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Lies I Told – Michelle Zink

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

Description:
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.

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The Return – Jennifer L Armentrout

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By: Jennifer L Armentrout
Titan – Book 1
Available Feb 2015

Description:
The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

Book 1 in the new adult paranormal TITAN series, spin-off to the best selling COVENANT series.

This Blonde’s Review:
If you’ve read the Covenant series then you are already familiar with Seth and all of the things he’s done. You’ve also probably loved him anyway and wanted a story that was his. In The Return you get just that.

Seth is serving out his sentence with Apollo and doing everything he’s told. He doesn’t work well with others and hates himself for his part in everything that happened. Then Apollo gives him a new task, to find someone and keep her safe. When he finds her he doesn’t know what to think but he knows he’s drawn to her.

Josie doesn’t know why she draws strange people to her or why this guy is messing with her but she knows she doesn’t want to be involved. She wants to keep her head down and get her degree and help people like her mom. Except soon it becomes apparent that Seth may know what he’s talking about. She agrees to go with him and everything in her life changes.

I really liked Josie, she’s so practical yet is able to use that to accept that there are things she never saw before rather than staying in denial. And she sees Seth in a way no one else can. She is able to help him see himself another way and that’s enough to make me love her, even if I didn’t like her for herself. There are so many reasons they shouldn’t be together but they’re drawn together anyway. But the way they are together is hard to resist.

I loved seeing some of the characters from the Covenant series and hope we see more of them in this series. I can’t wait to meet the others like Josie and see what happens next.

If you liked the Covenant series then you’ll enjoy the Titan series as a continuation of that world.