Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Bluff [Book Review & Giveaway!]

Hello everyone!

Title: Bluff
Author: Julie Dill
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing
Published Date: 7th February 2017
Rating: 3 Stars

*Thanks to the Xpresso Book Tours for the review copy*


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Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Chelsea Knowles is surrounded by the privileged. Michael Kors gym bags and designer shoes are part of her daily scene, but the talented cheerleader has a secret: she and her dad can barely pay the bills. Broken by his wife walking out on their family, Chelsea’s father ignores his responsibilities. Between cheer costs, grocery bills, electricity, and other regular financial burdens, it’s no surprise when a cut-off notice arrives in the mail. Chelsea knows it’ll be up to her to keep the lights on.

With the deck stacked against her, Chelsea decides to bet their future on the dubious poker knowledge she learned from her father before he gave up on parenting. Nervous but determined, Chelsea heads to a casino with very little security and wins big. Thrilled by her win, she’s quickly drawn to the casino again and again. She risks it all, especially when the attractive, young pit boss takes an interest in her.

Chelsea’s life, no longer filled with cheerleading, school, and hanging out with her friends, is now consumed by smoky casino floors and the ups and downs of a gambler’s life. True gamblers know when to fold, but Chelsea keeps betting long after her needs are met. The complicated web of lies soon begins to spin out of control, threatening to expose everything. Will someone see through her bluff?

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Review: Bluff was a book I decided I wanted to read on a whim. I don’t do that too often anymore because I have plenty of books that I own which I should read already. But the cover and the synopsis intrigued me. It was also a book about something I don’t read about often at all – gambling, and the addiction that comes with it. I was intrigued.


The story here was pretty straightforward. Chelsea needs the money, so she pretends to be someone that she isn’t in order to get it. However, she makes a life for herself out there. She makes friends, she starts to date this older guy, and she’s still struggling to balance her usual, everyday life as well. There aren’t too many characters to the story, and the plot focuses on this alone. But it was enough to have me hooked, and I flew through the book quickly.

I was mostly wondering when everything would fall to pieces for her, and when her lies would catch up with her. It’s quite realistic with how everything goes down. The most interesting thing was to see how she kind of separated herself from her real life to trade it in for the addiction one. She really doesn’t realise how addicted she is, and how she is ending up in over her head. As someone who doesn’t play cards at all as well, I kind of enjoyed reading and learning more about the game from this one.


The writing was straight forward and simple, but I didn’t mind. The style suited the novel appropriately and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. It was definitely descriptive enough when it needed to b, and simply met all of my needs when it comes to writing styles.

I wished for a wider range in characters at times, or more of a subplot to liven things up a bit. But it was okay without one. Oh, and I felt like the ending was a bit rushed. It was a bit disappointing, because I really believed the main character had achieved something in particular. Yet, at the same time, I do believe the ending was realistic as well. Despite it being all those things, it could have been a bit more slowed down and developed, like the rest of the novel was.


All in all, this was a quick, nice read which maintained my interest all the way through. It may not have had that wow factor to make me fall in love with it, but not every book needs that to work out well.

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Giveaway: Enter to win a Bluff themed prize pack! Open internationally!

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Links: Goodreads and Amazon!

Olivia’s Question: Do you like gambling, lotteries and that sort of thing?


Olivia-Savannah x

28 comments:

  1. I like lotteries but where I live it's illegal so viva Las Vegas!!

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    1. I didn't know it was illegal in some places D:

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  2. Great review, Olivia! This sounds like a fun read! Love the images in your review it looks like so much fun to set up! And unique, too! :)

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    1. I always love taking pictures of what I read for instagram ^.^ Thank you!

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  3. Ooh I remember seeing this book and really wanting to read it!! I'm so glad you posted a review of this one! The story sounded really interesting to me since I like playing poker with my friends and family just for fun and I actually quite like simple and straight-forward writing styles so I'll definitely have to read this one. It's too bad about the rushed ending but I think I'll still end up reading it. Awesome review!

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    1. I hope you really enjoy this one when you read it, Anissa. And yes, sometimes a straightforward style is all you need ;)

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  4. Great review, Olivia! This sounds like a pretty good read but I'm thinking this is either a book I'd love or hate with no in-between. It does sounds interesting because I haven't read many books involving gambling.

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    1. I somehow fell in the inbetween but I am sure other people might feel like you too. It was a new concept for me in books :3

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  5. I'm familiar with a lot of casino games. =) I'm not too fond of gambling but I do believe in knowing how to play. Don't want to get hustled by anybody. I'm teaching my sons right now...

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    1. Hope they are catching on! And that's pretty smart... maybe I should learn...

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  6. I used to play poker with my friends a lot. It is really hard to learn how to bluff so I love the title of this one.

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    1. Sounds like someone is quite the expert :D

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  7. This is all looks very intriguing! Nothing says style and adventure better than the average American casino! Thank you for the contest!

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  8. This seems like a wonderful book. It is a fact that addiction has a very sweet lure and before you know it, you're in way over your head. I loved reading your review. I know to whom I'll be recommending this book. Thanks, Olivia-Savannah.

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    1. Addiction really can suck you in so fast...

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  9. I'm really intrigued by the subject matter of this one. It sounds like the book could have used a bit more development, but I'm glad that it did not take away from your enjoyment.

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  10. I've never played poker (can you believe it?!) but I think it's a fascinating game. Everything I know about poker I learned from watching Maverick with Mel Gibson when I was a kid. :)

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    1. Hehehe :3 Learning from watching is a pretty good method of being able to know some things about it as well. :D

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  11. The book sounds quite interesting. I've never read a book about gambling simply because I'm not into that stuff, but it would still be interesting to see how it impacts this character!

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    1. I'm not really into that kind of thing either, but it was interesting to learn a little more about it, and how it changed her...

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  12. Sounds interesting :) It's worth picking up books on a whim sometimes - you never know when it's gonna pay off! :)

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    1. Yes, picking up books randomly pays off from time to time!

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  13. Omigod I am a complete addict. I love to gamble especially roulette, blackjack and poker. I am clean nowadays but do occasionally have a poker game once in a while.
    It's so much fun...

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    1. It's good you are clean now! A play every now and again never hurt anyone though ;)

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  14. Great review. This books sounds really interesting. I play the lottery every now and then but I'm not a gambler. I'm more of a comper so can see how that thrill of winning can become addictive to some.

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    1. I understand. I hope you choose to pick this one up ^.^

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