Sunday, December 22, 2013

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Perfect Lie by Teresa Mummert

Today, I have the ARC review tour for Perfect Lie by Teresa Mummert on the blog. I really enjoyed this and have become an instant fan of Teresa and her writing. Check out my review below and enter the giveaway.

Perfect Lie
Author: Teresa Mummert
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication Date: December 17, 2013
Genre: Contemporary
Source: eARC via Author

Sometimes love burns so hot in your veins that it consumes all rational thought. 
That’s why Brock and I never had a chance. I had to start my life over. College was my chance to become someone new. I changed everything about myself to fit in, but one person saw through my facade. 
The attraction between Abel and I was undeniable, but I still hadn’t healed from the painful secret I carried around with me. Abel struggled to get me to face my past in order to move forward. In doing so, he revealed a secret of his own; one that changed everything I thought I knew. 
A secret that would bring Brock back into my life and force me to face the truth of what really happened the day I lost him.


Wow! I was incredibly impressed with Perfect Lie and the depth of emotion that came along with this book. It had such a somber tone but it was captivating at the same time. I was left breathless in the end and I still feel like I’m recovering.

I cried for Delialah. She truly has a very sad and lonely life and her upbringing was such a monstrosity. She was a product of rape when her mother was 15 and she is treated like it is all her fault. This made me so sad because she had no one in her life to show her love. On top of her terrible home life, she is severely bullied at school and it broke my heart that Delilah had to endure so much. When she finally runs away at 15 and is sent to a “shelter” for delinquents, she meets Brock. He becomes her first real friend and her first real everything. Brock sees all the special things about Delilah and he really does love her and care about her. But Brock has serious issues and in the end, he and Delilah are torn apart.

I loved the way Teresa spread Delilah’s past with Brock throughout the book through her memories of the events of the past. She is now in college and far away from home and the life she lived with Brock. But the events of the past still haunt her and she is ashamed to share what really happened with anyone. She blames herself for the demise of their relationship and she really struggles to get past everything. She wants to be someone different and she tries desperately to step outside of herself. She tries hard to be friends with her roommate Trish, who is a lot like to girls who bullied her in high school. She lets Trish convince her to do things she wouldn’t normally do in order to fit in. I really didn’t like Trish at all. She took advantage of Delilah and she pressured her to do things that she wasn’t really comfortable with. She also put her down a lot and tried to make her feel inferior.

When Delilah meets Abel, she is instantly intrigued by him and she wants to spend more time with him but she feels guilty at the same time. She hasn’t felt this way since Brock and it scares her a bit. I think I’m supposed to like Abel. I mean, he’s the guy who tries to get Delilah to see that she deserves to be loved and cherished for who she is and that she shouldn’t change for anyone. He clearly cares about her and is very protective. However, he pulls some real douche moves and I had mixed feelings for him. He acted childish and petty at times and he did some mean and hurtful things to her. I felt like he made assumptions and judgements of Delilah but then when she did the same thing, he got angry and stand-offish. In the end, I was neutral towards him. I felt like he truly loves Delilah and he helps her move forward and start to build a life full of love and happiness. However, I didn’t LOVE him.

I enjoyed taking the journey with Delilah as she confronted her past and healed from a scarred life. She really did overcome so many obstacles and while she tried to do it alone, in the end it was the support she had from the people around her like her therapist, Marie and Able that helped her move forward and move on. This book has a HUGE twist and I never saw it coming. I was utterly shocked and so very impressed with the author for her ability to leave me speechless and dazed from surprise. While deeply sad, this book was also powerful and profound, and the ending was perfect for me.

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Author Bio:
"I was a Russian spy at the ripe age of thirteen, given my uncanny ability to tell if someone was lying ( I also read fortunes on the weekends). By sixteen I had become too much of a handful for the Lethal Intelligence Ensemble (L.I.E.). I was quickly exiled to the south of France where I worked with wayward elephants in the Circus of Roaming Animals and People (C.R.A.P.). I was able to make ends meet by selling my organs on the black market for pocket change and beer money. At the age of twenty three I decided to expand my horizons and become a blackjack dealer in Ireland. I loved the family atmosphere at Barney's Underground Liquor Lounge (B.U.L.L.). People couldn't resist the allure of Liquor up front and poker in the rear. Eventually I became tired of the rear and headed off to the United States to try my hand at tall tales. That is what brings us here today. If you have a moment I'd like to tell you a story.
(This bio is not to be taken seriously under any circumstance.)

Teresa Mummert is an army wife and mother whose passion in life is writing. She is the author of the New York Times and USA Todaybestselling novels White Trash Beautiful and Suicide Note. Born in Pennsylvania, she lived a small town life before following her husband's military career to Louisiana and Georgia. Check out her website for samples and updates!"

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  1. You said the magic words! Plot Twist!
    The theme sounds very traumatic and emotional but I don't think I'll be an Abel fan either. Not a lover of douche moves! But the book sounds good , I'll keep it in mind.

  2. LOL, it was definitely a shocker. I was incredibly surprised. I would be curious to see if you could predict it. You tend to be better at that than me :-)

  3. What a gorgeous cover! This one sounds like a rollercoaster. I can't wait to read it.

  4. Oh, wow. I really like Teresa's White Trash Beautiful, but it was emotional for sure! I'll have to give this one a try- someday. LOL! Great review friend! I'm glad you were able to empathize with Delilah and that this book made an impact on you!


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