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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Black Iris by Leah Raeder

by Leah Raeder

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.

5 Stars

I can't even explain/comprehend the amount of mind fucks I received from reading Black Iris. Don't expect anything like Unteachable ... this book is on a whole different level... plain...field? I don't know what you want to call it. Dark and twisty takes on a whole new meaning. When you read the first page TAKE THAT SHIT SERIOUSLY. I didn't I really thought I was going to get sunshine and fucking rainbows. There ain't no fucking sunshine and there sure as shit ain't no rainbows. Why did I get it five stars? Because it left me reeling and swearing and totally unsure if I really read what I just read. I didn't know up from down... left from right... right from wrong. I'm truly and utterly flabbergasted... and delightfully so.  I love a book that takes you somewhere you didn't know it was going to go... that takes you into a whole different kind of reading experience then your used to and teaches you that you can go outside the box.. you can go outside your norm and find something that truly is amazing and enjoyable. Read the whole book.. I urge you to keep reading into the acknowledgments and beyond.  Do I think this book teaches a lesson? No.... I think it is what it is... a total mindfuck.... that touches on so many important issues.. but I don't know.. I just don't know. This book has completely unraveled me.... and I just don't know what to fucking say. Other then FUUUUUUUUUCKKKK. Seriously this review will never make it on Amazon.... way to much ... of but seriously, I couldn't have written this with out those words.  This book has m/f.... f/f.... but that isn't even the important stuff... and I have to say the build up between those moments? You couldn't cut through that fucking tension with a saw. I can't imagine any of you not enjoying this book...but at the same time I can't say it's fore everyone. I'm torn and amazed and still don't know how I feel.
And thats the truth. 

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. Visit her at

BLACK IRIS by Leah Raeder

Atria Books Paperback | 384 pages | ISBN: 9781476786421 | On sale: April 28, 2015 | $15.00

eBook: Atria Books | 384 pages | ISBN: 9781476786438 | On sale: April 28, 2015 | $5.99




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