Friday, 13 June 2014

Stella by Helen Eve

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Seventeen-year-old Stella Hamilton is the star blazing at the heart of Temperley High. Leader of the maliciously exclusive elite, she is envied and lusted after in equal measure. And in the Hamilton tradition, she is in the final stage of a six-year campaign to achieve her destiny: love with her equally popular male equivalent, and a triumphant election to Head Girl.

Caitlin Clarke has lived a quietly conformist life in New York City – until, with the collapse of her parents’ marriage, she’s sent across the Atlantic for a strict English boarding school education. As soon as she arrives at Temperley, she learns that the only important rules are the unwritten ones. The upper echelons of her new society are marked not by neat dresses and Kate Middleton hair, but by skinny jeans, cigarettes and scars.  It's a world of the beautiful and the dangerous, and acceptance means staying on the right side of the most beautiful and dangerous of them all.

As Caitlin’s popularity grows, she discovers that not everyone is happy under Stella’s rule – that it might finally be time for a new order among the Stars and the civilians. Fighting the system, however, means Caitlin must tread the same dark path as Stella, where absolute power and absolute destruction are only a breath away . . .

Stella by Helen Eve

My rating: 2.25 of 5 stars

Stella(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley.)
17-year-old Caitlin is starting a new school in England whilst her parents are in the middle of a divorce. Once at the new school she becomes friends with the school Queen Bee Stella, who wants to be head girl, because her sister was head girl before she committed suicide.
What really happened to Stella’s sister? And will Stella be the new head girl?

Having just finished this book, I have to say that I am confused, and I’m not really sure what happened at the end.

Stella was an odd character, at times she seemed like a typical queen bee, whilst at others she seemed mentally unstable.
Caitlin started out fairly normal, but I didn’t exactly love her either, and while I got that she wanted to fit in at school, I thought she was maybe a bit silly to so readily join in with the ‘Stars’(popular girls).

The storyline in this was a little odd. I got the rivalry at the school, but as we got further into the book I started to get confused as to what the heck was actually going on, and I really lost interest at points.
There was romance, but it was difficult to really feel anything, and at times it seemed that people believed Stella to be orchestrating the matches, which was a little odd.
The ending was by far the most confusing part of the book though, and I’m still not really sure what happened. I really haven’t got the motivation to go back and re-read it again though, because I’m really not sure it’ll make more sense if I do.
Overall; confusing,
4.5 out of 10.

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