Release date: July 28th 2015
Revenge is sweet, just like candy.
Candy Seaborne knows she’s badass. She takes after her father, an assassin and possibly a spy, although he won’t admit to either. She idolizes him. Her dream is to follow in his footsteps. But first, she has to finish high school.
Biding her time, waiting for real life to begin, Candy craves drama and isn’t above manufacturing some. If you’re a classmate who wronged her or a boyfriend who cheated, watch your back. She’s no pushover, and revenge may be her favorite pastime.
Jonah Bryson is the senior class heartthrob who breaks all the stereotypes. He’s a jock, but he isn’t the typical player. He’s moody and antisocial. No girl has gotten anywhere with him since his last girlfriend broke his heart.
Candy sees Jonah as a challenge and the perfect distraction. But she may be in over her head because unlike everyone else, Jonah isn’t buying her tough act. He sees the lost, lonely girl inside. He sees too much. When he looks at her that way, she wants to let her guard down and be vulnerable. But that’s the last thing she should do because her father’s world is spilling over into hers, and life is about to get real much sooner than Candy expected.
When I read the synopsis for this book I was greatly intrigued and decided to give this a read. The book opens with Candy arguing with her cousin over allegations which cannot really be proved but lets face it, we know Candy did it just a bit of payback for the way her aunt and cousins have treated her. Candy is eighteen now and can now decide for herself where she want to live and because she has been away from her dad for so long she want to just go home. She moves back in with her father and it seems awkward but its home.
Moving back home means new school, or in her case an old school she attended years ago. Everything seems great, she is hanging with the cool crowd and having lunches with them and even being invited to parties. Then she meets Jonah Bryson who is the epitome of cool. Every girl wants him but Jonah isn’t interested in anyone else. Over time she and Jonah develop a friendship and soon the mask Candy wears for everyone begins to slip and also Jonah drops his on tough exterior. But just as things seem like they are going great, Candy’s fathers world starts to draw her in and events start to happen that make Candy start to question if Jonah is who he really says he is.
I really enjoyed reading the book although I feel like it dragged on a bit, I know a lot of it was character development and all but so much time was spent on teenage angst. I enjoyed reading about Candy and Jonah and how their relationship and feeling developed. Theo was a bit of a distraction that I wasn’t sure was really needed, although I really liked his daily quotes. Some of them were really inspirational. The story only started to make sense toward the end which I wasn’t happy about and boy did it end on a cliff hanger. Now I have to wait for book #2 to find out exactly how the altercation pans out. I won’t dish anymore on the story so I will stop right here. The story was entertaining if anything and a great read for YA lovers.
Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “When I run out of time.”
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