Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: October 6th 2014
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
~ Synopsis ~
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.
~ Review by Jessica ~
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
I really had no idea how this book was going to go. A Cinderella/Saw mash up? I figured this was either going to be a disaster, or amazing…
I’m happy to report it fell into the latter category. 🙂
I personally love fairy tales, and I also like a little horror. (Heck, the original versions of fairy tales are usually more horror than happiness, really!) I was immediately intrigued by this story, and it did not disappoint.
Haley is a wonderful heroine. I enjoyed watching her overcome every horrible obstacle thrown her way, and I liked that she grew so much throughout the story. Chris was kind of annoying to me at first, I didn’t really understand his way of thinking, and I kept wanting to strangle him for his behavior. However, he is a teenager, so strangulation is a pretty realistic response I guess. By the end he, like Haley, had both become people I did not want to strangle. That’s what really matters. Christine and Richard were actually my favorite characters, especially Christine. They provided the much needed comic relief in such a dark story. I did have a few moments where I thought some things were not quite believable, but I was able to gloss over it and not let it ruin the story for me. Overall, I enjoyed this weird little thrill ride very much and I’d definitely recommend it. 🙂 4 books
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~ About the Author ~
The horrid commute gives Krystal plenty of time to zone out and think about her characters in full, brilliant details (she’s a safe driver; don’t worry). Stories give her a way to forget about the sometimes smelly strangers sitting next to her on the fifty mile trek into town (she picks up hitchhikers every day. True story. Check out www.slug-lines.com if you don’t believe us).
Krystal has been a part of organized hitchhiking for nearly fifteen years, but that’s just one small aspect of her oh-so-large life. When she’s not working, commuting, or chasing after her three children (four if you count the man), you can usually find Krystal outside talking to her chickens like they’re the cutest things in the world (they are), or training her amazing dogs how to herd said chickens (which they love), or curled up on the sofa with a good book (why can’t that be 100% of the time?).