Category/Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Leigh Talbert Moore
Source: Received from author for review
Rating: 3 stars
"Gossip Girl meets VC Andrews in this contemporary family saga. Love, lies, and betrayal become the new normal when Anna enters the world of Jack and Lucy Kyser.” –Magan Vernon, international bestselling author of The Only Exception
Three bad things I learned this year:
-People you trust lie, even parents.
-That hot guy, the one who’s totally into you, he might not be the one.
-Things are not always how they appear.
Three good things I learned this year:
-Best friends are always there for you, even when they’re far away.
-That other hot guy, the one who remembers your birthday, he just might be the one.
-Oh, and things are not always how they appear.Anna Sanders expected an anonymous (and uneventful) senior year until she crossed paths with rich-and-sexy Jack Kyser and his twin sister Lucy.
Pulling Anna into their extravagant lifestyle on the Gulf Coast, Lucy pushed Anna outside her comfort zone, and Jack showed her feelings she’d never experienced... Until he mysteriously withdrew.
Anna turned to her internship at the city paper and to her old attraction for Julian, a handsome local artist and rising star, for distraction. But both led to her discovery of a decades-old secret closely guarded by the twins’ distant, single father.
A secret that could permanently change all their lives.
Dragonfly is compared to a CW show in the blurb, and that is really accurate. It is a coming-of-age story filled with teen angst and scandals galore. Totally fun if you're into the drama.
Dragonfly is one of those stories I feel readers will likely either get, or they won't. If you need your heroine to always make the right choices and be completely decisive, Anna will probably frustrate you. And that's okay, I have my own reading pet peeves, it just happens bad choices in characters is not one of them. And here's the thing, for better or worse, I was a teen that made dumb decisions on a near daily basis. I partied, I drank, I kissed a lot of boys, and though I'm not exactly proud, those choices and the aftermath helped form the nearly well-adjusted woman I am today. So when I read a book with "dumb" teens, I see a YA story I can relate to.
Dragonfly does have a love triangle of sorts, but seeing as I had my money behind one boy all along, it didn't bother me. But I'm not bothered by the dreaded love triangle in general. I knew which of the guys, Jack or Julian, was the right one for Anna. I just had to sit back and let her figure it out for herself.
In addition to Anna's story, Dragonfly also features a small town scandal that is sure to rock some serious socks off in the future. I liked that the mystery was slowly introduced into the story, without my even realizing it. As clues began to slowly drop, the suspicions slowly built, and when it came out, the series was set off into a cool direction for the next book in the series, Undertow.
If you like a story with angst, scandals, and can hang tight and let the story play out, Dragonfly just might be the right book for you.
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