Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Leah Raeder Black Iris Book Review

Leah Raeder Black Iris Book Review
Black Iris Cover

Leah Raeder Black Iris Book Review

Book Description
April 28, 2015

The next dark and sexy romantic suspense novel from the USA TODAY bestselling author of Unteachable, which was praised for its “lush, haunting prose, deft storytelling, and scorching sensuality” (M. Pierce, bestselling author of the Night Owl trilogy), and called “one of the best forbidden romances” (Lauren Blakely, New York Times bestselling author).

“Love is not a thing that we create. It’s an undoing.”

It only took one moment of weakness for Laney Keating’s world to fall apart. One stupid gesture for a hopeless crush. Then the rumors began. Slut, they called her. Queer. Psycho. Mentally ill, messed up, so messed up even her own mother decided she wasn’t worth sticking around for.

If Laney could erase that whole year, she would. College is her chance to start with a clean slate.

She’s not looking for new friends, but they find her: charming, handsome Armin, the only guy patient enough to work through her thorny defenses—and fiery, filterless Blythe, the bad girl and partner in crime who has thorns of her own.

But Laney knows nothing good ever lasts. When a ghost from her past resurfaces—the bully who broke her down completely—she decides it’s time to live up to her own legend. And Armin and Blythe are going to help.

Which was the plan all along.

Because the rumors are true. Every single one. And Laney is going to show them just how true.

She’s going to show them all.

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Review by WW Reviewer Erin Dennis
Truly Wicked
Welcome to the world of Delaney (Laney) Keating, a girl who is tortured not only by her inner demons, but by her classmates at school as well as family members. Delaney is diagnosed with borderline personality disorder by her psychiatrist. She is also struggling coming to terms with her sexual identity. After a cruel prank at her high school, Laney’s life rapidly spirals out of control. Abusing drugs and alcohol becomes her treatment of choice which leads to a whirlwind of events.Leah writes in such a way that you are hanging on each and every word, making it practically impossible to put the book down. Some authors are able to reel you in by a single phrase and capture you for the rest of the story. That is what Leah does with Black Iris. From the very first line, I was a goner.

“We both have the same coolness, the same ocean calm, but he’s the sweet boy with a chick-magnet Tumbler and I’m the bad girl with the handgun for a heart.” This book is filled with smart, witty, sometimes funny quotes and phrases. I was thinking to myself, ‘who writes like this???’ Leah, Leah Reader writes like this, and it’s magnificent!

“It’s rare enough to find someone in this world you can love with all your heart. To have it reciprocated is a bloody miracle. And we throw it away, because it’s not perfect. Because we make mistakes.” Leah says the things that many people think and feel, but don’t say. She forces you to look at these issues head on and face the reality of them. Not only does she show us how scary and hurtful they are, but she also paints a picture of love, loyalty, and hope.

Laney’s story is filled with dark times, and angst, but it is also filed with truth. The problems that Laney is dealing with are happening to so many people. Leah shows how bullying has been taken to a whole new level with social media. How it can spiral out of control at an incredible rate. I feel like this book has such a great message in it, and that everyone should read it.

Leah sets up an intriguing timeline that gives the reader tiny clues as to where Laney is going to take us with her story without fully giving it away. She kept me guessing until the end, and I honestly didn’t know how Laney’s story was going to culminate. Leah has weaved a beautifully tragic story that will stick with readers for a very long time.

~Erin~