Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Zonderkidz-Books and NetGalley.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Willow Lamott’s best friend is a murderer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. For four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow reminded him what he’d been missing. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton fears his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves, especially the girl he left behind.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“My intention was to uncover the truth and somehow clear my name. But someone’s been working overtime to send me back to jail.”
This was a YA story about a boy who went to juvie for a murder he didn’t commit.
I felt quite sorry for Ashton in this story, not only did he go to juvie for 4 years for killing someone who he didn’t kill, he also lost his family and friends as well, and had nowhere to go when he eventually got out.
The storyline in this was about Ashton going back to Gilt Hollow after being released from juvie, and the threats and hate that he received from the town’s residents. We had Willow who was a little torn as to whether to stick by Ashton or not, and eventually we also got the storyline of Ashton and Willow trying to work out what really happened the night Daniel was killed, and who really pushed him. The storyline concerning who really killed Daniel was a long time coming though, and the pace in the book was really slow, which made it drag for me.
The ending to this was okay, and we did get a happily ever after, the story was just a little slow for me though.
6 out of 10