Thursday, September 19, 2013

Deceived by Julie Anne Lindsey

Julie Anne Lindsey
316 pages
Publisher: Merit Press
Release Date: September 18th, 2013
Rate: Enjoyed it

I am truly impressed, and a little bit creeped out, with Julie Anne Lindsey. She created a story of mystery and suspense, to the creepy, I'm-having-goosebumps type, and added romance. I really enjoyed it.
Before I do my write about this book, I need to tell it: I knew it! I knew it from the first page!! Ok, you will understand my crazy act after reading the book.
The main character, Gabriella, or Elle as Pixie, her roommate called her, is in a boarding school when everything starts to get creepy, again. She starts to find things in her locker that remind her of her dead mother, she feels like she's been followed, every morning she finds cigarette butts in the floor in front of her door... Creepy much right? Like I said total stalker-thing going on here.
What makes this story go on until the end are two different events. The first one is when Elle meets a gorgeous, yet a little bit older guy. He's interested in her and the feeling seems to be mutual. But shockingly, he surprises Elle by being at her same boarding school. But he does not look like seventeen at all. So everything around Brian is a mystery that Elle is willing to unravel.
The second one is when a teacher assigned the whole class to look on internet about themselves and the search result of her name is an empty site. Elle doesn't find anything. Weird.
And then everything starts to get messy until you know the whole, shocking and unexpected truth of Elle's past and life, the feeling that she's been followed her almost entire life, Brian and the obsession of her father of moving out.
The main character, Elle, was like a Nancy Drew 2.0. She wanted to know everything, however she's a little bit demure. Despite this, she's also brave and although she's afraid she stills act like a not insane person (I would be totally the opposite in her situation). Brian, on the other hand, is confusing and mysterious. You have a lot of whys going on through your head while reading the book, but you know, deep down, that he's not the enemy. Or at least you hope so, because he's beyond cute and surprisingly amazing once he lets Elle enter his world a little bit. And what's the best of it? He's determined to keep Elle safe and would do anything to protect her (*double sigh*). And I have to talk about Pixie, Elle's roommate, she's just amazing and a great, great friend. I really liked her and would miss her If she wasn't in the story.
The romance and the mystery were perfect and I really felt like I was inside the story. So much that I had a hard time sleeping tonight... Yeah, double checked my wardrobe (Just in case!). 
However, the story, at first, was kind of slow. I understand that you need to know everything before make the reader addicted to the story, but I had a hard time concentrating at the beginning. Although when the story gets pretty intense, you cannot stop reading and that's what I really liked.
So the final decision about this book, Book Addicts, is that you need to give it a try If you like romantic stories with a little bit of mystery, suspense and creepiness in it and a dose of sweet YA. And because we truly enjoyed it, we are giving this book four gorjuss dolls and recommend you to read Deceived and, after that, double check your closet and doors... Don't want to feel like anything's following/watching you.

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Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. In 2013, Julie welcomes five new releases in three genres including her newest title, DECEIVED, a YA suspense from Merit Press, and her first cozy mystery, MURDER BY THE SEASIDE, book one in the Patience Price, Counselor at Large series from Carina Press (a digital imprint of Harlequin). 

Julie is a self-proclaimed word nerd who would rather read than almost anything else. She started writing to make people smile. Someday she plans to change the world. Most days you'll find her online, amped up on caffeine and wielding a book. 

Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW), Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), Sisters in Crime (SinC) and the Canton Writer’s Guild.

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Prize package #1 (US only)

Signed hardcover of DECEIVED with signed swag/bookmarks 

$10 iTunes gift card 

Black satin makeup bag with: black blinged compact/mirror, blue sheen nail polish & 5 pack Frosted lip gloss & balms 

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Signed hardcover of DECEIVED with signed swag/bookmarks 

Silver makeup bag with: silver sparkly compact/mirror, Pixie dust (in honor of my favorite YA roommate) & 4 pack Moshi Monsters flavored lip gloss tin 

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Signed ARC of DECEIVED with signed swag/bookmarks 

4 pack Nerds flavored lip gloss tin 

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Signed ARC of DECEIVED with signed swag/bookmarks 

Satin Pucker Up makeup bag 

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Signed ARC of DECEIVED with signed swag/bookmarks 

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1-eARC PDF of Deceived