Chasing Truth (Eleanor Ames #1) by Julie Cross @Juliecross1980 @EntangledTeen #bookreview #YA #mystery #romance

Title: Chasing Truth

Author: Julie Cross

Publisher: Entangled: Teen

Publication Date: September 27, 2016

Page Count: 400

My rating: 3 1/2 stars

About the book:

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’ 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.

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Chasing Truth by Julie Cross is the first book in the Eleanor Ames series. This series is a bit of a young adult mystery/thriller mixed with some romance.

Eleanor ‘Ellie’ Ames is a teenage reformed con artist now living with her older sister. Ellie has never known any other life than that of a grifter since that is how she was raised by her parents with them using her in their cons. But now she’s doing her best to go straight and fit into her school and sister’s life.

Ellie had made one friend since beginning her new life, Simon. But when Simon was found a victim of an apparent suicide Ellie has had a hard time letting go and believing the findings. She was the last person to see him alive and Simon was happy that night.  So now Ellie has decided to get the answers to what happened herself, that is if she isn’t too distracted with her new neighbor, Miles.

For the most part this was a fun young adult mystery with one heck of a snarky leading lady. From the opening pages I couldn’t help but chuckle and like Ellie with her responses so I knew I would enjoy the book. My only concern with this one was it seemed to go on a bit too long making it drag in parts. I think if it had been edited down a bit the story would have flowed a lot better but with book two seeming to be shorter I’m certainly willing to see what happens with Ellie next.

I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the author:

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 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 credibility’s, 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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