Author: JT Ellison
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars
I would like to thank the publisher, Mira, for sending me an ARC of this book.
As soon as I started reading this book, I got Pretty Little Liars vibes. Now, I do actually like Pretty Little Liars, but I thought the series went on for too long. I was actually thinking the same thing about this book-that we were going to have another series that lasted for too long. Imagine my surprise when I saw that this is a standalone. Don’t get me wrong, I do actually enjoy longer series, but there is just something wonderful about reading a standalone and being done with the world. Anyway, this is a stand alone set in an all-girls boarding school with a dark past that has been covered up. Not to mention that this is one of the top schools in the country and full of daughters of some pretty high profile people. It’s one of those books were everything looks great on the outside, but once you start reading, everything is actually messed up.
I really liked the different elements of the story. I mean, a lot of them were really unbelievable, but that’s okay. The really unbelievable parts are what made the story for me. I mean, in the real world, the events in the story would not have worked at all. However, sometimes it is good to escape from reality. Plus, we all know that stories like this are bound to have a lot of secrets and these secrets just suck me in. I really liked how everything was bound by some kind of tradition and a lot of the secrets were brought on by this tradition. I really can’t say too much about the secrets without ruining the book.
The writing was very smooth. I was sucked right in. Now, I will admit that I was a little more than hesitant at the beginning. The start of the book is just rough. I don’t know what it was about it, but it just didn’t have that first line hook that I look for in books. I kept on going and things did involve a lot.
While I did really enjoy this book, the ending was what really made me knock a star off this book. I did figure it out, but that wasn’t what ruined it. It was the fact that so much of it was spent explaining how we got to this point. I really don’t like that in books. I would rather been shown how we got to this point instead of being told, but that’s just me.
Overall, I did like this book. I know the characters are younger and this does have a YA feeling to it. However, there is a lot of content in here that just isn’t at all appropriate for younger readers-so be warned if you see this in the YA section or think that you are getting a YA thriller.
Anyway, this book comes out on December 31, 2019.