Welcome to my stop in the virtual book tour of 3rd Degree Secrets by Roni O'Connell! Today I'll be sharing with you my thoughts about this book and the fantastic tour-wide giveaway going on. Below you can also find all you need to know about this book and its author. Thanks for stopping by!
Author: Roni O'Connell
Series: The Chronicles of D.E.A.D. High #2
Published: December 8, 2014
Page Count: 310 Pages
Source: From tour host in exchange of an honest review
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Like burns, there are degrees of secrets. First-degree secrets are those that girls share with female friends under clouds of giggles and shushed voices, eyes bright, smiles flashing, with furtive glances to ensure that a certain boy doesn't overhear. First-degree secrets are relatively painless, subject to no worse than blushes or easy tears depending upon if that boy does or does not return feelings of affection. Second-degree secrets follow a person from her locker down the school halls—rolling eyes and pointed fingers marking her as surely as a painted X on her back. These secrets don’t leave scars, but injure nonetheless, deep inside where insecurities linger and fester, waiting to explode. The most serious secrets are third degree, just as third degree burns are the worst, leaving the scars, bumpy, pitted, and marred; these secrets irrevocably twist, disfigure, and ruin lives. I’ve had my share of second-degree secrets that I mostly try to ignore, but my third-degree secrets, well, those I hug to me in a fear born of basic survival instincts. My exterior is unblemished, white with blue veins, road maps traveling to foreign places beneath my skin, but inside, the terrain rises into mountains and ridges, scared, puckered, and ugly, un-crossable except by painful passage that I’m unwilling to take.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 4/5 stars
Aw, man! Why didn't I read Float when I had the chance? 3rd Degree Secrets was pretty good so I can only imagine that Float rocks as well. I have only read one other book written by Roni O'Connell (Chameleon's Spell) and since I really liked it too, I'm starting to trust her ability to deliver well written and exciting stories.
3rd Degree Secrets covers a lot of ground when it comes to teenage vandalism, bullying, child abuse, and insecurities while throwing into the mix a good portion of romance and a hint of paranormal to keep things interesting. I enjoyed that it's told in dual points of view as it lets the reader have a wider picture by entering the minds of Kisten and Blaine. And yet, the plot was super easy to follow and the story flowed so well, despite the change of points of view. It was interesting to learn about Kisten's ability to have visions with her grey eye and predict what the Chaos Club was about to do next to the students of D.E.A.D.
The Chaos Club was something so wrong inside the book. There was no justification for any of their actions and I couldn't believe my head how authorities managed the situation. This club was acting on revenge and you know that nothing good can come out of it, especially when others join just to, well, do actual chaos instead of fighting for justice from all the bullying the members suffered from mean kids at school.
As for the main characters, I liked Kisten and Blaine a lot, as individuals and as a couple, although it did take too long for them to be together. Still, I loved how they developed their relationship, going from friends to then getting romantic. Personally, I liked Blaine a bit more than Kisten because he grows throughout the story, he changes for his girl, but Kisten was also cool, despite some wrong choices she makes out of faith, of trusting the goodness inside the people of the Chaos club. She's too nice, so naturally, people took advantage of that.
I forgot to mention that 3rd Degree Secrets can be read as a standalone even thought it's the second book in a series. I never felt lost inside the story but it did make me curious as to what happened to Kisten's friend, Rashelle, before these events. And like I said before, if Float is as good as 3rd Degree Secrets, then I'm in for a treat.
Oh, guess what? You can all grab a copy of FLOAT (first book) for FREE this week only at Amazon! I already grabbed mine ;)
About The Author:
Roni O’Connell lives with her husband and two dogs high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. She finds inspiration in the forest, wildlife, and lakes around her home.A former English teacher, Roni enjoys the company of young adults, their spirited opinions, great enthusiasm, and outrageous humor.When Roni isn’t writing novels, you can find her hiking in the forest or contemplating the wonders of nature.
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