Book Review: Sweet Liar by Debra Doxer

Hey my lovelies, this weeks review is Sweet Liar by Debra Doxer, you may remember that I reviewed the first in the Like Candy duology last August, and have finally got around to reading the final one. This review contains spoilers for the first book. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review thanks to netgalley.

Title: Sweet Liar
Author: Debra Doxer
Publisher: Smashwords
Pub. Date: October 20th 2015
Date Read: Sunday 19th June 2016
Pages: ~
Rating:3.6/5 stars
Goodreads Summary: Sometimes lies are sweeter than the truth. Beauty is alluring; it can disguise the ugliness beneath. But scarred beauty is even more potent to a girl who vowed never to let her heart be broken again. It was an easy vow for Candy to keep until she met Jonah, an arrogant boy with a face that would be too perfect if not for the scar that marred the skin beside his eye. That imperfect boy earned her trust and won her heart, but the ties that bind people together are fragile, especially when lies are told. Trust is also fragile, and once broken, doesn’t heal like a heart. Trust has to be earned again, and Jonah desperately wants Candy’s trust back. But Candy has more than Jonah to worry about. Her father is in trouble, and she intends to help him whether he likes it or not. People tell her he’s a bad man, and that may be true, but he’s not all bad. Deep down, she understands his brand of badness because she’s so much like him. When Candy finally learns the truth, she’ll have to grow up fast, let go of old grievances, and realize that being vulnerable doesn’t make her weak. In fact, opening herself up may be the very thing that makes her whole again.

Sweet Liar picks up where Like Candy left off, Candy shooting at Jonahs dad, this leads us straight into the main question, what does Candy's father actually do for a living. But even though we get the answer to this, it then causes you to have double the amount of questions. I did not enjoy this one as much as the last, as the overall novel was alright for me, however I did not find it anything special and probably would not read it again. One of the things I have always enjoyed about this series is that the plot is completely unrealistic and would not happen at all in real life, as even though I am sure certain plot devices used are real e.g spys, assassins etc. The thought of the father going through all that trouble to inconsistently hide what he does and then allow his daughter to do what he does is completely unrealistic to me. After the events of the last novel Candy has got trapped in her fathers messed up world, which is even worse than she could imagine, as her fathers enemies are now her own, and her own enemies that she never even considered are coming out of the woodwork.

There is a lot of character development for Candy in Sweet Liar, as the first one mainly showed her assertive and aggressiveness towards other people. However, this one mainly shows her growing as a person and realising you can't solve everything with your punch. And as an adult you need to choose when is best to pick the fight. This book also changes your opinions about certain characters completely, so be aware of some plot twists!

I read this book in two sittings, which is quite strange for me as I usually read much larger books in only one, however at certain points I simply got bored of the writing. As for me some chapters were simply too long and caused the story to get dry, which is why the overall rating is only 3.6 out of 5. A huge thank you to Debra Doxer and Netgalley for sending me this ebook for free in exchange for an honest review.


I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the first novel, or was willing to read a duology following an eighteen year old girl thrust into her fathers world of espionage.

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