Published: August 5th 2014
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…
This was a very dark book. At times, honestly, it was a bit disturbing. Very different from what I was initially expecting.
The words on these pages toy with the readers emotions. One minute we hate the antagonist, the next the antagonist seems to be the protagonist. Whaaaat?
It’s hard to identify the true face of good and differentiate from evil. The story was a bit reminiscent of ‘folk’ story of the crossroads deal–sell your soul to the devil in exchange for a perfect life.
There is such a deep exploration of the darkness that is depression. The story does not hold back. It goes into explicit detail how dark and dreary Edie Kramer’s world once was, the evil that others inflicted on her, and ultimately the pain she inflicted upon herself. It’s eye opening, especially for younger readers. Everything you do in life matters….What’s done to you, and what you do to other people, once it’s done you can’t take it back…
This story really made me think…If a novel is capable of evoking such emotions in a reader, it has truly served it’s purpose.
Thank you, Raincoast Books for the review copy.