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Friday, July 2, 2010

And Then I Found Out the Truth + Giveaway

And Then I Found Out the Truth by Jennifer Sturman

Source: ARC from Publicist / Point

Grade: 4 stars out of 5

And Then I Found the Out Truth is the sequel to And Then Everything Unraveled. Some spoilers below:
“Delia Truesdale didn’t think life could get more complicated. Her mother’s on the run in South America and won’t be coming home anytime soon—at least, but until Delia can outwit the evildoers who are out to destroy them both.

But it’s hard to thwart evildoers from an entirely different continent, especially when everyone things you should be doing your homework instead. And Delia’s stuck in Manhattan, along with her slightly insane aunt Charley, her uptight aunt Patience, a petulant psychic, a love-struck detective, boy-crazy brainic, and Quinn, who defies description but has kissed her twice.

The answers are waiting in exotic Buenos Aires, and time is running out. Delia might not speak Spanish or know how to tango, but she does have a passport. Will she be able to uncover the truth—before it’s too late?”—from the novel.
And Then I Found Out the Truth was a high stakes adventure that will make even James Bond pleased. And maybe even Sherlock Holmes. Jennifer Sturman drops hints throughout the book like a Jeopardy game; vague enough making you scratch your head yet when the answer is presented it makes sense. But never once does Sturman make you feel like an idiot (because Delia is on the same boat as the reader).

I did enjoy reading the many characters that Sturman writes, each one so vastly different yet equally charming, but I did find some characters unnecessary—Erin for one. Her name is dropped a couple times, but with not much a real purpose. However, one thing that I found most impressive and that personally made me happy was the cultural—racially and ethnically—diversity that Sturman incorporated which is so rarely seen.

Despite my affection of the book I am stopping myself from giving it another star. And Then I Found Out the Truth lacks a certain finesse and sparkle that I always look for in a novel. In and out the novel gives two different experiences for me. In: immersing myself into a world of different sights, sounds, and smells. Out: a vague recollection of the novel; nothing really pops out with blurred scenes.

Overall And Then I Found Out the Truth was a fun and flirty (with danger and boys) ride.


1. Was there a reason behind each country written in the novel or was it a random draw with a spinning globe and closed eyes?
The right answer to this question is probably that it was all the result of meticulous planning and exhaustive research. Sadly, the real answer is a lot closer to the spinning globe/closed eyes scenario! I started with wanting Delia’s mother to disappear somewhere. I also knew she’d be an environmentalist, and then I saw an article about the impact of global warming on polar ice shelves – anyhow, the next thing I knew, characters were going missing in the Antarctic, trekking through the wilds of Chilean Patagonia and chasing each other down the streets of Buenos Aires.
2. Can you quickly name some travel tunes you listen to?
I always have very lofty ambitions for all of the work I’m going to get done on long plane flights or train rides, and then spend the whole time staring out the window and listening to my iPod. Some favorites for spacing out include: Everything But The Girl, Mazzy Star, and old Van Morrison.
3. Do you believe in psychics and fate?
No – but also yes! I’m mostly a huge skeptic. I was once even uninvited from a séance because I couldn’t pretend that I thought it might actually work. That said, it would be nice to believe everything isn’t entirely random and unknowable, either. So I’m hedging my bets and saying maybe.
4. Which version of Bewitched do you enjoy watching the most?
The classic TV version (with the original Darrin, obviously!) – I desperately wanted to be Tabitha.
 
5. In the novel there are so many ethnicity and cultures discussed: any particular favorites?
Questions like this always stump me! It’s like being asked to choose a favorite color or song or book. That’s probably why I love living in New York City – there’s so much diversity. Take food – in the past week, I’ve eaten tacos, pad thai, falafel, and mac and cheese, and I enjoyed them all (probably a little too much given that it’s bathing suit season). Meanwhile, each meal probably tasted even better because of how it contrasted with whatever I’d eaten last. And now I’ve made myself hungry...



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26 comments:

  1. I want to read these! I enjoy listening to Van Morrison too.

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  2. I love Mazzy Star! I listen to them all of the time. I wish that they were still putting out music. Anyway, I've heard a lot about these books and can't wait to read them.

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  3. Wow, what a great post. I really want to read this - fun and flirty sounds right up my alley. Thank you for the awesome giveaway.

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  4. I love that version of Bewitched too! I used to be hooked on Nick@Nite when they still played that and I Dream of Jeannie. I agree - the original Darren beats Darren 2.0 any day!

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  5. great interview and I love Van Morrison!

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  6. I still haven't read the first book but I like what you said about the characters -different from each other!

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  7. I sure want to read this! The cover looks really cool

    behapppppppy(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. AND THEN EVERYTHING UNRAVELED is in my TBR pile. This makes me want to get to it soon.

    RJ

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  9. I've always been curious about this series. I really wanna read it!

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  10. I really need to read this book! I have heard so many good things about it! I also love how she spun the globe to find a place, cause that is something I would totally do!

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  11. First time hearing about this one, sounds good!

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  12. I really want to read this. I've just read a couple different reviews on it and it sounds good. Great review and interview! :)

    -Breanna

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  13. Great interview. I have had these books on my wishlist since I heard of the first one recently. They sound great and I am looking forward to reading them.

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  14. I want to read these so badly! They seem like the kind of books that I'd like. Thanks for the opportunity to win! :)

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  15. Great interview! Now, I want to read her books!

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  16. Great interview! The book sounds like a quick and easy read--perfect for the summer! :)

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  17. These books look wonderful! I can't wait to check out them out.

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  18. I've been dying to read these books. I feel the same way about physics and fate... It's a maybe I believe in them

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  19. Wow - great review and interview. I cant wait to read this book.
    Debbie

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  20. I cannot wait to read the sequel! =) I adored the first novel. Great interview by the way!

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  21. These sound like such good books! I tried finding them at my library but apparently they didn't have them, so I'll have go out and buy them.

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  22. These sound so cute! I so want to read them!

    And I totally agree about Bewitched! Original Darrin FTW!

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  23. I've never heard of most of the music but I have seen a lot about your books lately. There must be a reason.........

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  24. I'm preparing an author interview to send out tomorrow if I give you props, can I use some of your questions or some version of them? I love the Bewitched question. Good interview! I also wanted to ask if you've seen the cover of the Thirteenth Chime? It's on my blog, there is a countdown clock at the bottom of the page. Then I also did a review with the author Emma Michaels and the book cover is there. It's pretty cool and since you love book covers, I thought I'd let you know.

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  25. I'm posting again because my first post doesn't seem to have posted. Anyway I thought those were great questions. I loved the questions about Bewitched and if she believed in was it psychics and fate? I have an author interview and I might borrow the idea of those questions, not the same questions, but something along those lines, if it's okay. I'll give you props for them. I enjoy your website and was hopping you might have time to follow mine!
    Thanks,
    Heather

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  26. I'm looking forward to reading these! Love the premises and covers :)

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