Review: Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup 6

Second Verse CoverTitle: Second Verse
Author: Jennifer Walkup
Genre: YA Paranormal

Can love last more than a lifetime? Can Murder?

Bad things come in threes. In Shady Springs, that includes murder.

Murder Now
Lange Crawford’s move to Shady Springs, Pennsylvania, lands her a group of awesome friends, a major crush on songwriter Vaughn, and life in a haunted, 200-year-old farmhouse. It also brings The Hunt: an infamous murder mystery festival where students solve a fake, gruesome murder scheme during the week of Halloween. Well, supposedly fake.

Murder Then
Weeks before The Hunt, Lange and her friends hold a séance in the farmhouse’s eerie barn. When a voice rushes through, whispering haunting words that only she and Vaughn can hear, Lange realizes it’s begging for help. The mysterious voice leads Lange and Vaughn to uncover letters and photos left behind by a murdered girl, Ginny, and they become obsessed with her story and the horrifying threats that led to her murder.

Murder Yet to Come
But someone doesn’t like their snooping, and Lange and Vaughn begin receiving the same threats that Ginny once did. The mysterious words from the barn become crucial to figuring out Ginny’s past and discovering how their own past is connected to hers. They must work fast to uncover the truth or risk finding out if history really does repeat itself.

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Book Reviews By RatingMy Review:

Second Verse was a very enjoyable quick read. Walkup hooked me right from the start with her ingenious weaving of unpredictable twists and turns of the story and hints of mystery and thrilling paranormal suspense. I tried guessing and solving the mystery as the story goes and ended up being completely wrong quite a few times.

I loved Lange and Vaughn. They were such a cute couple. Lange was smart, cool, and independent. I liked how Vaughn kept trying to come up with imaginative nicknames for her for having a bizarre name. I loved their crazy adventures playing detectives throughout the story. Just reading about how their relationship develops was entertaining already in itself – it was a perfect relatioinship development, not too fast like love at first sight, but not too slow that it made me want to stop reading.

I also liked how the deeper I got into the story, the more complex and intriguing it became. I found it almost impossible to put the book down. If you’re looking to read horror, paranormal thriller, YA romance, suspense, and mystery, I highly recommend Second Verse. It was a truly exciting and enjoyable read for me.


Books and Bindings was given a review copy of Second Verse by Novel Publicity & Co in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence or alter the thoughts and opinions of this review in any way.


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Jennifer WalkupAbout the author: When Jennifer Walkup isn’t writing or reading, she’s spending time with her husband and young sons, listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers, and coming up with costume ideas for Halloween. She’s obsessed with good coffee and new recipes and likes broccoli on her pizza, flowers in her hair, flip-flops on her feet, and the number 13. A member of SCBWI, Jennifer also serves as fiction editor for The Meadowland Review and teaches creative writing at The Writers Circle. Second Verse is her first novel. Connect with Jennifer on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, or GoodReads.

Luminis Books was launched in January, 2010 by husband and wife team Tracy Richardson and Chris Katsaropoulos with a mission to publish thought-provoking literary fiction for children and adults. We publish what we love: Meaningful Books That Entertain. Our award-winning books engage and inform readers and explore a wide range of topics from love and relationships, teen sexual assault and homelessness to string theory, consciousness, and the Universal Energy Field. Luminis Books is a proudly independent publisher located in Carmel, IN. Learn more at

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6 thoughts on “Review: Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup

  1. Reply tiffnanny Nov 30,2013 5:25 pm

    Love the idea of using discussion questions in the post! I really liked Lange and Vaughn’s interaction, too. I gave the book 3.5 stars in my review, because I really liked the story, the characters, the mystery. But I don’t feel like the story is finished. What do you think?

    • Reply Andrea K. Dec 2,2013 2:21 pm

      Thanks! I agree that somehow it felt unfinished, but I’d like to think the story is open-ended. Maybe Jennifer wanted the option to turn it into a series in the future? 🙂 In the end though, I was completely satisfied.

    • Reply tiffnanny Dec 2,2013 11:12 pm

      That’s what I was thinking, it felt like it was set up for a sequel. I wouldn’t say I was unsatisfied. I really liked Second Verse and I’ve already recommended it to others.

    • Reply Andrea K. Dec 2,2013 11:14 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. 🙂

  2. Reply Emlyn Chand Dec 2,2013 2:15 pm

    Awesome review, and such high praise for SECOND VERSE. I’m so glad you loved it! Thank you for joining us on this tour and for taking a moment to cross-post to Amazon and GoodReads. Oh, and don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter and random commenter contests for yourself.

    Em 🙂

    • Reply Andrea K. Dec 2,2013 2:22 pm

      No problem! I loved the book and thanks for inviting me to participate in this awesome tour.

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