by Debra Doxer
Series: Candy #1
Published by Self Pub Release date : July 28th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, Young Adult
Source: The Tour Host | Format: eARC
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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.
I received this book for free from The Tour Host in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I really loved Debra’s NA novel, Keep You From Harm, so when I saw Like Candy available for download, I immediately requested it. Her writing is so engaging and pulls you in immediately from the first page. Like Candy was no different.
I was actually surprised by a lot of Like Candy. It’s blurbed as a revenge story and while Candy has her moments of pranks and plots of revenge, it’s not the main plot of the book. It’s actually quite confusing, because I could never really put my finger on exactly what the plot was. Is it her move? The Romance? The mystery behind Jonah and her father? Answer – it was kind of all of the above.
The first 90% reads as your run of the mill YA contemporary romance. Sure, there are mysterious THINGS thrown in but as I said, I never really got the vibe at first on just how suspenseful and mysterious the overall story arc would be. Not saying i didn’t enjoy it, but I honestly think the added mystery behind her dad and a few other events, especially the end, is what added to my enjoyment!
Candy has such a refreshing voice. She kind of reminds me a lot of myself; in that I do what I want attitude and the whole “get back at those who burned you.” Yet – she has this big heart but doesn’t wear it on her sleeve for everyone to see. She also owns a lot of what many girls do in looking for attention, mainly as a distraction to her own problems. Basically, she doesn’t always live by the “rules” or do things the conventional way, but she owns it.
The mystery surrounding her father had me beyond intrigued. Debra did an amazing job dropping down hints about what he does. It really makes you think about right vs wrong. Maybe I read into that because I love that sort of thing. >.<
As far as the romance goes – well. It’s important but not on many levels. I say this because of everything that unfolds in the end, their feelings for each other and Jonah’s secret must play a HUGE part in the next book. Which by the way, you might want to have in your hands after finishing Like Candy because the cliffhanger is a DOOZY! But I digress. I liked Jonah. There were moments when I thought I didn’t, because he was hot and cold a lot and that irritates me to high heaven. But again, THAT ENDING. Things make a little bit more sense.
Overall though, I really liked Like Candy. The drama, suspense and mystery with flawed characters you can’t help but like. I highly recommend Like Candy, especially if you are looking for a wild ride!
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- Have you read Like Candy? If so, what did you think?