Published: October 20th 2015 By: Self Published
Series: Candy #2 Reviewed: Like Candy
Genres: Young-Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mystery
Format: eARC Source: Netgalley My Rating: 3 Stars
Sometimes lies are sweeter than the truth.
Beauty is alluring; it can disguise the ugliness beneath. But scarred beauty is even more potent to a girl who vowed never to let her heart be broken again. It was an easy vow for Candy to keep until she met Jonah, an arrogant boy with a face that would be too perfect if not for the scar that marred the skin beside his eye.
That imperfect boy earned her trust and won her heart, but the ties that bind people together are fragile, especially when lies are told. Trust is also fragile, and once broken, doesn’t heal like a heart. Trust has to be earned again, and Jonah desperately wants Candy’s trust back.
But Candy has more than Jonah to worry about. Her father is in trouble, and she intends to help him whether he likes it or not. People tell her he’s a bad man, and that may be true, but he’s not all bad. Deep down, she understands his brand of badness because she’s so much like him.
When Candy finally learns the truth, she’ll have to grow up fast, let go of old grievances, and realize that being vulnerable doesn’t make her weak. In fact, opening herself up may be the very thing that makes her whole again.
Maybe I watch too many movies and documentaries. Or maybe I need to stop over analyzing everything. I was looking forward to this sequel, since that explosive cliffhanger at the end of book one. Somehow, this one lacked the qualities that book one offered. I was looking for answers about Candy’s father, sure. But…. those answers were bleak. Nothing made sense to me in regards to the trouble that her father was in, to the additional drama that surrounded the whole ordeal.
One of the things that made me like Candy in book one was her single-minded focus of not being messed with. Her need for revenge against those who wronged her was at an all-time high. From her cousins, to her ex-boyfriend, to the new gang at school. Now, I understand her change because she had to grow up over a matter of weeks in order to help and protect her father. Her relationship with Jonah in the first book was sweet. He cared for her in a way that no one had ever before. Then, came the secrecy and lies. And the showdown at the end of book one promised answers. At least, that’s what I thought.
The “organization” that Candy’s father works for is considered to be the highest of the high. Think Black-ops times 10. That’s the way Jonah puts it, at least. Now, Black-ops are skilled people. They all have focus and determination, and “loyalty” above everything. I got that here, because Jonah’s father insists that Candy’s father is a traitor to his country. It didn’t end there. Because all of these families live close by and, somehow, their kids are aware of everything they do. Drew, gets added to the mix and Candy has to pretend to like him, so that she can get info. This is where the story completely took off, and lost me in the process.
To convince me that these kids – especially Jonah and Drew – are some kinds of mercenaries, you have to show me. Why in the world would they be privy to country secrets and intelligence? Have they been away to train for this? And then the reason behind it all, didn’t seem to go with everything being so chaotic. Loose ends did tie up, just not tight enough for me. I wanted it all laid out; for there to be some kind of research to this plot. Sadly, I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first book. Still, if you’ve read book one, then you must read this to at least get you over that cliffhanger.