Published by Entangled Teen on May 16th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Thrillers
Source: Blog Tour, NetGalley
My content rating: Mature YA (Lots of violence, including attempts at sexual violence, Hints at prostitution)
Domino: A runaway with blood on her hands.
Cain: A silent boy about to explode.
Madam Karina: A woman who demands obedience.
Wilson: The one who will destroy them all.
When Madam Karina discovers Domino in an alleyway, she offers her a position at her girls’ home in secluded West Texas. With no alternatives and an agenda of her own, Domino accepts. It isn’t long before she is fighting her way up the ranks to gain the madam’s approval…and falling for Cain, the mysterious boy living in the basement.
But the madam has horrible secrets. So do the girls in the house. So does Cain.
Escaping is harder than Domino expects, though, because the madam doesn’t like to lose inventory. But then, Madam Karina doesn’t know about the danger living inside Domino’s mind.
Madam Karina doesn’t know about Wilson.
Okay, here’s the deal: This book is seriously messed up! It kind of reminds me of a train wreck you can’t look away from—not because it’s bad, by any means, but because the characters and the situation are so incredibly, intensely broken and dark.
What Fed My Addiction:
- Surreal contemporary? The book is interesting because I was never quite sure what I was reading. I assumed from the beginning that it was sort of a dark fantasy/paranormal story, but after a while I determined there weren’t really any fantastical or paranormal elements, with the possible exception of Wilson—who I couldn’t quite figure out. Yet, the book didn’t read like a contemporary exactly either. The story involves human trafficking, but the “houses” with their systems of pay and the way you would reach the next house—it all felt incredibly surreal, like a contemporary on crack or something. And I couldn’t tell if the characters were all just crazy or if there was something mildly supernatural going on. View Spoiler »Crazy won out. « Hide Spoiler I have to say that I was intrigued enough that it all worked in a crazy sort of way.
- Dark, dark, dark. If you like your characters dark and a bit unhinged, this is the sort of book for you. I figured out pretty early on what was haunting Domino, but the details didn’t unfold until very late in the book and I was definitely kept guessing. And things just got more and more intense as the book went on. They maybe even went a little too dark for me at the end—but I’ll confess that I was riveted, and I wasn’t about to put this book down!
- Poppet. Poppet is Domino’s best friend at Madame Karina’s house, and she’s a spot of sunshine in an otherwise bleak book. Her friendship with Domino is first built on mutual need, but it soon transforms into something deeper. I pretty much loved everything about Poppet.
- The romance. Cain is a dangerously mysterious guy with an obvious past—someone who Domino can relate to. He’s the strong but silent type (at first I thought maybe he didn’t speak at all), and you definitely want him in your corner. Cain and Domino balanced each other in their craziness and they understood each other in ways no one else could, making for an irresistible romance..
What Left Me Hungry for More:
- Small feeling of “What the heck did I just read?” Honestly, this book is so messed up that you can’t help but be a bit repulsed while also being drawn to it. It also takes kind of a long time to get warmed up—with lots of hints about the darkness but nothing really full-blown messed up until toward the end. Which I guess is good because I don’t think I could have handled it if the whole book had been as intense as the end, but it also made me spend some time wallowing in the weirdness. Still, the sense of mystery was high and I was not in any way bored—I was too busy trying to figure out what I was reading!
I actually think I summed this book up best when I called it a contemporary on crack. It’s incredibly dark and more than a little strange. If you were a fan of Nevernight and you want to give something a bit less fantasy a try, I think you’d really like this one. I waffled a bit on my rating for this book, but I finally settled on 4/5 stars.
***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
I love today’s top five addictions list! Victoria Scott gave me this fun list of her Top Writing Snack Attack Addictions. Check it out below!
Oh, man, I am right there with you when it comes to cotton candy, Victoria. I don’t even care that I’m just eating pure sugar with a bit of flavoring (and a whole lot of coloring). It’s heaven. Sticky heaven!
About the Author
Victoria Scott is the acclaimed author of eight books for young adults. Her novels are sold in fourteen different countries, and she loves receiving fan mail from across the world. Victoria loves high fashion, big cities, and pink cotton candy. You can find her online at VictoriaScott.com.
Signed paperback of The Collector, a signed paperback of Titans, and a signed galley of Hear the Wolves.