Thursday, August 13, 2015

Review & Giveaway: Secrets Don't Keep by Elora Ramirez

Secrets Dont Keep Synopsis:

My name is Kera Collins, and I would do anything for a golden nod.

At first glance, my life appears perfect: the best friends, the best school, the attention of Dex Albright, the deliciously irresistible grandson to the Headmaster. All I need is the prestige behind La Boheme, an elite secret society formed within the walls of my school, and my life would be complete. Once I’m in, I’ll be the one with all of the secrets.

It’s just…no one told me these secrets could kill.

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What I thought about Secrets Don't Keep
I was eager to read this because I really liked the two previous books I read by this author, and the synopsis for Secrets Don't Keep was very different from those books so I was intrigued.  

Secrets Don't Keep has a little bit of everything -- romance, suspense, and mystery.  It's about secret societies, the filthy rich and what their privilege brings to them, and how it can easily get carried away.

Kera Collins has been waiting for one thing -- that's the invitation for the secret society at the elite school she attends that can open up all sorts of doors for her.  Her best friends are waiting too, but not everyone gets in.

Dex Albright is her boyfriend, one of those instant boyfriends where their eyes meet, and it's over.  Okay, maybe not quite that instant, but things move quickly between them. I liked these two together.

Then there's Sebastian, Kera's best friend, and Season, her roommate.  They just happen to be entwined with the mystery of the secret society, especially after they uncover some questionable activities. 

When the invites to La Boheme are delivered, it causes quite a bit of tension between the friends.  But that isn't all there is to it and details regarding the true motives of the headmaster and his secret society get unraveled and gradually revealed. 

The story is told with chapters alternating between past and present. This helps  build up a good amount of tension by revealing what's going on in little bits. I thought the author did a great job of keeping this story moving quickly.  I really tore through it because I was really drawn into the story.

It's been a while since I've read a YA that had such a nice blend of action, suspense and romance.  Secrets Don't Keep manages to be sexy without being explicit, which I like in a YA read. 

So likable characters, with a predictable plot made interesting with a crafty delivery, the right pacing, a nice level of complexity and good writing.  I enjoyed this and will be looking for more from this author. 

ARC provided for review.

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Elora Ramirez Bio:

Elora Ramirez has been telling stories her whole life.

It started when she was four, when she taught herself how to read and write as a way to entertain herself while her grandmother kicked and danced in aerobics class. She cut her teeth on books from Dr. Seuss and writing anywhere she could find the space -- including her Fischer Price kitchenette, the pages of picture books, and Highlights Magazines.

She's matured a bit since then, now choosing to write in the margins of her books and on the mirrors of her apartment ideas and thoughts surrounding story and what makes us human. You can read more on her blog,

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