Thursday, 13 June 2013

Review: Dragonfly by Leigh Talbert Moore

Title: Dragonfly
Author: Leigh Talbert Moore
Author Info: Blog|Twitter|Facebook
Genre: New Adult
Series: Dragonfly #1
Source: Netgalley
Publication Date: 6th June 2013

Tell Me About It
Three bad things I learned this year:
-People you trust lie, even parents.
-That hot guy, the one who’s totally into you, he might not be the one.
-Things are not always how they appear.

Three good things I learned this year:
-Best friends are always there for you, even when they’re far away.
-That other hot guy, the one who remembers your birthday, he just might be the one.
-Oh, and things are not always how they appear.

Anna Sanders expected an anonymous (and uneventful) senior year until she crossed paths with rich-and-sexy Jack Kyser and his twin sister Lucy.

Pulling Anna into their extravagant lifestyle on the Gulf Coast, Lucy pushed Anna outside her comfort zone, and Jack showed her feelings she’d never experienced... Until he mysteriously withdrew.

Anna turned to her internship at the city paper and to her old attraction for Julian, a handsome local artist and rising star, for distraction. But both led to her discovery of a decades-old secret closely guarded by the twins’ distant, single father.

A secret that could permanently change all their lives.
My Thoughts
I have previously read Leigh's other work, so when I saw Dragonfly on netgalley I knew I had to give it a read, not only because it was Leigh's books, but also the synopsis drew me in.
Anna has lived in Fairview for a few years but still feels like an outsider, her one good friend, Gabi moved away when her Dad was relocated to Key West.  Jack and Lucy are new to Anna's school in her senior year and immediatley she is intrigued by this mysterious duo.  Anna has one person who she can rely on, Julian, but their friendship balances on a knifes edge, he wants more yet she is happy to initially stay friends.
Torn between the mysterious, elusive sexy Jack, and the dependable, down to earth Julian Anna must decide what she wants from both of these, and who she wants more.

When I began reading Dragonfly I will admit to being a bit hesitant, while I enjoyed what I was reading it  just didn't seem to grab me straight away.  Once we see the introduction of Jack and Lucy things start to pick up and soon I was hooked.  I needed to know what would happen between Anna and Jack, and then when she begins to have feelings towards Julian I wanted to know who she would pick.

I loved getting to see Anna journalistic side as she slowly began to connect the dots and find out the truth, which was something I didn't expect, but added a nice twist to the story.
While I liked Anna most of the time, there were times I didn't particularly like her, and that was purely because I thought she was a bit silly to continue to go after Jack, repeatedly getting her heart broken or being strung along by him, finally deciding to have nothing to do with him yet the minute he opens his mouth to speak to her she is quick to jump into whatever he suggests.  Julian was there all along, and although he had other hookups he never once pretended with Anna, letting her know exactly what he was feeling all the time.

Leigh has a way of giving you enough information for the story and to allow you to picture it in your head, but not enough so that you don't have to use your imagination to picture things.  The storyline goes at a steady pace and slowly reveals new titbits of information that manage to shock you at every turn.  After a slow start I enjoyed Dragonfly and I am looking forward to seeing what happens next with Anna and if anything come from the secret she discovered.

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