Published by Spencer Hill Press on April 25th 2017
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Aurbrey Miller has reinvented herself. Long gone is the blue eyed, blonde haired girl she once was, in her place is Raven Miller with her facial piercings, jet black hair and an ever-changing supply of contact lenses. Aubrey/Raven is trying to distance herself from sad her past and keep others at arm’s reach in the present. She lost her family when she was eight years old and has always felt responsible – even though she was not! Raised by her godmother, she feels safer keeping people at bay believing that she is the cause of bad things happening around her. It isn’t until she meets her college roommate Quinn and her friend Kaeleb, that she begins to let other’s in. That’s it – that is all you are getting!
This book is many different things rolled into one. It’s part romance, it’s part coming of age, it’s part dealing with loss, it’s about acceptance, it’s about growth, etc. This book also touches on bullying, suicide, illness, etc. Sounds heavy right and to a small degree it is. But it is also about finding yourself, allowing yourself to be loved, friendship, and re-connection.
This book was a well-written fast read for me. This book is considered “New Adult” and has a very YA feel to it. Although I liked the characters, I wasn’t blown away by them – or shall I say, I was not emotionally attached to them. I would have liked to see more backstory on both Quinn and Kaeleb. In some ways, the book felt a little rushed to me. I wanted more – at times I read a book and think to myself “this book would have been better if 50-60 pages had been edited out”. In this case, I wanted more of the story. Don’t get me wrong, this was still enjoyable – I just wanted MORE.
I received a copy of this book from Spencer Hill press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in this review are my own.