Geneva Project: Lies-Book Review and Excerpt…well worth the wait!

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Any one who knows me at all knows that I LOVE to read.  I am voracious and when I find a good series I will tell everyone about it. I will send the info in an email, post it on my blog, tweet it, heck I’ll write it on a piece of scrap paper if it will help someone look the book up and join me in the world the author created. The Geneva Project Series is one of ‘those’ books. I am excited to say that this is definitely a Novel Read and one that everyone will enjoy!

Christina Benjamin, author of The Geneva Project Series has just released the third installment in the series-Lies. The first two, Truth and Secrets set the stage for this continuing saga.

Here is an excerpt from Lies:

After another sleepless night, filled with the same dreams of fire
engulfing my friends and Kai standing over their lifeless bodies, I
decided to skip breakfast and go to the infirmary. In my
restlessness, I must have torn open the cut on my hand and
awoke to blood smeared all over my white bed linens. I stripped
my bed and put on fresh sheets, before heading to the infirmary. I
was disappointed in myself for protesting against stitches initially.
If I hadn’t been so terrified of needles, I’d be enjoying a delicious
meal instead of another dreadful encounter with the white coats. I
pushed open the door to the infirmary and plastered a fake smile
on my face.
“Good morning.”

The white coat woman didn’t look that surprised to see me again.

“I thought you’d be back,” she said. “You want those stitches
after all?”
I nodded and fought the urge to run. I could already feel the
clammy sweat breaking out on the back of my neck. I swallowed
back the bile rising in my throat at the mere thought of a needle
sewing together my flesh.
“Come with me.”
“Professor, she’s back.”
“Excellent,” Professor Kobel replied, letting a smug smirk spread
across his thin lips.
“Why are you still standing here?” he asked the white coat
“I was wondering if it was safe to continue with our treatment
plan. I’ve already given her three doses this week.”
“Yes! Keep giving her the potion. I need to gain access to her
“Yes, Professor.”
When I left the infirmary, I was white as a ghost and my knees
were shaking, but I had seven solid stitches and was assured that
my hand would heal properly. At least the injection the white coat
woman had given me dulled the pain a bit.
When I pushed my way out into the hall, I was surprised to see
Kai waiting for me.
“Geneva! Are you all right? I came as soon as I heard.”
“You heard I was in the infirmary already? Man, the rumor mill
works fast here.”
“Well I was worried about you after the way you ran off
“Yeah, sorry about that.”
“It’s fine. Did you get your books? I left them outside your
“Yes, thank you, Kai. I’m sorry I flaked out yesterday. I haven’t
been feeling like myself lately.”
“That’s why I came straight here to find you when I heard you
were in the infirmary again. I was in my father’s office when he
got the message you were there.”
“What, is he checking up on me or something?” I asked with
nervous laughter.
“No, not at all. He was alerted by the Orbiture.”
My blank stare prompted him to continue.
“It’s how he’s able to keep track of everything at the Troian
Academy. The cuffs we all wear monitor our electrodermal
activity and are linked to the Orbiture so he can see where each
student is.”
“That’s really creepy,” I said before I could stop myself.
“No, it’s not. It’s for your own protection.”
“Protection from what?”
“Say you’re hurt, like you are, it shows up on the Orbiture and
someone can come help you in case you’re too injured to help
yourself. Or say you were to get lost in the Academy or
something, it’ll help you be located.”
This was good. Kai was feeding me information about how these
stupid bracelets worked. I took the opportunity to pump him for
“Well I guess that is a relief,” I said changing my tune and trying
to sound convincing. “So we can be tracked anywhere in the
Troian Center, I mean Academy?”
“Yes. As long as you’re wearing your cuff, the Orbiture can see
you anywhere within the grounds.”
“What if we leave the grounds?”
“Go beyond the fence?” he asked in shock. “Why would you want
to do that?”
“Oh, I wouldn’t. I was just curious. I mean what if someone
kidnapped me or something?”
“Are you worried that might happen, Geneva?” he asked with
genuine concern.
“Maybe,” I lied. “I met some dangerous people in the forest.”
“We won’t let anything happen to you. My father wants to protect
“He said that?”
“Yes, he even asked me to spend extra time with you and your
friends to show you around the Academy and make you feel
welcome and safe.”
I continued to look at him skeptically.
“Come on. I want to show you something.”
I hurried after Kai. Two Luxors halted us as we entered the
courtyard, but upon recognizing Kai, let us pass under the

archway, onto the stone floor baked by the bright midday sun. It
felt amazing to have the sun on my skin once more. Even though
the Troian Center was now opulent and bright, I still felt
claustrophobic spending so much time indoors after having lived
among the Betos in the forest for so long. I hadn’t realized it until
I was outside, drinking in the sweet aromatic fresh air, like it was
the first time I’d actually taken a breath since entering the stone
Two more Luxors stood by the opening in the courtyard that led
out to the manicured gardens. I hadn’t been back here since our
brutal attack. I shuddered as I looked at the hibiscus blooms.
They were the last things I’d seen before the heavy nets were cast
over us and my whole world changed.
“Kai, where are we going?” I asked looking at their menacing
“I want to show you something.”
The Luxors never moved. They held their heavy lances still as we
passed them, their gazed fixed forward, like we didn’t even exist.
“Kai,” I whispered.
“Here we are,” he said finally halting.
We were standing in the middle of a beautiful garden. There were
stunning hibiscus bushes nestled among tall cypress trees, swaying
in the gentle ocean breeze. Kai picked up a pebble from one of
the gurgling fountains. He felt the weight of it in his hand for a
moment and then took me by surprise by throwing it at the black
iron fence that loomed up behind the trees. It sailed high and
arced on a path meant to clear the fence, but as soon as it passed
over it, a flash of red light exploded and the pebble disappeared.
“See. You have nothing to be afraid of. Nothing can get past the
fence, in or out. You’re safe,” he said with a bright smile.
I swallowed hard and tried to choke back my panic. I returned a
weak grin, but I felt like a cornered animal, suddenly realizing we’d wandered into a trap. 

Well? Too much?  Not enough?  
I was honored to be able to receive an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review and that’s exactly what I did.  
REVIEW: Christina Benjamin’s third Geneva Project installment-Lies, picks up immediately where Secrets lets off and boy is it one heck of a ride.  I love to read and am sometimes fearful of starting a series but I feel so vested in the outcome that Lies just helped propel me into Eva’s world.  You can feel the pain that the lies cause, the truth, the secrets. You feel for these young people as they try desperately to make sense of their lives and face the frailty of their futures. I don’t know where Ms Benjamin will ultimately take us but I have a non-refundable ticket to this series that I definitely want to cash in on. I have taken it upon myself to recommend this series to everyone I come across and hope to make more Geneva Project converts.  Well worth the read and definitely well worth the wait. 
So, what are you waiting for??