Monday, October 6, 2014

REVIEW - Please Pretty Lights (Pretty Lights Series #1) by Ina Zajac

Title: Please Pretty Lights
Author: Ina Zajac
Publisher: BookTrope Editions
ISBN: 1620154587
Release Date: 21 July 2014
Series or Standalone: Series
Genre: New Adult Dark Romance

It’s September when good girl Via Sorenson stumbles into a Seattle strip club, drunk and alone on her twenty-first birthday. Matt and Nick—best friends, bandmates, and bouncers—do their best to shield her from their sadistic cocaine-trafficking boss, Carlos. They don’t realize her daddy issues come with a forty-million-dollar trust fund and a legacy she would do anything to escape. 

She is actually Violetta Rabbotino, who had been all over the news ten years earlier when her father, an acclaimed abstract artist, came home in a rage, murdered her mother, then turned the gun on himself. Young Violetta was spared, hidden behind the family Christmas tree, veiled by the mysticism of its pretty lights whose unadulterated love captivated and calmed her.

Now, desperate to shed her role as orphaned victim, Via stage dives into a one-hundred-day adventure with Matt and Nick, the bassist and drummer of popular nineties cover band Obliviot. The rock-and-roll lifestyle is the perfect distraction—until she is rattled by true love. As Christmas looms closer, her notorious past becomes undeniable. How will she ever untangle herself from her twisted string of pretty lights?


That's all I can say about this book. I absolutely loved it, dark, raw, tragic, grimy and written so damn well I didn't want it to end. 

I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about Via as an adult when she's out with her uncle to celebrate her birthday (but I do know that I didn't care for the uncle right from the start). I knew there were going to be layers to Via, but damn, the more you learn as the layers are peeled back makes the story that much more gripping (at least to me). She's already walking a very fine line and it won't take much to snap that line and witness the result of Via's downward spiral. We know from the beginning of the story some of what Via dealt with, but her story is definitely one that is heartbreaking. And you can't help but to cringe sometimes at some of the choices Via eventually makes; she has her internal debates and knows what she SHOULDN'T do, but does the exact opposite.

I really don't want to give away too much of the story, but I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Book provided in exchange for honest review.

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