Deleting this at 23%
Poor little rich girls, who have to deal with having it all handed to them with some expectations. Aww, how sad. Imagine being expected to act with decorum in public, family, work and socially ?!?! Who has to do such a horrible thing, right ? We should all be drunk, cheating, lying, manipulating, disrespectful spoiled jerks free of judgement. All these expectations make a spoiled rotten little princess upset
Oh the horror for these precious sweet trust fund angels when when daddy steals money from the poor and puts their fortune in danger and they have to.... oh it's too ugly, are you sitting down ? < shutter >, work. Yes they have to work !
I hope you didn't faint. They don't have to work with the common folk at least. No, they work for their family business, in their tower, with their name on the building.
I'm a princess, she's a princess, you're a princess. Well, now lets gets this on the table because there isn't enough specialness unicorn sprinkle powder already. Somebody or somebodies, I didn't care enough to get their names, is semi royal and oh so precious. I know this because it is mentioned over and over already.
Snobbery, brand name dropping, social status lines, selfishness, self centered horrible characters. I couldn't dislike this book more.
Despite its short length, this book felt like it took me forever to get through. It took me a week to finish and I was only able to finish it that quickly because I started binge-reading it just so it would be over. (Note: I hate not finishing books.)
This is a mash up of Jawbreaker, Pretty Little Liars, and The Lovely Bones. While I wasn't a huge fan of Pretty Little Liars, it was still an interesting read that made me want to find out what happened next. This one? Not so much. I really couldn't care less about any of the characters. They didn't feel real. They were all very two-dimensional and dull.
My biggest pet peeve about this book was the narration. Sutton is supposedly the narrator, but she refers to herself in the third person at times, then goes back to first person narration. This was very irritating. It read like it was originally written in the third person, then some first person comments were hurriedly added in without editing the rest.
The story itself was weirdly similar to Pretty Little Liars. I was hoping for something different, but it's the same rich teenage girls being absolutely horrible to each other and everyone else, just with long-lost twins thrown into the mix.
The plot was also surprisingly predictable and the cliff-hanger ending was a big letdown. I think it's pushing it to give this book a two-star review, but I don't feel like I hated it enough to give it one star. I'm sure there is something redeemable somewhere in the text; I just can't think of it right now.
Not a very good read. I'd recommend it to someone who enjoyed the Pretty Little Liars series and wants to read a regurgitated version of it.
I have the sequel to this book (hooray dollar clearance section), but we'll see if I work up the effort to read it.
I'm a big historical fiction fan, and when I saw the synopsis of this book, I was excited to read it. Not only was it historical, it's by one of my favorite authors. It is the second in a series, but I wasn't lost or confused at all so it's easily read as a stand alone.
Shelley Shepard Gray once again creates characters that intriguing and complex. The emotions she weaves into the story are amazing and felt by the reader throughout the story. I love that feeling! Falling in love with Laurel and Thomas was a wonderful experience. I won't soon forget their characters!
Mixed among the pages are messages of hope, faith, love, and trusting one another. The historical elements are portrayed perfectly. This is one book I would recommend to all who are looking for a good, clean historical romance novel. You'll be taken on a whirlwind ride and fall in love with the works of Ms. Gray. I can't wait to read another in this series. Well done!