Justice (Deck of Lies #1)

Justice (Deck of Lies #1)

by Jade Varden

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A House of Cards...

When you build an entire life on a foundation of lies, it only takes one truth for the whole thing to come crashing down. I never invited the truth in. I never went searching for it. I never had any reason to suspect that the two people I loved most were dishonest with me every second of every day.

I made one bad decision, and in a single day my entire world changed. If I'm ever going to discover the truth about myself and my parents, I have to trace all the lies back to their source. I have to try to find the truth that they�re hiding.

The more I discover about myself, and my past, the more I realize that lies really are better than the truth. But now that I know the lies are all around me, I can�t stop until I�ve discovered them all. I�ll pull each lie away, one by one, and examine it to see what�s underneath�until this house of cards crumbles into dust at my feet.

I just hope I can survive the crash.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013947139
Publisher: Jade Varden
Publication date: 02/15/2012
Series: Deck of Lies
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 154
File size: 263 KB

About the Author

Jade Varden is a teller of tales from Louisville, Kentucky. The Deck of Lies series is the first in several young adult series and stand-alone novels Jade will publish.

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Justice (Deck of Lies #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Katie_Cohen More than 1 year ago
3.75-4 Stars! Definitely a book you shouldn't judge by it's cover, I was pleasantly surprised by Justice! There was a lot I liked, and very little I didn't. What I Liked: The story blended together mystery, drama, and romance that kept you intrigued the whole way through. It was fast paced with lots of twists that make it an easy and entertaining read. It was easy to connect with Rain, the main character, and you could feel what she felt throughout the book. I really sympathized for her, and I like that she saw things for what they really were most of the time. And when she didn't, she went out and searched for her own answers. The writing was very well put together, with barely any errors. The ending leaves you wanting more--it's not as bad as some cliffhangers, but you're left with some big unanswered questions. What I Didn't Like: I would have liked there to be more story development before the first major plot twist, but since it is a fairly short book (146 pages), I didn't have a big problem with it. I felt like there were too many love interests, and we weren't able to get to know some of the characters very well because of that. I would have been totally fine with just one, or maybe even two guys, but three just seemed like too much. Especially since each of the three guys was really complicated and too much of the story was about them. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Overall, I enjoyed this book and it definitely kept me entertained! I recommend it to anyone who wants a shorter YA Mystery with some romance.
AngRI More than 1 year ago
My Review: This book totally caught me off guard. I don't normally read mystery but do read a lot of young adult so thought I would give it a try. I completely forgot I was reading a mystery until things started twisting around towards the end! I was so absorbed in the story and the characters that I couldn't put the book down (I ended up hiding my kindle under the covers so my hubby wouldn't see me reading when I should have been sleeping), I finished it in a single day. The story builds and builds in intensity that you can't wait to follow Rain and see what happens next only to be left with a cliffhanger ending! The characters were so rich and real, I felt like I was watching a movie or even involved in their lives. I admit that some of the twists were a little predictable but it didn't matter as you moved on to the many other plot lines. I really can't explain how surprisingly great Justice was for me. I really hope you will give it a shot. My Rating: I really can't explain to you how excited I am about this book! It was so well written, the plot lines flow beautifully and the characters are so real. I give it a rating of Four Paws and a Stump Wag!!
CharDixon More than 1 year ago
Wow. It is 4:09 am. My friend Nicole sent me this book to review at 10:21. I couldn’t sleep, so I thought maybe I’d read a little bit of it until I got sleepy. That was about 12:10. I have just finished the book and as soon as I finish writing this I will be finding the next in the series. Jade Varden has completely sucked me into this story she is weaving. What could oh so easily have been just another fish out of water story full of trite and tired cliché is instead a well thought out and cleverly written page turner. I’m normally a science fantasy and occasional history inspired thriller type (with the occasional historical romance fling) so this isn’t something I would have picked up on my own. Rain/Chloe is an emotional angsty teenage girl – who happens to have just found out that her parents aren’t her parents, her brother isn’t her brother and nothing else makes sense either in the new life she is dropped into. But she isn’t annoying or over the top. I like her. I would have wanted to be friends with her. That is the key point that makes this more than just throw away YA fiction. Rain/Chloe seems real and that makes the extraordinary situation and everything that revolves around it work. Varden has created a fantastic cast of supporting characters as well. They are fully realized individuals not just plot devices or frosting. She also has a knack for throwing in surprises you drop your jaw at but also work. Jade Varden is an excellent storyteller with a deft hand at flowing prose. The story is compelling and interesting. The reader is drawn in and lead through the book in a journey made seamless by the adroit choice of words and sentence structure. I was surprised, shocked, upset and angry right along with Rain/Chloe. I am trying really hard not to give any spoilers away in this review and it is hard. The shocking revelations and intrigue start almost immediately. Who should she trust? What is still being hidden? If Justice (Deck of Lies #1) is any indication this is going to be an excellent series. Well done and thank you Jade Varden. My only suggestion at this point would be to rethink the cover art. The current choice does not do justice to the story within.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A book that starts with a high schooler heading to a new private school ends up in a twisted mess of high school queens and outsiders mixing and mingling with bad results. The reader meets at the beginning Rain Ramey who comes for a loving home with one brother and great parents; she is heading to a private school on a tuition and on the very first day gets tricked by the popular girls and the story goes to a whole different place than what I expected.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Rain Ramey just won a scholarship to an elite private school, Sloane. Sadly Rain doesn’t fit in and is bullied her first day. At the end of the day, she just wants to go home and forget about school but the main bully, Carsyn, is waiting for Rain and tells her that she wants to make it up to her and take her shopping. While shopping, Rain is taken into custody for shoplifting. When her fingerprints are run, it is discovered that she was a kidnapped child of a local family. Rain is really Chloe von Shelton, a local rich family. Rain is confused and lost. She can’t believe that her parents kidnapped her and she can’t believe the family she came from. She has a hard time accepting everything that is going on around her, from the impersonal kiss and dinners with her family to the behavior that is expected from her. Rain decides that she is going to find out what really happened. While researching, Rain meets Fallon, a troubled teen that was in the mental ward but also attends Sloane. Fallon helps her find more about her past and Rain starts having feelings for him. But there is also Owen, Carsyn’s boyfriend, that seems to like her and Tom, one of Owen’s friends that Rain can’t get over him wanting to go out on a date with her. I really liked this story. It has a reverse Cinderella feeling to it. The poor girl finds out she is actually a rich girl, but being a rich girls is not as easy as it first seems. I feel for poor Rain. It was painful to be ripped out of her family. I’m really interested to find out more about what happened to Rain. This is a great start to the series and I think many people will enjoy the short read. I personally can’t wait to read the next books. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
m0llyJ More than 1 year ago
Really great read for any age! (I received a copy of this from the author in exchange for my review) I have to admit, I had my reservations about this book before I began reading. I suppose I was expecting a typical story about a girl in search of herself and the truth behind her family. This book is NOT that simple. Jade Varden has created a story that is anything but. I was hooked after the first chapter! This book is full of twists and turns. There is never a dull moment and Justice really keeps you guessing. Rain is an amazing and well developed main character. The reader is able to connect with her and experience her emotions so well through out the story. You are really drawn into the story and her struggle to find the truth. As the mystery behind her family unfurled, I was not sure what to think. That is what is so great about Jade's writing. She is fresh, original and makes you think! I also enjoyed the fact that Rain does not give in to her new found lavish lifestyle. She holds on to the life shes always known. The only thing I did not agree with is Rain's choice of a boyfriend. She seemed to fall for Owen too easily. I really thought her relationship with River was blossoming, and then it came to a swift halt. I was admittedly, a little disappointed. Oh! And the situation with Tom was an excellent plot twist as well. A little predictable, but interesting all the same. Rain's whole family is intriguing. I can't wait to find out more about them and the secrets they are hiding. Overall, this book was fantastic. The plot was intense and it moved along at a great pace. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good mystery. Jade Varden is a very promising author and I can't wait to read the next book in this series!
cafereadsblogspotcom More than 1 year ago
Vampires, dragons and swordsmanship are not necessary for youth lit--but Justice could have used some special element to spice it up. There are no settings, themes or characters I saw that set this book apart from the many other tomes focusing on a teen girl's quest for her true identity. More than that, the characters are easy to read--some of the characters could have come straight out of High School Musical--and the stakes for the protagonist are not high enough--the protagonist, Rain, could walk away from her quest at any minute and it would cost her nothing but some emotional distress, perhaps cured by therapy. Besides some first-person ranting and raving, readers don't really get a glimpse of just how devastating it would be for Rain to live without the truth or what tangible consequences, if any, it would have for the community as a whole. On the bright side, this book is well-written. The dialogue is crisp and the narrative sparkles. I particularly enjoyed the attitude that Varden infused into her writing as the voice of Rain, the protagonist, narrated the story. Rain's romantic interests throughout the story will likely appeal to teen readers, especially her interactions with River and Owen. Also, Varden excels with pacing that keeps the story moving at a clip that is appropriate for youth lit. As evident from her solid writing, Varden understands the stylistic elements of her genre and has assembled her story accordingly.
juliesbookreview More than 1 year ago
Justice (Deck of Lies) Rain wakes up to a new day. Excited, scared and a normal teenager, starting a new school. Rain received a scholarship to Sloane, a private very rich school. Out of thousands of applicants she is one of 5 poor kids to receive the scholarship. Her parents and brother talk of the future. Rain leaves her house happy with her family's support and excited about a new future. When she gets to school, she is met by Laurel. She shows her around but doesn't befriend her. The school is full of privileged kids,who treat Rain as if she doesn't belong. Carsyn, Von Shelton, one of the most popular girls at school, doesn't let Rain forget she is not wanted or welcomed there. Carsyn comes up to Rain and offers to take her shopping. Rain wanting to fit in, and hoping maybe for a friend at the new school, accepts the offer. Trying on clothes and all the expensive things was something new and exciting. So when she puts on a bracelet and Carsyn says she has already paid for it, she believes her. When the security guard grabs her and charges her with theft, she is very surprised. At the police station she explains what happened and they believe her and call her parents. Rain knows she is in a lot of trouble. After they finger print her, her world goes from bad to worse. The police seclude her and will not let her talk to her parents. When the social worker gets there, they inform her she is a missing person. Rain was kidnapped as a small toddler and has been missing for 14yrs. Her name is not Rain but Chloe. Chloe Van Shelton! This was a VERY good YA mystery. It is told from young Rain's point of view. She goes through hell. To have a loving family and discover it is all lies, or to think it is, would be horrifying. The author does a great job with Rain on how she deals with everything. Rain is a girl who is put in a unimaginable situation and deals with things as best she can. Rain wants to find out why she was kidnapped. She doesn't want to believe that her parents she has known are bad. She knows there has to be an explanation for it all. As she discovers answers more questions unfold and you want to know more of the mystery evolving their families. River and Rain's relationship is complex but cute and has potential. This story is a entertaining and makes you think and wonder. As an adult, I wanted to know more and wanted to follow Rain on her journey. I am hoping the author will send me the next book of Rain's story. It was defiantly worth the read for any adult or teenager! Thanks for the awesome read. complimentary book given for a free review
DanicaPage More than 1 year ago
A great start to a great new series. My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. Disclaimers: I received a copy of this book for review from the author in exchange for my honest opinions. My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I didn't really know what to expect going into this novel. I read the first five pages and found my mind whirling in a million different directions as I tried to figure out what was going to happen next. I never could have guessed the direction this novel would go. I found myself getting drawn into the story more and more with each page I read. Rain Ramey, the main character of the story, was one that I loved getting to know more about. The more I read about her the more I liked her. That's not to say I didn't want to hit her over the head at times, because I did. However, as much as I liked Rain, I loved Rivers. From the moment Rain met him, I really liked him and I did throughout the entire novel. I still do. Varden's writing was compelling and left me thoroughly entertained. And that ending, man did that ending kill me. I have to know what happens next. I wouldn't say her ending is a cliff-hanger exactly, but it definitely left me dying to read what happens next. I have all these thoughts and suspicions and I'm still trying to figure out what exactly happened. Any novel that can do that ranks high in my book. In Summary: Varden wove a compelling tale that sucked me in from the beginning. This novel offers a brilliant start to what I think is a promising new series. The Wrap-up: In other words, Justice is a great new start to a great new series. Varden's writing was compelling and definitely drew me in. I definitely can't wait to see what Varden does with her sequel. Love, Danica Page
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read with a strong heroine! Who knows what will happen next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago