Title: Like Candy (Candy #1)
Author: Debra Doxer
Published: July 28th, 2015
Length: 257 pages (eBook)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: Author via NetGalley
My Rating: ❤❤❤❤
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 saw this on Netgalley over six months ago, and I absolutely loved the cover. Love the chalkboard feel. Love the candy. Love the note with blood-like splatter. I just love the whole thing. And of course, the book blurb sounded interesting. I liked the possibility of Candy’s dad being an assassin. And I liked that Candy sounded like a tough girl who could take care of herself and didn’t let anyone mess with her.
WHAT I LIKED
Jonah. I really liked this guy. He was so mysterious. There was something about him that made you want to stay away from him because he was so antisocial but also made you want to get to know him on a deeper level because there was so little known about him. And then when we got to know him, you like him even more. There is this sweet side to him that slowly emerges and is so swoon-worthy.
Candy and Jonah’s relationship. They start off as sort-of-friends. They have both been hurt before, so they are both very guarded and don’t want to put their heart on the line. But there is an obvious connection between them. So I enjoyed seeing their relationship gradually grow. And when it finally turns into something more, it was done perfectly. Definitely made me smile.
The sarcasm. I loved how sarcastic Candy was. It wasn’t over-the-top. It was just right and had me laughing unexpectedly. Her friendship with Theo was awesome. Their jokes and insults were awesome. I wish there was more of their relationship.
The last third of the book. Wow. It was just an average story for me until you hit like the last 30% of the book. It was awesome! So many things started happening, secrets were being revealed, and you start questioning everything. It was so intense and suspenseful.
The end. AAHHH! Now that is what you call a cliffhanger! WTF?! Are you kidding me?! I cannot wait to read the next book and find out the truth about everything. I need to know. Like now.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
The first two-thirds of the book. Honestly, I didn’t feel like there was much of a plot. I kept waiting for something to happen. It just took too long to get exciting. HOWEVER, when it did get there, it was definitely worth the wait.
Okay, here’s the thing. While reading the book, I just kept thinking this is a 3-heart book. Not much going on but well-written. Then, that last third happened, and I was super ecstatic! That part was definitely 5-heart worthy! So I just went in between and gave it 4 hearts because that last part was amazing. I wish the whole book kept my attention like that. Now I need to somehow get my hands on the second book. I am DYING TO KNOW what happens!
4 out of 5 Hearts!
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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