Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: Tuesday, 31st May
Edition: eBook (NetGalley)
For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.
Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.
It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.
My rating: ✮✮✮✮✮/5
Jennifer L. Armentrout is a great author and she proofed it yet again. Having read and loved the Lux series this was different but just as good. I sat down in the morning and finished the book in the afternoon.
The plot of this book was so beautifully crafted and along with the writing it already created the base for a great book. I never really read a book in which two people which had shared that specific past together meet each other after such a long period of time. And I was already hooked after reading the synopsis. We follow this very unique and interesting character of Mallory and I could identify myself quite a bit with her. Also Raider was a very special character and from the first few pages I knew that I was going to love this story. These two characters really develop throughout the book because of different reasons and this character development plays such an important role.
That may sound a bit cheesy now but I think this book has a really important message as well. It is a lot about losing and winning people. About relationship no matter if on a friendly or on a familial base and about accepting fate and the now, so what I want to say is that this book really want you to appreciate life and the things you have. As Jennifer L. Armentrout also mentions in the Acknowledgements is that everyone of us had a bit of Mouse inside of us and that I find to be very true. These two special characters show us how it can be hard at times to cope with different things.
I really recommend trying this book out if you loved Jennifer L. Armentrout’s previous books and if you are interested in a beautifully crafted young adult romance.