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Scarlett doesn’t remember anything before the age of five. Her parents say it’s from the trauma of seeing her house burn down, and she accepts the life they’ve created for her without question—until a car accident causes Scarlett to start remembering pieces of an unfamiliar past.
When a new guy moves into town, Scarlett feels an instant spark. But Noah knows the truth of Scarlett’s past, and he’s determined to shield her from it...because Scarlett grew up in a cult called Eternal Light, controlled by her biological parents.
And they want her back.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
DNF at 106 pages.
So, what makes you want to throw a book in a river? Is it:
a. When the wishy-washy heroine is a total idiot;
b. When the love interest’s creepy as fuck;
c. When there’s a horrible case of let-me-ditch-my-friends-for-the-new-guy instalove;
d. When there’s 95% more telling than showing; or
e. When you finally realize that you don’t give a shit about the mystery?
Well, dear friends, I definitely wanted to throw this book in a river. (And yes, I did answer all a, b, c, d and e!)
I read and enjoyed Natasha Preston’s novels Silence and Broken Silence back when she was still an unpublished Wattpad writer. I guess that’s what made me do a little happy dance when Sourcebooks sent me a copy of her newest book. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t my cup of tea… At all. Like, not even a little bit.
First and foremost, I just couldn’t stand the heroine. Scarlett was one of the most naive and annoying heroine I’ve read about in a long time. Come on, she revealed her past to the new guy on page six. PAGE. SIX.
Oh and yes, let’s talk about the romance. Really, I can’t put into words how much I wanted to hurl into my mouth. Let these lines speak for themselves:
The guy standing beside Mr. Wells’s door was gorgeous–like, shouldn’t even be at our school gorgeous. (pg. 1, ARC)
Whatever was going on between us was real, and I was definitely not ready for that. (pg. 28, ARC)
It was me and him, probably about four years older than we were now, standing outside a beautiful wooden house, surrounded by a meadow. (pg. 35, ARC)
The love interest himself was pretty creepy as well. I know it’s probably because of the mystery, but no. This is the type of creepy that teenage girls shouldn’t trust–hell, at one point he even noticed how many times the heroine blinked. *shudder*
I really couldn’t get into Preston’s writing in this one as well. It was choppy and rushed–sometimes we could even switch settings three times within one 4-page chapter. It was just incredibly telly and had almost no showing. There was an entire major scene that was just told in one paragraph.
I could probably continue the book just to find out what happens in regards to the mystery aspect, but I really don’t want to.