Monday, June 16, 2014

~Review: The Same But Different by Serena Clarke~

The new you could be someone unexpected…

Stunned by a life-changing secret and an unexpected inheritance, Cady Morrow leaves her responsible London life behind and hits the California flash mob trail. With her wild twin sister Shelby in tow, she’s determined to make every day of her new start count. So when they’re invited to travel on the flash mob team’s luxury tour bus—in close company with Reid, a man who sets her dangerously, deliciously off-kilter—Cady grabs the chance to be a different version of herself.

But she soon discovers that not everyone she encounters is who they seem to be. A complicated new family, unwelcome surprises, and secrets past and present test her faith in her reinvented self, as well as in those around her. And when Shelby goes missing, Cady has to rely on the enigmatic Reid for help, even as she doubts his motives—and her resistance to his teasing charm.

With the flash mob facing disaster, her sister in jeopardy, and things with Reid heating up, Cady realizes that what started as ‘fake it ’til you make it’ has become her reality. And when she finds herself in a life-threatening confrontation, she learns just how different she can really be…and exactly what she’ll do for the sake of a new start.

Overall Rating:  4 Rockin’ ★★★

“He was completely not the kind of guy who’d usually make her so swoony, and yet her body was buzzing, super-charged.”

The Same But Different is a fun filled story of English twins, Cady and Shelby, who travel to America on holiday after suffering an unexpected loss.  They plunge into the American culture by immersing themselves into the life of a flashpointer in California.  However, a secret burden is bestowed upon Cady by her mother.  This included an inheritance for both twins, which is without a doubt a mystery in itself.  Written from the point of view of the more responsible twin, Cady, the story has a bit of suspense, mystery, and an “I didn’t see that coming” at the end.  

Caddy Morrow is the more dependable twin, the one that everyone counted on.  She was always living her life for others by taking care of her mum and dad, while her twin was off doing…whatever.  Never in her wildest dreams did she think she would gain the chance to travel to America and participate in one of her most favorite YouTube exploits, flash mobs.  Cady is ready, ready for a new adventure, and beginning a new chapter in her life.  The bonus is she gets the chance to meet one man who makes her all “swoony”.  Sooo not her type, Reid is the kind of man that looked one way and acted totally different.  Cady’s instant attraction to him makes her crazy.  She’s living her life now, and the new Cady is eager to get started.

Daniel Reid is part of the flashpointer mob.  He’s that guy that takes care of whatever is needed.  The moment he meets Cady Morrow, he can’t resist giving her everything she needs.  However, Reid has secrets.  He can’t afford to getting involved with Lady Cady, not yet.  

I enjoyed the well thought out plot of this story.  It evoked a deja vu type feeling of being in the “Parent Trap”.  The characters were well developed and creative.  Adding the flashmob was genius and it gives the story a hipster vibe.  I appreciated the fact that the story was told from one sister’s perspective; maybe a sequel would reveal more of Shelby’s story.  In the end, my “didn’t see it coming” moment had me pleasantly surprised and all “swoony” inside.   Nicely done, Serena.  Grēta

Hero -  Daniel Reid 3.5 stars
Heroine – Cady Morrow 4.0 stars
Steam Level: 3.0 stars
Plot: 4.0 stars
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes!

Would I read other books by this author: Yes!

***Received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review***

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for reading and reviewing The Same But Different - I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Serena :-)