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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Chasing Truth (Eleanor Ames #1) by Julie Cross

Title: Chasing Truth
Series: Eleanor Ames #1
Author: Julie Cross
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: September 27, 2016
Pages: 400
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Romance
Source: ARC

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 received this book at no cost from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review.

This was my first Julie Cross book, and I was very impressed! I was very intrigued by this book. Contemporary books are not my typical jam. Most of them I cannot stand. This book made me question why.

The plot was very compelling. It reminded me very much of Veronica Mars. I really couldn't put the book down. The pacing at the beginning of the story starts out a little slow. The plot builds up gradually and gets better and better as the story progresses. It was very well written and the suspense was great. There were twists and turns that kept me guessing.

Ellie is such a fun character. I liked that she had flaws. A lot of main characters are perfect in every way, and her flaws and darker past made her seem so much more real. She tackles many personal struggles throughout the book. Miles was interesting as well. He also had flaws. I didn't care for how self-righteous he seemed at times. His character was much different from Ellie's, which made the romance very intense. The chemistry was phenomenal! The characters are filled with so much emotion.

I'm going to keep this review brief since I don't want to spoil anything for anyone. It's difficult to write a review for a mystery without spoilers.

Overall, this was a great first in series book! If you are or were a fan of the Veronica Mars television show, then you will love this! The story will pull you in and leave you on the edge of your seat trying to figure things out. I definitely recommend this book! I am very excited to continue this series.

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 the 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 cred, 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. 

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