Saturday, December 4, 2010

No Parole 2

Beautiful Disaster

Written by: Kate Brian

Released: June 2, 2009 by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Summary: She's Back....

After wasting away in a mental institution for a year and a half, Ariana Osgood is finally back where she belongs. She has a new look, a new name, and a new life -- all thanks to her former friend Briana Leigh Covington.

Now enrolled as a junior at the exclusive Atherton-Pryce boarding school just outside of D.C., Ariana sleeps in Frette sheets, flirts with the captain of the crew team, and gossips with the most beautiful girls on campus. She killed to get back her life of privilege. Just how far will she go to keep it?

From the author of the bestselling Private novels comes a series about the dark world of wealth, secrets, and privilege.

Well, though I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first, I was still on the edge of my seat and holding my breath wondering what Ariana was going to do in order to keep her secret life secret. I powered through this book just so that I could find out what was going to happen, only to have it leave off in a cliff-hanger (which I think is going to become custom with these books), and it just made me super happy that I have the rest of the released books within my grasp.

I still love Ariana as a character. She’s so neurotic and psychotic that she’s hard not to admire for her perseverance. Her attention to detail is almost enviable as well, though I wouldn’t want to trade places with her any time soon. She’s also so cool and calculating on the surface but with the way that this is written you see the fissures beneath her perfect exterior – something which I believe you would never guess were there had you of met her in person.

This was an amazing book to really start off Ariana’s life at Atherton-Pryce and it set up so many possible outcomes and road-blocks that could happen. It really made me want to read the entire series even more and, as already posted this week, I can’t wait to get to the point where it’s the last book. I honestly can’t wait to see how everything turns out.

Overall, I’m giving this book a 7/10 and I am highly anticipating the next.

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