Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Cellar, by Minette Walters

From the internationally bestselling, award-winning crime writer Minette Walters, The Cellar is a harrowing, compulsively readable novel about a family of African immigrants, the Songolis, and the dark secret they keep hidden in the depths of their seemingly respectable British home.

On the day Mr. and Mrs. Songoli’s young son fails to come home from school, fourteen-year-old Muna’s fortunes change for the better. Until then, her bedroom was a dank windowless cellar, her activities confined to cooking and cleaning. Over the years, she had grown used to being abused by the Songoli family—to being their slave.

Now that Scotland Yard has swarmed the Songoli house to investigate the disappearance of the son, Muna is given a real bedroom, real clothing, and treated, at least nominally, as a daughter. But her world remains confined. She is not allowed to go outside, doesn’t know how to read or write, and cannot speak English. At least that’s what the Songolis believe. Before long it becomes clear that young Muna is far cleverer—and her plans more terrifying—than the Songolis, or anyone else, can ever imagine.








https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25779048-the-cellar?ac=1&from_search=true




 So... I thought I would take a little break from reviewing romance books and throw myself into a mystery/thriller book, and I am very happy I did! This is my first Minette Walters book, and I can assure you it wont be my last! Minette Walters style of writing captured me from the very start, and she was able to draw me in with the picture she painted with her words.


The characters were also well delivered. Muna came across very smart, she always had quick answers to such important questions. She always knew how to cover her tracks, I guess observing everything all the those years while being held captive came in handy.


Yetunde (The "Mother") was the most awful character I've come across so far. She is so hateful, ignorant, and just an all around horrible person. The things she says and does makes me want to hurt her myself.


When it came to the two sons, Abiola & Olubayo, I thought the same thing of both... You are how you're raised. Seeing how their parents treat Muna made them feel it was okay to do the same. You don't find out much about Abiola, however the parts you do get made me have little to no sympathy for him. You get to know Olubayo throughout the book, which made me hate him that much more as the book progresses. I guess you cant blame the kids when they see their parents doing the same actions.


And finally Ebuka, the "father"... I had mixed feelings about him. At first I hated him just as much as the other characters, but I guess I'm a big softie because after seeing the way his wife spoke of/to him after his "accident" made me feel bad for him... but only slightly. Even the way he spoke to Muna in the last few chapters made my heart thaw towards him, but then again he really needed Muna so he said whatever he had to.






This book always kept me guessing, and wanting more. Especially the ending which leaves you with a poem... I mean poems are great and all but I wanted to know what was going to happen! Maybe that's just me being greedy. 4 star review from me, the poor ending is the only reason this book didn't get a higher rating from me. Its a must read if you like mystery/thriller type books and I look forward to reading more from Minette Walters in the future!







Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Review - The Devil's Prayer, by Luke Garcias





A nun commits suicide in front of thousands in Spain. In Australia, Siobhan Russo recognises that nun as her mother, Denise Russo, who disappeared six years ago.

In search of answers, Siobhan travels to the isolated convent where her mother once lived. Here she discovers Denise’s final confession, a book that details a heinous betrayal that left her crippled and mute, and Denise’s subsequent deal with the Devil to take revenge. In the desperate bargain Denise made with the Prince of Darkness, she wagered Siobhan’s soul.

As Siobhan discovers the fate of her soul, she learns that hidden within the pages of her mother’s confession is part of The Devil’s Prayer, an ancient text with the power to unleash apocalyptic horrors.

And now her mother’s enemies know Siobhan has it.

Can Siobhan escape an order of extremist monks determined to get the Prayer back? Can she save the world from its own destruction?

Explicit Content Warning: "The Devil’s Prayer" is a historical horror thriller that contains brutality, rape, sex, drug abuse and murder. Readers may find its content offensive and confronting.


 


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25369192-shtum







Two words

So Disappointing.

Another two words.

Info Dump.

All four words sum up this review. 

I stopped reading this at 53% because I could not adequately justify to myself to continue to waste another minute on this book. I just completely and utterly disliked it.

It wasn't because "it contains brutality, rape, sex, drug use and murder." It wasn't because I found "its content offensive or confronting".

It was simply because where it wasn't boring me to death with all kinds of information dumps, it was making me shake my head and laugh a little over how it lacked complete believability. I could not quite believe how Siobhan's mother committed some of her most heinous acts... the thought process as laid out in the book's pages just did not make sense to me and was very unrealistic. There was something lacking; that switch that turned and made her so cold and ruthless was absent... the pieces just didn't fit.

I read on hoping as the story developed it would get better.. but was disappointed to learn it was only getting worse. 

With over a thousand books in my 'to read' list... how could I continue to force myself to read even one more page... This book got a fair chance from me. It was time to stop the madness. I honestly don't understand the amount of raving reviews for this one.... I am at a loss.




A rare rating from me, and I don't like giving them out. Honesty is a bitch sometimes.







Monday, July 17, 2017

WE HAVE A WINNER!!!


Thank you to everyone who entered the Giveaway for Book 1 & 2 of the Spirtfire trilogy, by Nicole French!




The winner (randomly selected by rafflecopter) is....


DANIELLE LEMIEUX

Congratulations Danielle!  I am sure you are going to love these books!!  We will be in touch soon.



Thursday, July 13, 2017

Off Limits, By J.L. Paul

 OFF LIMITS!
What was I supposed to do?
I desperately wanted to take that summer art class – one that would count toward my college credits come fall.

But it was far from home and the only option I really had was to stay with Jackson, my stepbrother – the very stepbrother who detested me and my mother.

Surly and sullen, he was still the sexiest man I’d ever seen. He wasn’t thrilled to have me invade his home or his life.

Slowly, though, he warmed toward me. Was it because of the electricity that crackled between us? The irresistible pull we both felt? Or maybe it was the searing kiss we’d shared that night…
Whatever it was, he was teaching me things that I’d never learned in art class – things I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone.
What would our parents say?
 





https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23483595-off-limits?ac=1&from_search=true




I could've fallen in love with this book, but unfortunately I was left wanting more from this book. The characters chemistry was good at some points and then fell flat at others. It was a emotional rollercoaster... and not in a good way! When India (the main female character)  and Jackson (the main male character) had their moments together it was intriguing and pulled you in, then they would fight or just avoided their feelings and it got a little boring and frustrating.






I couldn't relate to the characters at all, there were a few times where Jackson would say or do something to push India away and she would just suck it up and get over it way to fast with sometimes no apology. She seemed kind of immature and a bit of a push over. And Jackson... what an asshole at times! You just cant say certain things to people, its just not okay. I don't understand how they ended up together in the end... I wouldn't have continued that relationship.





This book definitely had an interesting story line, however there could've been more to this book. It felt extremely rushed, especially the end. It was almost as if J.L. Paul just wanted to wrap up the book and be done with it. The fact it was so rushed and choppy killed the little romance there was. I'm not saying this is the worst book ever, but it failed to meet my expectations. I am disappointed so this gets a 2 star review from me.





Thursday, June 29, 2017

Big Rock, By Lauren Blakely

It's not just the motion of the ocean, ladies. It's definitely the SIZE of the boat too.

And I've got both firing on all cylinders. In fact, I have ALL the right assets. Looks, brains, my own money, and a big c*&k.

You might think I'm an a*&hole. I sound like one, don’t I? I'm hot as sin, rich as heaven, smart as hell and hung like a horse.

Guess what? You haven't heard my story before. Sure, I might be a playboy, like the NY gossip rags call me. But I’m the playboy who’s actually a great guy. Which makes me one of a kind.

The only trouble is, my dad needs me to cool it for a bit. With conservative investors in town wanting to buy his flagship Fifth Avenue jewelry store, he needs me not only to zip it up, but to look the part of the committed guy. Fine. I can do this for Dad. After all, I’ve got him to thank for the family jewels. So I ask my best friend and business partner to be my fiancĂ©e for the next week. Charlotte’s up for it. She has her own reasons for saying yes to wearing this big rock.

And pretty soon all this playing pretend in public leads to no pretending whatsoever in the bedroom, because she just can’t fake the kind of toe-curling, window-shattering orgasmic cries she makes as I take her to new heights between the sheets.

But I can’t seem to fake that I might be feeling something real for her.
What the fuck have I gotten myself into with this…big rock?






https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26252659-big-rock?ac=1&from_search=true



Another asshole/player type book intrigues me again... this time it falls short of impressing me. It starts off with a fake engagement between friends, all that just to impress a potential buyer for his dads company. Like other books fake love turns into real love, real fast.


Now there weren't as many sex scenes as you would think from seeing the cover of this book. At parts it was a little boring, seem to drag on for no reason. Even some of the dramatic parts, where you're thinking oh yeah! here comes the drama!, weren't even close to as good as you would expect them to be. I really wanted and expected more from this book, which was very disappointing. More details on their emotions while going through the drama would've helped. But I'm not sure much could make this book better.





I did really like how Lauren Blakely gave it a clean, concrete ending. I didn't want or need to know more about Charlotte or Spencer once I finished. This is a 2 star book for me, not really worth your time. I don't regret reading this book, but it definitely wasn't my favourite love story.








Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Author Spotlight - Nicole French


I am so excited to bring to you our very first Author Spotlight since our re-launch!!  Author Spotlights are one of my favourite features on the blog.  There's not much better than falling in love with a book and getting to pick the brain of your new favourite author!  Keep reading right to the end.  Nicole very generously has agreed to a giveaway for the first two books in the amazing Spitfire trilogy!

With that being said, I would love to introduce you to my new favourite author...




I was super excited to get to know more about Nicole and I hope that you are too!  So without further ado, I will get into the interview questions.


Where do you do most of your writing?



I write at home and in coffee shops. Cliche, I know. When at home, I'm usually parked on the couch, interrupting my husband's work with the occasional "WHAT ARE YOU DOING??" whenever I'm yelling at my characters. That's usually about the time he kicks me out to interrupt people at local cafes. 



Do you have anything you have to do or have while writing?


Caffeine--usually coffee, which my dude makes better than anyone else, or, if I'm writing for a good long while, a pot of earl grey tea. And a comfortable place to sit. For some reason I cannot write at a table. I have to be as sloth-like as possible.



Who is your favourite author?


I have many. If I want to feel like I just kicked some ass, I read Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. If I want to learn stuff and stick with the characters for a nice long while, I reread all of Diana Gabaldon's work (also JAMIE). In terms of indie authors, Jodi Ellen Malpas is my spirit animal, and as for newer authors, I think Kennedy Ryan's work is pretty amazing. 



If the spitfire trilogy were to be made into a movie, who would be your ideal actor/actress for Brandon and Skylar?


Brandon is easy: Charlie Hunnam. I actually dreamed the meet-cute in Legally Yours before I wrote the book, and I had been watching too much Sons of Anarchy at the time, so in my head, Brandon looks like a hybrid between Hunnam and Paul Walker. 

Skylar is a harder nut--she is a total figment of my imagination, physically based on a girl I met when I was traveling in France several years ago. I haven't seen anyone who looks like her, but out of famous actresses...maybe Emma Stone? Yeah, I think that would work, partly because of the red hair and also because she has the right attitude. 



What were you like in high school?


That's an amazing question--definitely not one I've been asked. Hmmm...well, I'll tell you a story that was pretty much me in a nutshell: 

During my first year of high school, my friend and I were waiting after soccer practice for my parents to pick us up. We were all kitted out in our gear, shinguards and balls and everything. As in, it was really obvious what we had just been doing. Up comes this boy, whom I'll name Chad (since all hot fools from HS are named Chad in my head), and I get all of a flutter, because Chad is THE hottest boy in the ninth grade, and I have a HUGE crush on him. And he smiles in that way that only cute HS boys can do, and I'm all excited because Chad is about to talk to ME. "Hey," he says. "Hi," I say, grinning like a fool. And then he says, "So, do you guys play soccer?" And I look down at my shinguards, the ball, our bags full of soccer stuff, the grass stains smeared over our shorts and probably across my face. Then I look back at him and say, "No, dude, we just like to dress like this for freaking fun." 

Yeah, poor Chad did not become my boyfriend. But I also did not stop being a smart ass who sometimes puts her foot in her mouth, and that both served me well and kicked my ass in various ways throughout my adolescence.



When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?


A "potion-maker." An "author" (hey, I got that one!). An archaeologist. A nightclub singer. A concert pianist. A baseball player (like in A League of Their Own). A poet. 



How did you get into writing?


It is really hard for me to think of a time when I wasn't writing. When I was six years old I wrote my first story about a whaler who made friends with the whale he was chasing and started telling the world to stop whaling. We bound it with a cardboard cover and everything (in the shape of a whale). I was hooked.



Are you currently working on anything else?


Ooohhhh yeah. I have another series I've been sitting on for about a year now. It needs a lot of editing, but I'm hoping to put out the first book after I'm finished with the Spitfire Trilogy. It's the story of an NYU student and a local firefighter from Hell's Kitchen--sort of a "wrong side of the tracks" story. Readers can take a look at the first chapter (which is under the tentative title "Downtown Baby") on my website.



In your opinion was Legally Yours or Legally Mine better?


Legally Mine, I think. It's a little tighter, more polished, and I had a better editing team when I wrote it. But I also think it's just more interesting. The story itself is slightly more complex, and I think better character development happens. Plus...I like the steamy scenes better. They were really fun to write in this book. Especially the one in the pool.



Do you have a favourite quote from the Spitfire trilogy?


"He looked like he wanted to eat me. Good, I thought. Fair's fair." -- from Legally Mine



Was there anything left out of the trilogy that you originally had in it before it was edited?


Well, I'm still writing the third book, so we'll see. But there are definitely some scenes that were cut from the first two––snaps of Skylar with her friends at a local bar, a sex scene that just didn't quite work the way I thought it would, and several scenes with Brandon that were completely rewritten. His character is funny--he was hard to nail down for a while because the book isn't from his point of view at all, so it took a lot of iterations of "what would he do in this moment?" for me to get a feel for how he would talk and act. But once I did get a handle on him, he became clearer to me than everyone else, including Skylar, who's the narrator! 



Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?


Yep. See my silly story about the whale above. I won an award from the principal and everything!



What is something you are really good at that most people don’t know?

I'm a really good mimic of foreign and regional accents. When I was a kid, my parents had au pairs live with us from several different countries, and I used to spend a lot of time studying their accents and pretending to talk like them. It sort of snowballed from there as I traveled more and lived in different places around the country and the world.

I highly suggest picking up the Spitfire Trilogy! 

Book Number 2 - Legally Mine is being released tomorrow!!! 

Below we are going to give you a chance to win e-copies of both the first and second book!!









a Rafflecopter giveaway




Thursday, June 22, 2017

Love, By Lacey Weatherford

 Living happily ever after has always been part of the plan for Cami and Dylan, but when strange things begin happening around the Wilcock household, Cami simply believes she’s becoming forgetful.

However, when the incidents begin to escalate, both are left feeling vulnerable. Unable to figure out what’s going on, Dylan delves deeper into the mysterious happenings. But when the truth comes out, he finds himself faced with the biggest decision of his life—how far will he go to protect the one he loves?







https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18811265-love?ac=1&from_search=true




Okay Lacey Weatherford, why? Why did you do it again?! How do you know just how to make me fall apart? You make me fall madly in love with your words, and I love it!


This was by far my favourite book of the three. I laughed, I cried (pretty hard actually, I'm kind of ashamed) and just plain loved this book. So much drama and surprisingly is doesn't get boring. Even though this was book three I still enjoyed every moment. It was still exciting and amazing, I never knew what was coming next.


Lacey Weatherford is my favourite writer right now, to have me loving the third book to a series more then the first and second is shocking to me. She nailed throwing people off with her story line. I never expected the person to be behind all this drama and heartache to be the person it turned out to be.





Lacey Weatherford has Captured my heart with these three books, this is a must read 5 star series! I'm not sure how I feel about reading the fourth book (Smolder) which is based off of Russ' life. I usually stay away from books that stray from the original characters as they're not as good. But with Lacey being such a good writer I may have to give it a try, and any other books from her I can get my hands on!




Thank you Lacey Weatherford, Thank you!




Monday, June 19, 2017

Accused Immoral Justice, by K.L. Scott

Have you ever met a five year old runaway? Meet Ryan - a southern boy who never had a fair shot at life. By the time he was eight, he had runaway and caught 54 times - needless to say, he didn't care much for orphanages.
Being labeled a delinquent troublemaker, Ryan quickly became the fall guy for any crime the local police department couldn't solve. Ryan's life changed forever the night the police stormed his makeshift home on vagrant row and arrested him for murder. Although he was a minor, he was bound over as an adult. Worse, he had no alibi, was not granted bail, and was assigned an attorney who had never won a case. The verdict? Life.

Incarcerated in a Southern prison camp he was rapidly stripped of all of his dignity. As the years passed, he became spiritless, unsure of what disgrace tomorrow would bring. 

The Accused Trilogy tells Ryan's story.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35389612-accused-immoral-justice?from_search=true


So, I was going through my bookshelf and came across this gem.  Not sure where it came from.  I thought Lily had shared it with me since we often will pass books off to one another.  So as stumped as I was, I read the synopsis and knew it had to be the next book that I read. 

It captured me from the very first page through emotion. The emotions felt while reading this book were raw.  My heart actually broke for Ryan.  If you enjoy a good emotional rollercoaster, this book is a must read!  

You all know how I feel about character development.  This book certainly did not disappoint.  I love that his story was told by him, in first person.  We learn a lot about Ryan's life throughout the entire book.  It starts off by him giving us a little insight to what his life was like when he was younger, which is key when trying to form a bond with a character in a book.  Then we get into what he is presently going through...feeling his pain, his fear, his sorrow.  Scott did an incredible job weaving Ryan's story.  We meet a couple other characters throughout the story which we end up connecting to the rest of the story in the end.  

My absolute favourite thing about this book is the feel good relationship between Ryan and Jonathan.  In a story with as much anguish as this one has, it was really quite heartwarming to see Ryan discovering real love for the first time.  It actually made me not want to put the book down.

I could go on and on about this book, however I really don't like to give spoilers.  Are you wondering what I rated Accused?  I am giving it a big 4.5 stars!


 I loved this book and I really think you would too.  Unfortunately, it seems to be really hard to come across.  I have searched and was only able to find it to purchase on Amazon (find the link above).  I am super excited that this is only part one of a trilogy!!  I will be searching out the second and third books. I have discovered a new favourite author, and I hope you do too!   


 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Smitten, By Lacey Weatherford

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Life is good. Cami is away at her dream college with her dream man by her side. She thinks if she can just get through with meeting Hunter’s family that everything will be perfect. Little does she know that life’s about to turn upside down again when Hunter is called to infiltrate a gang whose specialty is chopping and racing cars. His contact happens to be a beautiful curvy girl who is the gang leader’s sister and he has to pose as her boyfriend. Communication with Cami is basically forbidden to help keep his cover.


Hunter, however, can’t stand being away from the girl he really loves, and he sneaks away one night to meet her across town. He doesn’t know the gang leader, Ripper, has suspicions about him already and he’s following him to see where he goes. He surprises Hunter and Cami, and Hunter quickly introduces her as his foster sister who is having some car trouble. He thinks all is well until he discovers he has one serious problem. Ripper likes Cami and decides to pursue her, drawing her into the same dangerous world he’s supposed to bring down.

Can he keep his cover without having Cami get caught in the crossfire? Will the two of them survive having to watch each other fake it in the arms of another? Or will their hot stolen kisses destroy everything?








https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17252101-smitten?ac=1&from_search=true



After reading the first book and knowing it ended with a solid ending, no strings attached kind of way, I sort of wondered why there was a second or even third book to the series. Well I very quickly found out its because Lacey Weatherford is a bad ass writer and she can, that's why!

Again I fell in love with this story. Not any more then the first book, but not less either. I just have pure love for both stories. I loved that the beginning was Cami was being introduced to Hunter/Dylan's family, with an embarrassing but fun introduction. Then it turns dramatic and exciting all over again. I found myself screaming, telling characters what they should do at certain part of this book. I also liked that you got to see more of Russ' character in this book, it was nice to get to know him more.

I loved how Lacey Weatherford made Cami such a strong, independent, and smart female lead. You don't see that very often in books. The way Cami went along with such a scary situation, so she could help Hunter/Dylan stay safe and keep his cover made for a amazing read. Then after all the drama comes and goes and you think your coming to a calm ending to finish off this amazing book, Lacey Weatherford shocks you once more with a strong, dramatic, crazy twist ending.








This is another 5 star review from me! If you were ever unsure about reading the second book of this series, which I don't know why you would be, you really shouldn't stop yourself! Let yourself enjoy another amazing book by Lacey Weatherford... and let me know what your thoughts are on both books!









Thursday, June 1, 2017

Crush, By Lacey Weatherford

Cami Wimberley has a plan, and that plan includes no room for boys—especially the big time party animal, Hunter Wilder, no matter how handsome and charismatic he is. She’s beautiful, a senior, extremely talented, gets good grades, and is working her way toward her dream college to be a musical theater major. Everything is perfect.


Hunter Wilder does not want a girlfriend—that would complicate his life way too much right now. He especially doesn’t want this girl, Miss-Goody-Two-Shoes, so how come he can’t keep his eyes off her? He tries to keep her at arms length, but fate seems to keep pushing them together. Before long, it’s obvious to everyone they’re crushing on each other.


As sparks begin to fly, Hunter finds himself sinking deeper and deeper into hot water. Soon he’s scrambling to keep Cami from discovering his dark secret—one that can destroy their entire relationship.






https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16045855-crush?ac=1&from_search=true



This book is amazing! I haven't  felt so much emotion from the characters in a book in a long time. I found this book on Kobo`s free list, and I'm so glad I did! I very quickly fell in love with it. In fact I was so into this book that as soon as I finished I went searching for the other books of the series and bought them right away. Look out for those review soon!


This book starts off kind of slow but then starts to show all the drama, love, jealousy, and excitement. Lacey Weatherford never disappointed me, she really knows how to capture her readers and make them feel every emotion the characters go through, and the added bonus of making you fall in love with the characters Dylan and Cami.




This book had a great story line, I have a tendency to be able to predict what's going to happen in books and movies and I can honestly say you wont see the ending coming! It flowed very well and you defiantly wont be disappointed if you decide to pick this book up. A solid 5 stars from me!





Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Review - Elite by Rachel Van Dyken




For Tracey Rooks, life with her grandparents on a Wyoming farm has always been simple. But after her grandmother's death, Tracey is all her grandfather has. So when Eagle Elite University announces its annual scholarship lottery, Tracey jumps at the opportunity to secure their future and enters. She isn't expecting much-but then she wins. And life as she knows it will never be same . . .

The students at Eagle Elite are unlike any she's ever met . . . and they refuse to make things easy for her. There's Nixon, gorgeous, irresistible, and leader of a group that everyone fears: The Elect. Their rules are simple. 1. Do not touch The Elect. 2. Do not look at The Elect. 3. Do not speak to The Elect. No matter how hard she tries to stay away, The Elect are always around her and it isn't long until she finds out the reason why they keep their friends close and their enemies even closer. She just didn't realize she was the enemy -- until it was too late.


 



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25369192-shtum



 
This novel, to put it nicely, was a complete confusing mess, starting out with promise and then derailed so quickly, my head was spinning.
 
I am not really sure where I will begin.... I will try not to spoil anything but I just have to rant.
 
Tracey Rooks just won some big lottery and got into this 'elite' school. Dropped off by gramps, she is greeted very poorly by the 'popular kids'. In fact, she is treated like complete sh*t, and brought to tears by the horrible reception. 
 
Fast forward 1.5 weeks, and the same guy that did this to her not only is looking at her with adoring eyes and would take a bullet for her, but she is utterly and completely head over heels.
 
Bullsh*t
 
Gawd, it was too damn much. I love romance like most gals, and I will even put up my hand and actually ADMIT that I enjoyed the Twilight series, but this was at nauseum!  I needed a bucket for the pukefest that ensued reading this ridiculous lovey dovey dialogue... and not quite understanding how we went from this girl being shredded apart, to her being wooed this way. I know that I, for one, would have lifted my middle finger to this guy over and over and over again. Stockholm syndrome anyone??

The whole entire mystery surrounding her identity was just ridiculous. And frankly there was so much lead up that I thought she was the princess of Monaco or something.. uhmmm I guess in some circles maybe she would be close to the equivalent... but it was just kind of silly, honestly... And then to find out that both Tracey and Nixon were THE BEST of friends as children, just blew my mind. I have friends that I left behind in my home country when I came to Canada as a child, and I can assure you I still remember their names and what they looked like. To be that close to someone and completely not remember them (especially a guy named Nixon, how many of those are around??) a few years later is crazy to me. It was almost like this girl had blocked a part of her life completely out, but with no confirmation of amnesia or why she wouldn't remember not only this guy, but the house she grew up in, and even her last name?

Again, Bullsh*t

The ending of this novel did not make it more satisfying. In fact it just pissed me off more. It was just utterly convenient that a family war would have started off in that fashion. Furthermore, to give this girl the option of making a decision as to whether someone lives or dies felt so farfetched, even in that lifestyle. She had just 'found out' whose granddaughter she was and she's being called on to make those kinds of decisions already?
 
And just to digress a little. What was so 'elite' about this school? I seriously have no freaking clue.

I was happy to end this book. I wanted to end it sooner but kept hoping that it would turn around somehow, somewhere... Nope! 

That being said, there are many positive reviews out on this book and its series. I clearly do not share those opinions.
 





I seldom give out 1 stars, but this one was totally and completely not for me. However, there is enough positive feedback that I am clearly in the minority, so if you feel that it's for you, and you are curious about it, give it a go. Just don't say that I didn't warn you!

Happy Reading!


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