Monday, 25 April 2011

Review: The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove

Title: The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove

Author: Lauren Kate

Publisher: Corgi Childrens

Publication date: Jan 6th 2011

Book source: UK Book Tours

My Rating: 2/10

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A steamy Southern beauty makes one fatal mistake

Natalie Hargrove would kill to be her high school’s Palmetto Princess. But her boyfriend Mike King doesn’t share her dream and risks losing the honour of Palmetto Prince to Natalie’s nemesis, Justin Balmer. So she convinces Mike to help play a prank on Justin. . . one that goes terribly wrong. They tie him to the front of the church after a party—when they arrive the next morning, Justin is dead.

From blackmail to buried desire, dark secrets to darker deeds, Natalie unravels. She never should’ve messed with fate. Fate is the one thing more twisted than Natalie Hargrove.

Cruel Intentions meets Macbeth in this seductive, riveting tale of conscience and consequence.

My thoughts:

For those of you that follow the blog you’ll know that I haven’t had a great experience with any of Lauren Kate’s books. I really didn’t like Fallen or Torment but I thought I would give her books one last chance…

I really, really don’t want to do any sort of book bashing in this review, but I have to say, I really, really hated this book.

I really am sorry to say that I didn't enjoy a single thing about it. I didn’t like the characters, especially Natalie herself, I didn’t like the plot, I didn’t like the writing….I just.Didn’t.Like.It.

There really isn’t much to say after that but I did give it as much of a shot as I could. But, at the end of the day, I had to force myself to finish it in the hope it would get better.

So, that’s it. I think it has come to the point where I just won’t pick up another of Lauren Kate’s books again to save anybody from these sort of reviews that I sincerely hate to write. It’s disappointing. I suppose some author’s styles are just not for me…

About the author:

Lauren Kate grew up in Dallas, went to school in Atlanta, and started writing in New York.
She is the author of Fallen and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. She lives in Laurel Canyon with her husband and hopes to work in a restaurant kitchen, get a dog, and learn how to surf.
She is currently at work on the sequel to Fallen.




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The Slowest Bookworm said...

We can't all love the same books. If we did there wouldn't be so many around to choose from! Don't feel bad about not liking it.

I have got two of Laurens books on my shelf, Fallen and Torment, but I haven't got to either of them yet so I can't comment on her writing style or even say if I like them.

Just, don't feel bad :)

Colorado Springs Divorce Lawyer said...

"I just.Didn’t.Like.It." ->> You obviously don't like the book which made me eager to read the book just to feel how much you feel about it. You know, out of curiosity. :)

Books Glorious Books said...

haha @ Colorado Springs Divorce Lawyer - You're comment really made me laugh! It's always a good thing I suppose!

Lynn said...

Nothing wrong with a good honest review. I have read Fallen but was disappointed with the end and so didn't pick up No.2.