By Megan Hand
Published on April 1st 2013
Published by: self-published
Published by: self-published
You can purchase the book here: Amazon | Barnes & NobleTorn between two realities.
A choice that will mean life or death.
She won’t know anything… until she wakes up.
College sophomore, Lila Spencer lived Friday night twice. She doesn’t know how or why, just that she did. As if she split in half and went in two different directions.
Out clubbing with her friends, Heather and Nilah, the girls rock it out and party hard. What begins as an innocent night will lead to a deadly fight for their lives, and Lila might be their only chance for survival.
In bed with her boyfriend, Jay, Lila is safe and warm as she drifts to sleep in the arms of the man she loves. Until she is sucked into a horrifying nightmare of her friends’ deaths.
As the sunlight warms her face on Saturday morning, the two scenarios collide. But there can be only one outcome. Will she wake up in her warm bed with Jay by her side, devastated and grieving for her friends? Or was she there to save them?
The answer is just the beginning.
I thought the premise of this book was really cool. Lila dreams up two very real, but very different versions of her Friday night. In one, she leaves her boyfriend Jay behind to go party with her roommates/best friends; in the other, she lets them go out on their own as she stays in with Jay. But both realities have terrible consequences: in the first, all three girls are drugged, abducted, and brutally assaulted by a group of guys, but Lila is able to intervene to get help. In the second, without Lila there to stop the perpetrators, her best friends are killed.
Lila, when she wakes up for real, finds out that neither scenario ever happened, but is convinced that the night will happen without someone stopping it. From there, the book shifts from the creepy but disorienting dual reality scenario to Lila going all vigilante on the guys in order to do whatever it takes to stop any other girls from being hurt again.
I had mixed feelings about Lila. I thought it was neat to have a main character who was super devoted to her friends, and who was determined to make sure that the bad guys couldn't hurt anyone else. She was also super annoying at times when it came to her long inner monologues. I admit that I did a lot of skimming of her thoughts just to get back to the action, because a lot of it was just repetitive.
The first half of the book was very strong, I thought, as we read about Lila's dream scenarios and follow her as she tries to escape from the guys who have abducted her and her friends. The second half, which was more stake-out and investigating, dragged more, and had the added bonus of Characters Making Stupid, Frustrating Decisions. It's worth a read to see how it all works out, but if you're like me, prepare for some eye rolling at some borderline cliche things.
I'd recommend this book for mature teens and up. Aside from cursing and alcohol use, there is a lot of violence (in general and specifically against women) and talk of sexual assault, which could be triggering for readers.
About the author...
At twelve, Megan decided to write a novel. A month later, she quit. A reading junkie by nature, she started writing again in her twenties as a way to get the voices out, because who wouldn't want to create a Real Living Person out of thin air? Megan also plays the piano and sings. She teaches little kids and takes pictures of pretty butterflies. She eats way too much chocolate, is sort of a mad scientist with her blender, and spends an unhealthy amount of time LOLing on Facebook and Twitter. She lives in Ohio with her husband and very smiley son. Bitter Angel is her first published novel.
Find Megan here: Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter
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