Review: Secrets and Lies by Ella Monroe

Name of book: Secrets and Lies (Capital Girls #2)
Author: Ella Monroe
Publication: November 13th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Provided by the kind publisher..

Jealousy, rivalry, and dark secrets threaten to tear the girls apart in this sizzling follow-up to Capital Girls

It’s the start of senior year, and Excelsior Prep is on Code 3 lockdown. Secret Service agents swarm the halls searching for the First Son’s girlfriend, Jackie Whitman. Outside a SWAT team hunts for the man who’s been threatening the First Family for weeks. Only this time he’s singled out Jackie, leaving a menacing message on the school’s voicemail. Jackie's safe for now, but for the Capital Girls—three privileged kids who live in a political fishbowl in the nation’s capital—every day is filled with tension and thrills. Though, even for them, a raid on the school by AK-47-toting marksmen is a standout.
And a stalker isn't Jackie's only problem.  Still shattered by the shocking news that Andrew cheated on her with Taylor the night Taylor died, Jackie's whole world has fallen apart.  Not only did the love of her life betray her, so did her best friend and idol.  What made Taylor do it? Who was she really?  On top of it all, Whiteny Remick is plotting to take Taylor's place, and Jackie will do anything to stop her.

  1. -- My Rating --

-- My Thoughts --

     I am very sorry that I haven't read the first book in the series; I didn't even know that this was a series! But when I started reading this one, I didn't feel confused. Just a few times. But this was a great read, throughout.
    Jackie, Laura-Beth, and Lettie are the Capital Girls. They are fun, they are beautiful, but their lives are far from perfect. Jackie can't escape the rumors surrounding her, and her boyfriend, Andrew, and their off-and-on relationships. But Jackie has a very good reason to avoid him. Lettie misses her brother, he was her anchor, and now, there is nothing left in the US and her family might go home. Laura-Beth is delighted that her relationship with Sol is getting more serious, but he is keeping secrets from her. And he is not the only one. Because these three girls are multi-layered with secrets. Secrets which threaten to ruin their friendship.
     What will happen to the three glamorous girls in the ever so-glamorous D.C.? Will Jackie end her relationship? Will Lettie leave the US? Will Laura-Beth find out Sol's dirty little secret? Will they find out each other’s darkly-kept secrets? Secrets and Lies, is a darkly-realistic tale of what it's like when secrets are the cake and lies are the icing.
     I liked this novel a lot. I find out that I like these contemporary novels about celebrity lives. I liked Ella Monroe's writing. Her pacing is flawless. Her main characters are superb. Well, I didn't like them at first, because they seem like the typical mean girls and queen bees, but as the story progresses, I felt for them and they grew on me. But I have to say that some of the secondary characters were very little developed, they were one dimensional, but I didn't mind that. Because the spotlight was on the "main" characters.
     If you want an enjoyable, light contemporary read, that deals with the ups and downs of being famous and popular, and then this one is for you! It's light, realistic, and exhilarating! But I HIGHLY recommend that you read the first book first.


  1. I have been wanting to start Capital Girls, the books seem like so much fun, I have to admit I love the bits of drama that you let us in on in your review. Hopefully I will be getting the first book soon!

    Kristin @ Young Adult Book Haven

  2. I actually saw this one yesterday for really cheap at the grocery store and was going to buy it, but I saw that it was a sequel so put it back. Now that I hear you can read it and not be lost I wish I had gotten it. I really like books about the high life and queen bees and mean girls. Thanks for the great review, Soma!

    1. It is great. You should have bought it.

  3. I am not going to read your review because it is the second book but I ADORE the simply adorable!

  4. I've never heard of this series before. It sounds fun, and cool. Glad you liked it!

  5. Oh I didn't know this was a series either. It's good that you were still able to enjoy it though. I really like these types of glamorous girls read they're sort of a guilty pleasure, aren't they? I'll have to check this one out. And if you haven't I recommend you also read Belles by Jen Calonita!

    1. It is the guiltiest but nicest pleasure.
      Thanks for being here, Giselle

  6. Great review. This sounds like something I would enjoy.


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