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Hiding Lies

(Eleanor Ames #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  206 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Fans of Veronica Mars or Ally Carter will love the snarky, whip-smart former con artist Eleanor, in this sequel to Chasing Truth.

At Holden Prep, dirty little secrets always have a way of coming to the surface.

Eleanor Ames has never been what she seems. Average high school student on the outside, but reformed con artist trying to break free of her past on the inside. When E
Paperback, 300 pages
Published April 17th 2018 by Entangled: Teen
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Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Hiding Lies by Julie Cross is the second book in the Eleanor Ames series. This series is a bit of a young adult mystery/thriller mixed with some romance. The series is one that the story carries over from one book to the next and is best read in order.

In Chasing Truth readers were introduced to Eleanor ‘Ellie’ Ames who is attending Holden Prep while living with her older sister. Ellie’s parents were con artists and had raised their girls in that life but now they are going straight and Ellie is
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Refreshing and vibrant. 5*

I'm totally in love with Julie Cross's books. This is my fourth and I just can't wait for more! If she's writing I'm reading! Her stories are always colourful and her characters are complex.

Hiding lies is the follow-up book to Chasing Truth. It can be read as a standalone (It has all the catch up you need) but I would recommend reading book one first.

Eleanor Ames has been compared to Veronica Mars and in many ways, she's the closest famous character to relate to her,
Kristy K
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Hiding Lies takes us into Ellie's old live when her dad and "family" go to pull a con in the same city as her school trip. There's just as much excitement, intrigue, and suspense in this one as there was in Chasing Truth.

With Miles no longer at Holden Prep, Ellie has a surprising new ally, Dominique, to help her along with task: taking down her dad in exchange for her mom getting released from prison. I worried this meant we wouldn't see Miles, but I needed not to be alarmed. He shows
The premise of this series is there is a group of teens who have been recruited or are attending a specialized school to make them into spies.

Eleanor’s family made up of criminals. She was used by the FBI to entrap her father, but this plan backfired, and her mother was sent to jail. Eleanor would do anything to get her mom free, including working with the FBI again to capture her father.

But her father now has some very unsavory partners that are extremely dangerous. Putting Eleanor, her boyfr
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, 5000-books, netgalley
After reading "Chasing Truth", the first Ellie Ames book, and loving it, I was super keen to read the next installment in the series. Although I had a few issues with "Hiding Lies", overall it was a fun read and I enjoyed my time with it.

"Hiding Lies" continues on with Ellie's story shortly after the events of "Chasing Truth". It had been quite a while since I read "Hiding Lies", so I couldn't really remember what had happened previously. Fortunately, Julie Cross provided some flashbacks and de
Julie Cross continues her Eleanor Ames series with Hiding Lies. A story of prior con artist Ellie Ames and her teen FBI boyfriend Miles Beckett.

With Miles gone for a month long vacation with his government secret agent parents, Ellie stays home ready to start a new semester at Holden Prep but when she finds out that someone from her past is planning a scam that’s way in over their heads in NY, the same destination as her approaching school’s field trip, she decides to intervene using her talents
Samantha (WLABB)
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, ya
Rating: 4.5 Stars

I was really excited to catch up with Ellie and Miles, and I was not disappointed. This installment takes us to the Big Apple as Holden Prep takes over New York. Ellie, however, wasn't there for the enrichment the program had to offer, but rather, as a way to slip back into her old con artist ways. Once again, digging in one direction revealed many other secrets, and Ellie risked losing everything she has been working for.

Honestly, I enjoyed this one just as much as the first bo
Erica Chilson
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

5 Stars from a young adult perspective
3 Stars from an adult perspective
4 Stars overall

Young Adult age-range: 14+ due to violence, kissing, and fade-to-black sexual situations.

Hiding Lies is the second and possibly final installment in the Eleanor Ames series. I'd strongly suggest against reading this as a standalone. I read the first pre-release as well, so it has been a long while for me. If you haven't read the first in the
Rating 4.5/5*
Hiding Lies is the second book in this series and I have to say I thought it was even better than Chasing Truth - and I enjoyed that one! Actually, I think it important to read these books in the correct order as they show events in chronological order, building on events from the previous book. However, I also acknowledge that the author has included reminders of previous events so it could be read as a standalone. Now my problem with writing this review is endeavouring not to inc
Katherine Paschal
After reading Chasing Truth, book 1 in the series, I could not wait to get my grabby hands on more of Eleanor and her hijinks. I think I found my favorite reads of the read so far, maybe my top YA contemporary read in general. Yep, that is how much I am in love with this book and this world in general. I will admit that I was a little hesitant, regardless of my excitement to read more (and yes, I was so happy that I could binge read the series back to back and not have to wait for book 2...don't ...more
Victoria Bunce
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy HIDING LIES on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher and author.

Five stars and here's why:

HIDING LIES kept me reading way past my bedtime. Julie Cross delivers a riveting suspenseful story. I got sucked in on page one and ended up with a wicked book hangover.

I didn’t read the first book in the series, but this HIDING LIES can be read as a standalone. That being said, I just bought the first book, CHASING TRUTH, because I need to be totally immer
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
leanor Ames is back and Hiding Lies was just as enjoyable as book one.  

Ellie is dealing with her regrets of getting her mom put in jail.  She is willing to do just about anything to get her out.  Once she finds out that her mom is getting ten years, Ellie offers to go undercover with her family to get her dad instead.  Luckily Holden Prep is heading to New York and that just happens to be where her dad is.  Her "cousin", Oscar, finds her and says that her dad is in over his head this time.

T.H. Hernandez
WARNING – Spoilers Ahead for Book 1
It’s been over 18 months since I read CHASING TRUTH by Julie Cross, yet the characters and story were still so vivid in my memory, I didn’t need any refreshers. HIDING LIES picks up where CHASING TRUTH left off, with life returning to relative normal, considering Ellie’s past and Mile’s future. With Miles returning to his military academy after spending the holidays with his family abroad, Ellie fills her time with her sister, Harper, Harper’s former Secret Ser
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I've always been a big fan of books/shows/movies with strong, smart and sassy leading ladies, so it was no wonder I've enjoyed the Eleanor Ames books as much as I have. The first in the series, Chasing Truth, was great and I couldn't wait to see what would happen with the second. Well, it should be no surprise at all that Hiding Lies totally lived up to my expectations and was a great continuation of the series. 

Hiding Lies picks up basically w
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, for-review, 2018
Hiding Lies is the second book featuring Eleanor Ames, I really enjoyed Chasing Truth, so I was excited to read this one. It did take me a few minutes to reorient myself to the events of the first book because it's been over a year since I read the first book. This one picks up pretty much right after the events of the first book, so I would advise reading them in order. Otherwise you will be lost as well as having the first book spoiled.

This is a solid follow up to the first book. I felt like I
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 4/27/18.


Once again, Ellie and friends lead us on a non-stop ride with twists and turns that no one can possibly see coming. Don't plan on doing anything until this one's done--seriously, it's pretty much un-put-downable. Who's really on which side? What, exactly, are the sides? Who can Ellie truly trust? Where is Miles, and what has he been doing?

Gah! So. Many. Questions.

So. Much. Stress.

It's definitely a good idea to read this book with the events
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

It has been 18 months since book 1 in this series and I was excited to finally be getting my hands on book 2.

Hiding Lies sees Miles in Turkey with his parents and Eleanor going on a three week field trip to New York City. But the field trip is just an excuse for Eleanor to go undercover in her father’s current con, working with the FBI in the hopes of getting her mother’s prison sentence reduced.

This story is full on from s
Avid Reader
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hiding Lies (Eleanor Ames #2) by Julie Cross
4 stars
M/F Thriller, Romance
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

This is the second book in this series and it doesn't disappoint. Miles, Ellie and Dominic are all thrown in to the story and you get to see them mature, develop their skills and see their relationships grow.

Ellie is still reeling a little from the situation she found herself in at the end of book 1. She wants to find a way to redeem her mom and put her dad where he
Manon the Malicious
I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve read a bunch of books by Julie Cross and I’ve loved most of them. I was really excited to start this series and even more so when I’ve read the dedication of the first book.
I’m a huge fan of Veronica Mars, it’s my favorite series of all time and though not much was similar to it, I could tell how it was inspired by it.

Anyway, this book starts a couple weeks after the end of the first book, and not much has happened since.

T. Rosado

It's been one of the best reading experiences getting back into the world of Eleanor Ames. She is by far one of my favorite YA heroines and this is definitely a favorite series. My expectations were high for this second outing, because Chasing Truth was a favorite YA book of mine from 2017. Yet, Julie Cross outdoes herself and delivers a funny, tempestuous, shocking, and ultimately romantic story. I honestly can't decide which book I love more. They are equally fabulous. With the way Hi
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love the characters in the Eleanor Ames books and was thrilled to read an arc of this 2nd novel in the series. Eleanor is a wonderful character with spunk and personality. Miles, her boyfriend/FBI agent in training/tough guy, is another wonderful character! When I read these books I feel like I should be watching a great drama series on the CW! Full of mystery and intrigue, former con artist Ellie is trying to help change her mother's jail sentence. Her choices lead her back into th ...more
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm conflicted on this one. I adore this book in many ways. Ellie and Miles deserved this second story and I enjoyed getting to see a new element to Ellie and visiting some of her past. I liked that Dominic got to develop as an actual person and he was interesting and I liked him. I just liked learning more I think. But it also frustrated me cos I still have unanswered questions and I don't feel I got enough answers even though they were teased. I also struggled to suspend my disbelief a little ...more
Autumn Chrunik
I can’t even believe this series right now! Like holy crap did all that just happen? This book made me cry (don’t judge, I’m just super emotional right now) despite the fact that it isn’t even sad at all (but, like, Ellie + Miles scenes much?). I just love books about spies and heists and cons and wow. Blown away.

Full review to come on my blog ( on Friday.
Lissa Hawley
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I feel like I should be out of breath. The action just kept coming in this one. Ellie, our snarky, Veronica Mars-esque heroine is back and things have gotten more complicated than ever.

So many twists and turns. The plot just ran downhill like a snowball building. I also adored the increased character development of side characters like Dominic, and Ellie's teacher Mr. Lance.

I am not ready to let go of this series yet, so I am already desperately hoping for a book 3.
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
A lot more action in this one,but I missed Miles...
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow... no words just... Wow!
Okay, so first I have to say that this will probably be kind of short and maybe vague, because I really don’t want to spoil anything for folks who are new to the series. Second, I have to say ;OIHA;RIUFHPQOIH I AM SO GLAD THIS BOOK IS NOW OUT!!! Ahhh, I have been waiting for so long! Absolutely. Thrilled.

Okay, let’s put the flailing aside now! I have so much love for this series. I was blown away when I read the first book at just how much depth there was to the story. It was no surface-level my
Avery ☆ bforbookslut
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have never been so glued to or invested in a young adult contemporary before, much less a young adult contemporary mystery thriller romance. The more I read fantasy, the less I was into mysteries and contemporaries but Chasing Truths and Hiding Lies were so phenomenally good that I couldn’t put them down.

Hiding Lies is the sequel to Chasing Truths and I do recommend that you read the latter first. However, Hiding Lies has enough catch-up for you to be able to read it as a standalone but where
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Eleanor Ames is back with another explosive adventure in Hiding Lies, and readers will be quickly drawn into the complex world that our heroine once again finds herself wrapped up in. Surprises, truths, and shocking revelations will all come to light as Eleanor comes to terms with just how far she's willing to go to save the ones she loves.

Back in book one, Eleanor
Michelle (Undeniably Book Nerdy)
I hope we'll see more Ellie and Miles in the future. Loved them! Full review to come.

Full Review (originally posted on Undeniably Book Nerdy):

I quite enjoyed reading Chasing Truth, the first book in the Eleanor Ames series, so when I learned that we're finally getting its sequel (after nearly two years) I jumped at the chance to get my hands on Hiding Lies and read it as soon as I can. And I very much enjoyed it, even more than I did Chasing Truth.

Hiding Lies began a few weeks after Chasing Trut
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Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin's Press). She's also the author of Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more to come!

Julie lives in Central Illinois with her h

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