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(Deck of Lies #1)

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A House of Cards...

When you build an entire life on a foundation of lies, it only takes one truth for the whole thing to come crashing down. I never invited the truth in. I never went searching for it. I never had any reason to suspect that the two people I loved most were dishonest with me every second of every day.

I made one bad decision, and in a single day my entire w
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Published December 24th 2011 (first published December 23rd 2011)
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free from the author on a read-to-review basis.)
OMG! I really don’t know where to start with this book, but man, is ‘Deck of Lies’ an apt title for this series!
If you’ve read the blurb (above), you’ll notice that it is very cryptic and doesn’t give much away, so I didn’t really know what to expect when I started reading this book, and let me tell you, I was very pleasantly surprised!

I don’t want to give too much away, because it is the mystery
Stephanie Moakes
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Initially I didn't think I would enjoy this book because at first it seemed to be another story of how a normal teenage girl, living a normal unprivileged life couldn't possibly fit in with the rich and powerful students at her new school and I couldn't help but despise the cliche but boy was I WRONG!

I really should take my own advice and not judge a book by its cover because this story was not even close to what I was expecting. Varden's writing is fast paced and leaves you wanting more, the se
Emily Anne
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: clever
Wow, this book was very enjoyable. It kept me hooked, and the story didn't seem too rushed for only 146 pages. This fairly addictive, well written novel is a must read for people looking for something fresh, quick, and mysterious.

The description is not very elaborate, which is, as it turned out, a very good thing. I haven't been this surprised only 20 or so pages into the book for a while! Because of this, however, it makes it a little difficult to write this review, so if I am vague, it is jus
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
What would you do if everything you found out about your life was a lie? Justice (Deck of Lies #1), by Jade Varden, follows Rain Ramey who has to answer this exact question. The book starts off with Rain getting ready for her first day at Sloane Academy, an upscale high school full of the typical cliques. Rain, already apprehensive about going to a new school, soon has her anxiety confirmed as she faces some crazy incidents on the first day. The book then continues, taking the reader on various ...more
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow. It is 4:09 am. My friend Nicole sent me this book to review at 10:21. I couldn’t sleep, so I thought maybe I’d read a little bit of it until I got sleepy. That was about 12:10.

I have just finished the book and as soon as I finish writing this I will be finding the next in the series.

Jade Varden has completely sucked me into this story she is weaving.

What could oh so easily have been just another fish out of water story full of trite and tired cliché is instead a well thought out and clev
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was contacted by Varden through my blog for a review request. After reading the synopsis I happily accepted the request. I was definitely not disappointed. This book quickly grabbed my attention and became impossible to put down. For those reasons, it was a FOUR STAR read.

The book is told in Rain's perspective. It is generally in present tense with a few future tense comments from Rain. The future bits were more like a 'wish I'd known then what I know now' type of feel and they always kept the
Melanie Cusick-Jones
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Justice is a really great read. In fact, it surprised me how good it was and how quickly I got hooked on it.

I have to admit, I’m not crazy about the cover and would have skipped over it had I seen it on the shelf – maybe I’m not a pink person, but to me it looks much more like a romance novel than it actually is. In reality Rain Ramey’s story – it’s told from her first person POV – is predominantly a mystery, with smatterings of romance and school angst thrown in. Because of the tarot connection
Book Pusher
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars

First I would like to say thank you to Jade Varden for providing me with a copy of her book to read and review!

I will admit, going in I wasn’t sure what to expect…the cover…well, it’s interesting…and very PINK!! But I know better than to judge a book by it’s cover

The book was a fast paced book in that there are so many twist and turns that you really can’t be sure what will happen next. A little over mid-way through the book I saw what I hoped was not coming, what I hoped the author w
Aug 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Book Review; 2 Treasure Boxes

Rain Ramey received a scholarship to the Sloane Academy, but when she arrived the other students made it very clear, that she didn’t belong. Rain’s whole life falls apart after the Queen Bee of the school plays a dirty trick on her.

Jade Varden is the author of the Deck of Lies series, currently there are 3 books in the series with book 4 coming soon. The books are YA fiction and are told in a first person narrative from the point of view of the main protagonist.

E.R. Yatscoff
May 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
This was a freebie on Amazon and not my usual genre. I think it's YA but turned into a murder mystery. The first few chapters before the shoplifting are boring as hell and I almost gave up as it's full of teeny prep school dynamics with rich kids vs poor kids, etc. As a writer and reader, I would've put the shoplifting chapter first and then bored everyone for a bit. Stick with it, though, Jade Varden is a good writer and captures the petty teen scene quite well. She does toss in a few twists an ...more
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
*4.5 Stars*

What a wild ride! I knew going into this book there was going to be some mystery and some twists. Little did I know, HOW MUCH it would contain. I had a quite a few shouts reading this.

“Saaaaay WHAT!?” ”Oh.My.Gosh!” “ARE YOU FREAKIN KIDDING ME?”and “HOLY.FREAKIN. BATMAN” ….You get the idea

My face O_O

Right from the start, this book throws you into the drama and it NEVER.STOPS. The writing is spectacular! I feared since the story isn’t a long one (around 154 pages) that I wasn’t going t
Emily V
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
Recommended to Emily V by: Melanie Cusick-Jones
Shelves: 2012
Originally posted over at Confessions Of A Bookaholic

Cover Rating: 2/5 - Not crazy about the pink myself
Overall Rating: 4/5
Synopsis: "A House of Cards... When you build an entire life on a foundation of lies, it only takes one truth for the whole thing to come crashing down. I never invited the truth in. I never went searching for it. I never had any reason to suspect that the two people I loved most were dishonest with me every second of every day. I made one bad decision, and in a single day m
Julie Ramsey
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: done
Justice (Deck of Lies)

Rain wakes up to a new day. Excited, scared and a normal teenager, starting a new school. Rain received a scholarship to Sloane, a private very rich school. Out of thousands of applicants she is one of 5 poor kids to receive the scholarship. Her parents and brother talk of the future. Rain leaves her house happy with her family's support and excited about a new future. When she gets to school, she is met by Laurel. She shows her around but doesn't befriend her. The school i
Jul 25, 2012 rated it liked it
There is a certain type of book I like to read in the summer—frothy and light, and not too serious. I want books that are like summer blockbuster movies— full of action, and adventure, and stuff blowing up. If I can’t have that then I want a little bit of mystery and a dash of romance. Essentially, I want a complete escape from reality. These are the kind of books I drag to the beach, read in furious spurts during lunch, and generally indulge myself in when it is so hot that my brain feels like ...more
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading Justice. It had almost everything I like in a YA novel and was damn engrossing. I seriously couldn't put it down once I started reading it. All the characters were nice and the story as a whole was amazing!

I honestly wasn't expecting Justice to be so awesome mainly because of the cover. I love the colour pink but if I had to judge the story by its cover I would've flatly said, "Boooring" but it wasn't! It was far, far from boring. I a
L.M. May
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-indies
Posted on Amazon Kindle US ...

Being a huge supporter of Indies, and new to Kindle ebooks, I decided to save my first review for an Indie. Preferably one just starting out. After about three months, and many false starts, I discovered Jade Varden's 'Justice; Deck of lies'.

Originally, I nearly didn't read the inside sample as the cover didn't really catch my attention. I'm glad I did. I was compelled enough to purchase the book.

While Justice; Deck of Lies, was not what I was expecting from the cov
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow! I LOVED this book! So much so that as soon as I finished it I went and downloaded book 2 and after that book 3. I cannot wait for book 4 later this year and have already publicly urged Jade, the author, to hurry up!

I was asked by Jade to read and review Justice so she sent me the copy for free. I hadn't heard of the book before and so I didn't know anything about it. The cover and the synopsis don't give much away as to what the story is about. I was intrigued enough to agree to review i
Brea Bond
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm told on a regular basis that I rate books too highly, but I can't, in good faith, downplay the merit of a story I enjoy as much as I do Justice, the first installment of Varden's Deck of Lies series--it is a highly entertaining read deserving of at least 4 1/2 stars.

I call it an "installment" because this is NOT a standalone story. Like many indie-published YA books (those of my own series included!), Justice ends without offering much in the way of conclusion. If shorter-format serials are
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I'd like to start off with a big thank you to Jade Varden for letting me read her book. It has been a pleasure reading it.

From the very first few pages 'Justice' had me hooked. This is not your typical kidnapped child, returned to her parents and she goes back to her happy little life she had with her kidnappers. Oh no it is not. Rain is taken from one family to be raised by another to then being found by the first (I hope that makes sense, if not it will when you read it). What child would not
Crystal  Burns
First Thoughts
I didn’t know what to think, I’m a romance type of girl not really suspense, mystery person, but the synopsis was so intriguing I thought I would give it a try. Expect
My thoughts
Deck of Lies sounds simply enough. Girl makes bad decision, girl discovers lies told to her, and then girl goes a path of discovering herself and unfolding all the lies.NO! Not that simple. Deck of lies is a story with twist and turns everywhere, and by the end you’re left wondering did all that just happe
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Full review here on TotalTeenFiction

I was sent a copy of this book and I've been meaning to read it for a while. This is the first book in the Deck of Lies series and I wasn't really sure what to expect (the cover doesn't give much away!) but as soon as I started it I was pretty much hooked. The story is all about Rain Ramey who, after winning a scholarship to the prodigious Sloane Academy, suddenly starts to discover things about her past and her family that she never could have dreamt were tru
Ruth B
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What happens when everything you know is a lie? When your life is turned upside down? How can a single choice change EVERYTHING?

I’m a firmly believer that life is the sum of all our choices. And whether the result of those choices is good or bad we have to keep going. This book is the prove that I’m not wrong! Life changes every second, with every word, every actions, every smile, every thought, second by second we face something new.

Rain is this young girl that we know on her first day in a ne
Theresa Jones
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow… Have you ever had one of those moments, when you know someone that makes something (either an artist who paints, an author who writes, a person who sings, etc) and bec you know that person, you are afraid to see, read or hear their work because what if it sucks?
You don’t wanna tell that person they suck. And you don’t want to be let down when you expected something better.

Well, that was my problem with reading Jade Varden’s books. See, I have been following her blog pretty avidly as I am p
Mia Darien
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Anyone who reads my blog knows that Young Adult is not usually my thing, but the author contacted me and the book sounded interesting and I liked the Tarot theme in the titles, so I figured I'd give it a shot and I'm not unhappy I did. As it was a short book, this will be a somewhat short review, but don't take that to mean I didn't like it.

I will admit, though, since most of my Young Adult reading has been Paranormal, I kept waiting for vampires to come out of closets, lol. They didn't. It's no
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Synopsis: "A House of Cards...

When you build an entire life on a foundation of lies, it only takes one truth for the whole thing to come crashing down. I never invited the truth in. I never went searching for it. I never had any reason to suspect that the two people I loved most were dishonest with me every second of every day.

I made one bad decision, and in a single day my entire world changed. If I'm ever going to discover the truth about myself and my parents, I have to trace all the lies ba
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was a quick read - only 152 pages.

For the most part I enjoy Justice by Jade Varden. I know that it is a series so things will def be further explored, explained and executed later.

Rain was a interesting character and from the premise I was expecting a darker book, but it was pretty clean considering she is at a place surrounded by wealthy kids who have access to many things they otherwise would not, but that was okay. Rain was a well-developed character that had a clear voice that I re
Erin  Black
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was kindly asked to read and review this by the author, Jade Varden. I am so very glad that I had the privilege to do so.

This book caught me from the very first page. The characters were well developed, I felt emotional connection with the main character, Rain Ramey, from the get go. She was an average girl, with a nice, 'normal' family - Dad, Mom, and brother living in an average home. That is until one day when Rain left her average school, her friends, and her brother to go to a private sch
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
This is a condensed version of my review. The extended version can be found here.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this book for review from the author in exchange for my honest opinions.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I didn't really know what to expect going into this novel. I read the first five pages and found my mind whirling in a million different directions as I tried to figure out what was going to happen next.

I never could have guessed the direction th
Sienna Logan (Lost to Books)
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I must admit that when I first received a request for this book I was hesitant to accept; I wasn't exactly keen on the cover and from the description it didn't sound like a book I would usually pick up. However I am so glad I did accept, the book kept a good pace throughout and included lots of twists to keep me engrossed and in suspense of what was going to happen in Rain's life. As I started reading I presumed it would be anoth
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ignore the fluffy, pink cover. Justice is a short novel with substance and a very interesting plot. I read a review of Justice that called it "predictable," but I couldn't disagree more. Jade Varden really kept me on my toes with this one. The novel starts with Rain starting a new school on scholarship, making the transition to a private school with very wealthy students who are nothing like herself. So at first I thought, "So it's going to be one of those books," you know, where a less-than-wel ...more
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Jade Varden writes young adult novels for teen readers. When she’s not crafting mysteries in her books, Jade also blogs practical writing tips for authors who self-publish. Jade currently makes her home in Louisville, Kentucky, where she enjoys reading and reviewing indie books by other self-published authors. Follow her on Twitter @JadeVarden. Visit Jade’s blog at ...more

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