Review of ‘Chasing Truth (Eleanor Ames, #1)’ by Julie Cross

Chasing Truth (Eleanor Ames, #1)Chasing Truth by Julie Cross

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you are looking for a suspenseful/contemporary/mystery/romance (check out all those adjectives…), then definitely check out Chasing Truth from Julie Cross!

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In Chasing Truth, Eleanor Ames is attempting to live the normal life of a teen, having left behind her con artist past. But then her best friend Simon(the only real friend she’s ever really had) commits suicide after their school’s homecoming dance, Ellie is sure there’s more to his death.

It’s while she’s doing some investigating that she finds herself repeatedly bumping into Miles Beckett, and though she finds herself annoying attracted to him and his slightly cocky attitude, she’s suspicious of the fact that he also appears to be investigating Simon’s death.

With all her suspicions, Ellie knows it’s not wise to trust Miles, but she also knows that it’s smart to keep him close so she can keep an eye on him, though she may be falling for Simon’s possible murderer.
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I have never read any of Julie Cross‘ books before, but if the humor in this is indicative of what to expect from her other books, I’ll have to check out more from her!

I also have never been shy about my love of characters with quick wits, and Ellie is definitely quick-witted. She’s funny, subtle at times, and not cheesy, since I typically hate cheesy humor. I loved how quick she was with comebacks (a lot of times at Miles’ expense, ha ha), and she was very clever – which you’d sort of expect of someone whose life had revolved around cons – the cleverness being handy whenever she’d needed an out from a situation, or whenever she needed to explain her suspicious actions.
Honestly, I think it’s because I’m jealous of these quick-witted types, and that’s why I tend to like them so much.

I really enjoyed the character of Miles as well. I loved that he was this hot, smart guy who could still get embarrassed or shy when coming up against our clever heroine. His interactions with her were so fun, I loved how she could annoy him with her constant jokes and teasing, but he still wanted to be around her, it was super cute.

Can I also say how much I really liked Ellie’s sister Harper’s secret-service agent boyfriend Aiden?? (Did you get all that?) Aiden was such an awesome guy. He obviously cared a ton for Harper, but it was so nice seeing how much he cared about Ellie and her well-being/safety. He was very protective and played a large part in Ellie’s investigation, though it wasn’t really by choice, but more so because he really was like an older bother to her.

Now, the mystery itself was well done in my opinion, and Ellie being a former con artist really brought two very different worlds together. I mean, whoever thought a con man/woman would ever really care about seeking justice? Sure, you can think it’s because she just wants to make up for her past, redeem herself in a way, but it’s mostly because of how much she had grown to care for Simon, so she couldn’t stand to see his death go down as a suicide, when it just couldn’t have been. The different lessons she’d picked up in the past did help her out, so it did actually work in her favor, giving her an advantage when it came to figuring out clues and a criminal’s mind, making for a more rounded story and explanations as to why a teen would know so much, or be able to even think she could possibly investigate anything.

Anyway, I really liked this book, not enough to ‘five-star it’, but enough that I’ll be sure to check out the next Eleanor Ames book whenever it comes out, and possibly more of Julie Cross‘s books as well.

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