By: Shannon Dermott
Published: August 7, 2011 by Wicked Truth Publishing
Source: Personal Kindle library
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Everyone dreams of that first kiss. Of that magic moment when your lips finally meet those of that special person you’ve waited your whole life for. A little awkward, a little scary, a little hot and every bit amazing. We speculate that the whole world will shake and time will just stop. No one, however, ever imagines that kiss to bring Death himself knocking.MY REVIEW:
Sixteen year old Mercy Moore's life just got more complicated. The kiss that originally could have meant she would finally have a boyfriend now was the kiss that could have very nearly ended his life. A small detail her mother conveniently never told her will take her life for an abrupt u-turn. Dating, no love, was now completely and utterly impossible. And the boy well, that boy would never be the same.
But life, however cruel, goes on. Far too soon for her taste, Mercy finds herself at a senior party with the elite students of her school and her best friend. And of all things, playing a stupid game that could very well mean the death of someone in that small room. If it were not for her best friend, the hottest guys in school, and a small need to fit in, she may have been able to escape the disaster that was to come. Her worst nightmare, her personal curse, her very life, only gets dangerously worse.
I had a hard time getting in to this book at first but it was worth pushing through as I thoroughly enjoyed it! First off, the cover is H-O-T and I love the silhouettes which create a very sexy vibe for what's to come inside the cover! Secondly, this book has many yummy male characters, of which our main character, Mercy, finds herself attracted to all (but is it attraction or the draw of what's inside her she has yet to learn to control?) I literally was rooting for each guy and we all know only one can be chosen - but who is it going to be when each of them seem to be perfect fits for her? (biting nails in anticipation...)
We've got the bad boy Flynn, who honestly seems like a man whore and a jerk. We've got Luke, the all around good respectable guy who is a star football player. We've got Paul, the best friend who after an unfortunate event learns about who Mercy is (at the same time she does). And we've got Sebastian, a mysterious hottie who shows up late in the game but joins the circle of beautiful guys vying for Mercy's affections.
At the beginning of each chapter is an SAT word with its definition. At first I thought, oh, wow, that's gonna get old. But surprisingly I enjoyed it and looked forward to what word Mercy would use next. So while reading I learned a thing or too. (will it stick....I doubt it, but it was fun while it lasted)
"Don't make me beg for Mercy."
"Purity isn't always a choice, but rather a lifestyle."
"I wondered how what seemed like wise words although I didn't reason with them, could come from the mouth of a teenage boy." "So not only was he deep he was intuitive as well."
"...I'd rather eat my own barf than to pretend to be your girlfriend."
"They call me Rat..." "Who is happy about being called a name labeled for dirty scavengers that hunt in the darkness?"
"You're the kind of girl a guy can fall for."
"...you of all people know that love's not possible for people like you and me."
"...I felt like the demon whore..." "I had inadvertently licked my lips while thinking of the hot guys I knew. The word in my brain was yummy."
"Sometimes you can admire the qualities others possess that you would hope to find in someone for yourself."
"You make them all beg, don't you?"
Final score - 4.5 stars