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Sweet Liar

(Candy #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Sometimes lies are sweeter than the truth.

Beauty is alluring; it can disguise the ugliness beneath. But scarred beauty is even more potent to a girl who vowed never to let her heart be broken again. It was an easy vow for Candy to keep until she met Jonah, an arrogant boy with a face that would be too perfect if not for the scar that marred the skin beside his eye.

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Published October 20th 2015 (first published 2015)
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Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, my-reviews, family, ya
“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”

----Joe Klaas

Debra Doxer, an American author, has penned a compelling YA tale, Sweet Liar which happens to be the second book in the Candy series. This book unveils all the secrets around Candy. She learns about her father's nature of work, and all the secrets behind Jonah's past. But will the truth set Candy free? The first book unfolds Candy's love story with Jonah and we get to see how Candy gets messed up in her father's world

This book was off the hook! How do I even begin to describe this book???


I loved Jonah and Candy, finally! Alot more romantic scenes between, I honestly loved this story to death! I was missing out so much on this, and to those who have not read this book you guys seriously need to read this, you won't be disappointed!

This book begins with exactly where it left off, but it
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Doxer has always amazed me with her writing ability and the wonderful, imaginative stories that she creates so it was no wonder that I found this second installment in the Candy series so fabulous.

If some of you recall that read my review for Like Candy, I had some reservations about the main character. I loved the story but at times Candy was childish and jumped to conclusions way too often and even though I really liked her by the end of the story, I still wasn't completely in love with her ch
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
At A Glance

Young Adult
Love Triangle/Insta Love?: Still has the insta.
Cliff Hanger: Nope
Rating: 3 Stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 8
Plot: 5
Characters: 7
World Building: 7
Flow: 5
Series Congruity: 7
Writing: 7
Ending: 7

Total: 6.5

In Dept

Best Part:
Lots of secrets revealed!
Worst Part: Draggggggggggginggggggggggg
Thoughts Had: Oh snap!!!; Get to the point already!


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: eh.

Short Review: Well lots of secrets are revealed in this novel. I was surprise
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
FULL Review to Come but you all know I needed this --- as I was left hanging!
And Doxer didn't disappoint. :)
Bailey Skye
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2015-reads
I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have no idea how I somehow managed to miss that this was the second book in a series when I requested it. I'll really have to give the first a read, especially since this book picks up literally right in the middle of all the heat that I'm assuming leaves off in book one. Like, literally right in the middle of an important scene.

So, keeping in mind that I'm reviewing this without having read the first book, I'm giving
Ali (Our Book Boyfriends) Flores

If you haven't already read Like Candy, then please go HERE to check out the first book in the series. This review will contain spoilers if you haven't already read the first book. :) This is such a unique series. There aren't many YA romantic thrillers out there.

So, I was only 20% in when I encountered my first shocker of the book. The first of several things to come that I didn't foresee. This story is full of little twists and turns. I got all of the answers I was looking fo
Paula  Phillips
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Book #1 does need to be read first as this series is not a stand-alone.

At the end of Book #1 we saw Candace aka Candy standing with a gun pointed at Jonah aka Cooper's dad and the gun went off. We were then left with a cliffie , which begins the book in Sweet Liar. We learn that the gun didn't kill Jonah's Dad , but in fact made him more angry for vengeance and we discovered more about what Candy's dad does for a living as he is arrested and detained for selling government secrets to the Chines
Briana Pacheco
In Sweet Liar, we're back with Candy, her father, Jonah, and his father, Victor. We get all our questions answered and we even get more insight into Candy's condition, CREST. I love how the author made that a main part of the story.

Picking up where Like Candy ended, Candy is in her room, the memories of what happened earlier not going away. Her father was taken and Candy thinks she could have possibly killed someone. Jonah and his father are looking for answers but Candy won't give them. She wan
Lekeisha The Booknerd
Oct 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Full review posted over at Lekeisha The Booknerd

I'm so conflicted with this. 1. Because I watch way too many movies dealing with intelligence organizations, so this doesn't seem to add up with the things I've learned in that respect. 2. Candy didn't act like Candy here, which threw me for a loop. 3. Drew's addition to this already far fetched plot seems ridiculous. 4. Jonah's demeanor towards Lorraine was cold, kind of. 5. Dad's reason for trading secrets with another country, all for his wife,
Sharon Mariampillai
Thank you SJ for recommending this book to me! This was a fantastic read. In this book, the story picks up right where Like Candy ended. Candy is in her room and trying to figure out what happened in the aftermath of the last book. She thinks she has killed someone and her dad was taken away. This story was engaging and interesting. I like the aspect of mystery, romance, and high school drama all wrapped up into one small package.

Debra Doxer does it again with the way she wrote the story, but m
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Full Review @

The End, as I mentioned before there are several questions that are finally answered. We find out exactly who what when and where! I enjoyed every twist and turn the author gave us throughout the read. I wasn’t sure Jonah and Candy would find their happy ending but somehow things worked out. Jonah figures out a way to be with the one he loves against the odds. The reader gets a lot of closure but there is a friend or two who’s story lines are
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: next-in-series
**This review contains spoilers for the first book, Like Candy. It also contains minor spoilers for Sweet Liar but all major ones will be under spoiler tags**

I was quite up and down with how I read Sweet Liar. I started it last year, a couple of months after I had finished the first book, Like Candy but I put it down after a few chapters. Coincidentally, that was in October when I was in a reading slump. Figures, right?

I picked it back up earlier this year and reread the first part and continued
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book between May 17th and May 27th, 2019 and gave it two stars. I read the first one forever ago and didn't remember much of it, so I was grateful for a prologue that could give me some context as to what the series was about. Honestly, I wasn't expecting much, to begin with, because I thought this was the second book in a trilogy and I just thought it was the sandwich book. It wasn't because this is a duology, so my already low expectations weren't met. 

This book gave me major Scand
books are love
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good ending to a nice series. In this book, Candy is confused. She sees Jonah as someone who deceived and lied to her. As someone who used her and didn’t care. she didn’t care what his reasons were and didn’t care what he had to say. No matter what Jonah did. No matter how much he was there for her. No matter how much he protected her and went against his dad. she goes behind his back so she can find out the truth about her dad and finds out something that would blow up Jonah’s world. Did she te ...more
Stacey Kym
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reviews
ARC kindly provided by Debra Doxer via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Eeeeek! I was SO EXCITED about the publication of this novel and its appearance on NetGalley! I couldn’t wait to read ‘Sweet Liar’ after the EPIC CLIFFHANGER at the end of ‘Like Candy’, which is the first novel in the ‘Candy’ duology. If you haven’t read the first novel, please do! It is ABSOLUTLEY AWESOME!!
First of all, let us just admire the cover. Isn’t it gorgeous? And so RIGHT for this book! I

Kj (Birds Love Words)
After reading the first in this series – Sweet Candy – I knew I had to continue. The first book was punchy and engaging and just had a twist I didn’t see coming – plus Jonah…sigh. The second booked lacked some of the pizazz of the first book but it was still an excellent read and I devoured it in one sitting.

The book picked up where it left off – Thank God! I was going to die if I didn’t find out what happened at the explosive ending of Sweet Candy.

Candy’s father’s risky job comes into fruition
A Book Addict's YA Palace
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Full review originally posted on my blog here

Candy is back people! Finally I have the 2nd and final book of this duology. I reviewed LIKE CANDY, the first book of the series, a few months ago. Click this link if you want to reference that review first so you'll have a better grip on this one.
My biggest problem with LIKE CANDY was the way it ended. It left off like the end of a chapter, not the end of a book. Fortunately SWEET LIAR picks up right where it w
Kristyn - Reading to Unwind
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Where to begin on this one. I feel like both books almost don't go together. I did enjoy reading the first book, but the second book I thought was a lot better. The story was fast paced and had a lot of more action in it. I loved that we got to see more of what Candy's dad did for work since that was something touched on a lot in the first book, but we had fewer answers. The book didn't really deal as much with romance or high school drama, but more with higher level drama.

The story continues w
Apr 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Also posted at The Quirky Reader

Certainly, this isn't a book about candy store thieves who run off in the middle of the night in Robin Hood fashion to help satisfy every sweet tooth out there. It's way more than that.

Basically, the series is all about this badass chick named Candy - who is not as sweet as her name sounds - and her pursuit of uncovering the truth of her father's shady occupation and at the same time falling in love with the wrong boy at the wrong time.

I randomly selected this tit
Moa (The Reading Faery)
*I was provided with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This did not in any way affect my rating or my review in the slightest. All thoughts expressed in this review are unbiased and my own.*
Actual rating: 3.7
Alright, here’s the thing: I was a little disappointed with Like Candy, because there was way too much high school drama, so I didn’t expect much of Sweet Liar. I thought it would be pretty much like the previous one, but I was wrong.

There is still a lot of high school drama, a lot o
Alexandra Florence
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, this does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review in any way.

I really enjoyed the first book Like Candy when I read it back in August, and after that cliffhanger of an ending I've been waiting patiently for the release of book number two. The book kicks off right from where we left off in Like Candy, which is something I really liked about Sweet Liar, there was messing about with a pointless litt
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

This book took me a while to finish solely because I started college so I haven't had time to read. This being said though, I found that I didn't get as captivated as with Like Candy. Not to say this was a bad book. It had its moments where it would draw me back in and I'd get through a bit in one sitting.

This picks up right where Like Candy ended. Candy has just fired the gun and you finally get to see whether she kills Jo
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Real rating is 4.5/5

*I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

After a long wait I can finally write about the sequel to Like Candy, entitled Sweet Liar.
I very patiently, (okay fine IMPATIENTLY) waited to read this book and it was most definitely worth the wait. The book began exactly where Like Candy left off. Although overall the book was great I have to admit I was a little disappointed with the beginning which is why I couldn't give it the extra 0.5. In
Sye Esteban
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Honestly I have read this without reading the first book. But for sure I'll give it a shot after reading all the books off my TBR list.

Every page unveils a mystery little by little that will make you read it till the last page. After heading a particular scene, I kept reading I was starting to get hooked. The real personality of each characters was slowly unveiling. One of them is showing it when he's/she's in an emotional state making his guard down.

I love how the characters makes effort to get
Rachel Reeves
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The book picks up where the first book, Like Candy, left off with a cliffhanger that left me wanting more. I thought the first book was a fun read that hooked me in quickly, and this one was no different. Candy is a great character and a strong female lead. Jonah is a great love interest for her. In this book, Doxer tells us more about Candy's father and the secret organization he works for, an
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Sooooo, in Like Candy we were left hanging in a major way! Thankfully, all of our questions were answered plus some new material introduced in Sweet Liar. Candy's father has done some things that probably weren't the best things to do, but he had a really good reason. In turn, Victor (Jonah's father) is after him for some vengeful reasons and will do anything to see him suffer. Because of what has happened Candy has lost her t
Leanne Crabtree
*A copy of this book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Hmm... It's taken me a few days to read this, mainly because of work but also because it didn't go how I expected.

So, I read the first book Like Candy a week or so ago and I was loving the blossoming relationship between Candy and Jonah but I wasn't so keen on the other half of the plotline, the dad thing.

Unfortunately that was what this followed up on, especially after that cliffhanger ending from the last one. I
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So this for me s a YA in its own league. I liked that it has all the awesome ingredients, high school pranks, actions, some espionage and a bit of romance. This book kept me locked in from the first page, and trust me there was nothing predictable about this story. I kept thinking that Jonah would at some point turn around and betray Candy but I was wrong. I did question his loyalties for the longest time though. I really liked Theo, he had the best jokes even for someone who was dealing with Ca ...more
Oct 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
If I could describe this book in one word, it would be unnecessary. Not unnecessary in the sense that it shouldn’t have been written, but unnecessary in the fact that there was a lot going on that should have just been erased. Candy spent too much time thinking about how mad she was at Jonah for lying to her, but at the same time thinking how it was so hard to be mad at him. Um..HELLO, he lied to you about who he is. He is a grown ass man pretending to be a teen in high school(that just screams ...more
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Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When not writing, she’s a chauffeur, cook, maid, therapist, nurse, tutor, and stylist ...more

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