Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Willow Lamott’s best friend is a convicted killer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. Over four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.
Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow Lamott stepped back into his life. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton wonders if his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves.
I was pretty excited to start reading Gilt Hollow, I have read the author's author books (the Doon series) and really enjoyed them, so I was excited to see what else she would write. The story is based in a small town where Ashton has just returned after serving time in juvi for being accused of murder. Everyone in town is on edge when he arrives, and though everyone says that he murdered Daniel, things happening around town start to suggest otherwise.
Lately I've realized a lot of my (small) reading has been mysteries. This one was a fun story with different twists, and I enjoyed trying to figure out what was going on. I loved the characters. Willow is so sweet. She is on the honor roll, excels at learning, cares for her younger brother, and even in hard times she does her best to make it though. I especially loved how the author wrote about the characters flaw, physical, emotional, etc. Willow physically had panic attacks that would happen throughout the story, and it brought a realness to her. Ashton was another awesome character. I loved how protective and caring he was, even though most people disliked him. He got into fights and had some anger issues, but he always stood up for those who couldn't. Lisa was a great, and one of my favorite supporting characters. She became Willow's close friend after the incident and everyone shunned Willow. Lisa encouraged her, offered advice, and was a great friend.
It does have a couple cuss words, kissing, and some thoughts in the book-as it is a romance- but otherwise it is pretty clean. 14+
I would rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars
I received this book free from BookLookBloggers for an honest review.