Review & Giveaway: Secrets Don’t Keep by Elora Ramirez
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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I have very mixed feelings on this book. On one side, I loved the mystery and suspense aspect of this book and on the other end, the characters and some of their relationships fell flat for me. So first, I will start with the good, I loved the entire concept of the story, the secret society and the desperation to get into one. I have been a fan of this type of story since I watched The Dead Poets’ Society in high school. It’s captivating and thrilling to read them, even if the society happens to be corrupt (which in the book that is putting it lightly).
There are crazy twists and turns and it was a really fun read, you didn’t want to put it down. Now for my two downfalls. First, Dex and Kera dive head first into a relationship really fast. There is no build up or getting to know each other and that really disappointed me. It was just lust and interest at first sight and I really missed the build up of the characters. In addition, there seems to be best friends in the book but there are an awful lot of secrets kept from one another. Secondly, the book switches between the present and the past almost every chapter. I personally wasn’t a fan of the flip flopping, especially considering the time line is a matter of 3 months. The story and plot was great but the characters and layout left something to be desired.
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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, eloranicole.com
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