Review by Anniek
Eleanor, or Ellie, finally has a chance to settle down. Her parents are con artists and Ellie traveled around a lot because of that. Being raised with the art of lying and scams taught Ellie how to get information. Ellie is a human lie detector and she's an expert at reading people. Now that her parents are no longer in the picture Ellie reconnects with her older sister Harper and they live together in an apartment complex.
Ellie only had one friend at school, Simon. Six months ago Simon committed suicide. At least that's the official verdict. Ellie doesn't believe that Simon did this to himself and is looking for answers. One morning when Ellie is using the communal pool at their complex she meets Miles. Miles will be attending the same high school as Ellie. While Ellie intensifies her search for the truth she keeps crossing paths with him. Miles is mysterious and not completely honest about what he's doing there.
Ellie didn't have an easy childhood and was used by her parents during scams. Because of her past she doesn't even have a social security number or legitimate passport. Ellie wants nothing more than to be normal and do normal teenage stuff and she would also love to get her driver's license. She has a close bond with her sister Harper and I think she really needs that. Ellie is smart, she's a quick thinker and a skilled liar and she's also extremely resourceful. However, underneath all of those layers she is a good sister and a loyal friend. She was hurting so much after losing her best friend and I was hoping for her to find out the truth so she could have some closure.
Chasing Truth is a page-turner that intrigued me from the beginning to end. In every chapter little bits of information are being revealed and this kept me guessing throughout the entire story. Julie Cross is a talented writer and she's created strong characters. I love it when a writer can still surprise me at the end of the story. When I was a child I devoured the Nancy Drew series. Chasing Truth reminds me of Nancy Drew, which is why I immediately liked the story so much. I also was a big fan of the Veronica Mars TV-series. Ellie reminds me of Veronica because they're having similar skills. Chasing Truth is a fascinating story and I had a hard time putting this book down. I was glad to find out that it's the first book in a series. I look forward to reading more about Ellie.
Review by Suze
Eleanor goes to school with the rich kids, but she isn't one of them. She's magnificent at pretending though. At Holden Prep many of the students are keeping secrets. When her best friend Simon dies Eleanor doesn't trust the outcome of the police investigation. Something doesn't add up and she owes it to her friend to find out the truth. She needs answers and she's prepared to do whatever it takes to get them. She's a skilled deceiver, but she can't keep secrets from everyone.
Miles is the new guy at Holden Prep. He's there for a short time and even though Eleanor knows he will leave again soon she can't stay away from him. When she finds out more about him she learns he's even more interesting than she initially thought. It isn't safe to get attached though and Eleanor isn't used to vulnerability. Miles seems to be after the same thing she is, they both need information and as two know more than one it might be smart to work together. Will this lead to anything good or are they in over their heads?
Chasing Truth is a terrific gripping story. I immediately loved Eleanor. She's smart, she knows herself through and through and she isn't afraid to take risks. She's pretty, bold and fierce. I admired the way she handles tricky situations, she always knows a way out. Julie Cross has given her characters a lot of thought and Eleanor is a fantastic heroine. Her actions are surprising and they're always believable, which makes her a fascinating person to read about.
Miles is a good guy. He wants to follow the rules, even when breaking them would help him with his hidden agenda. I loved that he's so honorable. He and Eleanor are a great team. They complement each other perfectly. I was intrigued by Miles's secrets from the start and couldn't wait to find out what they were. I loved his interactions with Eleanor, they are fabulous together and I enjoyed reading about both their plans and their sparkling chemistry. They're an amazing combination.
Julie Cross has a vivid writing style and I liked her combat and spy scenes very much. She kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading. I love the irony she uses to make the interaction between Miles and Eleanor lively and light, which perfectly balances the darker topic of the story and the seriousness of Miles and Eleanor's investigation. Chasing Truth is a fantastic captivating story. It has unique main characters and there are plenty of unexpected twists and turns. I absolutely loved the adrenaline rush this thrilling story gave me.
About Julie Cross
Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin’s Press).
She’s also the author of the Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more to come!
Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA.
She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres.
Outside of her reading and writing cred, Julie Cross is a committed–but not talented–long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.
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