ARC Review: Runaway (Empire High, #5). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Runaway by Ivy Smoak

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

To the first boy I ever loved.

I intended to keep my promises to you. I swear. I loved you, Matthew Caldwell. With my whole heart. I think a piece of me will always love you.

But it all came crashing down when I realized you didn’t keep your promises to me.

I refuse to take any of my days for granted. I learned that the hard way.

So I’m sorry. But I can’t keep my promises to someone who didn’t keep theirs.


Brooklyn Sanders 


Worth the wait!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💛🖤💜💚❤️
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙📔
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌏
Character development: 😳☺️🤫😍😎

I am doing this review in a bit of a different format than I usually do since I don’t want to give too much away about this story. I will give away a bit about where the previous books left off, so if you haven’t read them yet, you may want to skip this review.

Brooklyn Sanders was in love with Matthew Caldwell and they got in a fight because she was hanging out with the Hunter Brothers in an attempt to get them to let go of old hostilities against Matt and be best friends again. They played a prank on Brooklyn’s psychotic half-sister Isabelle and Matt left saying she had gone too far. Before she could do anything to make up with Matt, her father basically stole her Kidney.

All her friends think she died, her father is a monster who tricked her into signing a contract to give him her Kidney, and is now hiding her away supposedly for her own good, while just about everyone she knows believes her to be dead. It is sixteen years until she gets back to her friends.

I never liked Matt. I thought he was weak in that he kept Brooklyn a secret for a long time because he was being blackmailed by Isabelle. His reasoning that he was protecting his best friend James from the truth was stupid to say the least and his treatment of Brooklyn was far from stellar.

However, I did start to like Matt a bit more in the last book, but I liked him for Kennedy. I still think he is unworthy of Brooklyn, especially considering all that happened to her. With her mother dying, then her uncle, then her psychotic half sister tormenting her, and her mobbed up father who is just as crazy as Isabell. I think Brooklyn deserves a real Hero.

Did she get one in this book? I am not going to tell. I will tell you that I enjoyed the book. It was a bit depressing at times, but it was also inspirational in ways and the story certainly pulled me in. Brooklyn has always been a strong character and even when she was in high school and so in love with Matt when I thought she should dump him, she had her own principles and he was what she needed at the time.

In this book Brooklyn finds herself which is the ultimate strength. Determining what you actually want out of life and going after it.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.


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