23 August 2012

{Book Review + Blog Tour} If I Lie


If I Lie
Author: Corrine Jackson
Pages: 288
Format: ARC
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Publisher: SimonPulse

A powerful debut novel about the gray space between truth and perception.
Quinn’s done the unthinkable: she kissed a guy who is not Carey, her boyfriend. And she got caught. Being branded a cheater would be bad enough, but Quinn is deemed a traitor, and shunned by all of her friends. Because Carey’s not just any guy—he’s serving in Afghanistan and revered by everyone in their small, military town. Quinn could clear her name, but that would mean revealing secrets that she’s vowed to keep—secrets that aren’t hers to share. And when Carey goes MIA, Quinn must decide how far she’ll go to protect her boyfriend…and her promise.

I am PROUD to be the 4th and the 10th stop on the IF I LIE Blog Tour! Today is the first stop, which has my review and later on the 31st we will have a fun This or That with Corrine Jackson, so be sure to stop back!!

Part of the swag I received from Corrine Jackson was IF I LIE tissue packs. This should have tipped me off that IF I LIE was going to be an emotional ride, but as a reviewer I tend to be told many, many books will drag me to an emotional rock bottom and claim they will make me cry so hard I won’t be able to read the words on the pages. So I didn’t grab any tissues when I cuddled up on my couch to read. And it’s not that I didn’t think Corrine couldn't evoke emotion from me, I think I just thought my over-read heart was stronger now after all the turmoil I’ve subjected it to over the years and years of reading.

I was so wrong.

I had to hold the book out away from me at many points so my tears didn’t ruin the ARC I had been lent. My sleeve, oh my poor sleeve became a tissue a few times leaving my nose raw and begging for some Puffs Plus. And at one point something happened to me that I can honestly say hadn’t happened to me in YEARS while reading a book. I felt my heart break, very literally it crumbled under just a few simple words in Chapter 28. I found myself flipping back a few pages looking for the “Choose Your Own Adventure” option that wasn’t there, hoping I could change it.

IF I LIE is a stunning, relatable debut that I don’t think anyone will be able to get through with out a feeling like they just rode on an emotional roller coaster. And I can hear you…”Relatable…how? I don’t have a boyfriend serving in the war”. Well, you may not, but have you ever kept a secret for someone to protect them? Have you ever had your heart broken? Have you ever felt like your home life has to be the worst possible home life any kid could ever have? Have you ever been bullied? Been confused? Felt like life was unfair?

Like I said. Relatable.

Put IF I LIE on your TBR, I promise you that you will not be disappointed in the story. And at 288 pages, this stand alone novel will be a quick read – almost like a “book snack”, I finished it in just under 3 hours!

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  1. This sounds so fantastic. I love a good emotional book. Your review has convinced me that I must get this book!!

  2. This seems awesome.. CANT WAIT. Its now on my TBR and I will be getting it next week. HOPEFULLY my B&N puts it out a day early as they sometimes do ;)

  3. Wow, it sounds so good. Emotional books are always so powerful. Definitely will be adding this one to my TBR!

  4. Fabulous review!!!! I was so surprised how sad i was reading this story too. its so heartwarming and amazing! Love all your rhetorical questions at the end or your review!

  5. oh wow, i tend to cry a ton in books, and this sounds like an emotional ride.
    great review, I think I will pick it up soon!

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  6. I saw this book on goodreads and wasn't really motivated to read it... until now! Awesome review! I'm off to order it from the library...


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