Angsty love with a side of espionage, or my review for Sweet Liar

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Sweet Liar (Candy #2)

By: Debra Doxer

Publisher: Independent

Publication Date: October 20th, 2015

Format: eARC


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 realize that being vulnerable doesn’t make her weak. In fact, opening herself up may be the very thing that makes her whole again.

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3 star (dragon)

After the first book, this installment in the Candy series fell a bit flat. Candy is amazing, once again, but the other characters, especially Jonah, were a disappointment. However, the book answered some burning questions and gave a conclusion. Whether or not it was a satisfying one, however, is up to the reader.

So Candy is once again a lovely and independent sass bucket. She knows what she wants and how to get it and is always up for revenge. Jonah on the other hand, came off slightly brainwashed. That is the nicest way to describe his endlessly naive devotion to his father. This is the man who repeatedly broke into his girlfriend’s house, assaulted her and her father, and then threatened her. Jonah doesn’t waste time backing up his father and just assuring Candy that if she betrays her father everything will be a-ok. Candy, luckily doesn’t fall for that heaping pile of bs. Instead she sticks to her guns and defies Jonah’s father at every turn.

On top of this, even though Jonah has been living with the man for ALL of his life, he admits that he never suspected that his father would physically hurt Candy. Really? REALLY? He never suspected that this man could be capable of that level of violence and might possibly have some, if not all, of his screws loose? Is Jonah really that dumb and blind?

The other issue I have with this book is Parker’s character. Her only purpose was to create tension and be the stereotypical “mean girl” and I really questioned at several points why she still had friends. Also, why was she relevant in any way in this book?

Overall, this book didn’t measure up to what I expected after Like Candy. The ending felt cliched and over done, Candy taking Jonah back after him going MIA without a word was a pretty quick conversation, and the whole plot, of Jonah’s dad doing what he did because of a personal vendetta, felt contrived. He was able to run around and assault people just because he had some flimsy evidence and the Company he worked for didn’t do any fact checking or oversight? The plot could have been resolved with Candy none the wiser if the Company had actually been as all powerful as they claimed. Unfortunately, they came off as kind of a bumbling mess.

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Disclaimer: The synopsis and cover picture were pulled from the book’s Goodreads page. Neither belong to us. A review copy was provided through Xpresso Reads Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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