Daily Archives: January 6, 2015

Lies I Told – Michelle Zink

Lies I ToldLies I Told
By: Michelle Zink
Available April 2015

What if, after spending a lifetime deceiving everyone around you, you discovered the biggest lies were the ones you’ve told yourself?

Grace Fontaine has everything: beauty, money, confidence, and the perfect family.

But it’s all a lie.

Grace has been adopted into a family of thieves who con affluent people out of money, jewelry, art, and anything else of value. Grace has never had any difficulty pulling off a job, but when things start to go wrong on the Fontaines’ biggest heist yet, Grace finds herself breaking more and more of the rules designed to keep her from getting caught…including the most important one of all: never fall for your mark.

Perfect for fans of Ally Carter, Cecily von Ziegesar, and Gail Carriger, this thrilling, high-stakes novel deftly explores the roles of identity and loyalty while offering a window into the world of the rich and fabulous.

This Blonde’s Review:
Grace believes in family and loves them. The problem is that her family is made up of thieves, she’s been raised and taught to be a thief and con artist. She moves and takes on new identities and works on a need to know basis. Each job is harder than the last. Grace wants to have a deeper connection with the people she meets and wants to maintain ties to her past identities. She has a bigger heart than her family seems to understand.

The job the Fontaines are attempting is the biggest they’ve done so far. So much of getting in to complete the job is on Grace getting in close with the son of the family they’re attempting to rob. Except Grace cares for him and for the friends she makes more than she’s supposed to. Seeing how big her heart was is great, but it was hard to see her struggling to justify staying loyal to her family despite what they’re doing to people.

I also really liked her brother and would have loved to get to know him better. He was so much more cynical than Grace but he loves her and stays for her. He wants to get her to leave with him, but she’s not willing to abandon her family or the friends she is making.

The way this one ended wasn’t quite what you’d expect from many YA books would end. The way it worked out left us with so many questions but it was right somehow. I enjoyed this book and while I’d love to find out more about what happens with the other characters, I also feel that the important part of would she or wouldn’t she was answered and that that was really what we needed to get to rather than what happened after.

If you enjoy reading about characters who have to decide what is right and wrong for them then you’ll want to read this one.