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Posted September 30, 2013
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Young adult fiction is largely focused on the dystopian and fantasy genres these days so I’m always glad to find a novel rooted in mystery. Deceived falls into that category quite nicely and hits a lot of my hot spots.
The whole point of a mystery is to present the reader and the protagonist with a situation filled with questions and then the reader follows the protagonist through solving the puzzle(s), sometimes leaping ahead by figuring it out first, either by the author’s design or because the clues are somewhat obvious. In this case, I did have a pretty good idea early on—and my guess turned out to be correct—but that didn’t diminish my enjoyment of Elle’s journey at all.
Elle is a character with some depth and I felt her need for stability after a lifetime of constant moves but, of course, any reader would know that her thinking she’s finally come to a place to call “home” is merely a lead-in to her learning a great deal more than she could ever have foreseen. Yes, she makes some choices that are naive and ill-considered but she is, after all, a teenager who has been protected all her life by her father so we shouldn’t expect her to be all-seeing, all-knowing and totally mature. Elle behaves pretty much as I would have expected my own teens to behave in a similar scenario.
The one thing that absolutely did not work for me was the romance. I hate so-called “insta-love” because it’s trite, makes no sense and almost always casts the girl in a bad light for being so idiotic. People say boys are ruled by their hormones but I really think girls put boys to shame when it comes to losing all sensibility over the opposite sex. That failure of good sense becomes even more important when Elle realizes she may be in the cross-hairs of a serial killer known as the Reaper and she will be even more surprised at some of the secrets that come to light.
When push comes to shove, Elle’s intelligence kicks in when she needs it most and she becomes the strong-minded girl I like to see in a novel of suspense. Despite an occasional plot hole and my irritation about the romance, I enjoyed Deceived and I’m looking forward to trying some of Ms. Lindsey’s other titles.
Posted September 21, 2013
It¿s not often you read a book that really has you guessing, but
It’s not often you read a book that really has you guessing, but this one does that. Maybe a bit too long. My husband asked me, when I was around page 65, what the book was all about. And I told him, honestly, I’m not sure. Nothing had really happened so far that would provide a direction to the book, except that there was definitely a feel that things were not how they seemed and there was a creepiness settling on me as I read. I’m a trooper though and wanted to get to the nitty gritty, so onward I went.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Gabriella, aka Elle, had moved quite a bit through her life. Her father seemed to move them anytime things about her deceased mother came up. A bit odd, but until now she never really thought anything of it. The reader starts to realize that there’s way more to the story when she mentions a simple thing like ribbons to him and he gives her the military inquisition. That must be his thing, because Elle really isn’t too fazed by it.
This book is full of suspense, mystery, thrills, heart pounding curl- yourself –deeper- in- the- sheets moments. You will not want to put this book down for any reason because you will be like Elle and wanting answers. And the romance, you will find yourself visualizing the sexiness of Brian and wondering to yourself just who this dude is. Lastly, there is the bff that will have you wrapped around her finger in just a few short sentences. Pixie is the type of friend that everyone secretly hopes for. A bit out there but with a heart that’s so much bigger than her that she just sweeps you off your feet with her amazingness.
Looking for something that will have you jumping when the house creeks? This is it. Looking for something with a bit of romance and suspense mixed together? This is it. Looking for something that will grab you until the end? This is it. What are you waiting for?
Posted September 20, 2013
I've always been a big fan of the "whodunit" kind of m
I've always been a big fan of the "whodunit" kind of mysteries. I like the suspense of not knowing everything that's going on. Of not being quite sure who the good guys and the bad guys are. Any book that can wrap that kind of suspense up with the romance that I really need to keep me sucked it is definitely one that I want to read. Deceived has all those elements, so naturally, I was excited.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Elle doesn't have all her memories from when she was a child, but she knows something scary must've happened because of her dreams. And, now she is away at school with the opportunity to finally shake her fears, except they seem to have followed her. Signs that she's being watched are all over. But, who's doing the watching? No doubt Brian is, but there's something different about him. His presence actually makes her feel safer, and she may need his protection if the real watcher has his or her way.
I loved not knowing what was going on. I love to be surprised. Deceived surprised me, and that's hard to do these days. The mystery in Deceived was a really good one. There were plenty of twists and turns wrapped up in a little bit of cloak and dagger and sealed with a kiss.
The romance was a sweet one, albeit a tad unbelievable. Brian has his own secrets that come out relatively quickly, so thank goodness we don't have to wait until the end for that. He's a bit older than Elle, but the age difference never bothered me. I was never overly aware of it. His job is what made the relationship implausible. I don't think a relationship would ever have grown out of their situation in real life. Despite that, I think Brian was my favorite character. He was aloof and slightly creepy in the beginning, and then brave and strong when he needed to be.
Elle was the weaker character, I thought. She was very fearful and timid. I prefer my female characters to be strong and bold. Elle was mousy almost to the point of ridiculousness. Sometimes I just wanted to shake her and tell her to man up. She did have her moments, including a big one, where she does reach deep down to find the strength the situation calls for, so I did appreciate that.
Many times, I felt like some of the things that were going on were just not plausible. I can't say too much without giving major plot points away. But, there are definitely some events and some plot elements that seemed a little far fetched. I feel like stories should be seamless - they should reflect real life and I should feel like I could take a trip to where the story is happening and really find the characters there. I didn't feel that way with Deceived.
Overall though, Deceived was a really good book. I remained engaged and interested. I really wanted to find out which of the possible baddies was the real one. And I wanted to find out if Elle and Brian found a way to be together. The suspense was killing me - and that's a good thing.
Posted September 12, 2013
DECEIVED by Julie Anne Lindsey is a tightly woven fast-paced Rom
DECEIVED by Julie Anne Lindsey is a tightly woven fast-paced Romance and suspense-thriller.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Note: I am a Merit Press author and received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.