Black Iris by Leah Raeder | Lured me in and left me begging

May 3, 2015 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 15 Comments

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Black Iris by Leah Raeder | Lured me in and left me beggingBlack Iris
by Leah Raeder
Genres: Contemporary, Mature, New Adult, Psychological, Romance, Suspense, Thriller
Publication Date: April 28, 2015 by Atria Books
Format: eARC
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5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

LOVE IS NOT A THING THAT WE CREATE. IT’S AN UNDOING.

It only took one moment of weakness for Laney Keating’s world to fall apart. One stupid gesture for a hopeless crush. Then the rumors began. Slut, they called her. Queer. Psycho. Mentally ill, messed up, so messed up even her own mother decided she wasn’t worth sticking around for.

If Laney could erase that whole year, she would. College is her chance to start with a clean slate.

She’s not looking for new friends, but they find her: charming, handsome Armin, the only guy patient enough to work through her thorny defenses—and fiery, filterless Blythe, the bad girl and partner in crime who has thorns of her own.

But Laney knows nothing good ever lasts. When a ghost from her past resurfaces—the bully who broke her down completely—she decides it’s time to live up to her own legend. And Armin and Blythe are going to help.

Which was the plan all along.

Because the rumors are true. Every single one. And Laney is going to show them just how true.

She’s going to show them all.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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A dark and twisted tale of an anti-heroine who will seduce you, lure you in and scare you.

I had no idea what I was going to read. All I knew was that the blurb definitely got me hooked and Natasha from Book Baristas kept saying the book was amazing and everyone had to read it.

This story is so twisted like you cannot begin to imagine! For the first time in my life, I enjoy a story that openly talks about lesbianism and bisexuality. Our heroine, or shall I say, anti-heroine of the story is not one you usually tend to like. Laney has been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, which means she is a very mentally and emotionally unstable human being. She is a character who has “manipulating” as second nature.

I am not the heroine of this story… I’m diagnosed borderline and seriously fucked-up. I hold grudges. I bottle my hate until it ferments into poison, and then I get high off the fumes.

Her past is not one you want to have. Her parents are very dysfunctional. Laney didn’t even have friends in high school, especially after a scandal video made it’s way into the hands of her classmates. If she used to be an outcast, she was the dust beneath your shoes after that video. One night she meets an interesting pair: Armin, a guy who treats her as if she were a psychiatric client but can’t help loving her. And she meets Blythe, an intoxicating woman that Laney cannot stop thinking about. They make her feel so energetic and alive. You would think that being them will help her find redemption and save her… In the end, she is not the only one who needs saving.

This book was a major mind-fuck, the kind that I love to read. I love stories that give me a headache, trying to figure out what is going to happen, only to receive a major slap in the face at the end. It is filled with flawed characters and plot twists that you will never see coming.

Leah Raeder is an author that has a beautiful writing. Her writing is intricate, poetic, lyrical, at times metaphorical… All of these laced together can bring a very imaginative and compelling story that will leave readers excited and impatient for more.

About Leah Raeder

LEAH RAEDER is a writer and unabashed nerd. Aside from reading her brains out, she enjoys graphic design, video games, fine whiskey, and the art of self-deprecation. She lives with her very own manic pixie dream boy in Chicago.

(And she still writes pretentiously lyrical fiction.)

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  • Agh!! I’ve been sooooo dying to read Black Iris! I kicked myself when I realized I had somehow missed the ARC on Netgalley. I need to buy this book, every time I see a review I’ve got that feeling I’m missing out on something incredible! I love a good mind-fuck LOL thanks for the awesome review! Even though I’ve got about 50 ARC’ s in my Que I think I’ll be making a little pit stop to Amazon today 🙂

    • You totally have to buy it! It’s amazing! I do hope you enjoy it! I’ll stop by your blog later on to check it out (I haven’t had time due to no wifi at home, only on my phone and it is so hard!) But back to the book, you HAVE to read it!! Go buy it haha

      • Oh I most certainly am going to buy it!! Just saw the link for it on your sidebar so I’ll make sure to use that 🙂 no WiFi at home must suck, sorry, I don’t think I could manage blogging on my iPhone LOL I’ve got 2 other purchased books that I’m also dying to read but I keep feeling guilty with all theses ARC’s I feel I gotta read first, silly I know! I’m determined to have a NO ARC week in May so I can read these other books!! Have u read Normal? That’s another one I’m dying to get to that I bought!

        • Hahaha the struggle is very real! And I totally understand the problem with ARC’s. I have way too many and sometimes it is hard to enjoy the books I want to read because I made a commitment to reviewing the ARC’s :/ Norma sounds familiar.

          • Jen

            OMG finished this brilliant book yesterday! I LOVED it, totally amazing!!! Thank u sooooo much for your review which pushed me over the edge into needing to read Black Iris 🙂 definitely my favorite book of 2015 so far!

          • OMG YAY!! I’m so glad you loved it!! I feel accomplished haha

  • Alright, Gen, you sold me on this one! I’ll be picking this one up soon 😀

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    • Yayyy!!!! I can’t wait to know what you think.

  • I read this one a few weeks back – I do love Leah’s writing, and how she challenges slut-shaming and stereotypes. She’s one NA author I actually like. Wonderful review 🙂

    • I know, right?! It was perfect! I cannot recommend it enough!

  • Well, I am going to need this book. I wasn’t going to, it was nowhere near my radar, I am not a huge fan of NA in general… but ugh, I think I am going to have to have it! I mean, dark, twisted, mental health, diversity, AND a mind fuck? Where do I sign up!? Fabulous review, I am not just adding this to my TBR, but my Amazon wishlist too!

    • YAYYY! I hope you LOVE it! I’m crossing my fingers that you do because it is phenomenal.

  • Like Shannon, this book was not on my radar, and now I have to have it! Thank you for your informative review. I am excited to give Black Iris a try.

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    • You need to read it!! I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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