The Deception Dance is action packed from the beginning. It starts out when Raven and her sister, Linnie, go on a trip to Europe. Linnie’s roommate, Chauncey, invites herself along and changes all their plans. Instead of staying in hostels, they’re staying in extravagant hotels, and Raven is exploring on her own while Linnie and Chauncey party. While in Rome, Raven meets both Nicholas and Andras. Nicholas is a young man that seems very high class. He’s always dressed in suits. Andras is mysterious. Raven feels an instant connection to Andras that scares her. After a bad incident at a nightclub, Raven, Linnie, and Chauncey decide to travel to Sweden to visit Nicholas’s home. Nicholas’s family seems divided on whether they want Raven there. Some members are nice and accept her, others turn their noses up at her. Once again while exploring, Raven runs into Andras and they start a secret romance. But Nicholas has also developed feelings for Raven. Why does Nicholas want to keep Raven away from Andras? What secrets are being kept? Who will Raven choose to be with? And will the truth ever be told?
I loved this book. It was action packed from the beginning until the end. I was disgusted with Chauncey and the way she always had to have her way, and Linnie went along with Chauncey practically ignoring Raven. I also loved the love triangle. Throughout the whole book I wasn’t sure who I wanted Raven to be with. Should she be with the safe dependable Nicholas or the intriguingly rugged Andras? I’m still not sure. There were several times I wanted to smack Linnie and Nicholas. I hated the way everyone made decisions for Raven and pressured her into doing what they wanted. I wish Raven would have spoken up for herself more. This book kept my attention throughout with all its twists and turns. While the ending wasn’t a cliffhanger, I definitely want to read more.
Reviewed by Tracy
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