{Book Review} CHASING TRUTH by Julie Cross

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{Book Review} CHASING TRUTH by Julie CrossChasing Truth by Julie Cross
(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
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Amazon four-stars
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.

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About Julie Cross


Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin’s Press). She’s also the author of Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more to come!

Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA. She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres.

Outside of her reading and writing credibility’s, Julie Cross is a committed–but not talented–long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.

4 Responses to “{Book Review} CHASING TRUTH by Julie Cross”

  1. Natasha Anne

    I have this book for review too! I’ve started reading a few chapters but couldn’t seem to get into the story (and I really loved the blurb, crime/mystery is my favourite too, I’m binge watching Criminal Minds now! :p). Thanks for your fantastic review, I guess I will be delving into the story again! I really had high hopes for this week. But, another cliffhanger ending, eek!

    • Moriah

      It gets better, I promise! It took me a little bit to get into it. CRIMINAL MINDS is the best!!! I’ve seen all twelve seasons that are on Netflix! You should watch BLACKLIST, too. It’s realllllly good. Cliffhangers – I love to hate them, hate to love them!

  2. Natasha Anne

    I will start with the book again tonight! I agree!! My favourite characters are Reid and Garcia, I love both of them! I’ll check the series out, thanks for the rec 😀