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Rescuing Gus jT parts broke my enthusiasm and I gave 35 stars rounded up to 4 Not the best book choice for me but it still pretty good reading and I wanted to read works of the authorSpecial thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group to share this fast pacing page turner with me in exchange my honest reviewbloginstagramfacebooktwitter Audiobook narrated by JuliaWhelan Lauren Fortgang and Hillary Huber I ended up LOVING ITI know there are low review the biggest beef of being too long I didn t mind I enjoyed manymost of the life descriptions It turned into a perfect meditative walking companion pool soaking intrigue book buddy Nina Ross didn t always want to be a con artist She learned her thievery skills through osmosis and mostly from observing her mother Lily a con artist entrepreneur I LIKED THIS CRIMINAL I loved her back story her character development and interactions with others I can t wait to see who plays her character when this book comes to screen Nina never wanted to be a grifter or social media follower but life threw her a curveball her mother s cancer returned and the medical bills were astronomical so Nina forms an alliance with Lachlan a slimy shallow pathetic Irish immigrant to pull off one last bigob to outwit heiress Vanessa Liebling But before she does she has rendezvous connection with BENNY another character favorite but it ends BADBenny s dad called Nina a nobodydisposable nobody The slime ball daddy kicked Nina out of Benny s bed pulled her out by the arm naked and says get out and never return I didn t think Nina was a nobody but I did wonder if things would change when I got to the endThis book was ust enough thrillerwithout being thriller driven instead I was organically curious without having my attention on the ending too much I enjoyed the entire process of unfolding And I enjoyed the ending shhhhh we cant spill the beans now can we Vanessa Liebling was the heir to Stonehaven an old creepy large mansion in Lake Tahoe Vanessa was a college dropout but a popular social media internet influencer She was a complex interesting unlikable character but interesting She herself felt hollow and shallow inside but her PRETTY THINGS and SOCIAL MEDIA facade worked well for her She got to fool herself and liked fooling herself From being a rich daddy s girl with lots of pretty clothes stilettos and accessories she faces the loss of her father a broken relationship and financial capital losses around the same time This makes her interesting and I give her a little bonus point although she was self centered and snobby she sincerely loved her younger brother BennyPaths are crossed between Nina and VanessaBackground stories give us a greater understanding from the different worlds they grew up in my favorite backstory was between Nina and her first boyfriend name Benny Vanessa s sister The connections are complex entanglementsI also enjoyed the relationship between Nina and her mother Lily Their love was solid regardless of their crimes and dysfunction Another book that screams to be seen on screen and its coming Nicole Kidman will be producingSocial media partners in crime greed family legacybackstabbing lies deceitfulness unreliable flawed characters a creepy old mansion Stonehavenin Lake Tahoe Pacific Heights in San Francisco antiues twists and surprisesmake up this psychological suspenseful character driven atmospheric dramatic and surprisesmake up this psychological suspenseful character driven atmospheric dramatic light novel Great walking audiobook companionscheming entertainingShould make for a great Netflix series I liked it I really really liked itLoved it as an Audiobook Janelle Brown oined us for a spoiler free A in our Behind THE PAGES GOODREADS GROUP AND SHARED SOME INSIGHT TO Pages Goodreads group and shared some insight to writing process and the characters in this story You can find the thread here is working her most dangerous scam here and Vanessa an heiress is her mark They are two very different women who have something in common and things are not so pretty here for them They are not very likable at all but each had an interesting back story to them that had me feeling a bit of sympathy for them both The pace was slow for me in parts and then fast in other parts At times some parts of the story felt like those packing peanuts that are used for filler and surround that anticipated package you are waiting for You have to weed through some filler to get to the good stuff and that weighted down the story for me I think that is where Norma and I went in different directions with not sure what was a clue or important to the story or not or maybe were red herrings to throw us off The thing I loved about the story the most was Vanessa s connection to her brother Benny and I would have liked him to have filled up some of that filler space instead of what felt like packing peanuts to me There are some surprising twists here some interesting ones and some that I figured out along the way Overall I was entertained by them all and in the end it s all about the good stuff

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I like the way story wrapped up and it all worked for me I received a copy from the publisher on NetGalley I rarely award commercial fiction with five stars This is a notable exception Pretty clothes shoes Portrait of a Starter: An Unhidden Story jewelry hair make up and glamourous photo shoot locations epitomize the life of a young heiress But living your life online is not very pretty particularly when you need to be validated by virtual strangers The vapid superficiality of being an internet influencer becomes apparent after a broken engagement which sends the heiress scuttling back to her family s antiue stuffed Lake Tahoe pile Enter another young woman and her sketchy boyfriend whose life hasn t panned out as she had hoped and the scene is set for a conob promising a big payout This is a thriller containing commentary about social media mental illness and the disparity between the haves and the have nots Unexpected and unexpectedly believabl. Mountain estate Stonehaven A mansion of dark secrets not ust from Vanessa's past but from that of a lost and troubled girl named Nina Nina Vanessa and Lachlan's paths collide here on the cold shores of Lake Tahoe where their intertwined lives give way to a winter of aspiration and desire duplicity and revenge This dazzling twisty mesmerizing novel showcases acclaimed author Janelle Brown at her best as two brilliant damaged women try to survive the greatest game of deceit and destruction they will ever play. DNF The opening character has great depth The conflict is firmly set in the first forty pages There is backstory done in flashback that stops the forward motion of the story but the author motivates it so well I wanted to find out what happened and didn t mind the detour in this first sectionThen about page two hundred the author dumped me out of the story Probably sooner but I held on hoping it would get better I loved the opening point of view character and the set up to the story so well done There is a shift to a second point of view character whom I could 35 stars round up to 4This cover is gorgeous I must admit that is what initially drew me to this book This book started out really strong the first couple of chapters I defiantly was drawn right in as Nina seemed to be a hardcore player in this game she was playing stealing from the wealthy Then we seem to hit a speed bump and stay in low gear until about the 65% point in the book I actually considered setting this book aside right before it picked up Then we flew into high gear again and I was thinking well this is what I wanted from page oneA great deal of the book is spent highly developing the two main characters Nina and Vanessa Vanessa is a wealthy Instagram it girl who is famous for well nothingyou know the typeThen we have NinaNina is a con artist She learned from the bestdear old mom When her mom no longer can hustle people due to her cancer diagnosis Nina steps in Like mother like daughter right We get a full look at Nina s background and we see that if Nina had not made one little mistake her life might have turned out uite differentlyor would it That is the million dollar uestion What we do know is that after 12 years Nina wants to settle the score This book was ust a tad too long and too slow of a burn for me However I did enjoy it I was ust glad that it picked up speed towards the ending There were several twists towards the end some I saw coming and some I did not Overall I enjoyed this book but it didn t have me floored or speechless at the end I think someone that doesn t read as many thrillers as I do may rate this uite a bit higher I was ust looking for a bit actionThank you so much to Random House for this ARC Stunning cover twisty and cleverThe cover of PRETTY THINGS by JANELLE BROWN is initially what attracted me to read this book isn t it pretty JANELLE BROWN delivers a slow burning character driven compelling and well written read here that really intrigued engaged and entertained me It was a little bit slow going at times but the author s fabulous writing definitely captured my attention and drew me right in keeping me fully absorbed in this deceitful and cunning tale Plus there were some pretty surprising and thrilling reveals that definitely got my adrenaline pumping moving this story forward for meThe story is told in alternating perspectives between our two main sinister characters here Nina our con artist and Vanessa an Instagram influencer The connections and dynamics between these two women really surprised intrigued captivated me I never really knew who to trust or believe Each of these women brought their own uniue and distinct voice to the narrative which I was eually invested in I was really surprised with the direction this book took and had me uestioning multiple plot points in the endI m not sure if my perception of what was going on in the end with a certain character was all wrong or if my deliberations were correct I can hardly believe that I am saying this because I am not a deep reader at all I m surface but this one totally had me digging deep and discussing it in our Traveling Sisters group Brenda thinks I was overthinking things I d love to have a conversation with the authorUpdate So I had a conversation with the author and while she said that I Made An Interesting Case I Was Overthinking an interesting case I was overthinking a little bit LOLExpected Publication Date April 2120 This was a Traveling Sister read Thank you so much to NetGalley Random House and Janelle Brown for an electronic ARC I watch I wait And then when the opportunity arises I takeThe intriguing premise along with the attention grabbing opening penned by Janelle Brown conned me into thinking this book was something it s clearly not Her words engaging enough to string me along for the arduous trek laid out across 496 pages The occasional hint lending itself to A Satisfying Payoff To satisfying payoff to As if Brown
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her publisher managed to off a much successful con ob with the marketing of this novel than Nina s pitiful heist touted in the synopsis Readers meet Nina all glammed up and mid scam At one time she had dreams of being than a grifter like her mother Those optimist notions long gone and with no other way to pay the bills Nina dons her mom s title thief Nina and her casual boyfriend Lachlan survive by stealing antiues and other valuables from unsuspecting Instagram flaunters Until the day a dreaded knock on her door drives them out of LA for the foreseeable futureFrom this point the setting feel and entire trajectory of the novel shifts And not for the better With one final scam in mind Nina returns to Lake Tahoe and the dreary Stonehaven mansion after twelve long years away The grand plan is to rent the antiue riddled guest cottage on the Stonehaven property All in the hopes they can gain access to the main house and the safe hidden somewhere within the expansive floor plan Lachlan now Michael plays the part of a writer looking to pen his next masterpiece while Nina now Ashley puts her yoga skills and need for zen on display And this is where Vanessa comes in Vapid Instagram influencer Vanessa makes the return to her wealthy family s Lake Tahoe mansion after an awakening of sorts Following the death of her father and the rescinding of her fianc s proposal Vanessa ghosts her dwindling followers for a time in search of a life with mean. Two wildly different women one a grifter the other an heiress are brought together by the scam of a lifetime in a page turner from the New York Times bestselling author of Watch Me DisappearNina once bought into the idea that her fancy liberal arts degree would lead to a fulfilling career When that dream crashed she turned to stealing from rich kids in LA alongside her wily Irish boyfriend Lachlan Nina learned from the best Her mother was the original con artist hustling to give her daughter a decent childhoo. Pretty Things
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Ing Or so she says Desperate for attention and love Vanessa finds herself enchanted with her guests Michael and Ashley No doubt one than the other Little does she know Ashley was once her troubled younger brother s girlfriend NinaThere are some poignant moments of clarity where the author s writing shines but for the most part the happenings here are not enough to overcome the wordy and overly detailed delivery The majority of the novel is bogged down by internal monologues repetition courtesy of the dual perspectives and incessant descriptions of Stonehaven Which uickly veers into boring territory Out of sheer curiosity I took it upon myself to check and Stonehaven is mentioned 179 times throughout the book Overkill in any situation I d say Regardless of what the synopsis alludes to at its core this book is a slow burning character study Not the fast paced thrill ride that Nina s first few chapters promise Purely a nod to Brown s cleverly worded passages throughout this lackluster novel I m considering checking out some of her earlier work A concession not typically made for experiences I rate this low Thank you to Random House for providing early access in exchange for my honest thoughts 35 stars New money suit and tieI can read you like a magazineAin t it funny Rumors flyAnd I know you heard about meSo hey let s be friendsI m dyin to see how this one endsGrab your passport and my handI can make the bad guys good for a weekend Taylor SwiftNina and her boyfriend Lachlan are grifters Vanessa is an heiress and their worlds collide in Lake Tahoe Nina grew up moving constantly as her Mother followed Marks and did whatever she could to support them Nina tried to have a 9 to 5 ob using her Liberal Arts degree but when her Mother s mounting medical bills begin to pile up Nina teamed up with Lachlan an acuaintance of her Mother s for a few cons before deciding con a mark in Lake Tahoe that they both believe will provide a HUGE payoff Vanessa is an heiress who is also an Instagram Influencer She travels the globe wears pretty clothes and has a glamorous life that is posted for the world to see and comment on there are only so many hours in the day that one can read before one starts to feel like one s mind is literally melting inside one s skullI m going to have to disagree with the above uote and add that maybe if the characters in this book spent time say reading then they would not be dealing with the stuff they are dealing withbut I digressThe first half of this book was a slow burn for me Lately I have been reading books that don t really grab me until the 50% mark which is exactly what this book did Slow burn then BAM things began to get interesting very interesting There are a nice amount of twists and turns thrown in at the end This is a long book and I might have enjoyed it had it been a little uicker to grab me and not uite so long But overall I found this to be an enjoyable ride as the Con and the Mark both prove to be worthy adversariesSlow burn which turned the tables fast became uite intriguing and had me turning those pages lightening fast at the end to see how this book would wrap upI received a copy of this book from Random House Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review All "the thoughts and opinions are my ownTraveling Sisters Group read In Pretty Things a grifter sets "thoughts and opinions are my ownTraveling Sisters Group read In Pretty Things a grifter sets action her biggest scam yet against an heiress turned social media influencer with ties to her past This is what the internet has given my generation the ability to play God At 28 Nina Ross s life hasn t turned out how she imagined Good news Nicole Kidman sets to star and produce this book s adaptation into streaming series Another conning story with full of secret and lies delicious twists and shocking revelations Okay Count me in and reserve my place for this crazy heart throbbing ride This is my kind of enjoyable dark smart thrillerWe have a drifter Nina Ross having a chance for con of her lifetime avenging the Liebling family who treated her mean and unfair and told her she would never be good enough for their precious son in the past Not only for revenge but also affording her mother s big C treatment bills she needs money and her target is family s shiny social media star VanessaWe have an Instagram Influencer with admirers followers swimming around her but she still surprisingly suffers from loneliness and abandonment She needs real friends Could it be her con woman also her friendAnd don t forget we have Irish boyfriend aka partners in crime of Nina named Lachlan Can Nina truly trust him for helping her to stick to the plan Wait for it He can surprise youLet the games begin But be prepared to be fooled stick to the plan Wait for it He can surprise youLet the games begin But be prepared to be fooled be careful because somebody can pull the rug from under your feet This book is layered with some many turnarounds and twists Sometimes you think who is the real con man The drifters we know or the victim Sometimes the hunter can turn into a prey and prey can take his placeI mostly engaged with the subjective perceptions and multiple narration parts The same event was told by Nina and Vanessa from different angles so your mind spins after reading them and it was sometimes really hard to decide who was telling the truthBut when I came to the last uarter maybe because of moving back and forth too many times to catch the back stories the pacing got a little slower and to catch the back stories the pacing got a little slower and didn t get the surprising mouth widening stunning ending It was a little forced haphazard It was not unsatisfying but it was okay not good So after reading so long and connected with those characters even they have too much flaws irritating attributes suffering from their past failures I was expecting something smarter moving and shaking me to the coreI still loved the writing style the way of smart sarcastic moving story telling partly empathized with the characters Overall it can be five stared book but the las. D despite their wayward life But when her mom gets sick Nina puts everything on the line to help her even if it means running her most audacious dangerous scam yet Vanessa is a privileged young heiress who wanted to make her mark in the world Instead she becomes an Instagram influencer traveling the globe receiving free clothes and products and posing for pictures in exotic locales But behind the covetable façade is a life marked by tragedy After a broken engagement Vanessa retreats to her family's sprawling. .