Blog Tour: Review + GIVEAWAY! - Like Candy by Debra Doxer

August 05, 2015

Title: Like Candy
Author: Debra Doxer
Series: Candy #1
Genre: YA Mystery/Contemporary
Publication Date: July 28th 2015
Rating: ★★★★☆
Revenge is sweet, just like candy.
Candy Seaborne knows she’s badass. She takes after her father, an assassin and possibly a spy, although he won’t admit to either. She idolizes him. Her dream is to follow in his footsteps. But first, she has to finish high school.
Biding her time, waiting for real life to begin, Candy craves drama and isn’t above manufacturing some. If you’re a classmate who wronged her or a boyfriend who cheated, watch your back. She’s no pushover, and revenge may be her favorite pastime. 
Jonah Bryson is the senior class heartthrob who breaks all the stereotypes. He’s a jock, but he isn’t the typical player. He’s moody and antisocial. No girl has gotten anywhere with him since his last girlfriend broke his heart.
Candy sees Jonah as a challenge and the perfect distraction. But she may be in over her head because unlike everyone else, Jonah isn’t buying her tough act. He sees the lost, lonely girl inside. He sees too much. When he looks at her that way, she wants to let her guard down and be vulnerable. But that’s the last thing she should do because her father’s world is spilling over into hers, and life is about to get real much sooner than Candy expected.

My Review:
I did not expect to enjoy Like Candy as much as I did. I expected an average YA novel, but it was different.

Candy lost her mother and was forced to stay away from her father for so long. When she finally got to her dad, it was very different than what she was used to. It was very interesting, watching Candy come back to her old home and settle in with her unnaturally secretive father. It must have been so weird for her, going back to the place she decided to leave. Candy was a good character. She knew how not to be too friendly but she also knew how not to be mean. I liked that she didn’t just fall for a guy immediately after she met him.

Talking about guys, I liked Jonah. I actually liked the while weird-snarky-enemies-blossom-into-lovers concept in this book, and that’s a surprise because I usually never do. Jonah built a very strong shell around himself and it was hard to crack, but the right person could accomplish it. I was so happy for Candy and Jonah and for once, a romantic relationship didn’t annoy the crap out of me. It’s a miracle! (you know this if you’ve read my other reviews.)

Candy’s dad, however, did annoy the crap out of me. He didn’t act like a fatherly figure at all, and he was completely unwilling to give an explanation. He wasn’t willing to cooperate or reveal anything about his life to his own daughter! I do understand that he had his own reason, that he wanted to protect Candy from certain things but I still think it’s no excuse for being well and alive but not being part of your daughter’s life.

I had no idea where the story was going at first. I was expecting girl-finds-guy-and-lives-happily-ever-after-and-dad-realises-he-is-a-complete-idiot-and-apologises-to-candy but towards the end, the story took an incredibly unexpected turn! I did not see that ending coming. I really, really, really didn’t expect that huge cliff-hanger! I really need that next book. That last sentence is still ringing in my ear. I hope I get an ARC of book two too because I’m dying to find out about what happened after that last sentence. 

Overall, Like Candy was an incredibly enjoyable read. I really liked it, but for some reason, it didn’t have that spark that I have when I find a new favourite book. Though the writing was pretty fast paced, I found myself getting distracted very easily. I didn’t find many issues with the actual story, but the was it was executed was not very special. I still recommend it to people who enjoy contemporaries with a twist.



Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “When I run out of time.”
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  1. Great review, Rekha! I like how character driven this sounds overall! Glad you liked it! :)

  2. This book sounds really good! And I love the cover :)

    Lipstick and Mocha

    1. Yeah, it is really good. I love the cover to :D


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