Review: Black Iris


Title: Black Iris
Author: Leah Raeder
Rating: ✭✭

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The next dark and sexy romantic suspense novel from the USA Todaybestselling 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.

To sum this book up with one gif:

I am seriously gutted . I have been waiting to read Black Iris ever since I finished Unteachable seeing as this storyline appealed to me so much more, but something went really wrong somewhere.

I think the main issue for me was that I hate hate hated Laney – honestly hated her. I have never hated a protagonist so much. I think she’s a terrible, selfish character who did some really nasty things for no real reason, and couldn’t recognise that what she did was wrong. It got to the point where I wanted to scream at my book and tell Laney to put the drugs down for a minute, re-evaluate her poor decisions and grow up because although the bullying she went through was undoubtedly awful, two wrongs definitely don’t make a right and there was no real excuse for her crappy behaviour. She was just agonising to listen to and the ‘big reveal‘ was seriously overshadowed by my loathing towards her.

The weird timeline was a major issue as well – it really slowed the book down for me as I just could not work out what happened where in the story and made the whole thing seem disjointed.

Raeder has such a lovely poetic style of writing that worked as an advantage for Unteachable but with this complex story, it unfortunately drowns out the key plot points (I was seriously confused in the last few chapters that I just skimmed through them.)

Going from the reviews I’ve read, this book is like marmite – you’re either going to love it, or you’re going to hate it – for me, I’m afraid I’m in the second group (Although I do love marmite).

I would still recommend everyone gives the book a go if it interests them, but if you don’t like it after the first few chapters, you wont like the rest of it.



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