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.
Candy Seaborne knows she’s badass. She takes after her father, an assassin and possibly a spy, although he won’t admit to either. She idolizes him. Her dream is to follow in his footsteps. But first, she has to finish high school.
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 title on my Kindle without bothering what it’s all about and surprisingly, a few chapters in, I was engaged with the story. Though the plot’s not groundbreaking for fiction, Miss Doxer makes up for her engaging writing. It feels like watching a modern teenage drama a la Pretty Little Liars.
Biding her time, waiting for real life to begin, Candy craves drama and isn’t above manufacturing some. If you’re a classmate who wronged her or a boyfriend who cheated, watch your back. She’s no pushover, and revenge may be her favorite pastime.
That’s right – Candy does not take shit from anyone. Her ways of revenge were really entertaining though it’s hard to imagine someone in real life doing something like that (bird pooping someone’s Jeep anyone?).
I thought Candy was a fantastic character. She’s fierce and headstrong. Major brownie points for me. Overall, there was great character development from Like Candy to Sweet Liar.
Jonah Bryson is the senior class heartthrob who breaks all the stereotypes. He’s a jock, but he isn’t the typical player. He’s moody and antisocial. No girl has gotten anywhere with him since his last girlfriend broke his heart.
Now this is where it starts to spiral down. Jonah as a love interest was pretty meh for me. Though I enjoyed reading about his character, I wasn’t that convinced of his feelings towards Candy especially in Like Candy. He was more okay as Candy’s friend or something.
Oh, come on, Miguel where is your heart???
Okay, alriiiiight. I might’ve thawed out a bit in the second book especially after Jonah redeemed himself. But from there on out, it still feels like their relationship was rushed.
As for the mention of spies and assassins, I found the mystery/thriller aspect of the novel to be quite tame. I was honestly expecting like a big fight in the end, but it ended before it really started. And I was left wanting for more thrills.
Overall, I had a really good reading experience. If you’re in the mood for something slightly dangerous in the contemporary department, then try this series out. I’m still disappointed that there weren’t candy store thieves though…