PURCHASE:Amazon | Book Depository
Penelope Landlow has grown up with the knowledge that almost anything can be bought or sold—including body parts. She’s the daughter of one of the three crime families that control the black market for organ transplants.
Penelope’s surrounded by all the suffocating privilege and protection her family can provide, but they can't protect her from the autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise so easily.
And in her family's line of work no one can be safe forever.
All Penelope has ever wanted is freedom and independence. But when she’s caught in the crossfire as rival families scramble for prominence, she learns that her wishes come with casualties, that betrayal hurts worse than bruises, that love is a risk worth taking . . . and maybe she’s not as fragile as everyone thinks.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
*Ranting and swearing up ahead.
Things I now need after reading this book:
1.) a good brick wall to throw the book against,
2.) bleach for my brain,
3.) a punching bag for stress relief.
And now you’re probably asking, This book couldn’t be that horrible, right? I thought so too, my dear friends. And I was proven wrong. Let me try to get everything down for you:
1.) You’re expecting some badass mafia business? Well, HA. You don’t get it.
Penelope is dense as fuck. The girl has almost no knowledge about her family’s business in the black market. Sure, she knows what they do, but she’s been kept in the dark for FOREVER. It was stressful hearing her whine about how nobody tells her anything. Why would they if you’re acting like a spoiled brat? And as Faye mentioned in her review, it felt like Penelope’s sickness was used as a quick excuse not to get more in-depth with the family business.
2.) Think Penelope’s a sweet, passionate girl? Think again.
Maybe to some people, Penelope is sweet and passionate. But like I mentioned earlier, most of the time she just acts like a whiny little girl, which is pretty stupid considering the fact that her family gives her everything she wants. This really bugged me because there are a handful of people who aren’t privileged, and she isn’t at all thankful.
Also, she’s a hypocrite. See, of course people keep secrets. She and this certain character both lied to each other at one point, and she has the guts to get pissed off at this character when in fact her lie was just as–if not more–huge as this character’s! Ugh.
3.) You’re a romance lover? Sorry, this book will make you cringe.
Even just thinking about the romance in this book gives me a migraine. Yes, there is a love triangle. At first, we’re led to believe that Penny will end up with guy #1 /this is me attempting to avoid spoilers/, but then meets guy #2 and falls head over fucking heels over him. She literally bumps into guy #2, and said guy becomes obsessed with her, and she with him. Hell, she DREAMED about him after their first (or was it second?) meeting. Girl, have some dignity.
4.) This is a crime family book, right? Where the heck is Penelope’s sense of family?! /And Penny’s an idiot part 2./
***minor spoilers*** Okay, like I said, Penelope hates feeling left out. But still, I was fucking surprised when she agreed with guy #1 to run away with him. LIKE WHAT THE SHIT, GIRL? ARE YOU FUCKING CRAZY? You have a disease that makes you bruise and bleed easily, and you need blood transfusions every now and then. How the hell do you expect to live if you run away!? Do you really think that guy #1 can take care of you?! Good God, girl. Grow a brain, please.
Basically, this book was a pain in my rear.
I rest my case.