My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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...
Wow. Just wow. First off, this book was not at all what I thought it'd be. After reading the blurb, I went in expecting one thing and was completely surprised at what I got, as a reader. I knew I would read this book, regardless, because I love Ann Aguirre's writing and storytelling.
I saw a lot of reviewers not liking this book at all and that's fine. The fact that the main love interest was watching the main character for years before even meeting her didn't bother me in the least. It wasn't stalkery, he was doing his job, one which he can't get out of.
I absolutely loved Edie! Loved her! And yes, she did the shallow thing with her first deal, but can you really blame her? She didn't go overboard with it, she just enhanced what was already there. And while her focus was revenge, I'm really glad that didn't remain her focus.
I'll admit, thematically, it seemed a bit "everything and the kitchen sink". Maybe needs a bit of fine tuning in the rest of the series. And there seemed to be some stuff that wasn't really resolved, but I don't know if that's for later or what. It seemed as if it just wasn't resolved, period.
While I wanted it to be perfect like her Razorland series (OMG), it was good enough and then some for me to want to finish the rest of the series. Again, I love her writing style! Ok, I'm done now :)
Format: Kindle Ebook