Format: eBook / ARC
Debut: December 18, 2012
Snuck from: Renae @ Rolling with the Moments
Ariel's birthday weekend looks to be the event of the season, with a private concert by rock star Hudson Winters on the grounds of her family's east coast estate, and all of Ariel's elite prep school friends in attendance. The only person who's dreading the party is Sera, Ariel's former best friend, whose father is forcing her to go. Sera has been the school pariah since she betrayed Ariel, and she now avoids Ariel and their former friends. Thrown together, Ariel and Sera can agree on one thing: this could be one very long night.
They have no idea just how right they are.
Only moments after the concert begins and the lights go down, thugs open fire on parents and schoolmates alike, in a plot against Ariel's father that quickly spins out of control. As the entire party is taken hostage, the girls are forced apart. Ariel escapes into the hidden tunnels in the family mansion, where she and Sera played as children. Only Sera, who forges an unlikely alliance with Hudson Winters, knows where her friend could be. As the industrial terrorist plot unravels and the death toll climbs, Ariel and Sera must recall the sisterhood that once sustained them as they try to save themselves and each other on the longest night of their lives.
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 31
I'm not sure where to start on this one. It had so many aspects to it, it was an awesome rush. It was intoxicating, I swear my heart stopped at one point or another. I read it through in one day, absolutely unable to put it down. And that says something when it's coming from me!
I think I'm going to start with the story, which was incredibly tense and twisted. The time frame was only a few hours, contained in only 250 pages, but it felt like a lifetime.
The hostage situation was a first for me. I mean, of course characters get into some criminal tight spots now and then, facing off with the bad guys, but this was different on the point that there was an overpowering force of bad guys without any remorse when killing unarmed youths or even children, standing against a group of teenagers who have nothing but their will of survival.
Then the characters, who left nothing short of a scorching impression on me. Of course there's the two main girls, Ariel and Sera (look to the "In Her Shoes" links below to read more of what I thought of them), but also their love interests, Nico and Hudson. Both boys are such sweethearts, absolutely to die for! <3
Although they both were more support than action, I think that Nico deserves to be number one in this. He was a real daredevil because the situation commanded it, despite his gentle personality. He was the perfect balance of offense and defense, almost moving the heavens like that, yet also with just being there as a grounding force of goodness.
Hudson was more the active type, both brains and muscle, keeping his head straight, always giving the right pushes, and he was caring and protective. Plus, he's a musician 😉 , and has a good sense of humor.
I can see people not agreeing with me on this, but it's all there if you look closely. If you don't want to look deeper, it's all rather obvious, and the characters are rather stereotype. But I'm telling you, it's not something you can breeze through, although it's rather short.
Area Scan: Style: 5/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Characters: 5/5 -- Romance: 5/5 -- Suspense: 5/5 -- Humor: 3.5/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Action: 5/5
This review has also been posted to Amazon.