2.75 / 5 ⭐
Hope Valentino with a heart brimming with abhorrence and vengeance, she is set on fulfilling the solemn statement from a decade ago.
However, fate plans differently. Her firm belief on trust gradually withers when she meets Tyler Rivera. Only he can melt the glacial walls she built throughout years of mental and physical torment.
I got this book for free during its sale on Amazon.
In my honest opinion, I think the writing is good – the author clearly was able to express what she wanted to say. However, the plot and characters were kind of generic. I’ve read books and watched several movies/tv series that has the same scenarios and ending. Death of a family member/loved one > Practice Fighting > Avenge their Death.
Hope was not talking to anyone at school or anyone else and everyone thought she was mute. I just wished it was mentioned at least once that she knows sign language to make some rapport on the idea. It was also mentioned several times that she does not want to trust anyone because that’s what her father told her and she never trusted anyone for years. Yet she trusted Tyler after just a week of training.
I also noticed that the author liked to use high fallutine words. It was something I noted immediately and it threw me off. I thought it was only going to happen once or twice but it was done throughout the entire book. I don’t mind reading them and searching them up on a dictionary once in a while but I just think that it wasn’t friendly at all to put that many difficult words in a less than 300 paged book.
All in all, I just think this book wasn’t for me at all. The plot line could have been better. I enjoyed the part where the mother and her new lover killed Hope’s dad but that’s the only part that got me interested. I thought it was going to be a suspense-thriller book but I was wrong. I think it is such a huge achievement to write a book and have it published at such a young age. I congratulate you! I hope this review wouldn’t discourage you and I am really hoping you would write more. I just happen to enjoy a different genre of books. 😅