Genre: YA Romantic Thriller
She’s been six different people in six different places: Madeline in Ohio, Isabelle in Missouri, Olivia in Kentucky . . . But now that she’s been transplanted to rural Louisiana, she has decided that this fake identity will be her last.
Thank you to Itching for Books and the author for providing me with a review copy.
Meg is a mess. She’s tired, she’s angry, she’s on the run, she barely knows who she is these days…and she’s sick of it. So when she gets to her umpteenth school as the Witness Protection Program shuffles her family around, she’s ready to give up.
No more friends, no more clubs, and especially no more boyfriends!
Yeah, right! Enter hot dude in the form of corn-fed farm boy! He hunts, he fights, he flirts… and he figures her out so fast, Meg’s head is spinning.
I really liked this book. It’s YA, so I don’t expect it to be as deep and complicated as an adult thriller, but I thought it was well-done. I enjoyed the plot, I did suspect most of it, but for me there is a difference between suspecting what might happen and seeing so many signals you can’t ignore it. I suspected, but I never got the feeling like my hunches were so dead-on accurate that I couldn’t enjoy the book. I especially liked the relationship between Mega and Agent Thomas… I’m not sure where that’s going in the next book, but I’m intrigued.
There was just enough conflict at school to lessen the boredom I typically feel when I have to read about kids at school (I really don’t like to read about high school. I didn’t have a bad experience or anything, I just find it boring as an adult)
I thought Meg’s anguish at being shuffled around was real and sad, especially as it related back to how it completely ripped her family part. Her mother started drinking, heavily, her sister had a pretty severe bout of depression, and her poor father was just trying to hold it all together and figure a way out of this mess without getting his family killed.
I liked it a lot, it was an easy read, it held my interest the entire time, and I’ll definitely be picking up the next one.
Ashley Elston lives is North Louisiana with her husband, three sons and two cats. She worked as a wedding and portrait photographer for ten years until she decided to pursue writing full time. Ashley is also a licensed Landscape Horticulturist and helps her husband run a commercial lawn and landscaping business. They also custom harvest pecans and have cows. Yes, cows.