Hey everyone! Sorry I went AWOL last week! I was EXHAUSTED (when am I not???) and didn’t feel like getting a post up.
Anyways, today I’m reviewing a book titled Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon.
Willow Lamott’s best friend is a murderer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. For four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.
Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow reminded him what he’d been missing. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton fears his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves, especially the girl he left behind.
What I thought:
Okay, so, I really liked the whole mystery part! I kept having to guess at one of the three main suspects, and every time evidence was brought to light, I’d have a new suspicion (but, having read a decent helping of YA books, it wasn’t hard for me to narrow down the three ’cause they’re all predictable, to some extent).
Buuuut I really didn’t enjoy the whole romance part of this. I felt that Ashton and Willow were HORRIBLE for each other. Okay, not horrible, but, still…
THIS TOOK PLACE IN OHIO. Sorry, I just love that state. It’s one of my favorites (along with Alaska, Oregon, and Tennessee.)
I’m gonna be totally honest here, I liked all the characters (or, at least, didn’t HATE them), except for Willow (1/2 of the MC) and her friend Lisa. Really, I just didn’t like them. At all.
Ashton, on the other hand (part 2 of the MC), I really liked. I didn’t like him when he was with Willow, but when they were apart, I found him quite enjoyable.
I also really liked Brayden (who looks like Ron Weasley) and Isaiah. Both were “witnesses” to the murder and use-to-be friends of Willow and Ashton’s. Overall, I just really liked them.
Rainn. Oh my goodness, Rainn!!! He’s Willow’s little brother and is obsessed with TMNTs and is ADORABLE. ❤
The writing to me wasn’t something all to special, but wasn’t awful. You know what I mean? Yeah, you know what I mean.
And the plot (when there was an abscense of romance) was quite enjoyable. Solving a murder (or RE-solving) with some … injuries and threats and a bunch of that good ol’ stuff.
I don’t really have too many problems with this book, mostly just one big one.
‘Kay, so, you all know how I feel about romance: I only like if it’s done really well. Well, I didn’t like the romance in this book. Let me give you a quick recap on how I was feeling:
Willow blocks herself out from other people ’cause she feels that they all hate her for knowing Ashton. A guy that she use to know ages ago tells her that he likes her and asks her out. She says yes. He says that Ashton’s back in town. She freaks.
On their first date, she sees Ashton and basically dumps the guy saying that he an’t be nice to Ashton, then she wasn’t intresested in him, even though Ashton is a ticking bomb and is very (very) protective of Willow and was an ex-murderer.
The guy makes a VERY conscious effort to be nice to Ashton, yet Willow goes behind the guy’s back and kisses Ashton. Twice.
Um, yeah, no. And the guy was SO SWEET.
And if, like Ashton and Willow, have been friends since you were five or so, you DON’T JUST LOVE EACH OTHER LIKE THAT. Really. At that point, you guys are more siblings that love interests. Ugh. I HATE when books are like that.
Also, the murder was’t very believable for me. I felt that the ending needed more explanation (on the murder and otherwise). I didn’t see THAT big of a motivation and it kinda was out of the blue. So, um, yeah.
There are a few uses of God’s name in vain, h**l, d**n, and a few times where Ashton would cut off just in the nick of time.
There’s kissing and ALL WILLOW THINKS ABOUT IS ASHTON. Mentions to a previous murder. Injuries (none too described).
This book COULD be considered a Christian book. Willow and her family are Christians and Willow prays and stuff.
Anyways, I enjoyed ALLLLLL of this book ‘cept Willow, and when she was with Ashton. BUT. I’ve seen that quite a few people liked them together, so…
If this book appeals to you, I’d say go for it! It has a pretty interesting murder … but be warned, this IS a romance book.
3.5 Stars ∗∗∗
Thanks, BookLook Bloggers, for this book! Opinions are all my own, etc. Just … thanks!
Who are all of you mystery fans out there??? Yeah, I see ya! And tell me of some times (er, books) that the two people you DESPERATELY wanted to get together didn’t? (Or, you just didn’t like the alternative guy, AKA: Tall, dangerous, and handsome.)