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
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.
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.