The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎
Character development: 👤👤👤👤👤
The setting: Cypress Prep Academy
The Hero(s): West Golden (a.k.a. KingMidas) – The first born of the Golden Triplets. Seniors, football stars and they run the schools. West is the de facto leader of the popular group. He thinks Blue is out to ruin his family and thinks he has every right to take her down.
The heroine: Blue Riley (a.k.a. Southside; a.k.a. NewGirl) – Blue is from the wrong part of town and has had a hard life. Her mother left, her Dad is a drunk and her older brother is out of the picture. It is up to Blue to pay the bills and raise her 14 year old sister and the last thing she needs is some entitled Jerk thinking he can hurt her.
The Love Story: West starts bullying Blue her first day at Cypress Prep. Though he wont tell her why he hates her so much. Blue takes it because she can’t make waves if she wants to go to college. However, she isn’t afraid of West and ends up giving as good as she gets. The attraction between them heats up with each interaction.
I liked both West and Blue. They each have their own issues, but the fire between the can’t be denied. Blue is an extremely strong heroine and I love it when she gets back at West. He does too as the story moves forward. He knows he should hate her but he can’t help but be aware of her. You can just picture them stealing glances at each other when there are in the same place.
The give and take between these two was fabulous but there was also a few mysteries in this as well. I had a feeling that things would come to a head right at the end and there would be a cliffhanger. I am actually glad this one is continuing to another book because I want to see some more intimacy between this explosive couple.
I also really enjoyed Pandora, the Gossip Girl of this book. I cant totally imagine Kristen Bell’s voice saying all her little entries at the end of each chapter like she did at the end of each episode of Gossip Girl. It might be somewhat derivative, but I will admit to missing Gossip Girl a bit, so I really enjoyed her little excerpts.