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The Tower

(Deck of Lies #2)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Death brings some families closer, but it’s ripped mine apart. I wanted to convince the police that they had the wrong suspect...but I never expected them to start suspecting me. Now, I have no choice but to keep searching for the truth, even if all my relationships fall to pieces around me.

Someone is trying to make me look guilty. I never thought my mission to prove my ow
ebook, 162 pages
Published April 5th 2012 by Jade Varden (first published April 4th 2012)
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Emily V
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Also posted at: http://emily-confessionsofabookaholic...

Series: Deck Of Lies #2
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery
Release Date: April 5th 2012
Source: Review Copy From Author
Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars
Cover Rating: 2/5 Stars - I may or may not have thought it was a Dalek when I first saw it
Synopsis: Death brings some families closer, but it’s ripped mine apart. I wanted to convince the police that they had the wrong suspect...but I never expected them to start suspecting me. Now, I have no choice but to ke
Melanie Cusick-Jones
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
When I read Justice, the first book in Jade Varden's Deck of Lies series, earlier this year I was looking forward to the release of the follow-up book The Tower after being left with a doozy of a cliff-hanger. You can read my review of Justice at Aside from Writing blog.

So...after the wait, did The Tower deliver? Absolutely! :) I stayed up reading with one eye it was that good!

Normally I struggle with "Second-Book-Syndrome" - I love the first then find the second one less than satisfying (Twilig
Brea Bond
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
In my previous review of Deck of Lies #1: Justice, I lauded Varden for creating an original, entertaining mystery story. The Tower is the second installment, named for the tarot chard representing chaos and change...and it's a good fit.

At the end of the first book, Rain/Chloe is still reeling from the revelation that her entire life has been a lie. In the midst of her search for answers, one of her classmates is found murdered in a nearby canyon, and a whole new (seemingly unrelated) array of qu
Leigh (bibliosky)
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
RATE: 3.5/5

I wanna cry you guys. It was so good! Since this is a series, usually the first book and the last are the best, and the books in the middle are like ‘so-so’. Well for The Tower, I think it’s better than the first one. Don’t get me wrong here, Justice was good, but The Tower had more mystery and suspense! If you read my review about Justice, I said that it was predictable, but for this book, I couldn’t even predict anymore! I was left surpri
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The Tower was one hell of a rollercoaser ride! From the moment I started it, it sucked me into the story and there was nothing i could do but just sit back and enjoy. After each and every chapter, something new popped up twisting the story even more and my reaction would be all like,


If there's one book that deserves to be in the bestsellers list I think it's this one because Jade Varden did an absolutely flawless job in executing the story. Every time I thought I had s
Ruth B
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, young-adult, mystery
Not again! One more time the ending left me waiting for more. The Tower is the perfect sequel to a great story and it really didn’t disappoint me. Jade Varden has created another EXCELLENT book and really deserves a round of applauses.

This series only keeps proving my point -we are who we are because of the choices we made. Every time we say, do, think or see something, we are lead to a choice, one that not only affects us but all the people around us as well.

In this book we see Rain still strug
Emily Anne
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Tower is a very good continuation of the Deck of Lies series. I finished this book the day I started reading it.

*Spoilers ahead for those who haven't read the first book*

The Tower starts is mostly about Rain trying to figure out who is Laurel's killer, along with the added family and friend drama.

It seems like each character has some secret or mystery to go with them. Sawyer is acting strange, we learn Laurel was obsessed with Sawyers crazy aunt, Owen is not acting mournful about Laurels dea
Mia Darien
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I reviewed the first book in this four book series a couple of months ago, and I liked it. As these are short books, these are short reviews. On the whole, I liked this one as well, although not quite as much as the first. I’ll admit that some of this might be subjective due to some real life stresses just not allowing me to enjoy my reading on the whole.

The book started well, giving us the view of what happened in the first book without going over the top to summarize. There were some interject
Erin  Black
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally published on Bookluvrshaven.

After reading, reviewing, and loving the first book in the Deck of Lies Series (Justice, which was reviewed previously on Bookluvrs Haven - Here ), author Jade Varden approached me and asked if I was interested in reading the second - to which I replied ABSOLUTELY!

Jade Varden does it again! There's just something about her writing style that makes you want to read more and more and more. There were a lot of twists and turns in
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Synopsis: "Death brings some families closer, but it’s ripped mine apart. I wanted to convince the police that they had the wrong suspect...but I never expected them to start suspecting me. Now, I have no choice but to keep searching for the truth, even if all my relationships fall to pieces around me.

Someone is trying to make me look guilty. I never thought my mission to prove my own innocence would lead me to more family secrets. I thought I had already discovered the truth about myself. But e
Theresa Jones
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
So, after reading Justice (Deck of Lies #1) I immediately bought and started reading Tower. And boy, I still couldn’t put it down. It seems like on every page you are learning something new, more truths revealed.

The story starts right where the first one stopped. Rain (or Chloe, or Glory) is still at the center of several lies, that involves not only her family, but other prominent families as well.

You follow her on her journey to discovering exactly who she is and where she is from, all while
Julie Ramsey
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: done
The Tower

In the second book of the Deck of Lies series, The Tower by Jade Varden, We learn that River Scott, a friend of Rain Ramey also known as Chloe Von Shelton, was arrested in suspicion of murdering Laurel Riordan. As River sits in a jail cell waiting to hear if he will be set free or face the death penalty, Rain and her new brother Sawyer dig into Laurel's past and try to figure out how to prove River's innocence. During their unauthorized investigation, they learn more about themselves t
Morphys Book Blog
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
At the end of Justice a girl from Sloane Academy, Laurel is murdered, River was arrested for her murder and Rain is determined to prove his innocence.

During her quest to find out the truth Rain discovers more secrets about her own life, she’s not sure what to believe anymore as what she’s told to be true turns out to be yet more lies.

I’m so glad I didn’t have to wait long to read ‘The Tower’ after finishing ‘Justice’. After being left at a cliffhanger I was eager to find out what happens next an
Sienna Logan (Lost to Books)
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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This review was meant to be posted yesterday but after I finished this book I just had to read the third in the series, so never got around to it.

The Tower easily equalled and maybe bettered the first book (Justice) in this series. It kept me in constant suspense throughout the story and once again it was virtually impossible to predict who did what. Even though the book revolves around the death of Laurel Riordan the main
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
She's back. I was happy that author Jade Varden gave me another go at her work. I wanted to read it right away due to my love for Rain/Chloe/Glory, but due to demand I had to put my dreams on hold.
Finally getting back to this story had me excited. I wanted to know who murdered Laurel, but more importantly I wanted to know where Rain belongs. She really doesn't feel like a member of her new family, she has feelings for her "brother" and hates her sister.
There is so much new info to gain from thi
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I’m going to try to make this review spoiler free for those of you who haven’t read the first book. See the review for the first book here.

After having the privilege of being contacted by the author to review the first book and LOVING IT, I just HAD to go out and get the second book.

In this book, Rain is trying to adjust to her new ‘glamorous’ life, but she is still trying to learn who she really is. But an unexpected murder and the potential killer keep her at the centre of attention. She obvio
Christoph Fischer
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An amazing and thrilling read with lots of plot and twists that keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way through. Following the first book in the series this book has more surprises in store than I would have guessed possible. Excellently written and compelling. Only spoilt for me personally by a huge cliffhanger at the end of the book that left me disappointed. But J.K.Rowling does that too and few people mind.
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

After reading Justice (Deck of Lies #1), I was completely blow away by the complexity of the story. The lies. The twists. The phenomenal writing that is Jade Varden. It kept me completely engrossed and hanging on until the very end. The Tower has all that, plus more. It was even better than it's predecessor. I was completely blown away. Ten fold.

Again, I applaud Jade. These books are short (to my standing, anyway) Sitting at under 200 pages. Yet, her writing is so outstanding, you can't
Felicia Chien
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
E-book: The Tower by Jade Varden
Pages: 95
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller
Source: Sent from author

Short Synopsis: Rain is back, as she refuses to believe that her friend River is the actual killer of her classmate Laurel. But as Rain digs deeper into the mess of lies, she's in for far more than she's bargained for.

My Thoughts: Another interesting tale by Jade Varden, as readers discover Rain's complicated life, and how her family is involved.

Death brings some families closer, but it’s ripped mine apa
Sarah Elizabeth
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
(Source: Downloaded for free from Smashwords.)
Well, once again we have a very cryptic blurb for this book, and once again this book is full of mystery, and lies upon lies are uncovered.

I’m not going to tell you too much about this book, because not knowing what is going to happen is part of the fun, but once again poor Rain is in for a rough ride.
In book 1 (Justice), Rain’s life was turned absolutely upside down and back to front by a prank played on her by a girl at her new school, and now, on
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
I read this book immediately after I finished the first one, and I hate to admit it, but I hated the repetition that occurred in the beginning. Again, I understand why this is done, in case someone has forgotten after a long period of time, to refreshen their memory, but it still bothers me that I have to read what had already happened in the book I read a few hours before.

Rain is now being accused of murder, along with her friend River. In order to get River out of jail, she admits to having b
Dec 12, 2013 rated it liked it
This is the second book in a series, and the story continues right away. Who killed Laurel? River is still the prime suspect and Rain still believes he is innocent. She decides that since most others are out for his blood, she’ll have to be the one to prove his innocence. On Rain’s quest for clues the police take interest in her. They think that she might have been involved in Laurel’s death. That she might have been an accomplice to River. Rain’s flabbergasted and scared, but she doesn’t let it ...more
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While Rain is figuring out who she and her family really are, she is also trying to find Laurel Riordan's killer. Rain knows that the answer to these questions will either lead her out from under the craziness her life has become or will send her further down the spiral into doom.

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 fro
Jodi Davis
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Rain is firm in her belief that River did not kill Lauren like everyone says. She is determined to find a way to prove his innocence. She just isn't expecting to become a suspect herself, or to find out that her world is about to become even more drama-filled.

This book was amazing. The same quirks as the first one were still present, the little cliffhangers in various chapters and scene ends, but the story is fast-paced and keeps you hanging o
Peggy Holloway
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I like the way this author writes. Her books are easy to read and the plots are interesting and easy to follow. I liked this second book but not as much as the first, only because I kept getting mixed up with the relationships etc. I felt like I needed a map at times. I think this author has lots of potential and I can't wait to read the next book and to see how she continues to grow as an author. ...more
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A little darker than the first book as it centers on the murder of one of the students as they all try to help solve it by pointing fingers at each other. Chloe/Rain is still the main character as she tries to maneuver through this new world of money and lies and mystery.
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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

Other books in the series

Deck of Lies (4 books)
  • Justice (Deck of Lies, #1)
  • Death (Deck of Lies, #3)
  • Judgment (Deck of Lies #4)

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