(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)Series: Eleanor Ames #1
Published by Entangled Teen on September 27th 2016
Genres: Coming of Age, Dating & Relationships, Dating & Sex, Love & Romance, Romance, Social Issues, Social Themes, Suicide, Thrillers, Thrillers & Suspense, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction
At Holden Prep, the rich and powerful rule the school—and they’ll do just about anything to keep their dirty little secrets hidden.
When former con artist Eleanor Ames’s homecoming date commits suicide, she’s positive there’s something more going on. The more questions she asks, though, the more she crosses paths with Miles Beckett. He’s sexy, mysterious, arrogant…and he’s asking all the same questions.
Eleanor might not trust him—she doesn’t even like him—but they can’t keep their hands off of each other. Fighting the infuriating attraction is almost as hard as ignoring the fact that Miles isn’t telling her the truth…and that there’s a good chance he thinks she’s the killer.
I love crime shows. My mom and I are either bingeing a new drama on Netflix or watching episodes of Elementary on Hulu. This was a combination of both.
Eleanor Ames’s entire life was a con. She had no real identity and picked a name that reminded her of the life and family that she knew. Then her date to the school dance and best friend committed suicide and she met Miles. Ellie switched back and forth between the part that she had played her entire life and the girl underneath so often that I didn’t get to know the real her from the get go. It took some digging and patience.
Oh, the sass! Ellie had a mouth on her and quick wit to combat even the most awkward of situations. Even moments where she wasn’t likeable, she was relatable. I found myself thinking, “I would’ve said that!” I’m not sure if I should be glad or terrified that my sarcasm is similar to a seventeen-year-old con artist’s.
Miles made things interesting. There’s not much I can say about him (no spoilers from me!), other than I really liked him. Ellie couldn’t deny their attraction, and trying to work together and ignore it all played a central role to the story.
I needed the sequel, like, last week. I’m not sure I can wait until 2017 for the next one. My heart can’t take it—especially with that ending. Don’t even get me started. It left so much undetermined besides a few sparing sessions.
At the beginning, I had some confusion. Eleanor doesn’t open up to the reader immediately. I would have liked to have some more clarity, as I thought she might be a spy, not a con artist. Or, this could have been one of those books I was so excited to read I didn’t really read the blurb.
It’s unputdownable at the end. It will be one of those books that you ignore the world for. One more chapter! Just let me finish this page! You’ll be shouting it all, along with a few “one moment, please” hand signals. Sherlock Holmes meets James Bond for this thrilling beginning to the Eleanor Ames series by Julie Cross.