{Review} Black Iris by @LeahRaeder @AtriaBooks

July 1, 2015 New Adult, Reviews 9 ★★★½

{Review} Black Iris by @LeahRaeder @AtriaBooksBlack Iris by Leah Raeder
Pages: 368
Published by Atria on April 28, 2015
Genres: dark, Romance, New Adult
Source: Paperback ARC from Publisher
three-half-stars

The next dark and sexy romantic suspense novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Unteachable.

It only took one moment of weakness for Laney Keating’s world to fall apart. One stupid gesture for a hopeless crush. Then the rumors began. Slut, they called her. Queer. Psycho. Mentally ill, messed up, so messed up even her own mother decided she wasn't worth sticking around for.

If Laney could erase that whole year, she would. College is her chance to start with a clean slate.

She's not looking for new friends, but they find her: charming, handsome Armin, the only guy patient enough to work through her thorny defenses—and fiery, filterless Blythe, the bad girl and partner in crime who has thorns of her own.

But Laney knows nothing good ever lasts. When a ghost from her past resurfaces—the bully who broke her down completely—she decides it's time to live up to her own legend. And Armin and Blythe are going to help.

Which was the plan all along.

Because the rumors are true. Every single one. And Laney is going to show them just how true.

She's going to show them all.

Note: This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Reading Challenges: Booking Through Summer, COYER Scavenger Hunt
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Oh, holy hell! Black Iris is INTENSE! Leah Raeder certainly grabbed my attention with this book, that is for sure. I don’t read books this dark and, well…messed up that often. Sometimes I will read a dark book. Or sometimes I will read a book with a totally f-ed up in the head main character, but I hardly ever read books that take it to the level that Leah Raeder did. Black Iris took me out of my comfort zone…and then some. And I have to say, I really, really liked it. Maybe that makes me a little dark and messed up too. I don’t know. But what I do know, is that this book deserves every bit of attention it has gotten and more.

Black Iris is first and foremost a revenge story driven by the main character, Laney. From the moment, that Laney broke the “fourth wall” and told us that she was not going to be likeable or a hero, I knew I was going to like her. And her idea for revenge molts and changes so many times throughout the story. It really becomes a journey of self discovery, however unintentional that may have been for her. This book will not be for everyone. Laney is crass, and out there and so totally unapologetic in everything she does. I loved that about her, but I can see that she (not to mention the abundant drug use in Black Iris.) might be off putting to some. But Laney is Laney.

Black Iris is hard to explain. It almost took on a life of its’ own for me. It is dark, and crazy, and so different from what I normally read that I just kept lapping up every well placed word Leah Raeder wrote. And let’s talk about her writing for a second. I really really dug her writing style. It was all at once conversational, and then also metaphorical, abstract, poetic and kind of grandiose. I know that makes no kind of sense, but I swear that is what it seemed like while I was reading Black Iris. I felt like I was sitting in the same room as Laney watching the events unfold, and then in the next scene I was removed and watching something important unfold far away. Black Iris has layers, man. So many layers. If you are brave enough to take a dip in a deep, dark pool of depravity with truly beautiful writing, you should be reading Black Iris. But be warned, this is not just another contemporary new adult romance.

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Note: This book satisfies #75 on COYER scavenger hunt-Step outside your comfort zone and read a book in a genre you have read less than 5 times this year.

About Leah Raeder

LEAH RAEDER is a writer and unabashed nerd. Aside from reading her brains out, she enjoys graphic design, video games, fine whiskey, and the art of self-deprecation. She lives with her very own manic pixie dream boy in Chicago.

(And she still writes pretentiously lyrical fiction.)

Michelle @ Book Briefs

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9 Responses to “{Review} Black Iris by @LeahRaeder @AtriaBooks”

  1. Jazmen

    I love a good dark read! Yes, yes, yes to this! I’m putting it on hold at the library as we speak. Bring on the layers! Great review, Michelle. You sold me, that’s for sure.

  2. Stacey Brucale

    I’m so glad to see someone else that read this for COYER! I had a hard time figuring out how to use my words coherently after reading this book. It is so dark and twisted and messed with my mind. It was a wild ride for sure.

  3. Lisa @ Lost in Literature

    Man, intense is right!! I’m glad to see you enjoyed this one. I tried it… only made it to around 20% and just decided it was much too dark for me. It was almost giving me heart palpitations! LOL I’d like to give it another try some day, if I decide I’m in the right mood to handle it… but it’s definitely a book for a selection group of readers. That cover though! Seriously!

  4. tonyalee

    I love dark books as well and quite enjoyed this one. There were things that I was NOT a fan of – but overall it was good! Great review 🙂

  5. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    Oooh. I’ve seen this one around and wanted to accept it for review, but I was so overwhelmed with books at the time, I just couldn’t. It doesn’t surprise me this one was intense- her debut, Unteachable, was pretty intense in itself! I’m definitely intrigued by the darker turn she took with this one. Maybe I’ll get to it at some point!

  6. Jessica

    Great review! I’ve had this on my TBR list for awhile, but haven’t got to it yet. After reading your review, this book is definitely moving up on my list. I can’t wait to read it.

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