on July 1, 2017 :
Sam is an outcast due to a large mole on her face and navigates the hell of a high school where she is verbally bullied on a daily basis by Debbie. Her only support is Trevor (aka Duckie) her best friend for a decade who is infatuated with her. Her crush Rick the captain of the hockey team, doesn’t bully her but makes no effort to stop it either. Then Joshua a foreign student arrives and Sam’s in love. She doesn’t notice Duckie’s jealousy or Rick’s interest. The mystery surrounding Joshua deepens when she discovers that he’s a golem.
Intriguing and well written story, I will probably buy the rest of the trilogy to find out how the story ends.
Certain aspects of the story were offbeat/disturbing and 2 stars were deducted for that:
Sam invites a boy she’s never even had conversation with to her home and her bedroom and hides this from her parents.
She trusts Joshua more than her best friend, with no basis for that trust.
No one at the school comments upon or even finds it odd that Joshua doesn’t talk at all.
Sam witnesses a crime being committed by Joshua and is okay with that.
Sam’s love for Joshua is one-sided as he doesn’t seem interested in her at all (although this book is in the paranormal romance genre).
The principal asks a student to withdraw a restraining order (that was in place due to an attempted sexual assault) to remove a blight from the perpetrator’s record enabling the school’s hockey to maintain good rep. This implied that the school’s reputation was more important than student’s safety. The student was falsely accused but the principal didn’t know that.
*Review also posted on amazon.
(reviewed the day of purchase)