Lies I Told

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Lies I Told
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April 07, 2015
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What if, after spending a lifetime deceiving everyone around you, you discovered the biggest lies were the ones you've told yourself? Grace Fontaine has everything: beauty, money, confidence, and the perfect family. But it’s all a lie. Grace has been adopted into a family of thieves who con affluent people out of money, jewelry, art, and anything else of value. Grace has never had any difficulty pulling off a job, but when things start to go wrong on the Fontaines' biggest heist yet, Grace finds herself breaking more and more of the rules designed to keep her from getting caught...including the most important one of all: never fall for your mark.

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A great read for fans of espionage and betrayal.
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3.3
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Lies I Told tells the story of a family of con artists as they embark on their biggest heist to date. Having spent considerable time in the foster care system and been adopted during her teens, this life is the only one that Grace knows. She trusts her family implicitely and follows their rules to elude suspicion. Until there is a boy. Logan is supposed to be just another mark and Grace is supposed to worm her way into his good graces in order to allow her family the opportunity to steal from his father. But this is different than other jobs and Logan is different from other boys. Grace finds herself losing her drive and wishing for a different life, a life in which she can have a future with the boy she is falling for. Meanwhile, her brother Parker is becoming more and more disillusioned with the life they have been taught to lead. He wants out, and he wants Grace to come with him. As she falls deeper and deeper into the con, Grace must decide which will stand, her loyalty to her brother, to her parents, or to the boy who has won her heart.

While the first half of the book is a little slow to get started, it does feature some fascinating facets of the life of a con family, for example the fact that they have a "war room" in each home and that details of the job are only discussed there. It also develops the details necessary to pull of their job and allows for the developing romance of Grace and Logan, a romance that is, thankfully, more slow-burn than insta-love. The plot gets more and more exciting as we approach the heist and it has some truly heart stopping moments.

I was a little disappointed in the characters. Most of them are pretty one-dimensional and, other than Grace herself, we see most characters as part of a larger group and don't get to know any of them all that well on their own. The one stand-out was Rachel. She was suspicious of Grace from the moment she met her and didn't quite fit the stereotype of Rich Girl Queen Bee. In fact, I found myself wishing that this had been written as a dual narrative so that we could watch Rachel as she sought out the truth about Grace and her family. I wasn't a great fan of Grace at the beginning as she tended to whine a little too much about the type of life she had. Coming into the book, I had been hoping for a character who reveled in the life and, perhaps, began to change her ways through the plot. Grace however, was already becoming frustrated with never staying in one place and with the guilt that came from befriending people only to betray them. As the novel wore on, she became much more of an agreeable character and, with help of the surprising ending, I have high hopes for her in the next novel.

The novel truly shines in its ending. From the moment the heist itself gets under way the plot becomes much more exciting and each page had me coming up with a new theory about how it would end. I was surprised by how satisfying the ending was, while still making me anticipate the next book.

Lies I Told is a solid introduction into a new series and a great read for fans of espionage and betrayal.
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Grace Fontaine is new in town, a sweet girl, and she’s caught the eye of one of the most popular boys in school. Just like she was supposed to do. Grace was adopted as a child by a pair of con artists who have been using her and her ‘brother’ as a means to get close to affluent families and steal from them. They then disappear and start fresh in a new city where it all begins again. This has been Grace’s life for years. But this time it’s different. This time she’s falling for her mark.

I really enjoy books, movies, and TV shows that involve con artists. Ocean’s Eleven, White Collar, Leverage, Heist Society, they were all so much fun to watch or read. This book was no different. It was a lot of fun. There were so many ways throughout the book when the con could have fallen apart and it was fun to see how Grace and her family took care of the problems and how they integrated themselves into the lives of the families in their new community.

I really ended up liking all of the teen characters in this book. Grace and Parker, the other child the con artist couple adopted, were siblings in everything but blood. They cared for each other, would call each other out, would worry about each other’s parts in each con. The difference in how they viewed their ‘parents’ was interesting. Grace viewed them as the closest thing she’s ever had to parents while Parker really seemed to hate the life they imposed on him. Logan, Grace’s mark, was just an all-around sweet guy and I really liked him and Grace together. Rachel, the queen of the school and Logan’s ex, turned into one of my favourite characters in the book. I liked her suspicious nature and how protective she was toward her friends when she felt something was off. The adults posing as Grace and Parker’s parents, them I wanted to kick. Hard.

Besides the con and the romance, Grace’s struggle with executing the con was a big part of the book. The more she got to know Logan, his family, and his friends, the harder it was for her, knowing what she would be doing to them soon. But it was her job and not doing her part could lead to exposure for her and her family, and even if they were an unconventional family Grace loved them.

I did find the romance plot moved a little too fast. It wasn’t quite insta-love but it came pretty close. It was a sweet romance though a little painful to enjoy while reading since there was no way I could see it ending well, considering the circumstances. Another thing that moved a little fast was the end. There was a lot of build-up toward the final move of the con, the actual robbery, but once it was time, it was so fast that it felt a little messy and unprofessional.

I went into the book thinking it was a standalone but I was happy to see there is a sequel since there were a lot of things left unresolved that really needed answering. I’ll definitely be reading the sequel because I need to know what happens.
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