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.
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