Once again, Reyes, hands us a story full of complex characters, crazy secrets, intrigue, murder and a little bit of romance.
There's a little bit of everything in this story, and it should have been overwhelming but, remarkably, it wasn't.
The characters:There are quite a few. Here's the run down if you're new to this series: There's Lucy--the emo-ish African American, former child star, former addict, and deep secret holder.
Paolo: Resident hottie, future tennis star, crush hider, and best friend-ish to John Michael.
John Michael, is the cook, shoulder to lean on, and possible parent killer.
Grace and Candace--are step sisters, one's a star, the other is pretty normal except she has a secret crush, and she cannot be the only normal person in the house--I don't trust that one bit.
And oh yeah, Candace. Candace is hiding a big secret from Grace--no surprise there. This book is filled with all kinds of secrets and mischief.
And then there's Maya--the quiet one, the youngest one, the one with the biggest secret. She's also something of a computer whiz.
The story: The story picks up right where the last one left off, except the plot just keeps getting bigger, and things just keep getting crazier. Essentially what should have been freeing experience--turned out to be anything but for these teens.
To make a long story short, a lot happens--and I can't talk about any of it because, spoilers.
But there's quite a bit surrounding each and every person and things are no closer to be solved or wrapped up than they were in the first story--well, sort of.
Some of the secrets have come up, but they seemed to open up a can of worms, instead of solving anything. You don't know who to trust--well I didn't. And now they're pretty much on the run.
This book is pretty crazy, the author had no qualms about throwing these teens into a hot boiling mess, but it's entertaining.
Some small part of me feels like something is missing for me to fully connect with the story, (not sure what it is) but I'm always entertained.
This is a great story for people who love their stories with a lot of layers, don't mind that there's not much romance--and love to see things unravel--slowly.