The Color of Lies Blog Tour Plus Review

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TheColorofLies-Cover.jpgABOUT THE BOOK

The Color of Lies
by C.J. Lyons
Publisher: Blink
Release Date: November 6, 2018
Genre: Young Adult — Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller

Synopsis:

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author CJ Lyons comes The Color of Lies, a world drenched in color and mystery.

High school senior Ella Cleary has always been good at reading people. Her family has a rare medical condition called synesthesia that scrambles the senses—her Gram Helen sees every sound, and her uncle Joe can literally taste words. Ella’s own synesthesia manifests itself as the ability to see colors that reveal people’s true emotions…until she meets a guy she just can’t read.

Alec is a mystery to Ella, a handsome, enigmatic young journalist who makes her feel normal for the first time in her life. That is, until he reveals the real reason why he sought her out—he wants to learn the truth behind her parents’ deaths, the parents that Ella had always been told died in a fire. Alec turns Ella’s world upside down when he tells her their deaths were definitely not an accident.

After learning her entire life has been a lie, Ella doesn’t know who she can trust or even who she really is. With her adoptive family keeping secrets and the evidence mixing fact and fiction, the only way for Ella to learn the truth about her past is to find a killer.

Perfect for fans of Caroline B. Cooney, Ally Carter, and Jennifer Brown, The Color of Lies blurs the lines between black-and-white facts and the kaleidoscope of reality.

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My Review

I’ve always been interested in books where a character has synesthesia, and this book was a thriller that had multiple synesthetes! I just knew I had to pick it up.

Ella is the only one in her family who seems to have a form of synesthesia that allows her to still live a normal life. Her grandmother and several others live their lives as recluses, avoiding sounds and words that might make them physically ill. Ella knows that her parents died in a fire when she was three, but then a boy named Alec comes along and turns her whole life upside down. He claims that her parents did not die in an accidental fire, that they were murdered. He says that he met Ella when she was younger, but Ella says that she was never at the scene of the fire. She must decide whether to trust Alec or to go back to believing her version of her parents’ death.

Alec was trying to work with Ella to figure out the truth. It was definitely awesome to have a diverse group of characters in this story. I found that I didn’t quite connect with him at certain parts of the story, but I was with him by the time that I reached the end.

The way that I would describe this story would be with the letter A. There are a lot of things going up the slope to build to the climax, and it seems a little bit slow climbing up the steep slope. Then, there is the top. The climax is abrupt, and almost out of nowhere. Lastly, there is a huge downward fall, where everything seems to happen all at once. And then we have a time skip at the end, and an almost “where are they now” with the characters, which I really enjoyed.

The story was good and had a lot of suspenseful details leading up to the climax, but because the ending felt so rushed, I still lost track of things. But I really enjoyed the book up until that point!

Ella in particular also went through a lot of character development as she started to remember things that she had forgotten over the years. I really loved her character, and how much she cared about her family. She was never a spoiled teenage brat, even if she didn’t have the best circumstances.

Overall, this was an addictive thriller, and I enjoyed my time reading it! I hope you enjoy this novel as much as I did!

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new YA mystery-suspense novel.

I received an advance copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

 

CJLyons.jpgABOUT THE AUTHOR

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over forty novels, former pediatric ER doctor CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart.

Two times winner of the International Thriller Writers coveted Thriller Award, CJ has been called a “master within the genre” (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as “breathtakingly fast-paced” and “riveting” (Publishers Weekly) with “characters with beating hearts and three dimensions” (Newsday).

Learn more about CJ’s Thrillers with Heart at www.CJLyons.net

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Tied to Deceit Review

Tied to Deceit“A remarkable whodunit that’s as sharp as it is concise.” ― Kirkus Reviews

On a drizzly August morning, the inhabitants of the hill town of Sanover, Himachal Pradesh, wake up to the shocking news of the murder of the exquisite, secretive, malicious, and thoroughly immoral Devika Singh.

As Superintendent of Police Vishwanath Sharma begins to sift through the hidden secrets of Devika Singh’s life, it becomes evident that everyone who knew her seems to have a clear-cut motive for killing her.

Faced with the investigation of a crime that appears to have as many suspects as there are motives, Vishwanath Sharma probes the sinister web spun around a tangle of lies and deception.

This book starts off with a woman working as a doctor finding out that the woman her husband was cheating on her with was pregnant, and then that woman is randomly murdered. The more you hear about this woman, Devika, the more you will dislike her. This gives the case plenty of suspects, and no one seems any more likely to have become fed up with her and murdered her than another.

This story did start out extremely slowly, which is always a turn-off for me. I was dragging by the 40% point, but then it seemed to pick up pace afterward. I’ll admit, I got addicted to reading more about her past life, and flew through the part of the story where Sharma was questioning her family. Devika had ruined a lot of people’s lives by abandoning her responsibilities and ignoring her family.

The biggest issue I think that I had with this book was that the main character was never completely clear. At first, I thought the woman whose husband was unfaithful was the main character. Then, the investigation for the murder started, and Sharma was the main character. During the investigation, the POV continues to switch between the people being investigated. This constant switching never really allowed me to get connected to any character in particular. I felt like I was just reading the story, and not actually invested in it. It also made me confused about a few of the plot points. For example, it took me a chapter or two after the murder to even realize that Devika was the one who had been killed.

There was some character development on Devika’s part, as we learn more and more about what kind of person she was, but there wasn’t much more for any of the other characters that I really noticed.

Back to the pacing of the story, the plot was super slow at the start, then sped up once the murder happened, but then it slowed down so much that I struggled to finish it. Usually, mystery books are full of suspense and make me want to rush to the end, but I didn’t feel any of this with this novel. I just coasted along for the last 30% of the novel.

Overall, I can’t really recommend or reject this book. Maybe it just wasn’t for me and someone who likes these really in-depth and partially confusing mystery novels. This story definitely had a lot of potential, and you might like it if you overlook the slight flaws.

I received an advance copy of this novel and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

If At First Review

If at First (Crimson Cove, #1)

I binged all 5 books in this series in one afternoon. Each book was over 200 pages long, but I just couldn’t stop reading.

6 rich girls live in Crimson Cove, and they all want to have a perfect summer together. The girls’ names are Lindsey, Lainey, Sierra, Sage, Rachel, and Rita. When they go to a party, they look forward to a fun night away from the drama. Sage’s boyfriend cheats on her with Lindsey, and Rachel gets into a big fight with her boyfriend. Then, Lindsey stumbles upon a distressed Sierra, who leads her to the bodies of Rachel and Sage. At first, it looks as if Sage murdered Rachel in a struggle. However, the girls know that this isn’t the case when Sage wakes up, confused as to what has happened since she was in the party. The girls have to clean themselves and get rid of any evidence that might incriminate them, and they have to find out who actually murdered Rachel.

I haven’t read a mystery book for a long time, but when I started this one, I was immediately drawn in. Crimson Cove is a land of rich families. The families put on a proud facade, but there are many dark secrets amongst the parents and children. The teens themselves have secrets that start to come out with the help of drugs and alcohol. They may seem happy from the outside, but none of them have lived without some sort of family issue or tragedy.

In order to find out who is trying to murder them, they must band together. Some of the girls even have bad blood towards each other, but they must put their differences aside to solve the mystery. The girls also have to talk to the boys in their neighborhood and spend time with people who were at the party in order to find out what happened as they were drugged that night.

The pacing of this book is excellent as it draws you in from the first page and doesn’t let you go until you are done. It ends on a cliffhanger, so you just HAVE to read the next book to find out what happens to the girls and their friends. It’s great that all the books out now so that readers can easily move from one book to the next.

This book also has some elements of a thriller and some elements of horror. If you are interested in either genre, this story would also be able to draw you in. Even if this book doesn’t have as much action, it definitely intensifies as the series goes on.

I would recommend this series to anyone who loves mysteries, thrillers, and stories with slight horror aspects.

I received a free copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 5/5

Trouble in Glamour Town Review

Trouble In Glamour Town
Hollywood in 1926 was a place where actors and actresses tried to get their big break. When a well-known producer is shot and killed, someone has to be blamed for it. Rosie’s boyfriend Eddie is blamed for killing producer Harris, but Rosie knows that he had nothing to do with it. It is only a matter of finding out who actually murdered the producer.

Another top-notch historical fiction novel from S.R. Mallery. I think I liked this one even more than Genteel Secrets!

The story jumps back and forth in time between before and after the murder of the producer in order to collect clues about the murder. This was admittedly a bit confusing at the start, but once I started highlighting important pieces through the Kindle app. Then, as the story went on, I would refer to the notebook and remember the important pieces. I felt almost like I was a detective piecing together the clues to solve the mystery. This gave the book an interactive feel.

Now onto the actual storyline. I love how this book showed the good and bad parts of early show business. The Hollywood of the 1920s was not glamorous or a fancy place full of rich celebrities. The people who worked there were just trying to make ends meet before they possibly got their big break. Not everyone even got the chance, such as when Rosie was forced to be in the back of the group due to her green eyes. Almost anyone could be an actor or actress, but since it was more open, there was a lot more competition. Also, since more people were involved, there was more violence, as was shown in this book. This book definitely shows the ins and outs of the true world of show business and movie-making.

I became more and more drawn in as this book progressed, and I finished around 90% of it within one sitting. It is definitely very addicting!

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new historical fiction murder-mystery to delve into!

Overall rating: 5/5

The Warning Review

The Warning by [Lowe, Michelle]

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Nikolai Crowe is accused of murdering his girlfriend Jade, but he knows that he was nowhere near her when the murder happened. He simply stumbled upon her body when she sent him a text message to come to a certain location. However, when security footage is shown, a man with his face is on the cameras, in an area where he was not. The only cameras that he could be on would be in the train station, but those cameras are useless at picking out one person among a sea of people. He has to escape the cops, who want him dead, and find the real killer. Luckily he is receiving help from a clone named Ebenezer. He is one of a group of clones who escaped an island that was keeping them hostage, but unlike the other clones, they have emotions.

Knox is a detective assigned to the case, but while the other cops are adamant about Nikolai being guilty, he is wary. He decides to do a second investigation, and he ends up finding out that things aren’t as black and white as they seem.

This book was amazing. I was exhausted and woke up on top of my phone, which was still open to the story, and then finished it in the middle of the night.

I loved the idea of a story based on clones being sentient, yet still not being treated on the same level as humans. Clones have not been used in wars yet, but it is reasonable to think in the future that someone might want to consider that. However, that will always bring up the issue of what counts as being human.

I also loved the pacing of this story. Even though it was written from two different perspectives, I never felt lost, I never felt that it was too slow, and I never felt that it was too fast. This book was a smooth ride from start to finish, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

I recommend this book to anyone looking for an action adventure story, including clones. To people who enjoy YA novels, this does have a mature scene or two, but it would not be stressful to read by any means. Give it a try!

Overall Rating: 6/5