Friday, January 13, 2017

Review: Unnatural Deeds by Cyn Balog

Book Blurb:

Some secrets are worth killing to protect.

Victoria Zell doesn’t fit in, not that she cares what anyone thinks. She and her homeschooled boyfriend, Andrew, are inseparable. All they need is each other. That is, until Zachary Zimmerman joins her homeroom. Within an hour of meeting, he convinces good-girl Vic to cut class. And she can’t get enough of that rush.

Despite Vic’s loyalty to Andrew, she finds her life slowly entwining with Z’s. Soon she’s lying to everyone she knows and breaking all the rules to be with Z. She can’t get enough of him—or unraveling the stories of the family he’s determined to keep hidden.

Except Z’s not the only one with a past. Straight-laced Vic is hiding her own secrets…secrets that are about to destroy everything in her path.

My Review:

3.5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Mystery, Romance, Teen--

The story is narrated by Victoria as a confession to her boyfriend Andrew for why things ended up the way that they did. Victoria thought that her Junior year of High School would be just like all the other, where she is the lone girl who struggles with her anxiety, counting the minutes until she can go home and be herself with her equally dysfunctional boyfriend Andrew. But this year was different when a new student named Z showed up, incredible attractive and instantly popular, and ​shockingly making Vic feel special. This is the confession of how an obsession starts.

The story starts off with Vic laying in a ditch, potentially dying, but she picks her phone up to make an audio confession to her boyfriend Andrew as to why she was sorry. I loved the set up of the book, with each chapter starting with some sort of police interview, evidence report or news article that give the reader hints at the crime, but don't really say much at all.

I was convinced that I had everything figured out, and of course I was going to be right because I am good at this game, but with like 60 pages left, my preconceived notions were ruined. I was not sure what was happening and I had like 5 different theories but I had no idea what was the truth. Man, what a messed up ride this was. At times, I physically cringed at the awkward scenarios that Vic found herself in , yet I could not put the book down. What a train wreck, and I completely blew through the pages.

This is my first book by this author and I am compelled to read more. This was not a happy story, but it was honest and messy and awful, and completely unlike anything else I have read. I saw the warning signs within each chapter and I had a pretty good idea, but I was kept guessing as to the truth, and I really like a book that can surprise me. Pick this up if you are looking for a different kind of teen mystery, but don't expect any happy endings.

I received this title from the publisher in return for my honest review.

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