book title and author
★ pages: 247
★ genre: young adult, mystery, contemporary, thriller
★ release date: march 22, 2016
★ rating: 3/5
★ series: n/a
Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.
Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.
What really happened?
Someone is lying.
The plot in the synopsis is next to nothing like the plot in the book. This sort of sets the book up as a love triangle, which it most definitely is not, and it’s honestly not as much about the three characters as I would have liked. The idea of the story was interesting, but the end of the book was unnecessarily complicated and didn’t resolve the story well enough.
In this book, the main characters, Wink, Poppy, and Midnight, are supposedly a liar, a villain, and a hero. In the end, I’m still confused as to which one was which. Wink takes after her brother in the most disturbing way possible. She is quiet, on the cusp of psychopathic. She lies to everyone, and is absolutely the person no one thinks she is. She has no reaction to anything, and is the driving force behind all of the evil in the book. This was an interesting plot twist, but the convoluted writing made it more obvious than it could have been. Poppy, was visibly evil. The entire book, she was sociopathic, and cared about no one with the exception of herself and Wink’s brother. It was utterly upsetting, and even at the end of the book, Poppy said she had changed, even though to me, it was pretty obvious she had not. Midnight has just the WORST luck with girls. Poppy attempts to string him along, and Wink turns out to be the biggest liar in all of history. It goes to say that Midnight might actually be an idiot, because literally every single decision Midnight makes is the GLARINGLY wrong one each time. With the exception of leaving Wink without saying goodbye, he is just wrong. The supporting characters were too involved in a way that didn’t make them really important, but just quirky extras in the book. The characters were interesting, but all of their actions were lacking depth.
writing style: 4/5
The writing style was really nice, with the exception of some repetitve descriptions and some overly complicated exposition. The book offered some beautiful similies and metaphors, and the characterization of Wink, Poppy, and Midnight were so wildly different that I barely believed that this was the same story. I would love a book about each of the characters individually!
The book is a little frazzled, but if you can accept that, than it’s a exceptional book for to read! Also, the cover is really pretty and you could just get it for that. (*^_^*)