Lana used to know what was real.
That was before when her life was small and quiet.
Her golden step-brother, Ben, was alive, she could only dream about bonfiring with the populars, their wooded island home was idyllic, she could tell the truth from lies, and Ben's childhood stories were firmly in her imagination.
Then came after.
After has Lana boldly kissing her crush, jumping into the water from too high up, and living with nerve and mischief. But after also has horrors, deaths that only make sense in fairy tales, and terrors from a past Lana thought long forgotten: Love, blood, and murder.
This book was really creepy! And that was what it's supposed to be! So enjoyable, too! There was a before and after in this book, before her step-brother died, and after. Of course, things aren't what they seemed, and I enjoyed wading and diving into the murky waters of this book!
I enjoyed the relationship she had with her brother. They did have their squabbles, but they were closely knit, unlike a lot of siblings. And they had their stories to connect them. Though they were, again, creepy. Which is a word that describes a lot of this book!
Seeing both sides of Lana, you know why she's changed. And it's understandable. And that there was more to the story, and that things were a bit out there, it was almost believable that these things were happening. But it didn't make any sense!
And that was why that reveal was so fantastic! Things didn't line up, because the pieces were faked. Which made for a really awesome reveal, one that was just so enjoyable, and just a bit hard, to read! I loved it!
This book was just so great and creepy, and just so enjoyable!
Author: Alexandra Sirowy
Read: August 10th, 2016
Reason Why: It sounded really great! And it's a SAC 2016 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: August 2nd 2016