Monthly Wrap Up | February 2016

This is my first Wrap Up of the year because I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t finish any books in January, sure I got halfway through My Heart and Other Black Holes, and I’ve enjoyed what I have read, but I seem to be in a never ending reading slump. So far this year I have finished one book, and the only real reason I picked up that book to read is for review purposes. I don’t know what’s wrong with my reading self at the moment, but I want it to stop!

As always click the picture to read my review!

What I Read

Sweet Liar by Debra Doxer

Currently Reading

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Reading Pride and Prejudice at least once a year is a given, it’s one of my favourite books of all time, and sometimes you just need a bit of Mr Darcy in your life!! I was honestly craving Pride and Prejudice so I had to grab it off my (beautiful new) bookcase. When I properly break this reading slump I’ll continue reading My Heart and Other Black Holes because I was really enjoying it!

What books have you read during the start of 2016? Let me know in the comments!

Sweet Liar by Debra Doxer | Review

     Title: Sweet Liar

     Author: Debra Doxer

     Release Date: October 20th, 2015

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, this does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review in any way.
Description from Goodreads:
Sometimes lies are sweeter than the truth.

Beauty is alluring; it can disguise the ugliness beneath. But scarred beauty is even more potent to a girl who vowed never to let her heart be broken again. It was an easy vow for Candy to keep until she met Jonah, an arrogant boy with a face that would be too perfect if not for the scar that marred the skin beside his eye.

That imperfect boy earned her trust and won her heart, but the ties that bind people together are fragile, especially when lies are told. Trust is also fragile, and once broken, doesn’t heal like a heart. Trust has to be earned again, and Jonah desperately wants Candy’s trust back.

But Candy has more than Jonah to worry about. Her father is in trouble, and she intends to help him whether he likes it or not. People tell her he’s a bad man, and that may be true, but he’s not all bad. Deep down, she understands his brand of badness because she’s so much like him.

When Candy finally learns the truth, she’ll have to grow up fast, let go of old grievances, and realise that being vulnerable doesn’t make her weak. In fact, opening herself up may be the very thing that makes her whole again.

I really enjoyed the first book Like Candy when I read it back in August (read my review here), and after that cliffhanger of an ending I’ve been waiting patiently for the release of book number two. The book kicks off right from where we left off in Like Candy, which is something I really liked about Sweet Liar, there was messing about with a pointless little recap, we’re thrown straight back into the action.
One slight issue I had with the previous book was Candy’s tendency to be slightly immature. I’m happy to report that Candy definitely matured a whole lot more in Sweet Liar, sure we still got to see some funny Candy style revenge that admittedly wasn’t the most mature thing, but nonetheless entertaining!
Candy and Jonah hit it off big time in Like Candy, but then BOOM huge revelation and that relationship crumbled pretty quickly. In Sweet Liar Jonah I was totally a Jonah supporter! I understood Candy completely but damn that boy was cute!! Jonah definitely had some seriously swoon worthy lines, and yes I may have actually verbalised my swooning more than once!
“Jonah smiled gently. ‘Even though there’s a good chance you’re going to break my heart, I want you to know it’s yours.'” 
I mean come on! How cute is that?! I love a bit of sweet romance and cheesy lines in my YA books, it can make shipping so enjoyable! 
I loved the secrecy that surrounded Candy’s father’s job in the first book, and the mystery continued in Sweet Liar, sure quite a bit more light was shed on her father does and who he works for, but I still definitely have questions, because ‘The Organisation’ is certainly mysterious!
Sweet Liar missed out on 5 stars from me as although I enjoyed it, I felt like that something extra special was missing, I’d definitely recommend the Candy books, especially if you’re looking for a fun read!
Have you read Sweet Liar? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
‘Sweet Liar’ by Debra Doxer
4 Stars

Like Candy by Debra Doxer | Book Tour | Review | Giveaway

      

      Title: Like Candy

      Author: Debra Doxer

      Release Date: July 28th, 2015

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, this does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review in any way.
Description from Goodreads:
Revenge is sweet, just like candy.
Candy Seaborne knows she’s badass. She takes after her father, an assassin and possibly a spy, although he won’t admit to either. She idolises him. Her dream is to follow in his footsteps. But first, she has to finish high school. Biding her time, waiting for real life to begin, Candy craves drama and isn’t above manufacturing some. If you’re a classmate who wronged her or a boyfriend who cheated, watch you back. She’s no pushover, and revenge may be her favourite pastime.

Jonah Bryson is the senior class heartthrob who breaks all the stereotypes. He’s a jock, but he isn’t the typical player. He’s moody and antisocial. No girl has gotten anywhere with him since his last girlfriend broke his heart.

Candy sees Jonah as a challenge and the perfect distraction. But she may be in over her head because unlike everyone else, Jonah isn’t buying her tough act. He sees the lost, lonely girl inside. He sees too much.When he looks at her that way, she wants to let her guard down and be vulnerable. But that’s the last thing she should do because her father’s world is spilling over into hers, and life is about to get real much sooner than Candy expected.

To begin with I wasn’t sure if I liked Candy all that much, she struck me as extremely immature, perhaps down to her character or the the writing I’m not sure. I therefore resigned myself to reading Like Candy for the tour, with no real expectations. 
How wrong I was. Sure, Like Candy started off at bit immature, with a lot of focus on rather juvenile things, but as the book got going I started liking Candy a lot more, and I really started to like where Debra Doxer was taking the story. 
There’s a mystery surrounding Candy’s father, there’s a general awareness that he does bad things for a living, the synopsis openly states that he’s an assassin and possibly a spy. This ambiguous nature to his job is maintained throughout, building the mystery as to just what is happening and why people keep trying to break into their house.
I definitely got sucked into the story, I got through it really quickly because I just wanted to know what the hell was going on. So obviously I had my own little ideas about what was going to happen and who was behind it, and can I just say CALLED IT! Before you go thinking that Like Candy is predictable, I wouldn’t go that far. I didn’t guess everything, in fact I was left quite shocked when one rather huge revelation was unravelling. So definitely don’t be put off if you dislike predictable books, hopefully you won’t figure it all out and Like Candy can surprise you.
Candy is blown away by Jonah’s good looks as soon as she lays eyes on him, but then his personality puts her off. There was clearly chemistry between the two but it didn’t feel fake, forced or rushed into, so basically what I’m saying is there was no insta-love. In fact as far as I’m concerned their relationship still needs to develop a bit more before the L word can be dropped. I liked the dynamic of Jonah and Candy together, he was really sweet and thoughtful, and I could see why she was enamoured.
I think my initial feelings towards this book were probably due to the difference in age between myself and the high school characters, I’m sure that if I’d have read it when I was still in high school myself I’d have loved it from the get go. But as it was I needed a little bit of warming up.
Something I was not prepared for in Like Candy was the cliffhanger, that’s right. One minute I was happily reading away and the next, there were no more electronic pages left. It only means one thing, I’m going to have to wait for Sweet Liar to come out so I can find out just what happens!

About The Author

Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks her when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “when I run out of time.”
Connect with Debra, she loves hearing from readers!

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‘Like Candy’ by Debra Doxer
4 Stars

Like Candy and Sweet Liar by Debra Doxer | Cover Reveal

In this cover reveal we get not one, but TWO covers! Now I’m super excited for this book, it sounds right up my street and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

Like Candy is the first book in the series, and here’s the cover!
Well, what do you think? I’m definitely feeling it! The more I look, the more I like! It’s the small details that really make this cover interesting, the sweets next to what appears to be blood splatters. It’s intriguing and really makes me want to read it!
If you like the look of the cover, then read on for the synopsis!
Like Candy by Debra Doxer
Published July 28th
The Candy Series #1
Description from Goodreads:
Revenge is sweet, just like candy.

Candy Seaborne knows she’s badass. She takes after her father, an assassin and possibly a spy, although he won’t admit to either. She idolises him. Her dream is to follow in his footsteps. But first she has to finish high school.

Biding her time, waiting for real life to begin, Candy craves drama and isn’t above manufacturing some. If you’re a classmate who wrong her or a boyfriend who cheated, watch your back. She’s no pushover, and revenge may be her favourite pastime.

Jonah Bryson is the senior class heartthrob who breaks all the stereotypes. He’s a jock, but he sin’t the typical player. He’s moody and antisocial. No girl has gotten anywhere with him since his last girlfriend broke his heart.

Candy sees Jonah as a challenge and the perfect distraction. But she may be in over her head because unlike everyone else, Jonah isn’t buying her tough act. He sees the lost, lonely girl inside. He sees too much. When he looks at her that way, she wants to let her guard down and be vulnerable. But that’s the last thing she should do because her father’s world is spilling over into hers, and life is about to get real much sooner than Candy expected.

Next up is the second book in the series, Sweet Liar.

The cover for Sweet Liar is following on with the same black and white chalkboard theme as Like Candy, so kudos for continuity (ya’ll know us book lovers HATE when he covers in a series don’t match!)
I don’t know what the synopsis is for Sweet Liar, but if I love Like Candy as much as I think I’m going to, then I’ll be reading this book too! All’s I do know is that the story is told over two full-length books.

About The Author

Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks her when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “when I run out of time.”
Connect with Debra, she loves hearing from readers!