• Bad Apple: A Dark High School Romance

  • Willow Heights Prep Academy: The Exile, Book 1
  • By: Selena
  • Narrated by: Abigail Hunt, J.T. Linus
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (123 ratings)

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Bad Apple: A Dark High School Romance

By: Selena
Narrated by: Abigail Hunt,J.T. Linus
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Publisher's Summary

My name is Harper Apple, and people say I’m rotten to the core.

“Girls like you get one shot.”

When my shot comes in the form of a scholarship to Willow Heights Prep, you can bet your ass I take it. If getting out of this hellhole town means spending my last two years of high school at an elite academy full of rich, entitled pricks, then bring it on.

“Girls like you don’t belong.”

The arrogant and infuriatingly gorgeous Dolce brothers reign supreme in the hallowed halls of Willow Heights, and they don’t welcome my kind. Especially when I get in their way, don’t play by the rules in their twisted games, and refuse to bow to the cruel tyrants who run the place.

“Girls like you are bad news.”

Royal, Baron, and Duke Dolce set their sights on me. They think a poor girl will be an easy target, that they can break me and bring me to my knees like the girls who came before me. But the Dolce boys underestimate me. In this town, even girls from the trailer park hide deadly secrets. Secrets that could destroy them.

After all, it’s those from the wicked world of wealth and privilege with the most to lose.

This book is not RH - the main character ends up with one love interest. 

This is the start of a brand-new, dark high school bully romance/enemies-to-lovers story featuring a damaged anti-hero and a heroine who fights her own battles. It is not for the faint of heart. It is in "no way" safe. I don't want to list specifics bc they are spoilers IMO, so I'll just say this: If you have triggers or hard lines, avoid this book. 18+ listeners only.

©2021 Selena (P)2021 Selena

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Willow Heights Prep Academy

Bad Apple: A Dark High School Romance Willow Heights Prep Academy: The Exile, Book 1 is the beginning of this new dark high school bully romance with a enemies to lovers. Selena intricately weaved a story that keeps your ear buds in needing to know what happens next The writing style is consentient and flows through smoothly without any inconsistencies. This first audio in the series does not include romance and focuses more on the very rich family with so much power and the bully aspect. There is a mystery aspect to the story with Apple. The story is dark but realistic and begins the foundation of the story. I'm looking forward to listening to the next audio to find out what happens next.

Abigail Hunt, J.T. Linus dual narration worked well together. Abigail's intonation was good and there was a distinction between characters. J.T. Linus did fine with his performance and distinction of characters however,most of the story was told in Apple's pov so Abigail performaned more.

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Apple Pie

This book is just amazing! I never give cliffhangers 5 stars. But this one is really that good! These broken characters. So interesting. So tough. So nasty. So privileged. So mysterious. Harper Apple, "Bad Apple." Independent. Strong. Beautiful. Brave. Snarky. A fighter through and through.
This is told from Harper's POV. The narrator did an excellent job bringing out her angst, her doubts, her confidence. Well done. Between chapters a male narrator, with sexy deep voice, shared readings from someone sharing his thoughts and circumstances. I believe it was Royal. Well done!
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from Story Origin.

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Highly entertaining

Bad Apple is an excellent story to listen to on Audible -- the angst, the underlying mystery. Not knowing who is good or who is bad. I really loved Abigail Hunt as Harper. This series may even surpass the WHPA - Elite series. I've always been curious about Royal. Harper is definitely the type of character you root for because you see the tough independence, but there is also this side to her you want to know more about.

I'm looking forward to the next book.

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Great story, male narration awful.

I really enjoyed this story but the male narration was awful it sounded like he did not know how to read. Very disappointing. Thank goodness the story was so great.

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Heed the warnings

Narration:
I almost returned the book in the first 20 min because the narration is soooo bad. Inconsistent accents and bad ones, to boot. Both male and female were bad.

Story:
Yikes. This goes beyond dark ... it’s ... yeah.

Biggest complaint about this whole book, tho, is the FMC feels super inconsistent to me. Her inner monologue is ‘I’m tough as nails’ but then she freaks out about something seemingly small. I also think this would be a better read than it is an audio book purely because of the way it’s written.

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Dark, Bulky, with a Touch of Taboo Novel

I was given a copy of this audio for an honest review.

Man can you say DARK TABOO! Whew... Selena has written an extremely dark and taboo bully romance with non-con and dub-con scenes, childhood neglect, teacher taking advantage of youth, and much, much more. This book has all the triggers... so please head the authors warning at the beginning of the book and do not proceed if these are some of your triggers. Now I will say slight spoilers ahead so stop reading this review if you don’t want to know... seriously stop reading...

This book is like 99% bully and 1% (and that’s being generous) romance. I’m sure more romance will come out as the story develops though.

I don’t know how Selena did it, but she perfectly describes/tells us of the harshness (reality) in impoverished neighborhoods. Many people (middle class) live life thinking these types of things or environments don’t exists but they do. Harper Apple could be any of the many teen girls in foster care who grew up in a trailer park and whose mother neglected her and sees her as competition and the way Selena describes it so vividly and takes us through that journey of what and where Harper lives was beautifully written. The bully scenes and how Harper is treated in school was so raw and are plausible things that other children who have been bullied have gone through. I’ve read a lot of bully books/enemies to lovers and it’s rare to see a book that doesn’t overly fabricate the bullying or make you think that’s not even a possibility, but Selena wrote one. For the plot of this book and how Selena writes, I give this a solid 4.5 ⭐️ Round it up to 5 because I honestly believe it was that good despite my stomach turning at parts. The half star deduction has to do with the the beginning parts of each chapter read by a male narrator being a tad confusing to me but I got use to it as the story went on.

Now onto the narrators, thank goodness for the female narrator being the main reader because she was good. I liked Abigail Hunt so much I went searching for other books narrated by her to add to my list to listen to. However, the same cannot be said for the make narrator, JT Linus. I wasn’t a fan and maybe that’s because of his much older voice I couldn’t get with him being a high schooler. However, my opinion may change on that if he’s actually Mr. D (or whatever the mystery guys name is who is paying for Harper’s tuition in exchange for bringing the Dolce family down). So, for now my rating will be at a 3.5 ⭐️ In narration.

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Not for the faint of heart, but worth every minute!

This book had me thinking long after I listened to it, it is so very good. Harper is poor, tough, and a survivor. A scholarship to a prestigious private school could open doors for her, but the biggest challenge is the damaged and dangerous Royal, along with his two brothers. This is dark and the ending will make you gasp, but you will want more for sure. Excellent listen if you like your romance on the dark side.

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Great story but slow.

I loved the story and the premise of it. All though the part of the chapters when royal speaks as if writing in a diary is a but annoying. And poorly written I believe.

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bad apple

Harper is from the wrong side of the tracks and just wants to get out of this life and town. She somehow gets the chance to go to the same school as the rich kids. She figures she can just keep her head down, do a couple things for her mysterious sponsor and she will be golden. But she's never been more wrong.
This story sucked me in just as much as the series is a spin-off from. I can't wait to listen to more

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Interesting tale

This story contains quite a lot of triggers so if your prone to being triggered by bullying or rape themes you should stay away but otherwise it’s a fairly good story

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  • Yasmin
  • 09-02-22

Great audio book to listen to

I enjoyed listening to this story which is gritty and ruthless and the characters really do come to life! I’m already hooked on listening to the next book to see what happens next and I’m rooting for Harper the underdog to get the justice she deserves!

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  • C. Stewart
  • 07-06-21

Amazing story but very dark

I loved this book. It was a roller-coaster of emotions. I got a bit irritated with the heroine at times but that's what makes a good book, if your not shouting out load (why would you do that) or (silly girl, stop, reverse, change tactics) did you really read a good book 🤔. I can't wait for the rest of the series.

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  • Bookish Barbi
  • 06-08-21

Bad Apples are so delish!

Harper Apple is the trailer trash chick from the wrong side of town. She’s beautiful and smart but doesn’t have the same opportunities other take for granted. Like dinner and a loving parent there for her at the end of the day.

Until Mr D pops up mysteriously and presents her with an offer she can’t refuse.

Can the Bad Apple infiltrate the gang of bad boys at her new school? Can she survive their humiliation? Is all even worth it to continue going to a better school in hopes of a better future.

I’ll tell you Selena wrote Harper’s emotions so well. My heart strings were really being pulled. I need our girl to come out on top when it’s all over. So yes!!! I will definitely be continuing the series!!!

Abigail and J.T. did great jobs with the narration. I loved how they were able to change their accents to fit the characters.

Audio ARC received and I decided to leave an honest review.

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  • ChaosKay (Audiobook Obsession Reviewer, The Flock VIP)
  • 05-29-21

Good dark bully romance

My name is Harper Apple and they say I’m bad to the core . I get a scholarship to Willow Heights Prep and I’m taking it they underestimate me and they won’t expect what’s coming. Great dark bully romance girl from the trailer park meets rich boys who rule the prep but I have secrets that could destroy them and I’ll play dirty if I need to.

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  • MizNerd♡
  • 08-15-21

Shocker!

she is a gullible character with alot of bad choices by fmc alot of times i yelled at my phone for her to make better choices. The story hits alot of feelings.