Deadly Little Scandals (Debutantes, #2)
"Think of the White Gloves like the Junior League-by way of Skull and Bones?"Reluctant debutante Sawyer Taft joined Southern high society for one reason and one reason alone: to identify and locate her biological father. But the answers Sawyer found during her debutante year only left her with more questions and one potentially life-ruining secret. When her cousin Lily ropes her into pledging a mysterious, elite, and all-female secret society called the White Gloves, Sawyer soon discovers that someone in the group's ranks may have the answers she's looking for. Things are looking up... until Sawyer and the White Gloves make a disturbing discover near the family's summer home--and uncover a twisted secret, decades in the making.No one is quite who they seem to be.

Deadly Little Scandals (Debutantes, #2) Details

TitleDeadly Little Scandals (Debutantes, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 5th, 2019
PublisherFreeform
ISBN-139781368015172
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Deadly Little Scandals (Debutantes, #2) Review

  • mith
    January 1, 1970
    This book was fucking insane and I’m so confused. Y’all know that gif, the one where a dudes got red yarn all over a board, trying to solve a conspiracy? That’s this book. That’s me trying to understand this book.
  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    If I thought the first book in this series was wild, I didn't know anything. What a wild ride this truly was.That said, things do veer towards the unreal and unbelievable but honestly it was still a really fun time. And also as long you read book one, and I don't know why you'd skip it, you'll be prepared for the kind of unreal and unbelievable things. But definitely not how far things will go or the surprises that are in store.The hijinks are a little less light hearted and yet the way things If I thought the first book in this series was wild, I didn't know anything. What a wild ride this truly was.That said, things do veer towards the unreal and unbelievable but honestly it was still a really fun time. And also as long you read book one, and I don't know why you'd skip it, you'll be prepared for the kind of unreal and unbelievable things. But definitely not how far things will go or the surprises that are in store.The hijinks are a little less light hearted and yet the way things resolved, and didn't, felt.. right. Not too devastating and yet packing the right kind of punch for you to feel the rollercoaster without being too numb from all the wow moments.Barnes keeps you guessing all the way through, and even leaves reveals almost to the very last chapter, and I think that adds to the fun. The predictable pacing of a typical kind of mystery doesn't really apply here. Like I said, w i l d."At this point, I could literally become a porn star, and I still wouldn't be the real scandal in this family."I would definitely recommend this for fans of Pretty Little Liars and, even if that's not your thing at all, but you still like tightly packed twisty stories with strong characters, you'll dig this, too. Hah, dig. Sorry. Read the book and you'll understand.I have no idea if this is the final book in the series or if there's more to come — because things did kind of follow a natural conclusion and close the book on all the scandals — but if so.. I will totally read on. ** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **---This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.
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  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    January 1, 1970
    I adore pretty much all of Jennifer Lynn Barnes stories and when Deadly Little Secrets came out last year I was completely in love with it and couldn't wait to get my hands on Deadly Little Scandals.It completely lived up to all of my expectations. With twists and turns galore and so many things that I simply just did not see coming, it kept me on my toes and completely, once again, immersed in the world of debutantes, the filthy rich, scandals, secrets, and where almost anything goes with those I adore pretty much all of Jennifer Lynn Barnes stories and when Deadly Little Secrets came out last year I was completely in love with it and couldn't wait to get my hands on Deadly Little Scandals.It completely lived up to all of my expectations. With twists and turns galore and so many things that I simply just did not see coming, it kept me on my toes and completely, once again, immersed in the world of debutantes, the filthy rich, scandals, secrets, and where almost anything goes with those that know people in high places and have the money to back it up, this truly was an entertaining read that kept me engaged and eagerly turning the pages.I will miss this world of lies, deceit and but most of all, families taking care of their own just as much as I will the characters, both good and bad, that have grown on me over the course of these books. Such a fun wild escape that almost everyone can get lost in and one that will stick with you long after the scandals are over. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars “Think of the White Gloves like the Junior League - by way of Skull and Bones.” Deadly Little Scandals returns us to the world of Southern High Society as Sawyer and her family navigate the Summer Lake Season with new secrets, revelations, and as always - scandals. Things I Liked This series has so much campy dramatic goodness. It’s addicting to read about this over-the-top world and the rigid social rules that they’re determined to break. There is such a strong focus on family that 3.5 stars “Think of the White Gloves like the Junior League - by way of Skull and Bones.” Deadly Little Scandals returns us to the world of Southern High Society as Sawyer and her family navigate the Summer Lake Season with new secrets, revelations, and as always - scandals. Things I Liked This series has so much campy dramatic goodness. It’s addicting to read about this over-the-top world and the rigid social rules that they’re determined to break. There is such a strong focus on family that I always love. We see the deep complexities that occur when you keep secrets and that ultimately, you’re family is who you choose to love and stand beside. Mysteries galore! This story is compiled of so many layered and interwoven mysteries, secrets, and lies that I couldn’t put it down. Everything is so connected and well-built. Things I Didn’t Like While I really loved the flashbacks used in the story, it was a little hard to get everyone straight and remember their present day counter parts. The pacing near the end of the story was a little jumpy and hectic. I think it worked with the tone of the story at that time, but it could be distracting at times.Overall, Deadly Little Scandals was an incredibly enjoyable followup to Little White Lies. And while I think book 1 is a more solid story overall, the rich drama and wonderful characters makes this a book you won’t want to miss. I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review/
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    I had really enjoyed the previous book in this series and there was no way I was going to skip this one. I love Sawyer and her girls. They’re snarky and loyal and sarcastic and I’m living for it. There seemed to be more characters this time around, but I could be making that up. I loved John David and would happily read a million more scene with him and William Faulkner. Plot wise, it was a bit confusing. There are several time lines and the e-arc formatting was horrible. The build up was I had really enjoyed the previous book in this series and there was no way I was going to skip this one. I love Sawyer and her girls. They’re snarky and loyal and sarcastic and I’m living for it. There seemed to be more characters this time around, but I could be making that up. I loved John David and would happily read a million more scene with him and William Faulkner. Plot wise, it was a bit confusing. There are several time lines and the e-arc formatting was horrible. The build up was deliciously slow and was so effective on making me second guess every single person on the page. Overall, it’s the characters that brought me to the story and the plot that kept me reading. I sincerely hope there is more to this series. **Huge thanks to Freeform for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    Deadly Little Scandals is the sequel to Little White Lies, and, if possible it is even better than its predecessor. More intrigue, more plots, bodies to uncover, secrets to tell, and twist after twist that you never see coming, because, seriously who else but Jennifer Lynn Barnes could conceive of such an idea and actually make it work. Deadly Little Scandals will thrill fans of the first book and keep readers on the edge of their seat.When Sawyer accepted her grandmother’s terms last summer, Deadly Little Scandals is the sequel to Little White Lies, and, if possible it is even better than its predecessor. More intrigue, more plots, bodies to uncover, secrets to tell, and twist after twist that you never see coming, because, seriously who else but Jennifer Lynn Barnes could conceive of such an idea and actually make it work. Deadly Little Scandals will thrill fans of the first book and keep readers on the edge of their seat.When Sawyer accepted her grandmother’s terms last summer, she did so to discover who her father is. Now, after a lengthy process of uncovering long-buried secrets and a little blackmail, she knows but would rather maybe not know. Keeping her secrets from her cousin Lily is hard, harder still to know if it is worth digging further to find answers to the questions she has. When an all girl secret society recruit Sawyer, Lily, Sadie-Grace and Campbell to compete for a position, Sawyer discovers that one of the girls may be key to helping her discover the secrets surrounding what happened the year her mother fell pregnant.Deadly Little Scandals is a sequel and you must read the books in chronological order to make any sense of the story. Even having read the first book, it is a little hard to keep all the characters straight and by the end of the book I needed a map to fully make sense of it all. That’s just testament to Barnes’ skill as a writer to make such a complex plot work.Gripping is an understatement. I didn’t want to put the book down. Each chapter leaves you wanting more and the little flash forward sections only leave you with enough information to know something big is coming. I loved the characters. Loved Sawyer’s down-to-earth, up-front manner, yet she craves relationships and family, even when she says she doesn’t the entanglements. Her almost relationship with Nick is very sweet, though it takes a backseat the to family drama and secrets. Sadie-Grace, Campbell and Lily make the perfect sidekicks/half-sisters/cousins/best friends/it’s complicated, as Sawyer starts to unearth some secrets that have stayed buried for over two decades. Ballgowns, skinny dipping, baby showers, affairs, summer lakeside parties and blackmail, Deadly Little Scandals will have you intrigued from beginning to end.The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library
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  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    January 1, 1970
    Now that Sawyer knows the identity of her father, she and her debutante buddies have a few other mysteries to solve.The first half of DEADLY LITTLE SCANDALS was every bit as entertaining as book one, with Sawyer’s whip-smart narration and moxie. Somewhere towards the middle Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ latest book jumps the shark to ridiculous proportions. While I still enjoyed the ending, it was unnecessarily confusing and preposterous. DEADLY LITTLE SCANDALS is definitely worth reading, especially if Now that Sawyer knows the identity of her father, she and her debutante buddies have a few other mysteries to solve.The first half of DEADLY LITTLE SCANDALS was every bit as entertaining as book one, with Sawyer’s whip-smart narration and moxie. Somewhere towards the middle Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ latest book jumps the shark to ridiculous proportions. While I still enjoyed the ending, it was unnecessarily confusing and preposterous. DEADLY LITTLE SCANDALS is definitely worth reading, especially if you enjoyed book one as much as me. I’m glad the book exists and I recommend, despite my criticism.
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  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    January 1, 1970
    Maybe I'm dense, but I didn't see that twist coming.RTC
  • Bickering Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    For a more in-depth review watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lewpl...This was a fun follow up to "Little White Lies". It was fun to revisit the characters and their world. However, the mystery felt a little weak and the ending didn't quite work with the rest of the story. Fans of the first book will enjoy this but need readers may give up without finishing it.
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  • Anna Bright
    January 1, 1970
    w.o.w.i have never read twists like this. i was gasping OUT LOUD. in public. it's amazing.
  • selina ☾
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my lord. I have been bamboozled. Not necessarily because this was the epitome of A Good Book, though it is good (to me anyway). I am bamboozled because just like when I mistakenly read the first book of this duology (I thought it was Big Little Lies, don't judge me), I have been blown over by the RIDICULOUS CLUSTERFUCK OF SCANDALS. And I effing love it? I suppose this is just the part of my reading personality that really likes a good YA mystery that's both glamorous and funny, filled with Oh my lord. I have been bamboozled. Not necessarily because this was the epitome of A Good Book, though it is good (to me anyway). I am bamboozled because just like when I mistakenly read the first book of this duology (I thought it was Big Little Lies, don't judge me), I have been blown over by the RIDICULOUS CLUSTERFUCK OF SCANDALS. And I effing love it? I suppose this is just the part of my reading personality that really likes a good YA mystery that's both glamorous and funny, filled with characters that I absolutely adore. I didn't expect to feel this way about this duology when I first realized I was listening to the wrong book and decided I was already a few chapters in and why the hell not. I posted a reading progress update just past the halfway mark with this gif: and at that point in time, that was just me in my head, trying to work it all out and attempting to get all the theories straight. However, as I got to about 90% and some utterly f*cked up truths were being revealed and it was just about to get to the part where the consequences of these truths were about to be pointed out, I completely paused the audiobook, put my phone down, laid on my back and stared at the wall while I narrated the clusterfuck to myself to be able to make sense of it and make the proper connections before it was actually revealed to me. There was a lot of "if blank is blank's blank, then that must make blank blank's blank. but then blank is this blank's blank so that means [insert family tree calculations here]... blank is blank???" and I was confused af and had to start over a couple of times.I swear to god, I spent 5 minutes in this insane state before I started laughing my head off at how ridiculous it all is and was just like... "yeah, yeah I think I got it. I'm ready"Hoo boy. That was a wild fucking ride, and I enjoyed every minute of it even with how ridiculous it was. As always, I LOVE my girls: Sawyer, Lily, Campbell and LET'S NOT FORGET MY SWEET SUMMER BABY CHILD, Sadie-Grace. Sadie-Grace (bless her soul) is my star; holy crap she made this book 100000% better just by existing. Campbell, I love you, you're doing great, you big secret softie. And oh my word, Sawyer and Lily :') I love this duo so much and even though some things happened in this book that separated them, I still appreciate the genuine love they have for each other and I especially love where the end of the book took these girls. And also those small snippets of a future Sawyer/Sadie-Grace scene sprinkled throughout the book? Amazing. Sadie-Grace, you are a star.IlovethemIlovethem. PS. It's amazing on audiobook!
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  • Liralen
    January 1, 1970
    "Just remember," she cautioned, "what we're about to tell you doesn't change who you are. It's just like musical chairs, but with parents." (263)Oh goodness. If you need the soapiest YA novel that ever did make suds, HERE YOU GO. In the hypothetical TV version of this series (please can this happen? I don't even watch television, but I would watch the hell out of this), Sawyer would have to have a family tree up on the wall (à la Alice's relationship web in The L Word), and she'd have to update "Just remember," she cautioned, "what we're about to tell you doesn't change who you are. It's just like musical chairs, but with parents." (263)Oh goodness. If you need the soapiest YA novel that ever did make suds, HERE YOU GO. In the hypothetical TV version of this series (please can this happen? I don't even watch television, but I would watch the hell out of this), Sawyer would have to have a family tree up on the wall (à la Alice's relationship web in The L Word), and she'd have to update it just about every episode as new information comes to light.It's ridiculous. It's also a boatload of fun. And it's worth noting that although there are a lot of elements that have been done in many, many other YA novels, they still manage to be fresh. Take the secret society: I've seen so many books in which secret society initiations end up being this horrible, abusive process and the members are basically psychopaths in training. But here the initiations and trials and so on are, while difficult, genuinely things that are meant to pull the girls together rather than tear them down. Very nice to see.If there's a third book, I'm not sure where the drama will have to go to top this. Pregnancy pact? Already happened. Secret babies? That too. Dead bodies? Yup. Characters being drugged and dumped in a pit? Old news. Threat of death by fire or bullets or both? Been there.Maybe ninjas? We haven't had that yet.
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  • Isabelle (the Book Dutchesses)
    January 1, 1970
    AMAZING!RTC <3
  • Stacia | stacialovestoread
    January 1, 1970
    After reading Little White Lies, I didn’t think Barnes had anymore bombshells to drop but there’s always room for more with these Debutantes. Sawyer is still at Grandma Lillian’s house soaking up the last bit of summer when a mysterious invitation to join an even more mysterious secret society lands at her front door. She, Campbell, Lily, and Sadie-Grace all band together to try and secure membership in this secret club. And things are going well...until a night of cliff jumping washes up a After reading Little White Lies, I didn’t think Barnes had anymore bombshells to drop but there’s always room for more with these Debutantes. Sawyer is still at Grandma Lillian’s house soaking up the last bit of summer when a mysterious invitation to join an even more mysterious secret society lands at her front door. She, Campbell, Lily, and Sadie-Grace all band together to try and secure membership in this secret club. And things are going well...until a night of cliff jumping washes up a skull. A girl’s skull. A girl who’s been dead 20ish years, 25 to be exact. There’s a pregnancy pact, a S E R I O U S case of mistaken identity and a whole lot of secrets. Be careful the secrets you keep, they may bite. ———————————————————————————I had the amazing opportunity to read an ARC of this book...thank you trades!
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  • Darcy
    January 1, 1970
    Man...this one. So many secrets, it seemed like each time the girls would find one secret it lead them to another, to another, to another. By the end of the book it seems like we know all the secrets and all the kids have had their worlds rocked, nothing is what it seemed with the adults all lying to them. But now that things are out in the open they seem oddly at peace, ready to find their own place in the world and there is no doubt they will do just that.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Another delightful Jennifer Lynn Barnes book! I think my head was spinning near the end though. Very difficult to keep up with what was going on.I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • SarahO
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my goodness! To everyone who reads this book bless your heart, and good luck!
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsBarnes did it again! She knocked it out of the park with this one. I love the secrets, the insults, the sarcasm, the wit, the complex mysteries. Brilliant.
  • Kerri
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, even better than the 1st book. I am a fan of this new brand of crazy and the friends that stand in face of it all.
  • The Kawaii Slartibartfast
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Wow, this was really a great sequel with a great twist!I really loved Sawyer's relationships and how they developed and just the character development in general.
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  • Khue
    January 1, 1970
    Confusing as heck. LITERALLY NO ONE IS WHO THEY SEEM TO BE.
  • Nikki S
    January 1, 1970
    Whoaaaa Whoaaaa 🤯🤯🤯
  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    *Source* Publisher*Genre* Young Adult, Mystery*Rating* 3.5*Thoughts*Deadly Little Scandals is the final installment in author Jennifer Lynn Barnes Debutantes duology. Sawyer Taft moved into her Grandmother's home after she was offered a pretty amazing deal. In return, Sawyer was introduced to the world of the Debutantes and all the scandals that have been uncovered. This time around, the author does something a bit different. She actually goes back in time 25 years to the year of her own *Source* Publisher*Genre* Young Adult, Mystery*Rating* 3.5*Thoughts*Deadly Little Scandals is the final installment in author Jennifer Lynn Barnes Debutantes duology. Sawyer Taft moved into her Grandmother's home after she was offered a pretty amazing deal. In return, Sawyer was introduced to the world of the Debutantes and all the scandals that have been uncovered. This time around, the author does something a bit different. She actually goes back in time 25 years to the year of her own mother's Debutante year. If you have read the first installment, you know that Sawyer knew absolutely nothing about who her father was.*Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...
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  • Rebekah
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this sequel. It made me laugh and kept me on the edge of my seat. I had no idea where it was going and that was a great thing!
  • Louisa
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, man, this was an incredible book! So many secrets and twists and it was just so freaking great! Really enjoyed spending more time with these characters!
  • T.K.
    January 1, 1970
    Holy twists and turns! And I only guessed one of them. :) This is a fun wrap up to the series even if it didn't turn out quite like I wanted.
  • Kait Goodwin (Kait Plus Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Seriously SO GOOD
  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. I like the characters and I couldn't put it down. This was the sequel and I think the last one. I'm hoping that maybe it continues.
  • Lesley Peck
    January 1, 1970
    I thought the first book was good....well this book knocked me for a loop. Simply amazing. I was totally enthralled. I loved every twist and turn. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. It was everything you'd want wrapped up in pretty dresses and southern living.
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  • Kathy Martin
    January 1, 1970
    The sequel the LITTLE WHITE LIES is even more twisty than the first book. Sawyer Taft took her grandmother's offer for college tuition in exchange for doing the debutante thing in order to find out who impregnated her teenage mother. It seems like every piece of information she finds only adds to the mystery and the confusion. In this book the girls are pledging a mystery and elite secret society called the White Gloves. They have a number of tasks to perform and trials to overcome. During one The sequel the LITTLE WHITE LIES is even more twisty than the first book. Sawyer Taft took her grandmother's offer for college tuition in exchange for doing the debutante thing in order to find out who impregnated her teenage mother. It seems like every piece of information she finds only adds to the mystery and the confusion. In this book the girls are pledging a mystery and elite secret society called the White Gloves. They have a number of tasks to perform and trials to overcome. During one task bones are discovered that might tie into the mystery of Sawyer's parentage...or maybe not. Three different time periods are interwoven into this story. The first has Sawyer and her friend Sadie-Grace drugged and tossed in a pit, the second goes back twenty-five years and tells what the future parents of Sawyer's friends are doing and what happened that resulted in a body in the lake, the third and largest section tells about the summer events, discoveries, lies, and betrayals that led up to the first part.I really liked Sawyer who has a tough exterior and an easily bruised heart. I liked her friends/sisters/cousins Lily and Campbell too. And Sadie-Grace was always good for a bit of inadvertent comic relief because of her eternal optimism and penchant for speaking in exclamation points. The plot is really twisty and I'm not sure, even yet, that I have figured out all of the genetic relationships. Fans of soap operas will enjoy this complex and twisted story.
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