Friday, June 26, 2015

Black Iris Review

Black IrisTITLE: Black Iris
AUTHOR: Leah Raeder
PAGES: 320
SOURCE: Netgally


SUMMARY (FROM GOODREADS): It only took one moment of weakness for Laney Keating's world to fall apart. One stupid gesture for a hopeless crush. Then the rumors began. Slut, they called her. Queer. Psycho. Mentally ill, messed up, so messed up even her own mother decided she wasn't worth sticking around for.

If Laney could erase that whole year, she would. College is her chance to start with a clean slate.

She's not looking for new friends, but they find her: charming, handsome Armin, the only guy patient enough to work through her thorny defenses--and fiery, filterless Blythe, the bad girl and partner in crim who has thorns of her own.

But Laney knows nothing good ever lasts. When a ghost from her past resurfaces--the bully who brok her down completely--she decides it's time to live up to her own legend. And Armin and Blythe are going to help.

Which was the plan all along.

Because the rumors are true. Every single one. And Laney is going to show them just how true.

She's going to show them all.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Wow. First off, I rated this book more of a 3.75, but just went ahead and rounded up to 4 because just wow. It's really hard to say a lot about this book. I don't want to spoil anything and I'm also kind of in awe. There was so much in this book. I feel like I don't even know what just happened to my brain after finishing this.

This book pulled me in. It's very intense. There is a lot of strong language, violence, drugs and alcohol use and a whole lot of graphic sex scenes. If those things are not for you, then you should take a pass on this book. But if you are okay with those, then this book is definitely worth reading. This book was filled with drama, backstabbing, lying, cheating, deceit and more. It was a roller coaster ride the whole way through.

This book jumps around quite a bit on the timeline and I found myself really confused as I was reading as to when the events were happening, but I made myself push on. In the end everything came together and I was able to piece it all in my head without a ton of brain power.

CHARACTERS: Again, I don't want to give away any spoilers so I'm not really going to go into much about the characters. I really like the name Blythe, I think it's really unique. Other than that, all I have to say is some of these characters are ruthless.

COVER: This cover is stunning! So simple and just beautiful.

**I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley the publisher for my honest review. My opinion has not been influenced in any way.**


  1. This book is on my TBR list. I agree with you about the stunning cover! It instantly attracted me to the book. Your review makes it sound like the book is pretty interesting even with all that is going on within it so hopefully I'll get a chance to get to mine before coyer ends. Happy #Coyer! :)

    1. Just brace yourself and hold on tight if you do decide to read it!

  2. The cover is pretty stunning, and I'm not usually a cover person! I like books where they address bullying and this sounds like it does, or at least surviving after bullying and reinventing yourself.

    1. The way they address bulling in this one is not necessarily the best way to address it. It's a very dark and twisted book

  3. I'm glad you enjoyed this one! I had a love-hate relationship with it! I loved the intensity and how it messed with my head, but I was very annoyed with the big reveal at the end. Oh well.

    Angie @ Pinkindle

  4. I have seen this book around but wasn't to sure about it but, I might put it on my wishlist for later. :) Great review.

  5. I've had this on my TBR even though it is a darker story than I usually read. But I love the cover and want to read different books. Great review and I also don't like when the story jumps around from the past to present. But despite you still liked this so I'll have to read this soon.

    1. I don't like stories where the timeline jumps around either, especially as sporadically as it does it this one, but I made myself push to the end anyway and then everything made sense.


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