods by April Henry The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry The Girl in the White Van by April Henry Girl, Stolen by April Henry The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry The Lonely Dead by April Henry The Night She Disappeared by April Henry Run, Hide, Fight Back by April Henry A Good Girl鈥檚 Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson Grown by Tiffany Jackson Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany Jackson Monday鈥檚 Not Coming by Tiffany Jackson Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson The Things She鈥檚 Seen by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall #murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil Get Even by Gretchen McNeil Ten by Gretchen McNeil The Girl in the Picture by Alexandra Monir Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp Broken Things by Lauren Oliver The Cellar by Natasha Preston Lost by Natasha Preston The Twin by Natasha Preston You Will Be Mine by Natasha Preston Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards Nobody Knows But You by Anica Mrose Rissi I Hope You鈥檙e Listening by Tom Ryan Keep This to Yourself by Tom Ryan You鈥檙e Next by Kylie Schachte Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz Sadie by Courtney Summers The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas Little Monsters by Kara Thomas Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten All Our Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban
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bookclub4m8 months ago
15 Psychological Thriller Books by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, & People of Colour) Authors
Every month Book Club for Masochists: A Readers鈥 Advisory Podcasts chooses a genre at random and we read and discuss books from that genre. We also put together book lists for each episode/genre that feature works by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, & People of Colour) authors. All of the lists can be found here.
My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha
When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole
The Birthday Girl by Melissa de la Cruz
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
Spin by Lamar Giles
We'll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean
The Good Son by You-Jeong Jeong
The Lost Ones by Sheena Kamal
Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
The Cutting Season by Attica Locke
The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Blood Sports by Eden Robinson
Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden
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kattra8 months ago
What I鈥檓 Reading
BOOKS OF SEPTEMBER聽 Network Effect by Martha Wells ** A Matter of Magic (Mairelon Duology) by Patricia C. Wrede ** The Kingdom of Ordinary Time by Marie Howe (P) The Serpent Mage by Greg Bear The Dark Dark by Samantha Hunt (SS)聽 She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor (NF) **聽 Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See聽 Pandemic by Robin Cook聽 Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray Summer of My Amazing Luck by Miriam Toews 10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon ** Fresh Ink edited by Lamar Giles (SS)聽 Sword in the Stars by Amy Rose Capetta & Cory McCarthy聽 Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado-Perez (NF) ** The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu
Graphic Novels: Are You Listening? by Tillie Walen ** Middlewest Vol.1-3 by Scottie Young & Jorge Corona **聽 Seven to Eternity Vol.1-3 鈥 Remender/Ope帽a/Hollingsworth Giant Days Vol.12-13 鈥 Allison/Sarin/Cogar **聽 On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden **
(140 books read / 150 books goal)
currently reading:聽 Crush by Richard Siken (P)* ** The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean (NF) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garc铆a Marquez聽 Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray Odes to Lithium by Shira Erlichman (P) Postcards From the Edge by Carrie Fisher Paperbacks From Hell: The Twisted History of 鈥70s and 鈥80s Horror Fiction by Grady Hendrix (NF) Out by Natsuo Kirino聽
* - re-read // ** - 4+ star-rating on my goodreads (recommended) GN - graphic novel // NF - non-fiction // P - poetry SS - short story collection // AB - audiobook聽
TBR: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo聽 Made You Up by Francesca Zappia Born Wicked // Star Cursed // Sisters鈥 Fate by聽Jessica Spotswood聽 Slasher Girls & Monster Boys edited by April Genevieve Tucholke (SS) The Best Awful by Carrie Fisher Stay Sexy & Don鈥檛 Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstack (NF) My Favorite Thing Is Monsters (Vol.1) by Emil Ferris (GN)
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haveamagicaldaya year ago
Mystery/Thrillers Recommendations
YA Mystery/Thrillers
1-800-Where-R-U by Meg Cabot
All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban
The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu
Broken Things by Laruen Oliver
The Cellar by Natasha Preston
The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy
The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
Don鈥檛 Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy
Hidden Pieces by Paula Stokes聽
Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy
The Telling聽by Alexandra Sirowy
Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
The Window by Amelia Brunskill
Supernatural YA Mystery/Thrillers
And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender
The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy聽
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
Adult Mystery Thrillers
Final Girls by Riley Sager
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney聽
I鈥檓 Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
Misery by Stephen King
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Supernatural Adult Mystery/Thrillers
The 7 and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle聽by Stuart Turton
The Invited by Jennifer McMahon
Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher
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astronaut-uia year ago
20 in 2020 Book Tag
Rules! Choose 20 books you want to read or goals you want to achieve in 2020. That鈥檚 it! It can be a mix of books and goals, or 20 books, or 20 goals鈥. it鈥檚 up to you. Then tag some friends (if you have any) to play along.
Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo
Loveless - Alice Oseman
Darius the Great Deserves Better - Adib Khorram
The Gravity of Us - Phil Stamper
Mirror Visitor series - Christelle Dabos
The Wren Hunt - Mary Watson
Euphoria Kids - Alison Evans
Rogue - A. J. Betts
I Crawl Through It - A. S. King
The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried - Shaun David Hutchinson
Wayward Son - Rainbow Rowell
19 Love Songs - David Levithan
The Best Lies - Sarah Lyu
Patron Saints of Nothing - Randy Ribay
We Contain Multitudes - Sarah Henstra
Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire S谩enz
The Female Species - Mindy McGinnis
Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel
Moonrise - Sarah Crossan
Oh my god I finally finished this only three months after 2020 begins!!
Also I have no one to tag so I'll just do a sad face emoticon :(
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getbookishwithmea year ago
Books read in 2019
[ ] Midnight Jewel - Richelle Mead
[ ] The Emerald Sea - Richelle Mead
[ ] Sam and Ilsa's Last Hurrah - Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
[ ] Strange New World - Rachel Vincent
[ ] People Like Us - Dana Mele
[ ] Can't Look Away - Donna Cooner
[ ] The Enchantress Returns - Chris Colfer
[ ] Come November - Katrin van Dam
[ ] Before She Ignites - Jodi Meadows
[ ] Two Can Keep A Secret - Karen M. McManus
[ ] Seven Ways We Lie - Riley Redgate
[ ] The Secrets of Lily Graves - Sarah Strohmeyer
[ ] Tonight The Streets Are Ours - Leila Sales
[ ] In Some Other Life - Jessica Brody
[ ] Click'd - Tamara Ireland Stone
[ ] My Year of Epic Rock - Andrea Pyros
[ ] Swap'd - Tamara Ireland Stone
[ ] What You Hide - Natalie D. Richards
[ ] Being Friends With Boys - Terra Elan McVoy
[ ] Backlash - Sarah Darer Littman
[ ] Hysteria - Megan Miranda
[ ] It's not me, it's you - Stephanie Kate Strohm
[ ] Pretend She's Here - Luanne Rice
[ ] In Your Shoes - Donna Gephart
[ ] The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl - Stacy McAnulty
[ ] Focused - Alyson Gerber
[ ] From You to Me - K.A. Holt
[ ] See You on a Starry Night - Lisa Schroeder
[ ] Secondhand Wishes - Anna Staniszewski
[ ] Interference - Kay Honeyman
MAY 馃尰
[ ] Everything I Know About You - Barbara Dee
[ ] Liars, Inc. - Paula Stokes
[ ] The Lonely Dead - April Henry
[ ] Ask Emma - Sheryl Berk & Carrie Berk
[ ] Windfall - Jennifer E. Smith
[ ] Come Find Me - Megan Miranda
[ ] Fragments of the Lost - Megan Miranda
[ ] Eventown - Corey Ann Haydu
[ ] Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss - Kasie West
[ ] Hearts Made For Breaking - Jen Klein
[ ] Stay Sweet - Siobhan Vivian
[ ] Caraval - Stephani Garber
[ ] Wonder - RJ Palacio
[ ] The Goodbye Summer - Sarah Van Name
[ ] The Best Lies - Sarah Lyu
August 馃コ
[ ] Lies You Never Told Me - Jennifer Donaldson
[ ] Little Do We Know - Tamara Ireland Stone
[ ] Fake It Till You Break It - Jenn P Nguyen
[ ] The Start Up Squad - Brian Weisfels and Nicole C. Kear
September 馃摎
[ ] When Dimple Met Rishi - Sandhya Menon
[ ] Jenna and Jonah's Fauxmance - Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin
[ ] When the Light Went Out - Bridget Morrissey
October 馃巸
[ ] Belles - Jen Calonita
Copycat - Hannah Jayne
November 馃
*Snow in Love - Melissa De La Cruz, Kasie West, Aimee Friedman, and Nic Stone
*Maybe This Time - Kasie West
*Rated - Melissa Grey
*RIP Eliza Hart - Alyssa Sheinmel
December 馃巹
*The Geography of Lost Things - Jessica Brody
*The Lost Causes - Alyssa Schwartz
*I Love You So Mochi - Sarah Kuhn
*That's Not What I Heard - Stephanie Kate Strohm
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wonkyreadsa year ago
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The Best Lies by Sara Lyu
3 out of 5 pranks.
Remy鈥檚 boyfriend, Jack, is dead and her best friend, Elise, is the one who killed him. That鈥檚 about all I can give for a plot synopsis without delving into the only journey in this novel I enjoyed: finding out where everything went wrong.
This book had a slow start for me and it took a long time to get into it, which is absurd for a book that opens with the death of a main character. Eventually, though, we get windows into the past that show Remy meeting Elise and later Jack. For me, these characters all fell a touch flat, but not so flat that I set the book down.
I didn鈥檛 dislike the book, but I can鈥檛 necessarily say that I liked it either. For a while I really enjoyed some of the language used in the narration. It was maybe a little over the top, but still kind of stuck for me anyway. Then those phrases that rang in my ears kept being repeated. And repeated. And repeated. It was beating a dead horse at that point. On one hand, I understand the repetition, but on the other it ended up not working more often than not.
So added all together this book is just kind of medium for me. I have few feelings towards it. It鈥檚 a good enough book if it鈥檚 the genre you like, but if it鈥檚 not then it鈥檚 an easy skip.
Now, for a mini rant with spoilers. And please, please, if you intend to actually read this book, then skip these spoilers. Spoilers in italics.
First of all, there鈥檚 a few things in the book that I just had a hard time believing. I was honestly convinced that Elise鈥檚 dad didn鈥檛 exist at all - that she was, just as Jack had said, crying wolf the whole time. She wanted to find a reason for Remy to stick around and it only came up when Remy was starting to drift away. It also pissed me off how long Remy stays in denial about Elise鈥檚 true nature. From the first prank they pull together it鈥檚 beyond clear to the reader that Elise is unstable. The farther down the rabbit hole they go, though, the more infuriating it gets that no one notices it. How, in a book with so many dang characters, is Jack the only one who gets it? It physically hurt me that literally everyone was so blinded by her charisma. It was just so unrealistic.
{It鈥檚 a pretty cover, though, and this picture features my ONE (1) empty shelf!}
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wonkyreadsa year ago
鈥淭rauma has a gravity of its own, but so does love鈥攁n invisible force, an unseen tether. How easy it is, then, to feel the pull of one and confuse it with the other.鈥
The Best Lies, Sarah Lyu
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wonkyreadsa year ago
鈥淲e believed our wounds made us special. We believed what didn鈥檛 kill you made you stronger. We believed our tragedies were romantic.
Only I didn鈥檛 feel very special or strong or romantic. I felt helpless and scared and so very exhausted.鈥
The Best Lies, Sarah Lyu
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