by Leigh Talbert Moore


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ISBN-13: 9781484904787
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/30/2013
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Leigh Talbert Moore is the author of the popular young adult romantic comedy The Truth About Faking, its companion, The Truth About Letting Go, a new adult romantic suspense novel Rouge, which was a 2013 ABNA Quarter Finalist, and the Dragonfly series, a contemporary romance-family saga.

Leigh lives with her husband and two young children in the Midwest, where she conjures new worlds, characters, and situations while playing chauffeur, chaperone, group activity leader, and referee.

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Dragonfly 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Auhmanduh More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that I wish were 500 pages so I could get lost in it without having to wait months to find out what happens. High School, the stuff nightmares are made of. Apparently, not so much for Jr. Nancy Drew/Christiane Armanpour wanna be Anna. After Anna's bestfriend Gabi moves to Key West Anna is left to face her senior year of high school alone. However, things definitely take a turn when suddenly she is desire of not only the hottest guy in school (Julian) but also wanted by Jack, the son of the towns richest resident. without any spoilers Anna finds herself in quite a whirlwind of dramatics. Not only is she working this information with the best of intentions, but she is also struggling to understand her own emotions that are caught between two swoon worthy men. Me? Personally, I'm team Julian all the way. (im)patiently waiting on book 2.
Roses_Book_Blog More than 1 year ago
Anna Sanders expects to have an uneventful senior year.  Her best friend Gabi moved away and even though she's lived on the Gulf Coast for three years other than Gabi and Julian she's never really made friends.  That is until she meets twins Lucy and Jack. Lucy is quick to make friends with Anna even wanting to set her up with her brother Jack.  Jack is everything you could want in a guy,  he's rich, good-looking, sweet, and popular but as he and Anna grow closer to one another he constantly pulls away telling her it's best of they are not together.  Throw into the mix Jack's dad who isn't the nicest man and Jack's older brother who wants to take Jack away and  you have a recipe for disaster. Then there's Julian.  Julian is a rising star in the art world.  He's the son of a former artist and has a real gift with art.  He's always been  on Anna's radar and with her friend Gabi out of the picture she thinks she might finally have a shot with him.  Problem is she can't tell  half the time if Julian is serious or flirting, she doesn't want to mess up their friendship, and her heart in some ways is with another...  Jack.  But when push comes to shove who will come out on top Julian or Jack?  Add to the mix that Anna wants to be a journalist and unknowing uncovers a deep dark secret that could rip everyone around worlds apart. When I first started reading this story I expected to find a shy girl who would fall for the rich guy who has everything.   The friend would get in the way and ultimately she would choose the new guy who she has deep feelings for.  What I didn't expect to  find was the emotional heartfelt roller coaster ride I was taken on.  Every time Anna and Jack took two steps forward they took three  steps back and I wanted to cry sometimes because I could really feel what Anna was going through.  These characters are so well developed that you'll find yourself lost in the story living right along side Anna as she goes through the twists and turns of her senior year in high school.  I look forward to reading the next book in this series and the wait is going to kill me because it left me wanting to know so much more about what will happen with this story. I give it 5 stars!  ***ARC provided in exchange for honest review***
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
I requested and received an ARC for the second book in this series, Undertow, without realizing it was a sequel. So, of course, I one-clicked this book so I'd be able to better understand and review the second book.  I have incredibly conflicting feelings about this book. I really wanted to like it. Summer love with a hint of mystery? Sign me up. But, I had a hard time getting into this one. The mystery wasn't as mysterious as I was led to believe, the love triangle kind of annoyed me and I just found myself having a really difficult time connecting to any of the characters.  "Julian drifted into my mind. He was different, and I was different with him - not desperate. Calm and smart. But my insides didn't work that way. They were torn and obsessed, and I still wanted Jack. He was a bad drug that left me craving more even when it hurt me."  Anna was the kind of main female character that makes me want to throw things. She was wishy-washy and weak. She was more than willing to shove aside her hot, sweet friend (Julian) in favor of the mysterious, sexy, rich guy (Jack)... except in those moments when she was jealous of her friend and his other girls. But then he would make a play for her and she'd shove him aside. It got rather tiresome. The heart wants what the heart wants, but it wasn't the heart that was in question here. It was parts a little lower than that.  "My legs trembled, and I just wanted him. All of him. I didn't care if it was a huge mistake. I didn't care if it made me weak and pathetic. I hated myself, but my need to have him was stronger than my need to hurt him." Jack bothered me. I never once got the feeling that he actually cared for Anna. I can get behind the "I want her/him, but I know I can't have her/him, but I still want to sample the goods from time to time" mentality. That's not what I got from him at all. I think he liked the power he knew he had over her, but that there were no true feelings, aside from simple lust, driving his actions. Of course, Anna let him continue to get away with it, so can you fully blame him? More than "let him," she pretty much begged him to take things further, even though he flat-out told her they would never be more than what they were. It was all very frustrating to me.  Julian was absolutely swoon-worthy. He was the kind of guy that made you want to grab the heroine, shake her a few times and try to make her realize what an idiot she was being. Julian was sweet, hot, artistic. He had a really sexy side, too. He actually cared about Anna. He was patient with her. More patient than I was as she continued to throw herself at the guy who clearly didn't give a damn about her.  The other characters just kind of blended into the background for me. Truthfully, I felt virtually nothing for them. I actually found myself far more interested in what occurred in the past than what was happening in the present. I wanted to know more about the history of Julian's mom and Jack's dad. It looks like I'll get that in the next book. I hope I get a lot more, period, in Undertow. But, all that said, this book was a good, quick read. I will definitely be checking out the remaining books in the series as they come out. While I didn't feel like I completely connected with the characters, I connected enough to want to know how it all turns out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book basically in one sitting but i became increasingly frustrated with Anna and her choices...Things just didn't come together for me in this one.
Harley_Bear_Book_Blog1 More than 1 year ago
Fans of The O.C. pay attention!  Jack Kyser is a mixture of rich Seth Cohen, who doesn't want to be part of the high class world anymore + a dash of Ryan Attwood, who is the dark, mysterious, hot, new guy.  In the beginning I actually thought he was going to end up being paranormal because his family secludes themselves from the rest of the town and he was so mysterious.  I felt like that guy on Ancient Aliens that accuses everyone of being an alien.  But I was glad when he turned out to be 100% human.  There was also another amazing love interest.  His name is Julian and while he spends some of the time in  just the background of the novel, I was routing for him the whole way.  It was one love triangle that I actually enjoyed. The main character, Anna, was so true to what I remember being a teenager was like.  She tries to hold herself together when things get rough, but she's being thrown into new situations all the time and it's hard for her to navigate.  What I didn't like about her was that she put Jack on a pedistal and expected him to be perfect.  He had flaws.  In fact, there were times he was kind of a jerk.  A lovable jerk once you learned his past, but still.  And I wanted Anna to just pick one of the boys.  She kept going back and forth.  I've been in a situation like that so I was able to connect with her easily.  It is hard to sort through your emotions sometimes especially in High School.  But still.  Just pick already! There was a slight mystery at the end that popped up and definitely added another layer to the story.  Something crazy happens towards the end that was so unexpected and really brought on the feels!  When everything started to wrap up I was expecting a few more chapters of closure, but I turned the page and BAM the book is over!  There wasn't a huge cliffhanger or anything, but I was left wanting more of the characters.  I miss them already.  Definitely need to get book two soon. If you're looking for a contemporary that is fun and cute, but also has some depth with great characters.  This is definitely one you'll want to check out!
KellyP123 More than 1 year ago
There is a reason I'm a huge cheerleader for Leigh T. Moore and her novels. It's because I truly, sincerely, ALWAYS enjoy them. Her newest YA novel, Dragonfly, had me sucked me in again, and I read it in two days. Part of it was because I was picturing a young Julian McMahon (anyone remember Nip/Tuck?) as Julian. Part of it was the peek into the lives of the rich and maybe not so perfect. But mostly it's Leigh's gift of writing a story that makes you care about the characters because they are so darn real and creating twists and turns to make every chapter a page turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great storytelling. Real people, interesting story, well written. Thoroughly enjoyable. I am looking forward to reading the follow up, Undertow.
xxBianca More than 1 year ago
Dragonfly is not your typical YA (Young Adult) novel where it’s all butterflies and roses. It has deep dark secrets, suspense, and even a bit of a love triangle. Just a little. Reading this reminded me why I enjoy YA. It has been months since I’ve picked one up and this was a refreshing read. Anna Sanders is a high school student that is feeling lonely her senior year because one of her closest friends has moved away. Her goal is to finish high school, get scholarships and go to college where she plans to major in Journalism. However, when she meets the gorgeous twin brother and sister, Jack and Lucy Kyser, her life will never be the same. Anna is immediately drawn to Jack, as he is to her. However, as we find out, his family has dark secrets (some unknown to him) and Jack is determined to stay away from Anna. He knows he wants her, but she deserves better. Then there is Julian. Sweet, romantic, artistic, Julian! He is completely blown away by Anna and she has a hard time seeing this. They’ve always been nothing but friends, but it becomes clearly obvious he wants her, in every non-friendly way possible. Don’t let the slight love triangle throw you off. I know this is a sensitive subject for some, but the author does a great job with this. Anna loves someone who pushes her away, yet she feels she isn’t deserving of the one who undeniably wants to be with her. So who’s my pick? I’m Team Julian of course! As we get deeper into the story, Anna discovers the Kyser family secret. This could cost her both men she truly and deeply cares about. I absolutely cannot wait for book 2. Yes, this ends on a sort of cliffhanger, but it is the kind where you cannot wait to dig into the next one. I recommend this story to anyone looking for a wonderfully written YA novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love triangles uuggh, they drive me crazy HOWEVER this book was written in a way that made me understand why there was a love triangle. Especially at the age these characters were. This is exactly what first loves, infatuation and figuring out what the heart needs is all about. This is also the first book with a love triangle that I can honestly say I don't have a favorite side. It was heart wrenching, remembering back to that age and how devastating first loves can be. The characters are fun and easy to identify with. They all bring something to the story. Not really a cliff hanger but book does end with no clear resolution, for me I definitely need to read the series back to back. Thankfully #3 is out soon. Good book, starting on second.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
Anna is about to start her senior year minus her best friend Gabi. As an Army brat Gabi is used to moving and starting over all the time, but Anna isn't, and after three years she is just starting to feel comfortable. She's got friends, but none like Gabi, who always managed to make every situation turn out OK. While sitting on the beach the day before school begins Anna meets two beautiful people, Lucy & Jack. She later learns that they are twins, and their father is Bill Kyser, one of the richest land developers on the Gulf Coast. Anna is befriended by the outgoing Lucy, which brings Jack and Anna together. Only Anna can't tell what their relationship is because Jack keeps swinging from hot to cold with no warnings. She wants to be strong and ignore him, but each time he comes back she just can't seem to say no to him. Meanwhile there is her friendship with the school hottie, Julian. He is a phenomenally talented artist she got to know while tutoring him in Algebra last year. As the year progresses Julian periodically does, or says, little things that leave Anna wondering about his true feelings for her. He has even kissed her, but though she likes him she can't shake her feelings for Jack. Her job on the school paper is going to help get her into a solid journalism school, so when she is offered an internship at the local paper she is over the moon. Until she is assigned to go do a basic interview of Bill Kyser, who was terribly mean to her the first time they met. She was seeing Jack at his mansion when his dad came outside, drink in hand, and proceeded to say some wildly inappropriate things to Anna. But Anna mentally squares her shoulders and goes in for the interview, which actually enough goes very smoothly. When Anna learns that Julian's mother was in business with Kyser and his partner a mystery is uncovered. One Anna is determined to solve - which is just who Julian's father is. She thinks she knows, but has to prove it and then get one of his parents to tell him. Anna's senior year teaches her a lot, and she grows up some, beginning to learn her own mind. Julian is clearly a part of that picture, though she is afraid to risk their friendship, not too mention the issue of her lingering feelings for Jack. So far Julian has patiently waited for Anna to figure out what, and who, she really wants. But will how long will he wait for her to make up her mind? And will he still feel the same way about her if he ever finds out the she secret she is now a part of? A secret she has sworn not to share with anyone? The story is sweet and easy to relate to, with the golden boy who keeps spinning her head, the best friend who is patiently waiting on the sidelines, and the other best friend who helps her sort it all out. Though things with Jack go on a bit too long, the last quarter of the book more than makes up for that. And though things end fairly neatly, there is still the mystery of what happened almost twenty years ago. The answer to that story and many more are sure to be found in "Undertow," book two of the 'Dragonfly Series.'
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
The story was well put together and thought out. Dragonfly was sort of like a puzzle. Every one behaved the way they did for a reason, and the more you read the more it all pieces together. It kept me glued to the book. Dragonfly by Leigh T. Moore was provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wish these readers would write their own books. Please stop trying to rewrite a book that you just read. Nobody asked you to retell the story. ZJR
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A 180 page free well-written story of a teenage girl in her final year and at a new high school with her best friend moving away but having her plans for her life on track when she reaches an emotional conflict between two hot guys in her life. One new and exciting, and another a friend who wishes to be more. In among all the emotional turmoil and drama and makeout kissing sessions, she finds a secret........ There is an abrupt ending to this story as a lead in for the next. An excerpt for the next story is included.
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Looks amazing
klavalier More than 1 year ago
Sucks you in with an incredible love story that you don't want to end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book, but Anna is stupid. She knows Jack is pushing her away, and she is mad at him, but everytime they kiss she turns into a hoe. Wow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a light read, making me so happy I'm no longer in high school but this isn't the generic mean girl scrap. It is a story about a girl who loves two guys and finds out about a secret that involves them both. I do think Anna is too nosey for her own good, although her intentions are pure. I do hope she ends up with Julian.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an easy read, the story line was pretty good. I did not like how it ended, but I guess thats why there is a second book that I am off to purchase.
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I originally picked up this book because dragonflys hold a special place in my heart. I have to say, I loved this book from the start. I was hooked and wanted to sit by the pool and enjoy this series. I read all three in two days and was bummed that I have to wait until May for Mosic. I would totally suggest this series to anyone.