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Monday, July 4, 2016

Secrets, Lies and Scandals by Amanda K. Morgan - Book Review & Giveaway

About Amanda K. Morgan
Amanda K. Morgan is a freelance writer living in Nashville, TN. She covers events and works as a technical writer when she isn't working on her YA novels.

At age 15, Amanda finished her first novel and continued to write in college, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in English and an emphasis in Creative Writing.

Amanda is an avid volleyball player and spends time playing both indoors and out. When Amanda isn't writing, she enjoys being entirely too busy and trying new things. Endeavors as of late include appearances in music videos, TV, and movies, rock climbing, and attending as many concerts and shows as her schedule allows.

Amanda headed up the Do The Write Thing for Nashville Project (with co-organizers/authors Victoria Schwab and Myra McEntire), which tapped some of the biggest authors, editors, and agents in the industry for an online auction that raised over $70,000 for Midsouth flood relief.

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Review by Suze

Five students are sharing a secret. Mattie, Ivy, Tyler, Kinley and Cade are all taking a summer course for their own reasons. When something awful happens to the teacher they are the only witnesses. They make a risky decision, they will keep their secret and the punishment for telling will be severe. Only one of them crossed the line, but somehow they are in this situation together anyway. Will they be able to keep their mouths shut or will one of them talk? Will they be found out or will they be able to get away with what happened?

Secrets, Lies and Scandals is an compelling story about five completely different teenagers who only have in common that they're taking the same class. Tyler has a record, but he isn't as guilty as people think he is. Ivy used to be the perfect popular one, but she's recently lost her position. Mattie is from a small village and he's staying with his aunt for the summer to be able to take the course, which is leading to problems with his boyfriend. Kinley is the smart one who has the most fantastic grades, she's the girl who seems well-behaved, but actually has a lot to hide. Cade is ignoring something that has always been inside him and he's under constant pressure from his father, who is worried about it. The teenagers have enough problems already and don't like dealing with the mean comments of their hateful teacher. That's when something goes wrong and I couldn't wait to find out what the implications were. I liked reading about everyone's lives and Amanda K. Morgan managed to keep me curious. Together the students form a fascinating group with turbulent lives and big problems.

Amanda K. Morgan switches between the five main characters and I loved reading a story with so many different points of view. The characters have such distinct personality traits and I was equally captivated by each of them. I love stories about intriguing secrets and Secrets, Lies and Scandals has them in abundance. I can't say I liked the majority of the main characters, but the fact that they are human with plenty of flaws made me enjoy the story even more.

Secrets, Lies and Scandals is a fantastic book that managed to keep me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. It's a gripping story with many unexpected twists and turns. I loved the idea behind it. One unlucky moment can put so many different things in motion. Amanda K. Morgan describes that skillfully. For me the consequences of everyone's actions were even more interesting than what happened at the disastrous moment itself. While the situation itself is chaotic I always felt like there was order. Amanda K. Morgan is keeping a tight grip and there are no real emotional excesses. This leaves room for plenty of drama. The last scene is fabulous and the ending is surprising, I loved the chosen direction. I liked everything about this story and highly recommend it.

One very lucky winner will receive a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card.
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  1. I love this review. I just added it to my TBR list. Thanks!

  2. I'm dying to read this now,just reading the blurb got me reeled in! Good luck everyone

  3. Thanks for sharing your new book! Excited to read.

  4. Thanks for sharing your new book! Excited to read.

  5. Thanks for sharing your new book! Excited to read.

  6. I enjoyed the review. Sounds like a good read. Thanks for sharing. Love the cover too.