Revenge is a dish best served cold.
Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn't imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She's not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he's impossible to forget.
In one short summer, her entire life changes, and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly... bad things are happening. It's a heady rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil's bargains, she isn't sure who—or what--she can trust. Not even her own mind...
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Where do I even start? this book has beyond amazing potential. BEYOND AMAZING. but it falls way short of what I expected it to be. The supernatural elements are fresh and something new, but they don't even come into play until the second half of the book. And even then, it doesn't play a huge part. There's murder, there's mystery, there's an incredibly relatable character, but its all downplayed for (you guessed it) the romance. It DOMINATES the main plot. Its more of a roll-your-eyes romance. The "no! I could never live without you! Even though we literally met weeks ago!" kind of romance. (trust me-- these two are no Hazel and Gus) **God forbid that there is ever a book with a strong lead female that doesn't involve a romance with an unnaturally beautiful guy**
But moving on, the story brings something new and if you ignore the love story it could actually be quite enjoyable. The supernatural element is more than in enough to keep you up at night, terrified to peek out your windows or look in the mirror, because, hey, what if that reflection starts grinning while your still washing your hands? It's a completely reasonable fear. And it brings in this sort of normalcy among it all when the young heroine, Edie, is just being, well, normal. It's a much welcomed refreshment from the Bloody Mary and Slender Man elements. Aside from the modern day terrors, it mixes in a bit of old age mythology, and tales and legends from around the world. A new spin on a much read about topic. A nice read that can be quite enjoyable.
TRIGGER WARNINGS: suicide, bullying
***And now for the moment you all have been waiting for***
What I'm reading currently: the Grisha trilogy!!!
More specifically Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising. Can I just say AMAZING!
The detail, the heroine, the handsome bad guy *EEK* , the cute loyal friend, princes, and pirates (sorry, Nikolai, PRIVATEER), royalty and the culture, and MAGIC! *sigh* in love with this trilogy!!!!
To be more clear, its beautiful and amazing and all this prettiness and I just can't, okay? Full review to come :)