Thank you to Helena Hunting and her awesome team for the advance reader copy of Little Lies, which comes out November 16th!
I cannot believe I am saying this but this is my first review as a member of Helena’s review team! I feel so blessed to be able to work for my Canadian hockey queen! I have been reading her books since 2017 and from my first book, I have been a huge fan. My Helena fangirl journey began with Pucked so I am over the moon to join her review team with the story of Alex and Violet’s daughter, Lavender.
Check out the Goodreads synopsis…
“I don’t want you.
You mean nothing to me.
I never loved you.
I turned my words into swords.
And I cut her down. Shoved the blade in and watched her fall.
I said I’d never hurt her, and I did.
Years later, I’m faced with all the little lies, the untruths, the false realities, the damage I inflicted, when all I wanted was to indulge my obsession.
Lavender Waters is the princess in the tower. Even her name is the thing fairy tales are made of.
I used to be the one who saved her.
Over and over again.
But I don’t want to save her anymore.
I just want to pretend the lies are still the truth.
A standalone angsty new adult romance.
Heroine: Lavender Waters (Alex and Violet Waters’ youngest daughter, PUCKED and FOREVER PUCKED couple origin, Pucked Series)
Hero: Kodiak (Kody) Bowman (Rook and Lainey Bowman’s son, A LIE FOR A LIE couple origin, All In Series)”
Check out my more detailed thoughts below…
- Characters: Lavender and Kody are the main characters. I have naturally read the stories of their parents and was excited to see what aspects of their parents’ personalities would be passed onto them. Lavender is definitely Violet’s daughter without being a carbon copy of her. She has her clumsy moments, and her laugh out loud bluntness, but she is also way more multidimensional than Violet ever was. I love how creative and artsy she was within such a sporty world. Kodiak or Kody as most people call him is more Lainey than Rook. Kody is also a hockey player but what I loved about what he brought to the story in comparison to the previous boys from Pucked and All In, was looking at mental health. Both Kody and Lavender see a therapist (Helena fans will remember Queenie) and I loved the portrayals of this throughout the story.
- Pacing: The story was paced extremely well. We open as Lavender is starting her sophomore year of college and Kody is entering his senior and their relationship is non-existent. Over the course of the story, we get vignettes of their childhood and teen years together. The way they were sprinkled throughout did wonders for the mysteriousness of the plot. When I finally got to a very pivotal flashback the pay off after all the time invested was huge!
- Setting: Helena has brought us puck bunnies back to Chicago. The kids are all attending the same college in Chicago, the majority of them live on the same street. Helena has never written a college story like this before and she did a great job of depicting everything from parties to dorms to libraries to coffee shops to lecture halls.
- Romance: Lavender and Kody are soulmates, there is no other way to describe the immensity of feelings they have for one another. They loved each other before they knew what love even meant. And their relationship became toxic when their love for one another became addicting and debilitating. Helena has not written such an angsty love story since Clipped Wings, it was so rewarding to allow her to take me on this bumpy ride while I did nothing more than cheer on these two to make things work. Helena paced it all well not rushing them back together, allowing time and space for healing. She so eloquently wrote a story that shows sometimes you need to learn to love yourself before you can pass that love onto others.
Little Lies receives five out of five stars.
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