Wednesday, December 4, 2013

One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker

Title: One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths #2)
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: January 14, 2014
Source: Borrowed from fellow blogger
Buy the Book: Amazon / Book Depository
Livie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents' tragic death and Kacey's self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. "Make me proud," he had said. She promised she would…and she's done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action.

Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she's dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy that she's going to someday marry. What isn't part of her plan are Jell-O shots, a loveable, party animal roommate she can't say "no" to, and Ashton, the gorgeous captain of the men's rowing team. Definitely him. He's an arrogant ass who makes Livie's usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn't want in a guy. Worse, he's best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fit Livie's criteria perfectly. SO why does she keep thinking about Ashton?

As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn't have, she's forced to let go of her last promise to her father, and with it, the only identity that she knows. 

As some of you may remember, I loved K.A. Tucker's first New Adult book, Ten Tiny Breaths, when I read it a few months ago. Lucky form, I was able to read One Tiny LIe, the sequel, pretty much right after I finished. And if I loved Ten Tiny Breaths, then I ADORED One Tiny Lie.

Since her parents' death seven years ago, Livie has alway sheen the more quiet and calm Cleary sister. Where Kacey went off the rails after their parents died, Livie has focused on keeping the last promise she made to their father: to make him proud. Now that she's made it to Princeton, Livie has a clan to help her do just that. Except Livie never predicted that she would end up rooming with a sweet party girl or that she would meet Ashton, the one boy who can get under her skin the way nobody else can. But Ashton doesn't git into Livie's plan, Connor does. And it would all be fine, if only Livie could stop thinking about Ashton all the time. 

This book. Just thinking about it I am getting ALL THE FEELS! I think it's safe to say that I pretty much ADORED One Tiny Lie, so bear with me as I attempt to put my feelings into words. The first book, Ten Tiny Breaths is the book that finally completely sold me on New Adult, so I was excited to be reading One Tiny Lie so soon afterwards. There was just something about Livie and her story that I connected with. Maybe it was because I knew some of the characters from before, but from page one, I was 100% invested in the story. I wanted to see where Livie's story would take her and along the way, I connected with a lot of her experiences. And that's what made me love this story so much: the fact that it reminded me of some of my own university experiences, especially in my first year. And then, as you might have guessed, the romance wasn't half bad either. In One Tiny Lie, the romance felt less "in your face" than in Ten Tiny Breaths, and I really liked that. Don't get me wrong, it was still plenty steamy, but it was more subdued and that had a lot to do with who Livie herself was. 

Already, in Ten Tiny Breaths, I loved Livie and that love only grew the further into One Tiny Lie I got. I just saw so much of myself in her, weird as that may be to say. I just related to her in ways I can't remember relating to other characters in the past. And that's in large part what made me love this story so much. I felt really invested in Livie and her story, and that was especially true when it came to her choice of boys. I liked Connor well enough, there wasn't anything inherently wrong with him. It just felt like something was missing, like there was no spark. But with Ashton there was a spark. Hell, there was a whole freaking explosion of sparks. And Ashton definitely brought on ALL THE FEELS and no matter what I say, I know I won't do him justice. There was so much to Ashton: I spent half the book wanting to slap him, and the other half wanting to hug him. And I just loved him. Oh, and be prepared to laugh anytime Strayner pops up, he's pretty amusing and definitely unconventional. 

In case it wasn't obvious, I loved K.A. Tucker's One Tiny Lie. This is the kind of book that just stays with me long after I'm finished reading. Not only that, but since reading both Ten Tiny Breaths and One Tiny Lie, I've been recommending them like crazy. So yeah, if you haven't already, do yourself a favour and pick these books up. You really won't regret it.

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