Seventeen-year-old Seelie Stanton never wanted to kill someone. She never wanted to be invisible in her own family, never wanted to crush on her best friend Alyssa, and she definitely never wanted to know how effectively a mallet could destroy someone’s head.
But the universe doesn’t care what she wants. Shane Mayfield doesn’t care what Seelie wants either. When the former high school basketball star attacks her, she has no choice but to defend herself. She saved her own life, but she can’t bring herself to talk about what happened that night. Not all of it. Not even when she’s arrested for murder.
Rating: 5 stars!!!
WOW. What a ride.
First off, I want to say thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for sending me a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This has been my favorite ARC I’ve received to date.
This story will put you in your feels. There is seriously no other way to put it. You will be so sad and so infuriated and if you don’t feel these emotions throughout this, then I’m just gonna go ahead and let you know that your heart is either nonexistent or has transformed into a cold, dark, black lump of coal and you really need to get that checked out.
Right off the bat, I loved that this started out after Seelie is attacked. This kind of leaves readers relying on Seelie’s version of what happened, but keeps you feeling like there are still things left to be told (an accurate feeling, i’ll add). Though we do get details later throughout the story about what happened in the barn, readers don’t have to read the attack taking place, which I felt like was rather appropriate, considering there are no trigger warnings preceding this (there should be).
While the story focuses largely on Seelie’s impending doom of prison time and a murder charge, it also spends time on other things, like the people in her life and the relationships she has with them, however weak and flimsy some of them may be. This really helped to make the story feel more realistic to me. While of course being charged with murder when you were merely defending yourself against an attacker would certainly take over anyone’s life, a lot of this story has to do with the other things going on in Seelie’s life as well.
The character’s in this book felt really well planned out and written to me. The relationships between Seelie and her friends are real and raw and I won’t spoil this, because it’s definitely worth reading, but they go through shit, just like anyone else (albeit the murder charge). Seelie’s mother is a rather upsetting character who is just as absent as she is a nuisance, and the fact that she finds Seelie responsible for what happened in the barn shows the reality that not everyone you love will always be on your side. The characters in this really made this story.
Well, them and the plot. Once again, I don’t want to ruin anything, but this is a worthwhile read. From the synopsis alone, readers already get the gist of things, but the little details and plot bombs (they really didn’t feel like twists, more like random spurts of information) really build what is going on here.
Overall… well let’s just say I don’t give five stars very often. This is a great story and I can’t wait for it to be released so that everyone can have the chance to read it.