Review & Giveaway: Deceived

September 24, 2013 book review, giveaway 5

Deceived by Julie Anne Lindsey

Released: September 18, 2013
Publisher: Merit Press
Pages: 316

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 Brian, 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.

Words to describe DECEIVED by Julie Anne Lindsey: haunting, frightening, bone chilling. I don’t think there are any other words to describe this phenomenal YA thriller. This is the prime example of what book not to read alone at night. I did it anyway.

Here’s the gist: Elle is tired of moving every year and hopes that her last year in high school will go over smoothly at this new prep school she’s attending. She’ll miss her dad but she’s ready to reinvent herself. She’s got a great roommate, has met a handsome boy, and is settling in nicely. That is until she learns there’s a serial killer on the loose that is more connected to her than she’ll ever know. Now she’s not only scared to death for herself and those around her, but she’s determined to get down to the bottom of this, even if it gets her face to face with this psychopath.

Oh, Elle. She was a wonderful main character. She had an awesome voice, a great personality, and was very real. I love characters that I feel are authentic and can relate to, despite the particular circumstances they are in. Elle dreams of going to pre-law school in a big city where she can blend in and there’s lots of hustle and bustle. She’s a coffee addict, literally, and wants to explore the world. She’s extremely curious and independent…which sometimes led to trouble. She has a knack for not listening to her gut and being in the wrong place at the wrong time. If you feel like you shouldn’t be somewhere because you’re getting that “vibe,” leave! She could be so infuriating sometimes! She knows she shouldn’t be somewhere, yet she goes anyway. She’s not much for self preservation sometimes. She has a hard time realizing how much danger she’s potentially putting herself into. I will say she has an amazing heart and has it in the right place, though. Given all that she finds out and has been through, she’s extremely strong and handled things 100x better than I would have been able to.

I must talk about Brian. Good Lord, I could not figure him out! Lindsey crafts his character in such a way that you have no idea who he truly is, what he does, etc until much later. You see him often, but never get to learn much about him. He’s this giant, mysterious person that you are dying to figure out, but can’t. He divulges little bits and pieces of himself to Elle one painstakingly day at a time. Poor Elle can’t figure him out either and it drives her as much insane as it drove me. He’s that first Christmas present your parents put under the tree with your name on it. They put it under there on November 1st and you can’t open it and find out what it is until December 25th.

I will say that Brian and Elle’s relationship did suffer a bit from the “telling not showing” syndrome. Elle says she really likes him, but you don’t get the sort of interactions between them that proves she does. We’re just told she has these feelings. Now, while this did disappoint me at first, I later realized it was necessary. Without giving anything away, just know that their current circumstances make it almost impossible for the showing to occur. You’ll understand when the truths start to unravel.

As I said, this is a book you really don’t want to stay up all night reading alone. It’ll terrify the mess out of you. It’s so gripping and so well told, you’re not going to want to walk outside by yourself. This serial killer is a psychopath by all stretches of the imagination. He’s a certified stalker with a very specific target and way of killing. The unbelievable thing about this entire novel is how believable it actually was. This could be real life, and I honestly felt like I was living the nightmare. Lindsey has a magnificent way of story telling, keeping you completely engrossed until the very end, no matter how hair-raising it is. DECEIVED has secured its spot on my favorite books of 2013 list and will not disappoint!

5 Thought Clouds!

I received a finished copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

The Prize: One (1) hardcover, brand new copy of DECEIVED by Julie Anne Lindsey. A big thank you goes out to Merit Press for sending me an extra copy to give away to one lucky winner!

The Rules: 

  • US Only. [Sorry INT friends. I’ll be doing an INT giveaway hop later on during October :)]
  • Ends October 4th at midnight
  • The winner will be sent an email and must respond within 48 hours

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5 Responses to “Review & Giveaway: Deceived”

  1. Cait

    (This international person is looking forward to October then. 😉 Sounds like an epic book! Woah…serial killers and stalkers? I’m totally intrigued. Any character with a coffee addiction wins points with me. Not that I’m addicted, no, no.

    • Christine P

      I’m so sorry I mentioned this to you on twitter. I completely forgot this one was US. duemto shipping costs. I was a bit ahead of myself. Although if nobody enters, I may open it up to INT if the winner helps with shipping costs.

      Back to the book, it was so freaking good! And scary. I haven’t read a book that truly freaked me out this much in a long time. Haha I completely agree (as I sip my hazelnut coffee). Her night terrors were so bad she would literally just not sleep at night. She would drink multiple cups of coffee and take caffeine pills to stay awake!

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