I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The moment we meet Candace (Candy) Seaborne we immediately know she is not the one to mess with. You break her heart? She will ensure karma finds you. And fast. And she never feels sorry about it. Candy decides to leave her aunt’s home the moment she turns eighteen to live with her father that gave her up after the death of her mother. Candy knows about her dad. And who he is. And she wants to do what he does. But he won’t ever admit it. When Candy enrolls in school she recognizes her friends that had before she left go live with her aunt. But then there’s Jonah. He’s new. He’s a jock. The kind Candy should stay away from. But she’s drawn to him. She later learns that Jonah is not the typical football player. He doesn’t play by the rules nor does he really pay any attention to her. Until he can’t help him self. And then? That’s where things get interesting!
“We act strong, and usually we are strong, but sometimes we’re just pretending.”
Candy sees Jonah as a challenge. He wants nothing to do with the girls at school, but she can't help but figure out why. The closer she gets to him, she realizes that Jonah SEES her. For the person she is. To others she is conceited, fits in, yet appears unbothered with what others think of her. Jonah sees beyond the outer shell she portrays. Candy is broken and lost. She has been through a lot and is determined to show her father she is just like him. But, does she have what it takes? With her past she is not ready to fall for a boy. But Jonah is not just any boy. He makes falling worth it. Even if it means she may have to pick up the pieces of her heart in the end.
“Jonah Bryson might be a boy worth falling for.”
Like Candy is unlike anything I’ve ever read. While it is YA, the mystery and suspense puts it in a class of itself. The character development was refreshing. Candy is not your average heroine. Not only is she full of sass, but she tells it like it is. And she has no problem going after what she wants. No matter the collateral damage. She is fun, stands up for herself, and loves harder than she would ever care to admit. She is loyal to those she loves and has THE biggest heart. She is true. Genuine. The author took a chance on a character like Candy and I am so glad she did. Who wants to read about the cookie cutter heroine? I would much rather read about the unexpected. And Candy? You never know what you’re gonna get with her. But it's real. And you can't help but connect with her on some level. Jonah is not your average jock. While he exudes confidence on the outside, on the inside he seems to be plagued by a sadness that only Candy can understand. So he lets her in. Slowly. The invisible thread that pulls Candy and Jonah together is never talked about within the book. It’s felt. And I have a feeling that this book only scratched the surface of the intense feelings between them.
“I wish I was the first guy you fell for. Then maybe the shadows in your eyes wouldn't be there...”
Like Candy is a story that simply unravels. When you get to the ending you realize the small things that you easily missed. The author is clever and creative in her writing. Can we talk about the ending? It was fast paced, heart stopping and I couldn’t turn the page fast enough. While reading the story, you definitely feel something is coming, but you don’t quite yet know. The synopsis gives nothing away. The plot of the story is original in its execution. There was a great balance of mystery, suspense, and romance. I know I am vague on the plot, but there are reasons. The reader is to immerse themselves in the story with the characters. To give anything away would be a complete disservice. I enjoyed every moment. If you’re like me, you will be refreshing the author’s Facebook page waiting on a release date for the next book, Sweet Liar. Well done.
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
I’ve enjoyed one of Debra’s previous books so when I read the synopsis of Like Candy I was intrigued and eager to dive in.
Candy was not your usual protagonist and I think you will either get her or you won’t. For me, I liked Candy. I could relate to her behaviour and yes she changed depending on whom she was talking to but that’s what teenagers do. High school in a minefield and all anyone wants is to fit in. It was because of Jonah that I truly liked Candy. He brought out her true character and it was due to this I wanted to turn the pages.
Jonah was an intriguing character and his air of mystery had my suspicious mind whirling. Like Candy is a mystery and my theory changed from chapter to chapter. I liked that this book was different from my usual reads, if I could only change one thing it would be the pace of the story. I did enjoy the blossoming relationship between Jonah and Candy and I felt the character building was well done but I felt the suspense element wasn’t as strong and it did have me wishing more would have happened or we could have had the whole story in one book.
Overall, I enjoyed Like Candy. Although I wasn’t on the edge of my seat I enjoyed Debra’s writing and the characters she created and of course now I need to read the second book to find out what happens!
Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “When I run out of time.”
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