Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.
She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black.
Black to cover the blood.
And she can fight.
Tell no one.
She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.
But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…
The only rule is: There are no rules.
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To celebrate today's release of Lost Girls, here are links to a few interviews with Merrie and reviews from other readers...
* Lost Girls Blog Tour: Don't miss the blog tour organized by Chapter by Chapter to learn more about the author and Lost Girls!
* The Swoony Boys of Suspense: Merrie Destefano shares some of her fave male characters from tv shows and movies that kept her on the edge of her seat...whether or not they are examples of the suspense genre.
* Lost Girls Teaser : Check out this teaser from Lost Girls and feel free to spread the word with your friends and followers.
* Swoon : Did you find Dylan as swoonworthy as we did? Read this exclusive interview with him here now! with Dylan McCarthy
Do you ever just get stuck reading books in a certain genre? I enjoy reading so many types of books, but sometimes it seems like I read book after book that sounds exactly the same as the previous story. I like to try to keep a variety of books at hand on my iPad or on my home library shelves. Thankfully, one of my favorite thriller writers is back with a book that feeds the need for a unique story. It has been a few years since I've read her adult fantasy novels, and that is sad because Merrie Destefano's books are some of my all-time favorites.
Lost Girls, her latest YA fiction from Entangled Publishing, is certainly another stunner of a story. Action-packed is the first term that comes to my mind as a descriptor for Rachel Evans' life in what is seemingly a quite suburb. Like many teens, she has a boyfriend, frenemies, and an annoying little brother. However, that is where the humdrum of her story ends and the insane, drug-fueled raves, fight clubs, and trafficking begins.
Every line is sheer pandemonium. I honestly can't remember the last time I read a story that had me on the edge of my seat for such a long period of time. The last half of the story was an absolute nail-biter! It takes a bit of a stretch to believe that Rachel and her friends all became masters of physical combat in such a short period of time, but, dang...what a wild mix!
Lost Girls is definitely not a happy, feel good story. It is dark and dangerous, but there is still that message of hope at the end. Hope in family, friends, and making positive changes in spite of all the bad.
Merrie Destefano has written another book to go on the keeper shelf! If you like a story with thrills and excitement, but want a story that is not all fluff, but also confronts some serious issues that face many teens and women today, I recommend Lost Girls. Destefano does not tread lightly, and as a reader returning to the YA fiction genre, I'm glad to see a female character who doesn't depend on a boy to fight her battles. Please direct me to more stories where a girl kicks butt both figuratively and literally!
~ My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars ~
* I receive free books from authors, publishers, and/or publicists. I am not required to write positive reviews. All opinions expressed are my own.*