Haley's life is really bad. And not in the teenage drama kind of way. It's just bad. Hopeless even. Her mother is dead. Her alcoholic father abuses her. She does everything to protect a sister who doesn't care about her. Her grades are failing and hope of a successful life seems pretty slim. She has nowhere to feel safe, and despite a few friends, she seems very alone. And, although it doesn't seem like it could get worse...it does.
As you can guess from the cover, this book is bleak at times. There were several times I put it down to do something happier. And I was very, very tempted to skip to the end just to make sure it all turned out okay. But, I'm glad I didn't, because Krystal had lots of twists and turns in store for me. I was genuinely terrified of what would happen. This isn't the kind of book where I felt like a happy ending was guaranteed. I knew that with each page, she would make me FEEL something, and I was scared to know what. It's very rare that I'm scared to finish a book!
Although this is far from a light, happy read, it's certainly an engrossing one, and one you'll have trouble forgetting. It's so fearless and unrestrained. Of course, I'm not going to tell you how it ends, but I will say that it's action packed down to the very last second, and it almost made me late to work. And even though the story is dark, there is hope. And despite the absolute horror of Haley's situation she constantly shows her strength. "Never giving up," is her mantra. Hope and strength despite immense darkness seems to shine the brightest.
One of the other reviewers called it "Cinderella meets Saw," and as impossible as that mashup sounds, it's a very accurate description. If you like your fairy tales (really) twisted, this is definitely the read for you.
They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and that's great . . . as long as you don't die.
Sixteen-year-old Haley Tremaine had it all: top-notch school, fantastic family, and a bright future, but all of that changed when an accident tore her family apart. Now, an alcoholic father, a bitter younger sister, and a cold headstone bearing her mother’s name are all she has left.
Chris Charming has it all: a powerful CEO for a father, a prestigious school, and a fortune at his fingertips, but none of that matters when he lands a reputation as a troublemaker. Struggling to follow in his father’s footsteps, he reaches out to the one person he believes truly sees him, the one person he wants: Haley.
Little do they know someone's determined to bring the two together, even if it means murder.
Krystal Wade can be found in the sluglines outside Washington D.C. every morning, Monday through Friday. With coffee in hand, iPod plugged in, and strangers - who sometimes snore, smell, or have incredibly bad gas - sitting next to her, she zones out and thinks of fantastical worlds for you and me to read.
How else can she cope with a fifty mile commute?
Good thing she has her husband and three kids to go home to. They keep her sane.
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