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All the Lies by Rina Kent

The synopsis drew me straight into this one. The story is a two part series and I am reviewing the series rather than just the first book.

My name is Reina Ellis.




Problem is, I remember none of it.

His name is Asher Carson.




Oh, and my future husband.

He has three rules for me:

I’ll bow.

I’ll break.

I’ll pay for what I’ve done.

Problem is, I don’t remember what I’ve done, but I have a clue.

There was a fire.

A dead girl.

And I was there.

My Review

2.5 / 5

I try to look for the positives when I am reading a book I feel fell a little short. I liked the initial concept. Reina wakes after being attacked and has no memory of who she is at all. Asher, the man she is due to marry, is by her bedside playing the doting fiance in public but wastes no time telling her she is a monster. His contempt is evident whenever they are alone.

The first book focuses on Reina learning about her old life. She is startled when she finds out she is in fact a horrible person. The second book discusses more of the reveal (which I won't spoil.) I liked the idea of someone waking up and not knowing who they are and then the horror to discover they are not the person they think.

I have to be honest, I did not like the front cover. It might seem like a small detail for some but the front cover did actually detract me from downloading the book. I also didn't like how 'high school' the book felt. The characters are in their last year at college/university but the whole cheer-leading aspect and the mean girl psychology left me feeling like this book was more suitable for a teen audience (well if you don't include the love scenes anyway.) The book felt like it was coming straight out of an episode of gossip girl or that kind of ilk. I'm not saying this is a bad thing, but it wasn't to my taste. The reveal itself wasn't entirely shocking and Kent failed to explain this away realistically. I didn't really get a sense of chemistry between the characters and Asher has some serious issues which seem to be glossed over.

I didn't hate this book. I've given the story a rating of 2.5 because I liked the idea and there were some aspects I enjoyed but the overall feel to the book really put me off. If you like teen romance then this may be the book for you.

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