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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Review: Black Iris by Leah Raeder

BLACK IRIS  by Leah Raeder
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 4/28/2015
Pages: 384
Source: NetGalley
The next dark and sexy romantic suspense novel from the USA TODAY bestselling author of Unteachable, which was praised for its “lush, haunting prose, deft storytelling, and scorching sensuality” (M. Pierce, bestselling author of the Night Owl trilogy), and called “one of the best forbidden romances” (Lauren Blakely, New York Times bestselling author).
“Love is not a thing that we create. It’s an undoing.”
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.
After reading Unteachable, I knew Raeder was an author to look out for. She can tackle any subject matter and weave it into every cell of your body and make you believe that you’re living that character’s life. Raeder has a way with words.  Her writing ensnared me and I had to keep turning the pages to see how Laney’s story would unravel.

I loved how this book was laid out in past and present tense, it just made the story more compelling as I got an up-close and personal look inside Laney’s head and how her experiences led me on a whirlwind of emotions while wandering would happen next.

This book was dark, twisted, and emotionally beautiful - everything I love about new-adult.  With impeccable writing and great characterization, Black Iris is an experience I won’t forget.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars


  1. Lovely review. I don't think I've seen this one. It seems like an interesting read. I know I need to read more NA.


  2. A beautifully written and engagingly told story that deals with the realism of life. Falling in love isn't always so simple and Leah Raeder does an excellent job of showcasing what happens when people are faced with all the difficulties life brings. My heart broke for Laney, but I loved her character immensely.

    1. That's exactly what I love about her writing, it's so raw.


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