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Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Dark Secrets 1 by Elizabeth Chandler Reviewed by Amy

Two girls haunted by the past...and destined to relive it

In Legacy of Lies, Megan has to stay with the uptight grandmother she wants nothing to do with. She's determined to get through the visit without any drama, but when she falls into a twisted love triangle with potentially fatal consequences, Megan may be caught up in her family's legacy in more ways than she realizes.

In Don't Tell, Lauren knows that by returning to the town where her mother drowned seven years ago, she'll be reliving one of her most haunting memories. When she arrives, she is propelled into a series of mysterious events that mimic the days leading up to her mother's death. Maybe her mother's drowning wasn't an accident after all...and maybe Lauren is next.
This is going to be a short review for me. I did not like this book. It quickly became very apparent that this book written for 12 yr. old and up. I don't see how anyone older than the age of 15 would enjoy this book. In both of the books the scenario was the same...
Someone is dead.
The new girl in town has to figure out who did it and why.
The hot guy in town falls for the new girl.
The obvious mean cynical person never has anything to do with the murders ( while looking guilty as heck).
The most unlikely person is the bad guy.
The writing was very immature and never really went anywhere. Close to the end of the book Elizabeth Chandler solves the murder mysteries for us and leaves with a very happy ending while the girl/guy main characters end up together walking hand in hand into the sunset ~ ALL in about five pages, talk about rushing it. To me, it seemed like she had to go to the restroom or something and needed to finish the book before she got up. And ~ la-de-freakin'-da! ~ the murder gets solved and the main characters live happily ever after. I'm surprised they didn't win the lottery or fireworks shooting off in the sky in the last five pages, with as much rushing and climatic as it was. I felt like I was speed reading, everything happening at once. Maybe a nine year old would find this book enjoyable.
Kissed by an Angel: Kissed by an Angel; The Power of Love; Soulmates
Dark Secrets 2: No Time to Die and The Deep End of FearDark Secrets 1 did not leave the impression on me that Kissed By An Angel did (my review). Elizabeth Chandler did not rush the storyline at all and put so much more thought into her writing. Definitely a good read.

 I felt both of the Dark Secret 1 stories were just plain stupid, like everything was missing. There's a Dark Secrets 2  but I can't drum up enough interest to read more.

~ Amy ( Aaronswoman )

A word to the parents. There is some minor content in this book to be aware of. Nothing strong. Check out the content for Dark Secrets 1 on Parental Book Reviews


  1. Not one single comment. What's up followers? Where's tha love?

  2. I LOVE this review. I really enjoy when a blogger dislikes a book and explains why in a way that's OK. You weren't being mean. They were just really bad lol. I found you thru the hop and am now a new follower :)

    Have a great weekend and hope you pay me a visit too!

    Yesenia, Silly Little Game

  3. I have Kissed on my shelf at home and was tempted to buy Dark Secrets - now I'm glad I didn't! It always stinks when the first book is way better than the sequels. I felt the same way about Evermore.

  4. oh no, i really liked the look of this book, but if its the writing that fell flat then i wouldn't even go there, shame, however i hear kissed by an angel is fantastic and im determined to get it thanks for the honest review!

  5. People, please. This book is certainly not ONLY for preteens. Of course, you can't expect everyone to like it, but have an open mind. Sure, the plots can be related, but needless to say they didn't always end the same way. And no, it's not the hottest guy falling for the girl, it's the honest guy that wants to help her out. I happened to like these books a lot. Please, read the books for yourselves instead of taking after someone's rather crude and poor review.

  6. I really liked all the books when I first read them... which was probably, as guessed, when I was about twelve. And while it's true that they are very formulaic, I still enjoy rereading them as fillers sometimes.


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