I just finished the sixth and final installment of The Sweet Life, the new eSeries from Francine Pascal. Bittersweet wrapped up the tales of Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield and their gang of friends. Pascal offered readers a glimpse into their lives at the age of thirty, and I enjoyed this series. Book six is tying up the loose ends. Readers will find out whether Bruce Patman is guilty or innocent of the charges being pressed against him, whether Jessica and Todd will be able to reunite, and how Lila’s fake pregnancy/real pregnancy works out. While I enjoyed the series, I was a bit confused by the ending of the sixth book. It ended in the cliffhanger fashion I had come to expect from the previous books but…what happens next? Will there be more books to help explain the cliffhanger, carry on the stories, or are readers just supposed to take a gander themselves at what happened? I’m not sure and I’m a bit confused. I was also thrown off by the Liam twist – I can’t say I could tell from the previous books that his tale would end the way it did, and I thought it came out of nowhere and was probably only used for shock value. So while I enjoyed the first five books, the sixth left me a bit unsettled. I wish as readers and loyal fans we could have seen more of a resolution.
I am nearly done with The Sweet Life eSeries from Francine Pascal, and just finished the fifth installment. Cutting Ties brings the drama to more of an edge, almost letting readers get the true story on Robin Platt and her accusations against Bruce Patman. The cliffhanger made me very anxious to get the final puzzle piece. I’m still hoping Jessica and Todd can make it work, though I’m really unsure Elizabeth and Bruce will get another shot at love, with the Annie obstacle now. And Lila wasn’t brought up a whole lot in this book, but I’m curious where she will finish out the series with her drama. The one part I really disliked and stood out to me was when the POV turned to Jake – Jessica and Todd’s son. I thought that was really unnecessary, and going from always being in the adult’s minds to suddenly a toddler’s was confusing – and abrupt. But if you loved the Wakefield twins and the rest of the Sweet Valley, you’ll want to read this eSeries!
I just finished the fourth installment in The Sweet Life eSeries from Francine Pascal, Secrets and Seductions. A new development is happening with Bruce’s accuser, and Elizabeth is starting to doubt her creditability. She feels terrible that she was so quick to write Bruce off, and now she can’t even talk to him because he has fled from the States. Jessica is crushed when she finds out from TV that Todd has filed for a divorce. She had high hopes they would somehow reconcile, but she is forced to see that just won’t be happening. And Lila, who had been faking a pregnancy for the TV cameras and her Real Housewives show loses it all when someone goes to the press with her secret. But irony is about to get the best of her…
This installment was pretty short, and I liked that it just focused more on the major characters and what they were dealing with. I’m very curious to see how Bruce’s situation ends up. I can tell something is not right with the accuser, but I just can’t quite piece it all together yet. And Lila’s story! Oh boy, that is intriguing to read about. Will love to find out how it ends and if she is able to come out on top. Two more to go!
The hot new eSeries The Sweet Life just keeps getting juicer! In installment 3, Too Many Doubts, Elizabeth is still struggling with the allegations that her boyfriend Bruce Patman assaulted and attempted to rape a young woman at a bar. She even begins to help the alleged victim, knowing she is putting her relationship with Bruce in jeopardy. But she just has too many doubts that Bruce might not be telling the whole truth, and trusts her reporters intuition to help uncover the truth. Jessica is still struggling from her fallout with husband Todd when the were so close to finding a reconciliation, but she is still hanging on to a shred that they will find their back together – until a half naked female answers his door.
With more plot points and scandals (such as Lila Fowler faking a pregnancy for her new reality show!) these installments are so much fun to read! With this book I got the feeling of being rushed a few times, and didn’t like how things would wrap up so neat and tidy – sometimes just a bit too quick to seem real. In this one, for example, the kidnapping of Steven and Aaron’s daughter. I almost think that could have been deleted from the story all together. But as always, this one is ended in a cliffhanger, and I’m quite curious to see how Bruce’s story is going to play out. On to the next….
And Sweet Valley continues! Francine Pascal brought back the Wakefield twins with a vengeance with the release of Sweet Valley Confidential: 10 Years Later in March 2011, and now Jessica, Elizabeth and the gang is back for more! There is a brand-new eSeries being released July 15- August 12, titled The Sweet Life. This six part eSeries will let readers continue to follow the Wakefield’s through their fab 30’s – or is it so fabulous?
Book #1 starts up with Jessica and Todd separated and headed for a divorce. Quite the difference from the end of Sweet Valley Confidential where they are getting married and are blissfully happy. Oh – and they now have a son together as well! After three years of marriage things have turned sour, and it doesn’t look like a happy ending is in the pages for Jessica. At least she has her job to fall back, her beautiful son, and a renowned strength with twin Elizabeth after their massive feud. And she is ready to be there for Elizabeth when her boyfriend, the immensely wealthy Bruce Patman, is caught in a sexual harassment scandal. A cliff-hanger leads us to book # 2, titled Lies and Omissions, and keeps right on going. Jessica is working Bruce’s PR to spin the story that the female intern just wants her fifteen minutes of fame, but Elizabeth has an off-feeling about Bruce’s story. Is her boyfriend telling the truth – or is Robin, the terrified ex-intern who seems genuinely scared of Bruce telling the truth? Elizabeth uses her reporter skills to get the real scoop – but will she like the outcome? Jessica is now trying to fix her marriage with Todd, but will one costly mistake ruin everything? Another cliff-hanger ending has me eager to read the third novella in this eSeries- Too Many Doubts.
Sweet Valley fans rejoice! We finally get to meet up with our good friends, Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield. Francine Pascal has written Sweet Valley Confidential, peeking into the lives of the Wakefield twins ten years later. When I first heard this book was coming out, I was jumping for joy. After I graduated from the Baby-Sitters Club series, I went straight to Sweet Valley High. I’ve read every book, and was also a gradual watcher of the TV show when it was on air. When St. Martin’s Press offered to send me my own copy of Sweet Valley Confidential, I was ecstatic. My package arrived yesterday (same day the book was available in stores) and also came with a t-shirt! Oh boy, my boyfriend was looking at me like I was crazy when I started shrieking and insisted on wearing my shirt all night. Be sure to get your copy, or visit the fun website SweetValleyTenYearsLater.com. I look forward to reading my copy and posting my review!
We seriously have to wait until March 29th to get our hands on Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later? Who else is wondering what happened to cause the rift between Jessica and Elizabeth? Did it have something to do with Todd? The cover of this highly anticipated novel was released today, and I actually let out a gasp when I saw it. Book nerd? That’s me! What are your thoughts on the cover?
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