April 17, 2010

Wherever Nina Lies (Lynn Weingarten) Review

Book won from Word for Teens giveaway!

Publisher: Point (February 1, 2009)
Hardcover: 288 pages

Nina was beautiful, artistic, wild . . . and adored by her younger sister, Ellie. But one day, without any warning, Nina disappeared.

Two years later, Ellie can't stop thinking about her sister. Although everyone else has given up hope that Nina will return, Elile just knows her sister is out there, somewhere. If only Ellie had a clue where to look.

And then she gets one, in the form of a mysterious drawing tucked into the pages of a book. Determined to find her sister, Ellie takes off on a crazy, sexy, cross-country road trip with the only person who believes she's got a chance -- her hot, adventurous new crush.

Along the way, Ellie finds a few things she wasn't planning on. Like love. Mysteries. Lies. And something far ore shocking -- the truth. (Source)

WHEREVER NINA LIES, by Lynn Weingarten, was an unexpected adventure and thriller. Weingarten took the many ideas of love and expressed them through this irresistible story of a girl in search of her missing sister.

I enjoyed the characters in this book. Nina went missing when Ellie was too young to understand why. But she idolized her sister and wanted nothing more then to bring her back home. She always thought with her heart and that made her character a delight to read. Sean was something else entirely. He always held some mystery but Ellie was as smitten with him as he was with her. His devotion to her and her cause to find Nina was wonderful to read.

I feel I cannot go much further into the plot without ruining the shocking 'truth' that Ellie discovers, but for me it was jaw-dropping. Weingarten built this stunning story then took a turn that was so unexpected and terrific, it still gives me chills.

This story takes the idea of love to both extremes. Some people can live their lives without it and others have nothing to live for but love. The idea of a happy-medium between living through the heart and mind is questioned by Ellie as her journey unravels.

I liked the cover of this book. It portrayed the mysterious and dark secret that this novel is based on extremely well.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a great modern thriller.


  1. Sounds like a cool story. I'll keep an eye out for this book.

  2. Great review! Definitely want to read this book :)

  3. I really enjoyed this book! Yeah I was starting to suspect what was going on but wasn't totally sure. Definitely a shocker. Something I really liked about this book were the drawings; they were so pretty and I felt really added to the story. All in all, it was a great book and I'm glad to hear you liked it as well. :D



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