The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 👱🏻♀️🧔🏻👩🏻
The heroine: Nim – she came to Cinderhart with her parents last summer so they could attend their college reunion. They died that night and Nim has returned to attend Cinderhart academy, then prestigious college where her parents met. The day her parents died, she saw the serpents kill a man. Now they are out to get her.
The Hero(es): Silas, Knox and Mason – the Serpents of Cinderhart Academy are seniors and kings of the school. After Nim went to the cops to tell what she had seen them do, they got a tip from a source and were able to get her and her statement and now they own her. They have used and abused her and are not done with her yet.
The Story: When the guys see others mistreating Nim they become not only her captors but also her protectors. They want to figure out the anomaly which is Nim. Why is she at Cinderhart Academy when only people who live in town are allowed to attend? Who sponsored her and paid her tuition and why is there no record of it?
Nim can’t figure out what is going on when the serpents go from treating her like a slave to helping her with her homework and teaching her to ride a horse. The guys are also a bit clueless as to why they are changing but all they know is that they can treat Nim however they want but when others try to treat her bad or hurt her, they are compelled to protect her.
Though some of the things in this book still disturb me like the first book. The guys humiliate Nim on more than one occasion and I just can’t get over them slapping her. The dubious consent doesn’t seem to bother me as much because she ends up enjoying what they are doing to her and it isn’t just her body reacting, it is her really wanting it. But when they slap her that is just a strong guy hitting a weaker girl for no reason and I hate everything about that.
Though Nim has plans of her own and they are all about taking the serpents down for everything they have done and everything they are doing to her. However, when she has a chance to leave the school she doesn’t take it. So many things leave questions as to what is really going on in this town and at this school. I can’t wait to read the next book.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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