Author: Cheryl Rainfield 
Pages: 304 
Publisher: Harcourt 
Format: Hardcover (ARC) 
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Sixteen-year-old Sarah Meadows longs for "normal." Born with a port wine stain covering half her face, all her life she's been plagued by stares, giggles, bullying, and disgust. But when she's abducted on the way home from school, Sarah is forced to uncover the courage she never knew she had, become a hero rather than a victim, and learn to look beyond her face to find the beauty and strength she has inside. It's that-or succumb to a killer.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: Sarah has grown up knowing she wasn't anyone's idea of beautiful. With a large port-wine stain covering half her face, she knows that whenever someone looks at her, it's all they see. 

One day, when Sarah is on her way home from school, she's abducted - and the key to her survival may just be her birthmark. Because it's given Sarah strength to fight her entire life, and strength is exactly what she's going to need to escape her psychotic captor.

My Thoughts: This novel pulled me in and didn't let me go until the final page. I couldn't tear myself away from Sarah's struggle - couldn't put it down until I knew how it all worked out in the end. I finished in a little under six hours and did not regret a minute spent reading.

This novel was a really big change from the usual YA I read, but still a great read. Witnessing Sarah's strength during her capture and the way she kept herself going was inspiring. I liked the way that the characters were all flawed in some way - it made them seem like real people instead of stand-ins or fakes. My heart went out to Nick, who had to struggle with a difficult home life but refused to give up hope when it came to Sarah coming home. The characters were amazingly realistic and well-written.

Final Thoughts: I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys edgier contemporary YA, as well as survival stories. I'll definitely be checking out Cheryl Rainfield's other books in the future!

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a gripping read, maybe i will check it out

    great review
    Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex


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