My rating: 4 of 5 stars
ARC kindly provided by Debra Doxer via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Eeeeek! I was SO EXCITED about the publication of this novel and its appearance on NetGalley! I couldn’t wait to read ‘Sweet Liar’ after the EPIC CLIFFHANGER at the end of ‘Like Candy’, which is the first novel in the ‘Candy’ duology. If you haven’t read the first novel, please do! It is ABSOLUTLEY AWESOME!!
First of all, let us just admire the cover. Isn’t it gorgeous? And so RIGHT for this book! It is just so…beautiful…*sniffs*.
Candy (or Candace) is just as stubborn in this novel as the previous one, yet is still surprisingly relatable. My fear for ‘Sweet Liar’ was that I, as a reader, would just lose all connection to her as she starts to enter her father’s mysterious world. Many of the actions she did were actually ones I would have done if I WERE in her place. Does that make me a mean or bad person? *chuckles nervously* Ones that she would do and I would not understand or disagree with just made her a more fun character to read about.
There were really emotional times that happened during the book which I experienced. Maybe because the emotions which Candy experienced were so REAL in this book; they didn’t seem fake or incomprehensible at all! For those of you who don’t know me, emotional times reading means tears and hysterical laughter. (And NO, that is NOT BECAUSE I AM A GIRL.) Even though I have never experienced what Candy had, the author made it so easily understandable that the thoughts of losing a loved one like Candy made me so sad. It really evoked a strong sense of sympathy for her; as a result my, my love for her as a character grew. I loved that the author could carry across that depth and insight.
I enjoyed that Candy seemed to grow up towards the end of this book, something that she wasn’t in the first book. The characters, along with Candy, were highly dynamic, and I LoVeD the romance between Candy and Jonah. They just seemed so good for each other! Talking about Jonah: we get to learn heaps more about him and his life before Candy in ‘Sweet Lia’
For some reason, though, the plot moved kind of slow for me up until the middle of the book, except for the bouts of action. The action was absolutely spectacular. There was/will-be dead people, imprisoned people, injured people and dying people. Are you SCARED?? Mwahahaha!
For those of you curious about the style it was written in, it was in third person and narrated by Candy. The plot was well laid out and though through, prose and grammar were also both excellent. I spotted NO SPELLING MISTAKES or TYPOS! Yaaaaay! I loved the author’s writing style.
Am I using the word ‘love’ way too much in this review?
Ok, let’s be honest. I did think ‘Sweet Liar’ was a slight downer when compared to ‘Like Candy’. That is the ONLY REASON I DID NOT GIVE IT A FIVE STAR. I just felt like it was missing something…vital, other than that, I loved it. The ending was…well, it could have been better. I was slightly upset about it, but it did satisfy me as a reader, albeit not completely.
Overall, this was an excellent and satisfying sequel to the cliff-hanger of ‘Like Candy’. As I said before, if you haven’t read the first book, I SERIOUSLY RECOMMEND YOU DO! Make sure you read it! Congratulations to Debra Doxer on publishing this awesome duology!
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!