Sunday, July 28, 2013

Deceived by Julie Anne Lindsey + Featured Freebie

When Elle's father, a single parent and a big shot in corporate insurance, moves her to yet another boarding school for senior year, Elle is disgusted when nothing changes. Her night terrors don't go away, and, soon, despite her father's caring calls and visits, Elle starts to believe she's losing her mind. She knows she's being followed; a ribbon is tied around her doorknob, and there are those cigarette butts that keep turning up on the doormat, in violation of a strict smoking ban on campus. 

Then there's Bryan, an intriguing boy Elle meets at a flea market and later finds out is a student at her school. Yet on campus, he pretends he doesn't recognize her - until the day he divulges just how much danger she's in. In her search for an answer to all the madness, Elle unravels the truth about her dad's real identity, why someone has lied to her all her life, and the terrifying truth that she may be the only one who can save her from the one who's following her now.

My Rating: 4 Roses

Thrilling, suspenseful, and totally unexpected, this YA romantic suspense was a lovely read. I really enjoyed Deceived. It had me on the edge of my seat with the mystery and swooning at the sweet romance. Really enjoyed this read.

The best part about this book was undoubtedly the mystery. What has everyone been hiding from Elle? Who is this serial killer that keeps striking? It kept me hooked. And I truly didn't suspect the truth and was totally blown away when it was revealed.

Elle was a great heroine. Her entire world has been shaken, yet she still stays strong. I thought she was a likable, realistic character. Definitely one that was easy to root for.

Bryan was confusing at first. He was definitely sketchy and I couldn't figure out exactly who he was and what he was doing. But, after he came clean and showed his true colors, it wasn't long before I adored him. He was so amazingly sweet and determined to protect Elle. He was just wonderful.

The romance was super sweet. Tons of swoon worthy moments with Byan's adorableness.

The plot was a weak points. The book was a little slow to start. It was a quarter of the way through before I was drawn into the story. And, though the mystery had me hooked, there were some parts where the plot slowed down. I didn't get bored at any point, but the change of pace was noticeable and I lost some interest at the slow parts. Regardless, I still enjoyed the story. And the ending was wonderful, a perfect wrap up to the mystery and the romance.

Deceived was a wonderful YA romantic suspense. This book had me on the edge of my seat and I really enjoyed it. To anyone who wants a great YA read to keep you hooked, then you have to read this book.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Merit Press for a copy!
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Today, I have a YA romance that sounds great: Pride's Prejudice by Misty Dawn Pulsipher. Go forth and get it for free!

Beth Pride really can’t stand William Darcy: he snubbed her at the Hartford College Children’s Benefit Auction; he has an infuriating propensity for pushing her buttons; his actions are frequently at odds with his words; and even his melting chocolate eyes and impressive physique don’t quite make up for his deficient personality.

Beth’s plan to avoid William backfires when her roommate falls for his best friend. As the unlikely duo are thrown together time and again, Beth begins to second guess her earlier assumptions about William.

Will Pride’s prejudice keep her from a happy ending, or will Beth discover that first impressions aren’t always what they seem?

Based on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.


  1. Awesome review! Looks like I'm going to have to add this one to the good ole TBR. Thanks for sharing : )

  2. Glad you're interested in the book! It was a totally amazing book. Hope you like it, too, when you get the chance to read it :)