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A teen is forced to make a fresh start after witnessing a violent crime—but love and danger find her anyway in this novel from Becca Fitzpatrick, theNew York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.
Stella Gordon is not her real name. Thunder Basin, Nebraska, is not her real home. This is not her real life.
After witnessing a lethal crime, Stella Gordon is sent to the middle of nowhere for her own safety before she testifies against the man she saw kill her mother’s drug dealer.
But Stella was about to start her senior year with the boyfriend she loves. How can she be pulled away from the only life she knows and expected to start a new one in Nebraska? Stella chafes at her protection and is rude to everyone she meets. She’s not planning on staying long, so why be friendly? Then she meets Chet Falconer and it becomes harder to keep her guard up, even as her guilt about having to lie to him grows.
As Stella starts to feel safer, the real threat to her life increases—because her enemies are actually closer than she thinks…
I’m so happy to be participating in the blog tour for Dangerous Lies yay!!! We were each meant to do a creative response, and so I’ve decided to stick with what I know best and do a review along with some wallpapers! Wallpapers will be attacked at the end of the review. You can download them by visiting the links 😜
Dangerous Lies… WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN. The second I read through the first page, I was hooked. It goes straight into the action. In fact, the action, combined with the lack of facts, combined with the initially foggy writing style gives the impression of a dystopian novel. Actually, I had to go back to blurb and check that I hadn’t read the blurb incorrectly. I mean, my brain was going WHAT AM I READING WHY IS THE BLURB SO DIFFERENT WHAT IS GOING ON,
But don’t worry. All is explained in good time.
One of my favourite things about Dangerous Lies was the fact that the romance was an actual part of the book. So many books have romance in them, but only because they actually want to tick the “Romance” box on the YA checklist *rolls eyes*. Dangerous Lies is not like that at all. With having a boyfriend back in her old life, and now having a boy who wants to be her boyfriend in this new life, we’re quite cleverly shown the massive differences between the life she left behind and the life she is living now.
That’s another good point of the book. It never lets you forget that Stella is living a different life. Just as you’re starting to get comfortable with Stella living her new life, and the fifty billion people who are trying to slit her throat start to fade away, there’s a little poke in your side and you remember that Stella’s actually running away on witness protection, and her and Thunder Basins is never going to be.
I think the characters were a major driving force of the book. I’ve seen quite a few bloggers say that the characters are such brats at the beginning, and they really hated them, but I have to say, I sympathised with Stella quite a bit. I mean, she’s had to leave her whole life behind, she’s harbouring deep secrets, she’s basically got the whole of the FBI telling her how to live her life, there’s a hot guy trying to get into a relationship with her, but she’s got a boyfriend back home. Oh, and it doesn’t help that a massive mafia group is trying to kill her. So, yeah, I don’t really blame her for being bitter and annoying at the start. But then, the character development comes in, and suddenly, at one point in the book you realise that Stella isn’t such a little brat anymore! She’s starting to actually like her life in Thunder Basins, and it reflects in her attitude.
As for Carmina – the ex cop who takes Bella in under her wing – she was pretty cranky at the start. But then again, tragedy has marred her past and she probably finds it hard to let people into her life, presumably of the fear that she’s going to lose them again. But then, the character development kicks into gear and BAM she becomes a huge loveable gruff ex-cop rather than just plain strict.
Now for the violence. The first attack, or rather, first show of action/violence, is completely out of the blue. I was definitely not suspecting it, and it caught me completely off guard. I was expecting something more flowery/summery despite having the whole book about criminal and justice, because that’s what the book was telling me with what had happened previously. Romance, etc. But then BAM I’M JUST GOING TO SHATTER YOUR EXPECTATIONS OF THIS BOOK, AND WHILE I’M AT IT, I MIGHT AS WELL GIVE YOU A HEART ATTACK TOO. Thanks Becca.
And then, talking of action, the ending, oh my God my heart literally skipped a beat – or many beats – during the ending it was SO INTENSE AND FAST AND OMG BLEURGHEUHGURHG IT WAS PERFECT I COULDN’T FLIP THE PAGES FAST ENOUGH YOU NEED TO GET THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW
Wallpaper time! Click on the link below each wallpaper to download the wallpaper. As always, all quotes belong to the wonderful Becca Ftzpatrick. Feel free to share!
Thank you to Simon and Schuster for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review!
Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ 9/10
Dangerous Lies is out now. Buy at your local bookstore.
- Title: Dangerous Lies
- Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (November 10th, 2015)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TBKYK0Q
- URL: Goodreads, Simon and Schuster