Release Date: September 16, 2014
Keywords: murder, mystery
Format Read: ARC via trade
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I was a big fan of the Wicked Lovely series in high school (it was one that got me back into YA reading), so when I saw this show up on an Epic Reads teatime, I was basically doing the gimme hands.
It was so different than anything I expected, and I was captivated. I normally can't stand multiple points of view because I can't tell the narrators apart. Marr did an excellent job of switching between the three characters, and each voice I felt was distinct. Grace, Eva's best friend, was analytical and questioned a lot. Eva was descriptive. And Judge had a whole different level of distinct voice. He's the one obsessed with Eva. I loved that one of the perspectives openly admits that he tried to kill Eva in the first chapter. It gave such a suspenseful twist knowing what he was thinking but not knowing who he was.
I felt accomplished and proud when I hit 3/4 through the book and guessed who it was, but I realized once I turned the page that Marr wanted readers to find out exactly at that point and not a moment before. I was questioning everything and fully immersed in this strange world of southerners (okay, not so strange) and mystery.
It moved rather slowly for a murder/suspense type book, but it was a good slow. The plot didn't go too fast, and I felt like things happened realistically rather than at "book pace," where events seem to magically happen over the course of a day and a half. Eva had some recovery time in the hospital, and school dates were planned out, and it all made sense.
This was my favorite Marr book yet, and I will definitely keep an eye out for more things she writes in the future. I was a huge fan of the contemporary setting with magical elements.