by Mary Elizabeth Summer
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: October 13th 2015
The sequel to TRUST ME, I’M LYING
Staying out of trouble isn’t possible for Julep Dupree. She has managed not to get kicked out of her private school, even though everyone knows she’s responsible for taking down a human-trafficking mob boss—and getting St. Agatha’s golden-boy Tyler killed in the process. Running cons holds her guilty conscience at bay, but unfortunately, someone wants Julep to pay for her mistakes . . . with her life.
Against her better judgment, Julep takes a shady case that requires her to infiltrate a secretive organization that her long-gone mother and the enigmatic blue fairy may be connected to. Her best friend, Sam, isn’t around to stop her, and Dani, her one true confidante, happens to be a nineteen-year-old mob enforcer whose moral compass is as questionable as Julep’s. But there’s not much time to worry about right and wrong—or to save your falling heart—when there’s a contract on your head.
Murders, heists, secrets and lies, hit men and hidden identities . . . If Julep doesn’t watch her back, it’s her funeral. No lie.
So we are back with Julep. It’s hard not to like Julep she has this unflappableness about her. Oddly one of her major weaknesses as a grifter is also one of her major strengths as a human being. Julep cares deeply about the people around her and is constantly concerned about not letting them get involved in her troubles. Which actually more often than not puts them right in the path of danger. She might have lived a thousand lives already but she is still a sixteen year old girl and therefore can not do everything on her own. Even though she thinks she can. Julep’s sassiness might be toned down but she is still tough as nails, which I loved in the first book. She has also grown.
One thing I really loved is the way Tyler still has a role in this book. He’s not just something that happened in Trust Me, I’m Lying, he still hold a place in Julep’s heart. It made me really miss him as well. I like that she would have memories of the things he said and part of what happened to him drove some of the plot
Side characters are still great. Dani, Murphy, Bryn, Angela, Mike and Sam. Even a couple newbie’s.
Wow the romance. I wasn’t expecting it at all but I loved the way it came about. Julep’s view on love had me smiling, the way she just looks at it like. A person is a person. Also how accepting everyone else was. It was great to see. Romance is not the reason I read these books, I’m okay with and without it but it was definitely good to see.
The plot is face paced just like the first. We have a mystery to figure out that is often throwing curve balls. I did figure out a couple things before Julep but that’s okay. It didn’t make me think argh Julep. I mean I had the advantage of no one trying to kill me. Wow that ending too, seriously now I have to know what happens come on. Really though although the ending is a bit of cliffhanger it still felt good. I don’t need to beat anyone up or anything.
As far as second books go, if you liked Trust Me, I’m Lying you are going to be happy with Trust Me, I’m Trouble. It did not suffer from second book syndrome. It’s just as fast paced and interesting as the first and of course Julep is still awesome.