Book: The Deception Dance
Author: Rita Stradling
Genre: Young Adult – Romantic Paranormal Fantasy
We stand there, screaming into each other’s faces.
How I hate him.
How I’ve loved him.
How I want him destroyed.
After a year of preparation, eighteen-year-old Raven Smith has planned out every detail of her summer vacation in Europe. Yet, while still en-route to Italy, Raven finds a letter in her carry-on suitcase that tells her not to go to Europe, that an “evil agent of Hell” is looking for her and he will find her if she disregards the letter’s message.
Deciding that it was a product of insanity, Raven chooses to disregard the letter’s message.
In her cross-Europe trip, Raven only wants to feed her love of art history and spend time with her older sister. She’s unprepared for Andras and his strange fascination with her, not to mention the all-consuming attraction she has for him. She’s definitely unprepared for Nicholas and his brothers Stephen, Albert, and Tobias, diverting all of her plans and sweeping her off to a Swedish Castle.
But the letter was right, the agent of Hell has found her and Raven have become a game-piece in a very dangerous game.
This was a good novel, not super great, but still very good. I would love to get my hands on the second book to find out where this is going. Now, the actual story…
First off, the cover doesn’t do this book justice at all – it definitely can be improved upon. There were some minor grammatical errors, but these do not take away from the overall enjoyment of the story. The writing style was insanely good, I enjoyed every second. And there were these moments where I would just picture what the author wrote, and it’s priceless.
Like this one: “Heck, I like poison oak underwear more…”
Or: “I’m tied up, gagged, and about to be bludgeoned to death by a lawn ornament.”
I mean, that is definitely entertaining and will put a smile on anyone’s face. As for the romance, all I’m gonna say is – your in for one hell of a ride here. There is romance, and you might even root for the wrong guy in this one. Although, maybe not…
The plot was outstanding, there is a lot you wouldn’t pick up on, until later in the plot. This is a good thing, as it will keep you glued to your seat to find out exactly how this one ends. I practically inhaled the last half of this book, staying up way later than I should have, but it was worth every hour of sleep I missed out on.