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on July 31, 2014 :
Fearscape is one of those books that I can't exactly put a finger on.
On the one hand, there were things that just made me cringe but on the other hand it had a certain je ne sais quoi about it.
Without any more delays, let's dive into Fearscape.
Valerian Kimble is on the track team, is an animal lover and is sweeter than a Taylor Swift song. However her life changes once she gets creepy messages from a stalker.
Then there is Gavin...
He is one of those characters that you just love to hate. Gavin is so twisted and vile but at the same time, you can easily see how Val was drawn to him-like a moth to a flame. It is a rarity to see a legit bastard and it is even rarer to see such a bastard NOT painted as Prince Charming.
Edward Cullen, Christian Gray, Travis Maddox, and Andrew Parrish... They are all bastards that should make you run in the opposite direction but for some reason they are dubbed "swoon worthy" and or "great husband material".
Gavin is evil to the core and loves every minute of it. Unlike so many NA/YA books, love isn't going to cure him of his ways. Love is nonexistent is a story like this. Love didn't even dipped its toe over the threshold-it said "Screw this! I'm outta here!"
But lust-however disturbing and deranged-is chillin' on the couch, waiting for their next victim. What separates Fearscape from the rest is that this super psycho lust is honest to God scary. It isn't glamourized and it isn't the paragon of how a healthy relationship should be.
Just as I was intrigued by the twisted love, there was one thing that I was conflicted about: Val.
She was too much like a protagonist in a D list movie. Val was so dense sometimes that I just wanted to bitch slap her because she was too dumb to live. Yet again, Val represents the naïve girl who gobbled up stories like Twilight and others like it, and thinks that that controlling and manipulative behavior is a sign of "tru luv".
What also troubled me was that people like Gavin can get away with bloody murder(well not quite murder. That's in book 2)and is able to walk away without being punished for his actions. There are plenty of people like Gavin who slip under the radar because they are so charming and clever. I think there is a part of society that doesn't want to admit that evil doesn't wear all black clothes and has a long mustache. We want to be able to easily label people either "good" or "evil". We don't want to see life in all of its shades and hues-gray, white, black, and color.
All in all, I liked Fearscape. It was a good read with a memorable villain and I would recommend to anyone who loves dark YA.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)