Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Review: Cruel Intentions (Rydeville High Elite #1) by Siobhan Davis

Series: Rydeville High Elite #1
Release date: June 10th 2019
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:

In the power struggle between two elite groups, one feisty girl will bring them to their knees… 

Life is a cruel game where only the most ruthless survive. It’s a truth my mother rebelled against, and she paid for it with her life. Now, I play their game. Publicly accepting the destiny that lies in wait for me when I turn eighteen.

But, behind closed doors, I plot my escape. 

Trent, Charlie, and my twin, Drew, rule the hallways of Rydeville High with arrogance and an iron fist. I execute my role perfectly, hating every second, but they never let me forget my place in this world.

Everyone obeys the rules. They have for generations. Because our families have always been in control.

Until Cam, Sawyer, and Jackson show up. Throwing their new money around. Challenging the status quo. Setting hearts racing with their gorgeous faces, hot bodies, and bad boy attitudes.

Battle lines are drawn. Sides are taken. And I’m trapped in the middle, because I made a mistake one fateful night when I gave my V-card to a stranger in a blatant F you to my fiancĂ©.

I thought it was the one thing I owned. A precious memory to carry me through each dark day.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Because the stranger was Camden Marshall, leader of the new elite and my perpetual tormentor. He hates me with a passion unrivaled, and he won’t be the only one. Fire will rain down if the truth is revealed, threatening alliances, and the power struggle will turn vicious.

My life will hang in the balance.

But I’ll be ready, and I’m not going down without a fight.

*Received an e-copy in exchange for my honest review.

This is truly dark and twisted. The behavior of these characters and the crazy things that happen throughout the story will have you clutching your pearls and constantly saying, "Oh my." 

It's my first time reading a novel by Siobhan Davis and I was intrigued from start to finish. She's an excellent writer; my interest never wavered. And while I don't often read these types of books, I'm inclined to pick up more of hers.

Actual thoughts? I connected to and sympathized with Abby the moment the story opened. This young girl had to endure so much horror. Her existence in her elite family is only to fulfill the desire of powerful men, and I honestly find her resilience admirable. I don't think I could have persevered the way she had, living in that household and dealing with those monsters. But throughout all the suffering, Abby held on to her dreams of escaping to a better life. Like the blurb says, she's a fighter, and Abby fought her way through, until her heart gets the best of her and she finds herself unable to resist her feelings toward Camden.

Camden added even more complications to Abby's life, and he aggravated me so much. But I was able to forgive him a little because worst things happened and I did find delight and relief in a few more vulnerable moments between the two characters.
However, I'm not particularly a fan of the ending of book one. Sadly, of all the things Cam did, it's hard for him to redeem himself after the last act. Not sure if I can root for him and Abby after that. Either way, I'm looking forward to continuing the story and see what happens next. I know I may not get what I want, but at least it will be entertaining.

About the Author

Siobhan DavisUSA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult and new adult fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the True Calling, Saven, and Kennedy Boys series. 

Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management. 

She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

1 comment:

  1. This one sounds like the drama might be kind of over the top but sometimes that's fun and entertaining. Too bad the ending was lacking, though. And I had to chuckle at the cover because really? Those two are supposed to be high school kids? LOL

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books


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