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Alexandria Ross was only sure about one thing: her best friend Miranda. So when the seemingly random act of violence that steals Randi's life is revealed as cold-blooded murder, Andria doesn't get mad... She gets even. Driven with purpose, she changes the course of her life to set the scales of justice back in balance. Psychological warfare is her specialty, and the secretAlexandria Ross was only sure about one thing: her best friend Miranda. So when the seemingly random act of violence that steals Randi's life is revealed as cold-blooded murder, Andria doesn't get mad... She gets even. Driven with purpose, she changes the course of her life to set the scales of justice back in balance. Psychological warfare is her specialty, and the secrets of her enemies are her weapons. The players take their positions on the board… But little do they know that the game is rigged. Alexandria controls every move. Lex Talionis: let the punishment fit the crime....

Title : Lex Talionis
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ISBN : 9781508483489
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 308 Pages
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Lex Talionis Reviews

  • Megan
    2019-05-15 05:27

    I received this free through First Reads!This is an awesome awesome awesome book, yes that awesome. I think that every woman should be reading this. it tells a story of a girl who lost the one person in her life that she could count on through thick and thin. And now she is out to get revenge for the murder. This book is so much more than a story about revenge. It is a book about love and loss. Its about friendship and a relationship that will never be forgotten. It will teach you that there is so much more to life than the everyday 9 to 5. This book makes you see life through a new lens.I would caution younger readers because there are some inappropriate scenes.

  • Melissa Simmons
    2019-05-25 04:33

    Lex Talionis is an upcoming release from the ever amazing S.A. Huchton aka Starla Huchton. I was lucky enough to win a signed copy via a Goodreads giveaway and I am so excited that I did. This book was literally unputdownable-yes, I made up a word and I do not care. I read this book in one sitting, unable to sleep or do anything else until I gobbled up the captivating story told within the pages.This is a story of revenge, yes, but it is so much more than that as well. It's a story about love and friendship and the numerous ways you can love one person; all the ways they fill up the holes in your life. It's a story about grief and loss and the ways they can twist us up and tear us apart. It's a story about society and the way it views the different sexes and their actions. It's a story that made me think about so many things and wonder about how I'd never realized some of the truths uncovered in my reading. There are so many things to love about this book, so many things that make me want to just gush endlessly about how phenomenal it is. The writing is flawless, the story is fast-paced and riveting and the characters are layered and real. The pages are dripping with suspense and emotion, rife with danger and tension and impossible to stop turning. The story is told from the point of view of Andria, who has lost her best friend, Randi. Andria comes home from Randi's funeral to find a package waiting from her best friend. Inside she finds evidence that her friend wasn't a random victim of violence but a targeted murder victim. From there, the story takes off and you are on the very edge of your seat for the duration. I cannot stress enough how deeply I believe that anyone aged 16+ should read this book. This book opened my eyes, broadened my mind and most importantly of all it made me think. I highly recommend it and want to thank the author for writing such an amazing book.

  • Riley Keith
    2019-05-22 12:16

    It isn't that this book is simply good. This book SHOULD be read by anyone and everyone who can get their hands on it. Presented as a murder/revenge story, it is also a comment on feminism and gender roles, identity, and how far we'll go to get justice. Alexandra Ross has just lost her best friend in the whole world. Not to a random mugging as it's presented, but by cold, calculated murder. Lexi, as she's known, doesn't sit down and take it. Lexi doesn't mourn, Lexi doesn't stand idly by and let the justice system work its way around to realising what happened. Lexi gets even. And it's a damn good thing she does. Writing with a deft hand, Starla takes us through our world, populated by good, bad, and ambivalent people. There is abuse, sexism, manipulation, subject matter that is close to home. Starla handles it with grace and care. She doesn't shove the good and bad down your throat, she makes you root for Lexi and the way she goes about her revenge for Miranda who was an innocent girl that got caught up in so much bad shit it makes you cry. Lexi is the best friend we all wanted, she's the girl confident in her own battle armor but not so untouchable as to be un-identifiable. Lexi is the girl every single woman should strive to be, confident enough to know her worth, and dangerous enough to use it against a world that would see women underfoot and be damn happy for the opportunity. Peppered throughout the story are serious questions about gender roles and identity that should start a conversation, or at the very least, make people think and question their own prejudices. This is book for everyone. It should be read. Conversations should be had.

  • Melissa Hayden
    2019-05-22 07:42

    Stunning. Alexandria will push the line to do what needs to be done to find justice for her dear friend's death. Her friend has told her over the years what was happening, and couldn't get away from it. Alexandria will work to solve a crime that was written off as nothing.This story will bring feelings to the forefront. What you think, what would you do... There will be discussions around this book, and there should be. Strong subjects are touched on and dealt with. This is definitely an Adult read, there are abusive situations and sexual content.Well written contemporary story.

  • Rachel Barnard
    2019-05-01 07:34

    “I’m the girl who likes her cars fast and her boys even faster.” (Page 2).Alexandria Ross once gave a guy a bj at a party to distract him and keep him from giving a date rape drug to her best friend Miranda. That’s just the kind of girl she is. Loyal to her best friend, always trying to keep Mandy safe. But Lexi can’t always look out for Mandy, especially when they are separated by thousands of miles going to different colleges. When the worst happens and Lexi is left with the clues, she is compelled to unravel the story of how Mandy got involved with an abusive boyfriend and a manipulative married therapist, and ultimately, to exact revenge in Mandy’s stead.This story speaks to me for so many reasons. As someone who has been in a similar situation – in an abusive relationship – it was extremely gratifying to see the cause taken up by someone in a position of power, someone who knew how to use every available resource to her to not only exact revenge, but also to protect any future victims. Lexi is the bad girl we all want to be at times. She doesn’t put up with bull crap, unless it gets her closer to her ulterior goals. She is solid and strong. She is enviable in all different ways. She grew up with means and comforts and a safety net, yet she is still motivated and extremely intelligent and stubborn. She goes for what she wants and nothing can stand in her way.It’s amazing how endearing and life-like Mandy was in the story. She was no longer present, yet she is always a part of the action. Her story is very much Lexi’s story. Huchton makes Mandi’s story come alive even more by interspersing memories of Lexi and Mandy within the chapters of the book. Some of these memories are beautiful and poignant, showing each of the girls as they were, carefree and young and full of future promise. Then the memories show more and more the darker side of what was going on, hinting at what was to come and what already took place. Huchton was quite clever in including these various flashbacks.The level of involvement Lexi had in Mandy’s life and Mandy in Lexi’s life was astounding. It was as if Huchton took a crazy over-the-top romantic relationship, shaved off the romance, and left us with this emotionally heartbreaking and awe-inspiring relationship between two best friends. I’m jealous of the relationship those two girls had with one another. Although Lexi’s overly emotional attachment to Mandy is mildly disturbing, it also shows how far she will go for her best friend.The characters and the story were so very alive and imaginable in my mind.

  • Kira Ryder
    2019-05-21 11:22

    I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.I just finished it, and it is definitely a favorite.This wickedly awesome book has just blown my mind. Alexandria Ross is the kind of woman you would love to have as your best friend: Tons of fun, always there for you, loyal to you even after death.But if you hurt the ones she loves, you won't be able to hide.This is the story of just that: Her best friend is murdered, and she seeks revenge. But the way she does it is just wild. She manages to convince all the ones who were responsible for Randi's death that she is nothing more than a grad student who transferred to their school for "a change of scenery." Then she shocks them all by unraveling their lives (and in a couple of cases, ending them).This book had me hooked from the first line. By the scene where she was crying at Randi's grave, assuring her that all was taken care of, I was in tears, feeling as though the entire story had really happened; like I knew all of the characters personally. Starla Huchton (writing as S.A. Huchton) did an amazing job with this book! You know the author has done really well when you catch yourself talking about the characters as though they are real people (see the above, where I talked about Andria being the ultimate BFF). This is a book I will read again & again.I highly recommend it!

  • C.L.
    2019-05-25 05:18

    Before I was able to write this review, I had to let my face dry and my heart calm, because WOW for that emotional rollercoaster. When I started reading this book, my heart was stomped on within the first few lines of the opening chapter. I was sucked in right away and immediately impressed with the character description, as well as the psychological aspect of the main character and the effort and thought she put into her plan. The complexity of the story was weaved magically and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I simply did not want it to end, but then begged for an ending at the same time. When you read, you will understand!I had a few "OhMyGodNO!" moments out loud and then heart-melting happiness as well. The friendship that is the catalyst for the action is so powerful and incredible, that there are no words for it; just silent wishes that we can love that strongly and be loved that profoundly. Fantastic work that covers everything from love to hate, pain to pleasure, agony to euphoria and everything in between. If I could give more than 5 stars, I would happily give them without hesitation.

  • Cheri
    2019-05-25 12:18

    Let me start by saying if you have a best friend you need to read this book. It is about true friendship and what sacrifices someone is willing to do for a best friend. Starla Huchton is an amazing author and has outdone herself with this book. You will be pressed to think about what YOU would do in the situations Lexi is in. It is thought provoking, powerful and will inspire you to call your best friend and remind them why they are important to you.

  • Sara
    2019-05-09 05:31

    Starla Huchton does it againI've read everything she's published and I've never been disappointed. I automatically bought this one but was skeptical when I read the premise. Where is the magic? What no scifi at all? Still I gave it a shot and couldn't put it down! So well written and planned out... it was a joy to read.

  • Catherine
    2019-05-13 12:31

    Wow,this is definitely one of the best books I've ever won from Goodreads First Reads! I love this book. I really am hoping for a second part....and I was so shocked by the ending with David's,awesome!I didn't even want to put it down!

  • AJ
    2019-05-04 09:12

    I really enjoyed this book. Andria has lost her best friend to a violent murder. Brandi left Andria clues as to what happened to her and Andria decides to get revenge. Her plan is detailed and methodical. Highly recommend.

  • Alice
    2019-04-25 08:18

    I was fortunate enough to win this book in a giveaway. I enjoyed reading this book . Can't wait to read more books from the author . Highly recommend !!

  • Jo Michaels
    2019-04-28 09:17

    Now, I snagged a copy of Lex Talionis on Amazon, but I also picked up a copy of the paperback when I happened to be at the same book conference as Ms. Huchton. It was the bound and glued version I consumed in a day. That's right, it captivated me so hard I just couldn't put it down. But you're probably reading this review to learn what was good, bad, and ugly. Let's get to that.From a Reader's Perspective:I'd love to have a totally amazing friend like Lexi. She's fierce but loyal, and believes a woman deserves more and can do anything she puts her mind to if she uses the resources bestowed by nature. I loved her resolve to right wrongs. There were no holds barred. Yes. This is the thing all women should embrace. I eagerly consumed words as I waited for her to exact the revenge due.I found the first round a bit lacking in emotional punch. When the time came, she didn't feel quite as much as I thought she might. While she was a private, reserved person who didn't show her emotions outwardly to everyone, I did feel the first situation could've had a bit more electrical charge.However, I moved past it and put it to the emotional control factor of Lexi.Who had done whatever had been done kept me guessing, and at the reveal I was stunned. I totally punched the air. Yeah, lame or whatever, but I was happy at the ending, and my fistpump shows how invested in the outcome I was. There was also never a time when I felt the pace dragged on.From an Editor's Perspective:There were little things here and there, but nothing to write home about. As in most books, a nominal number of errors slip through the cracks.Rating:1 star for making me care about the outcome.5 star for a smart, self-controlled MC-.5 star for the lack of punch in that pivotal scene1 star for pacing and plot awesomeness1 star for the overall theme and keeping me guessing1 star for editingOverall: 4.5/5 stars. I round up when clicking stars, so you'll see a 5. Recommended if you love books with a sassy female MC.

  • Michelle Browne
    2019-05-19 04:26

    If you're a fan of teen sleuth stories, but you want something darker as you ease the transition into 'real' noire, this is ideal. It's dark, but not a full-blown horror story by any means (cautionary note: I'm pretty warped, so your mileage may vary). The stuff I liked--the main character is chilly and intriguing, in a way that I've seen other authors try to imitate. The femme fatale tells the story, and she owns her label and her actions. That was refreshing and very cool. I also loved the...what do you call a bromance between two girls? Sororomance? Whatever you call it, it's really well done. The mystery and atmosphere are quite strong as well. I could tell the author wasn't a psychologist by profession, but it was still pretty well-researched. I really loved how ambitious Lexi was, and the way lots of little details were consistent--like mentions of ramen and studying. The mystery is intriguing, although I felt the dark stuff was more heavily weighted to the beginning than the end--and I admit to figuring the murderer's identity out a bit early. I actually thought it could have been more violent and dark, but readers who want the noire but can't do the violence will probably appreciate that. A couple things here and there could have been more subtle, too, if I'm nitpicking.I'd probably give this a 3.5, because it was good but left me wanting more darkness--but I'm rounding up because I think a lot of Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, and Desperate Housewives fans who want to tickle their book craving will love this.

  • Tori
    2019-05-09 04:28

    As a huge fan of Starla's I had no doubts about picking up this book and getting started. It has taken me quite a bit longer to get it finished than I normally would. At the beginning of the book I found it hard to stay interested and would pick it up and put it down over and over. This past week I picked it back up and haven't been able to put it down since. Even though the beginning didn't feel like my cup of tea by the end I was glad I kept pressing forward. One of the best things about Starla is her ability to write on a broad scope and touch on different topics even genres. This one was like a mystery and I constantly had to keep reminding myself I was reading one of her books. There are many lessons to be learned in this book and many ideas, some of those include:-The difference between right and wrong-What would you do to revenge your best friends death-Being able to live on bare necessities vs being able to have everything you could want and need-Appreciating those who love and care for you and not taking it for granted-Being able to trust others and yourself along with giving people chances-What length do you go for a relationship with someone-Taking calculated actions and being careful with who/what become collateral damage in the processAs a reader I went through many emotions especially at the end it was hard to not choke up and feel for the main character.

  • Elizabeth Barone
    2019-05-06 09:20

    BeautifulThere's nothing as viciously beautiful as love revenge. Randi is everything to Andria, the kind of friendship that transcends years, social status, and miles. When Randi gets into trouble in the form of two men, Andria is worried—but she has no idea how deep it goes until her best friend is found beaten to death. Thus unfolds a dangerous and sexy quest for revenge with Andria walking the thin line between avenging her best friend's death and becoming a monster herself. Because even if revenge is sweet, is it worth risking the one thing she never thought she'd find?LEX TALIONIS is a psychological treat. Dark and poignant, there are surprising moments of moving tenderness that brought me to tears and smart humor that made me laugh out loud. I rooted for Andria every step of the way, and devoured this book in a day because I just couldn't put it down.Bravo, Starla Huchton. This is officially one of my favorites.

  • Molly
    2019-05-01 05:19

    I received a free proof of this book through Goodreads.I don't really have a ton to say about it, but since we get the freebies with the understanding that we'll comment on the books as we read them, here goes:- I like Alexandria; I like that she has both "feminine" and "masculine" interests, and I like that her driving force isn't romantic love but her best friend.- I don't like that a number of the characters are established tropes with little to give them individuality as actual people.- I don't like that after all establishing her as someone who doesn't "do" romance, she ends up with a boyfriend at the end of the book.- And I don't like the fact that the criminal here is a woman killing the women her husband cheated on her with. Strikes me as kind of a sexist trope. It's not bad; just not really for me. Worth reading if the description appeals to you; I wouldn't advise anyone to avoid it. Like I said, just not really for me.

  • Johanna Haas
    2019-05-15 12:22

    I got this book through the Goodreads First Reads program. Normally, when I get a book through there, I finish it whether I like it or not. This book I could not finish. I was expecting a fun, feminine psychological thriller with a heroine who understands psychology and manipulates it to get her way. What I got was a woman who has sex she doesn't want to have with men who she hates to get revenge. About a third of the way through, and I just couldn't handle reading another sex scene like that. Sorry. (It is well-written and I suppose if you're into that stuff ...)

  • Sue Baiman
    2019-05-08 11:15

    Another Page TurnerI think this is the sixth book I've read by Starla Huchton and I've loved every one. I end up missing a fair amount of sleep every time I pick up one of her books, but never end up minding. Her characters are worth being sleep deprived the next day.

  • Iliana Sandoval
    2019-04-27 08:24

    I loveed it. I love Randis and Andrias friendship. And how badass Andria is. I really wish to find out more about what happens with Andria and David, does she finally meet the one?