Kensington Worth had a vision for her senior year. It involved her best friends, her posh private school in downtown Chicago and time alone with her piano until her audition was perfected, a guaranteed ticket into the best music programs in the world.
Instead, a nightmare took over.
It didn’t happen all at once, but her life unraveled quickly—a tiny thread that evil somehow kept pulling until everything precious was taken from her. She was suddenly living miles away from her old life, trapped in an existence she didn’t choose—one determined to destroy her from the inside, leaving only hate and anger behind. It didn’t help that her neighbor, the one whose eyes held danger, was enjoying every second of her fall.
Owen Harper was trouble, his heart wild and his past the kind that’s spoken about in whispers. And somehow, his path was always intertwined with Kensington’s, every interaction crushing her, ruining her hope for any future better than her now. Sometimes, though, what everyone warns is trouble, is exactly what the heart needs. Owen Harper was consumed with darkness, and it held onto his soul for years. When Kensington looked at him, she saw a boy who’d gotten good at taking others down when they threatened his carefully balanced life. But the more she looked, the more she saw other things too— good things…things to admire.
Things…to love. Things that made her want to be reckless. And those things…they were the scariest of all.
Author: Ginger Scott
Release Date: March 17th, 2015
Brought to us by WordSmith Publicity
Read: March 2015
The Hook: What is Owen about? What in the world is Kensington (love this name, BTW) experiencing that draws these two together?
I previewed this book a couple of weeks ago and was excited about it. Now, I’m excited it’s released! Really, really excited. And if you haven’t picked it up already, you should. You really should.
From the start, this book had me hooked. I was so curious about what in Kensington’s life fell apart and exactly how did Own help her. And you know what? It’s worth a read. It really is.
Intense. That’s the word that pops into my head to sum this book up. It’s edgier than most YA stuff out there (just a heads up), but it wouldn’t be the story it is without it.
Bold. That closely followed “intense” because Scott brings up issues that other authors may shy away from in the YA genre, but that’s one of the things I loved about this story. I haven’t read a story quite like this and I’m glad for the perspective it gave. You know things happen; some of it good, some of it bad and to see it from the YA perspective just makes this story amazing.
The plot works. I love it. It’s constantly flowing and moves along at just the right pace. I feel a good storyline has a good push and pull, a mixture of tension and ease. This story has it. And the challenges that Owen and Kensi face, both together and separate, work well with each other. I really enjoyed seeing their story unfold. It’s intense. It’s bold. It’s daring. It’s different. They draw strength from each other. It’s refreshing to read.
The characters are awesome. If this was a movie, I’d say the supporting cast rocks. They do what secondary characters are suppose to do, add depth to the overall story arch. They help move the story along. They are there when the story needs a pick me up, a different perspective, a breath of fresh air and Scott does just that.
Overall, this is a good read. I’m glad I had the chance to read it and I’m glad to review it.
And I have to just mention, I don’t really read “realistic” fiction. I tend to veer into the fantasy realm only because when I read I’m giving my mind a vacation and when you’re on vacation you don’t really want be “in” reality, you know? But I really enjoyed this story. For realistic fiction, it’s golden.
If I didn’t already have a copy I’d buy it. It’s a great add to any library, especially if you’re a book junkie.
I’m looking forward to hearing more from Ginger Scott. Thank you for a great read!