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Lies I Told

(Lies I Told #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,598 ratings  ·  210 reviews
What if, after spending a lifetime deceiving everyone around you, you discovered the biggest lies were the ones you've told yourself?

Grace Fontaine has everything: beauty, money, confidence, and the perfect family.

But it’s all a lie.

Grace has been adopted into a family of thieves who con affluent people out of money, jewelry, art, and anything else of value. Grace has ne
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by HarperTeen
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Rachel E. Carter
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: have-paperback
I went into this completely blind (not even having read blurb) and loved it, except I found out there's a sequel and the cliffhanger ending was just cruel. Still, this was a super quick read and I loved the way everything played out though I was wrong on one account (view spoiler). Can't wait to read the next! ...more
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, e-arc
I REALLY liked this book. I was so obsessed with finding out how it was going to end. Actually, I was kind of scared. I loved Grace and Logan together and so desperately DIDN'T want Logan to get hurt. The guy is so sweet and doesn't deserve that!

But then I was extremely sad to find out that this book is actually the start of a series. That's what I'm assuming anyway, since nothing got resolved at all and it ended as if it was a series. I just hate going into a book that isn't marked as being a s
Jen Ryland
Mar 26, 2015 added it
Shelves: april-2015
On the positive side: an atmospheric suspense story about a family of grifters (think a darker, non-humorous version of Robin Benway's Also Known As, but from the POV of the criminals instead of the good guys).

On the negative? Not a standalone. (I guess I didn't click on the full listing and see that it's first in a series. Or it's possible the GR listing was changed since Ashley @ NoseGraze also was surprised.) Since I was expecting one, the non-ending felt really abrupt. I wish I'd known this
"I was a thief. I was a con artist. I was a coward. Believing anything else was jus another lie."

Good heist novels are hard to come by. But this book proves that there are some worthy gems in this genre; you just have to know where to look.

All Grace Fontaine has known is how to con people. After all, it’s the family business. The plan is the same each time; find their wealthy target, get friendly with their group, earn their trust, rob them blind, and get the hell out of town. This time is n
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm so glad I waited to read this because the ending would have killed me.

I really liked this premise and all of the characters. Of course I adored Logan, he's adorable and so sweet. Grace and Parker have such an interesting dynamic, I really liked this interactions. As a whole, the family was quite intriguing.

I loved the idea of a teenage con girl doing a job while going to high school and I can't wait to see what the repercussions are in the next book.

**Huge thanks to Harper Teen and Edelwe
**I received this book for free from (HarperTeen) via (Edelweiss) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Young Adult, Contemporary
*Rating* 3.0

*My Thoughts*

Lies I Told is part of a duology, with Promises I Made coming out later this year (2015). 17-year old Grace and her adoptive family, Parker, Cormac and Renee, are grifters, or con artists if you will. They travel around the country bilking the unaware of their fortune
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OH, this was a really fantastic book! I enjoyed it so much, and even though the ending is not good for the characters, I can't wait to see what happens, how they'll get out of that mess! I know it's going to be awesome because this book totally was! ...more
nick (the infinite limits of love)
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

I recently started watching White Collar and I'm completely obsessed with anything that has to do with thieves and con-men (mostly because Matt Bomer is too beautiful to look at), so when Lies I Told fell into my lap, I knew I was in for a crazy and exciting ride. Lies I Told had me so nervous from start to finish, but it's a book that I had much difficulty putting down. I just needed to know what was going to happen to Grace and I was extremely worried for her. Grace's new task puts her in an u
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
What is it about a book involving spies that just makes it so darn appealing whether it be in the adult genre or the YA one?

Is it the nonstop drama and action we just know we are going to get? Or maybe all the deceit and danger lurking around every corner? Or maybe it is simply the appeal of being someone else for a very short amount of time, either way, they have always hooked me and called to.

And I couldn't of picked a better story to fall right into. I was intrigued after the prologue and hoo
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First I would like to say Michelle what have you done to me.....

It took me two days to do this review because I could not wrap my mind around Grace, Logan, and Parker. I had to put the book down a few times because I found myself rushing to read through the book. I wanted to find out what happened. I have never read a book so full of suspense and drama that I needed to re-read some of the pages. When I got to the end of the book I was screaming because I could not believe that that was the end o
Jaime Arkin
Grace Fontaine has everything – beauty, money, a perfect family…

And it’s all a lie.

Adopted when she was young, her norm is moving from identity to identity, school to school, town to town, mark to mark, and working the job her parents tell her is the next target. It’s never really been hard, until now.

Her brother is questioning everything and causing problems along the way, and she never expects to actually fall for the one person she shouldn’t – When everything starts to fall apart, and their
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

This was an okay story, but it dragged a bit for me.

Grace at times came across as an experienced thief, and at other times was a complete idiot. I mean she’d been doing this for years seemingly, but was stupid enough to not only keep evidence of a previous identity, but to carry it around in her dress pocket on a day-to-day basis? I mean how stupid is she?

The storyline in th
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Grace Fontaine has everything a girl could ask for. From beauty to a perfect family. But none of it is true. Grace finds out she is adopted, and her family are thieves who trick and manipulate people out of anything they can profit off of.

As grace learns about the family life style she understands more, but when the family decides to steal a wealthy mans gold they assigns Grace to make a friend with the mans son, Logan, and pull the passwords information and area the gold is placed. Like predic
Nov 03, 2014 rated it liked it
I have to say I was expecting more out of this book. Usually, books about conning have me on the edge of my seat, wanting two conflicting things at the same time: for the con to work and for it not to work, if that makes any sense.

It didn't happen here. The ending was not as epic as it ought to be, considering the scale of what was done. Parker was annoying, Logan was a flat character, and Grace was unreal. I mean (view spoiler)
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars

Damn, I didn't even know what to expect from this book? This was such a wild ride, I can't believe this is what they do for a living this was so unique the writing was amazing. I didn't expect that ending!
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Pretty good! Crappy ending, but sort of expected. I mean, something had to happen. It would be too perfect lol! Full review to come!
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
Lies I Told is a fun heist mystery story that looks at morality and family.

-Each family member has their own reasons established for their involvement in the heists. (view spoiler)
Crystal | decorating.reader
Well I RARELY make it 60% into a book to turn around and DNF it, but I guess rare things happen every now and then because that’s exactly what I ended up doing with this book! I’ve really been looking forward to Lies I Told, and I’m a huge fan of thrillers, so I didn’t think anything could go wrong yet I just didn’t find this to be a good fit for someone who has a read a few thrillers in her day.

I found the MC, Grace, to be one of the most naive characters in the entire world. Yes, the girl obvi
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: future-wow
Short and Sweet:

I love a good YA con story and Lies I Told was every bit as good as I expected!

To Elaborate...

Lies I Told is a FUN read with just the right amount of tension. Grace, the MC is a likable (though a bit naive for a thief) character which makes you root for her despite her dishonest ways. Her brother Parker, also adopted, is less likable, but understandably so since he's tiring of the family 'business.' He has begun to feel used by his adoptive parents and he's angry about it. Parker
Kathy Martin
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting story that left me with quite a few questions. Grace is seventeen and is the adopted daughter of two people who live by conning people out of money and other valuables. She has an older adopted brother named Parker. They have come to California with the intention of robbing a man of his stash of gold bars - $20 million worth. Grace's role is to get close to the son of the house.

Grace has her cover story and things are going according to plan until she actually meets Logan
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Mar 28, 2015 marked it as dnf
Shelves: arc-edelweiss, 2015
DNF at 33%

I got bored and didn't want to continue any longer. It just didn't read like a book with a MC who had completed quite a number of cons before and had so much expertise. Her feelings and thoughts seemed more amateurish and you would have thought this was her first time since it began to get more difficult for her with the guilt she felt and other issues going on. Plus nothing much really happens.

I have a few issues with how its written though. At one point the MC felt she couldn't call
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I really did end up enjoying this. I read it pretty slow, but I think that was just because of the holidays and me not really feeling in the mood to read. Right after I finished this, I requested the sequel so I can find out what happens next.
If you like books about crimes, cons, and criminals, I think you'll like this. It reminds me of the TV shows Revenge and Leverage, not a perfect copy of it, but the same kind of element a
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own, mystery, ya
BUT WHAT HAPPENS NOW?? Fall 2015 feels so far away! This was so much fun to read!
Jomana Namavar
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
I was addicted to this book. Can't wait for the second installment! ...more
Michelle Wrona
This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!

Never in a million years would I actually expect myself to read a Michelle Zink book ever again... or even expect to actually enjoy it. But hey, a psychological thriller read is waaay more different than a paranormal-angel read. Way back in '10 where my career of reading young adult novels had just begun, I went off with reading Zink's angelic trilogy, Prophecy of the Sisters, and really enjoyed it. But the se
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I recently read a book called Lies I Told and it was fantastic. This novel was written by Michelle Zink and published on April 7, 2015. Zink is an American author most notably known for her gothic fantasy series, Prophecy of the Sisters and A Temptation of Angels. Lies I Told is a young adult fiction novel based on a girl named Grace Fontaine who has been adopted into a crime family who cons wealthy people of their money or anything else of value. When their biggest con yet goes wrong, everythin ...more
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Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dark Faerie Tales
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: This book was suspenseful and atmospheric, and I enjoyed the lush setting.

Opening Sentence: Looking back, I should have known Playa Hermosa was the beginning of the end.

The Review:

Grace and her adopted family move around the world, never staying in one place too long. They are con-artists, sinking into a community to get close to people for the intel they need before taking their money and throwing away their fake identifies for new ones. Grace’
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Michelle Zink is author of the Prophecy of the Sisters trilogy, A Temptation of Angels, and This Wicked Game. Her next book, Lies I Told, releases Spring 2015.

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