Monday, May 6, 2013

Book Review: Truth or Dare

Truth or Dare (Capital Girls, #3)Author: Ella Monroe
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Series: Capital Girls # 3

Jackie, Lettie, and Laura Beth barely survived the holidays . . . literally.  Jackie's on lockdown while the hunt is on for her stalker, who somehow got into the White House and left her an ominous note. Laura Beth and Sol are finally back together after a scandal almost tore them apart, and Lettie, who’s forced to live with Whitney and her gossip-mongering mom, has let down her guard enough to fall in love with Daniel.  For the Capital Girls life is always complicated, especially when they're under 24-hour media scrutiny. But that won’t stop the three friends from making their senior year the most amazing ever—even as the mystery deepens over Taylor Cane's death and First Son Andrew Price’s role in it.

If Taylor was willing to betray me, why wouldn’t Laura Beth? Until Sol came along, Laura Beth had harbored a not-so-secret crush on Andrew, obviously fantasizing about one day being his First Lad. But that’s all it had been – a deluded dream. Becoming First Daughter in an Ives White House, though, that was a real possibility.

Fortunately, the White House photographer was a pro at snapping Ankie. When Andrew held her hand to pose for the shots, her skin tingled at his touch. She stole a look at him, but his face was impassive. He’s a hot guy. Of course, it’s going to feel good touching him, she thought, but this is just us doing our political duty. That’s it.

Roses are red. Violets are blue. When Andrew is dead, I’ll be with you.

But I will never use secrets to hurt people, Jackie silently vowed. Not unless I have to.

I have loved this series! I hope it doesn’t end with this book, but I am not going to get my hopes up that it goes any further than this so that I won’t be disappointed if this is indeed the last book. I loved being transported to the fast-paced political scene that is Washington D.C., and I loved being a part of the Capital Girls inner circle. These books would be amazing if made into a mini series, and they somewhat remind me of a mix between Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl. This is of course the third book in the series, and I will not be able to share a lot of what goes on within this novel so as not to give all the juicy drama away for readers that have not completed the entire series. This book does pick up right where the second one left off, and I would not recommend trying to read this book as a standalone.

Jackie is still my favorite character and rightly so! She proves that she is a character worth following once you get to the end of this book and finish this series. She has come through so much and has been betrayed and overlooked from book one in this series. She is easy to sympathize with, once you look past the princess act, and her character is always the one that I am dying to read about first when I open these books. I was very caught up in her love life in this book particularly because for the most part readers are unsure what direction it might go. She is a highly fascinating character just because she is highly unpredictable!

The bond of the Capital Girls is still going strong, even though in this book and the second book they started to face some trouble together. Any girl can relate to the dynamics that make up the Capital Girls and the need and want to have close friends around when you need them most. One of the best parts of this series has been the idea that these girls put their friendship before everything else!

Now for me this last book fell a little short when compared to the others. I was expecting the big finale to be more dramatic than it was. I was expecting the webs of lies to unwind and for there to be some kind of major blow up at the end, but I was left wanting a little more. I was not completely disappointed and nothing could make me dislike this series at all. Ella Monroe kept me entranced by this series the entire way through and I hope and pray that this is not all from this amazing author, or should I say authors!

***A copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at St. Martin’s Griffin in exchange for an honest review***


  1. Great Review! Glad you enjoyed the book so much. I haven't heard of this book but it looks pretty good!

  2. I had no idea Capital Girls was a series of books, I really need to read these seeing as they take place in the place where I live !