Monday, September 16, 2013

Blog Tour ~ "Deceived" by Julie Anne Lindsey (review & giveaway) @JulieALindsey

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DeceivedDeceived by Julie Anne Lindsey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to review via Netgalley
Genre: YA Suspense

Book Description: When Elle's father, a single parent and a big shot in corporate insurance, moves her to yet another boarding school for senior year, Elle is disgusted when nothing changes. Her night terrors don't go away, and, soon, despite her father's caring calls and visits, Elle starts to believe she's losing her mind. She knows she's being followed; a ribbon is tied around her doorknob, and there are those cigarette butts that keep turning up on the doormat, in violation of a strict smoking ban on campus. Then there's Bryan, an intriguing boy Elle meets at a flea market and later finds out is a student at her school. Yet on campus, he pretends he doesn't recognize her - until the day he divulges just how much danger she's in. In her search for an answer to all the madness, Elle unravels the truth about her dad's real identity, why someone has lied to her all her life, and the terrifying truth that she may be the only one who can save her from the one who's following her now.

My thoughts: Elle chose to go to boarding school to complete her senior year of high school. The boarding school is in a small town in Ohio. It is different from the lifestyle that she is used to with her father. They move around a lot, she doesn't make many friends.

She connects with her new roommate, Pixie. Pixie is pursuing the arts and loves to be unique with her fashion. Elle has finally made a friend that she can connect with and consider a true friend.

Elle lives on very little sleep. She is plagued with a nightmare. The nightmare is always the same, but when she wakes up she can't remember the details. She only remembers that she is in danger. To combat her sleeplessness she survives on caffeine. It's an addiction that she hopes to overcome someday, as well as the nightmare.

Her nightmares become part of her daily life when she realizes that someone is following her. The adreneline keeps her going, but nervous. She doesn't know who or what she can count on and trust. Two boys seem to be trying to get her attention, but deep down she is fearful of both.

There's Bryan, the handsome guy she met at a flea market before school started and Davis, the boy who wants to date her. There's secrets being held that make her paranoid and distrustful.

Elle is gutsy. I personally would be hiding in my room under the bed instead of meeting danger head on. Even when she is warned to stay put, she feels the need to investigate and put herself in the path of danger. She experiences growth throughout the book. When the truth is revealed she takes to it fairly quickly, after having a melt down.

This is an enjoyable book that will keep you guessing  some of the time. There are situations that are fairly predictable, but still fun to read.

Due to the nature of the book, I would recommend it to older/mature readers.  A serial killer is a main focus of the book.  It leads to violence and swearing.

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About Julie Anne Lindsey:  Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. In 2013, Julie welcomes five new releases in three genres including her newest title, DECEIVED, a YA suspense from Merit Press, and her first cozy mystery, MURDER BY THE SEASIDE, book one in the Patience Price, Counselor at Large series from Carina Press (a digital imprint of Harlequin).
Julie is a self-proclaimed word nerd who would rather read than almost anything else. She started writing to make people smile. Someday she plans to change the world. Most days you'll find her online, amped up on caffeine and wielding a book.
Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW), Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), Sisters in Crime (SinC) and the Canton Writer’s Guild.

Find her online:
Tweeting her crazy @JulieALindsey
Soothing her book obsession on GoodReads
Pinning the pretty on Pinterest
Tumbling lamely on Tumblr
Blogging about books and writing at Musings from the Slush Pile

Tour Giveaway!
This giveaway is for the whole tour. Use the rafflecopter to enter.  Here are the prizes that can be won!

Prize package #1 (US only)
Signed hardcover of DECEIVED with signed swag/bookmarks
$10 iTunes gift card
Black satin makeup bag with: black blinged compact/mirror, blue sheen nail polish & 5 pack Frosted lip gloss & balms

Prize package #2 (US only)
Signed hardcover of DECEIVED with signed swag/bookmarks
Silver makeup bag with: silver sparkly compact/mirror, Pixie dust (in honor of my favorite YA roommate) & 4 pack Moshi Monsters flavored lip gloss tin

Prize package #3 (US only)
Signed ARC of DECEIVED with signed swag/bookmarks
4 pack Nerds flavored lip gloss tin

Prize package #4 (US only)
Signed ARC of DECEIVED with signed swag/bookmarks
Satin Pucker Up makeup bag

Prize package #5 (US only)
Signed ARC of DECEIVED with signed swag/bookmarks

Prize package #6 (INT)
1-eARC PDF of Deceived
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