This book started out good and kept me interested all the way through. Avery was raised by a very wealthy grandmother. Her father was an alcoholic who never had anything to do with her. She was conceived from an affair and her mother had died. The grandmother gave all family members a challenge to come out #1 and they would have all the money and the owner of the family business. Aver has cousins who has always been mean to her and her uncles have always shunned her. Even her half brother had nothing to do with her. They all had to compete in several challenges and the loser of each challenge would be eliminated from going on and would get a $100,000 check. I felt bad for Avery and she was lucky to make it out alive through this.
Do any of the following scenarios sound realistic to you?
1. An ultra strict boarding school for so-called troubled teens that offers welding classes; it also offers graphic design classes and allows the design lab to be open at all hours for students to work unsupervised on computers.
2. That students at said school would be free to roam about, attacking a semi intruder, would tie and gag said intruder and leave him in a defunct darkroom that the heroine just happens to stumble into. Then lock the heroine into the room with the intruder, also to be her rescuer.
3. That a replica of the Mayflower could sail from MA to VA is an afternoon (sorry: that would take at least 36 hours)
If you find these examples believable, than this book is for you. Unless it also bothers you that a resourceful 17 year old girl, capable of pretty much breaking out of prisons, would be unable to achieve much of anything else without the help of an 18 year old boy. Who is also her adult chaperon.
Still, the concept isn't bad and its a fast read. But sorry Bloomsbury -- you may have been Rowling's original publisher, but you fell asleep at the wheel on this one.
This book got off to a great start with Avery executing a daring escape from her prison-like boarding school. She is then involved in the challenges set out in her grandmother's will. At which point she loses all intelligence and bravery and depends on Riley, the handsome son of her grandmother's lawyer who is paired up with her. She gets rescued time after time by Riley, and I really miss the independent girl the book opened with. So for me, this book was an interesting concept but failed on the characterization.
I am not even done with this book, but feel compelled to leave a review. A whopping good read. A great story, tremendous character development and more than a few twists and turns. I am a hard core sci-fi enthusiast, but I saw a review in EW and I was intrigued enough to buy it and read it. It is most certainly written for the YA crowd, but a 58 year old dude can enjoy it too. If you just like a good story, try this book. I promise you... it'll be hard to put down.
This book was hands down amazing. It was beautifully written, and the plot was nothing short of ingenious. I’m very particular when it comes to books, but I’m so glad that I gave this one a chance. Honestly, I’m probably going to read it 3 more times and be just as excited as when I first read it. This is a truly wonderful story and I very, very highly recommend it!