Monday, November 5, 2018

Book Review: Hiding LIes by Julie Cross

Hiding Lies
Author: Julie Cross
Series: Eleanor Ames (Book 2)
Publication: Entangled: Teen (April 17, 2018)

Description: At Holden Prep, dirty little secrets always have a way of coming to the surface.

Eleanor Ames has never been what she seems. Average high school student on the outside, but reformed con artist trying to break free of her past on the inside. When Eleanor receives startling news about someone from her previous criminal life, plans for a new operation coinciding with her school's upcoming field trip quickly consume her.

But operations rarely go according to plan. And this is one her irresistible teen FBI agent boyfriend, Miles, would never approve of.

Now, more than just Ellie's reputation is at stake. If she fails, it could be her life.

My Thoughts: Life hasn't settled down much for Ellie Ames. The rogue members of St. Felicity's Shelter are still at large leaving her in danger. Life gets even more complicated when a member of her old "family" comes to see her because he's concerned that her father is in a con way over his head. Ellie would still like to get the FBI off her back and get her mother out of prison but that requires that she find a way to let them catch her father in a compromising position.

Since her father's current scam is centered in New York City, she finds herself taking part in a between terms field trip to New York City with some of her Holden Prep classmates. She doesn't get much change to participate in those cultural activities as she tries to figure out what her father's scam is. Seems he's doing something with the mafia. Miles is on his trail too. Yes, the same Miles who is her boyfriend but who dropped off the grid leaving her very worried about him.

This was a really twisty story with cons inside cons and most people not who they appeared to be. Ellie and Miles almost reach a crisis when she learns that he has joined St. Felicity's Shelter - a group of noble assassins - in order to track down the rogues and fulfill his promise to his best friend Simon. Ellie is hurt that Miles' first loyalty needs to be to St. Felicity's. She was hoping that he would put her first.

Ellie also learns more about her father's reasons for getting involved in this whole scam which changes the way she has been thinking about him since she ran from him to be with her sister.

This was an action-packed story with a lot of emotional intensity. I liked the plots within plots. I also liked the way Ellie and Miles' relationship is going.

Favorite Quote:
"Nope," Miles says. "He just dropped it in when I wasn't looking and let me drink it."

"Seriously?" I'm momentarily stunned by Oscar's brilliance. "How do you know?"

"Process of elimination," Miles shrugs. "I've got a device that detects trackers. I couldn't find it in an exterior location despite setting off the alarm in my midsection. I'd guess it's somewhere between my small and large intestine."
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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