Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Review: Sweet Liar by Debra Doxer

Title: Sweet Liar
Author: Debra Doxer
Series: Book Two in the Candy Series
Published: October 2, 2015
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Author (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Mystery
My Rating: 4 Stars!


Book Description:
Sometimes lies are sweeter than the truth.

Beauty is alluring; it can disguise the ugliness beneath. But scarred beauty is even more potent to a girl who vowed never to let her heart be broken again. It was an easy vow for Candy to keep until she met Jonah, an arrogant boy with a face that would be too perfect if not for the scar that marred the skin beside his eye.

That imperfect boy earned her trust and won her heart, but the ties that bind people together are fragile, especially when lies are told. Trust is also fragile, and once broken, doesn’t heal like a heart. Trust has to be earned again, and Jonah desperately wants Candy’s trust back.

But Candy has more than Jonah to worry about. Her father is in trouble, and she intends to help him whether he likes it or not. People tell her he’s a bad man, and that may be true, but he’s not all bad. Deep down, she understands his brand of badness because she’s so much like him.

When Candy finally learns the truth, she’ll have to grow up fast, let go of old grievances, and realize that being vulnerable doesn’t make her weak. In fact, opening herself up may be the very thing that makes her whole again. 










Doxer has always amazed me with her writing ability and the wonderful, imaginative stories that she creates so it was no wonder that I found this second installment in the Candy series so fabulous.

If some of you recall that read my review for Like Candy, I had some reservations about the main character. I loved the story but at times Candy was childish and jumped to conclusions way too often and even though I really liked her by the end of the story, I still wasn't completely in love with her character.

I love it when an author can make me do a 360 and completely change my mind about someone. Not only did she change my mind about Candy, but she also made me rethink my opinion about every character since the ending of book one. 

Truly this was so much fun. It has so much more to it that I couldn't help by be sucked right back into the story for a second time, and this time, I loved everyone, well, not everyone, but most of them. 

Candy grew up a lot in so many ways that it was refreshing to see and not only did it make me like her more because of it, but I actually really started caring about her as well. 

This was a fabulous second installment and I'm really hoping there will be more books in the series because I think it would be so much fun to continue to watch Candy grow and evolve into the person she wants to be.





*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*








Don't Forget to check out Heidi's guest post today with author J.L. Bryan and his Ellie Jordan Ghost Trapper series. I adore this series and it is absolutely perfect for this time of year and this event!


47 comments:

  1. Oh yeah! LOVE when an author has me changing my opinion like that :D Yay for Candy!

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  2. That's so awesome that you were able to connect better with the main character this time around, Ali! And it sounds like it was a much more fun experience for you.
    Fantastic review!

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  3. Ha I'm with you on loving it when an author can make me change my mind about a character. Great review!

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  4. YES! I love when I go in somewhat unsure of a character only to have the author write them in such a way that they completely win me over. So glad this second installment made you see Candy and the rest of the cast in a new light:)

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    1. I am too Jenny, it was so much fun and so nice. :D

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  5. Yay- it is always such a great surprise to have a character change and evolve in a positive way like the author did here with Candy. So glad you are enjoying this series :)

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  6. I just added this series to my GR TBR. I love the sound of the story and Candy :D And the covers are so cute!

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    1. Yay! SO happy to hear that Eileen! :D

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  7. How have I never heard of this series?? I love YA Mystery!

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    1. I think you would like this one as well. ;)

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  8. I've not read this series but my younger cousins devoured both books. I may need to give this one a go as well.


    Simply Angela

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  9. I've had my eye on this series. I think it's because of the cool covers, honestly. LOL I'm glad to see you enjoyed it so much! :)

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  10. Gotta appreciate an author who can bend your mind to his/her will, lol :D Lovely review, Ali.

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  11. I am glad that this second book was much better. Candy sounds like she is growing on you.

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  12. Glad to hear this second installment was one enjoyed and that you were able to see the MC grow. Great review!

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  13. I also love it when an author changes your mind and then makes you see the other characters with fresh eyes. Yea, this alone makes me want to read it. :) Glad you enjoyed this one more.

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  14. oh wow thats big, glad you loved the MC now

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  15. Connecting with the mc is very important for me. I've read some books where I loved the story but couldn't connect with the character, which is hard. So I'm glad you gave it another chance and it worked out :)

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  16. I don't even remember hearing of these books. I don't know where I've been. I love that cover too!

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    1. This is only the second one but they are definitely ones to checkout. ;)

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  17. Happy to hear this book turned it around for you.

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  18. It's great whenwe have an evolution regarding the characters! I didn't know about this one but it looks good!

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    1. I agree, it is nice when they evolve and grow. ;)

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  19. It's always a good thing when a character grows like that. I think I have the first book on my wishlist already.

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  20. This series is on my radar to read next. I just love the sound of the books! Not to mention it gets better, so that's something to look forward to!

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  21. Despite still not completely connecting with her, I am glad you found the story to be a good second installment.

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  22. And you really made the case for giving a second in a series a try even after not liking things about the first book! Love it when that happens :)

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    1. Thanks Lorna, I really do as well. :D

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  23. I can't say I've heard of the first instalment to this series, but it seems a bit darker than your usual fare. I'm glad you kept to it despite your initial misgivings. :)

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    1. I do love when books surprise me. ;)

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