Monday, October 10, 2016

Chasing Truth by Julie Cross

Author: Julie Cross
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Date of publication: September 2016

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.

Chasing Truth is the first in a new YA series.  I actually ended up enjoying this one more than I thought I would. It's going to be hard to really tell you much without giving away the plot.  But, the basic story is that Ellie is living under witness protection after having turned in her parents for fraud.  She lives with her sister and her sister's Secret Service agent boyfriend.  A new boy moves in next door and he seems want the same answers to what really happened to her friend Simon that she does.  Miles is pretty straight-laced yet seems to have some secrets of his own.

It's a complicated plot with a lot of twists and surprises, but that is what made the book fly by for me.  I kept wanting to see what happened next.  The ending was a complete surprise as well.  As for Ellie, I loved her character.  She has lived her young life surrounded by con artists and is struggling to become someone new.  It's hard for her to realize that the past doesn't define her and she can change. I am looking forward to seeing how her character develops in future books. The romance between Miles and Ellie was sweet and not entirely angsty.  I wold love to see how it matures.

I would definitely recommend this one to YA mystery lovers.  I would keep it to the over 16 crowd though as it does have some mildly mature content in it.  I look forward to seeing what Ellie gets involved with next!

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