From Goodreads: Ariel’s birthday weekend looks to be the event of the season, with a private concert by rock star Hudson Winters on the grounds of her family’s east coast estate, and all of Ariel’s elite prep school friends in attendance. The only person who’s dreading the party is Sera, Ariel’s former best friend, whose father is forcing her to go. Sera has been the school pariah since she betrayed Ariel, and she now avoids Ariel and their former friends. Thrown together, Ariel and Sera can agree on one thing: this could be one very long night.
They have no idea just how right they are.
Only moments after the concert begins and the lights go down, thugs open fire on parents and schoolmates alike, in a plot against Ariel’s father that quickly spins out of control. As the entire party is taken hostage, the girls are forced apart. Ariel escapes into the hidden tunnels in the family mansion, where she and Sera played as children. Only Sera, who forges an unlikely alliance with Hudson Winters, knows where her friend could be. As the industrial terrorist plot unravels and the death toll climbs, Ariel and Sera must recall the sisterhood that once sustained them as they try to save themselves and each other on the longest night of their lives.
I loved this book! It has just the right amount of mystery, intrigue, romance, and action… it’s right up my alley and I’d love to see it turned into a movie! Sera’s predicament is painful—her ex-best friend, Ariel, has skewered Sera’s reputation and yet Sera must still attend Ariel’s birthday party, a fate worse than death, or so it seems. I can’t imagine being in Sera’s shoes, especially when the reader learns the trivial reason that Ariel defriended Sera in the first place. Teens can be so cruel, but even so, this is a true story of redemption. I was glued to the pages from the very beginning; I laughed, and I certainly cried, and it was all well worth it.
Sera is a truly good character. I kept waiting for the shoe to drop, to learn a deep dark secret about her past that would paint her in a different light, but it didn’t come. She is epically good. While some readers may find her esteemed character to be hard to believe, I actually found her refreshing and very lifelike. It’s true I haven’t met very many truly good people, and I mean exceptionally good people who only want the best for others, always, but they do exist, and I have met a few, and, therefore, I can’t help but love Sera.
Hudson is very dreamy and down to earth, and I love that he’s not afraid to mix with everyone, even though he’s “popular.” He has a good soul, just like Sera, and I really enjoyed getting to know him, especially as he divulged his own secrets and stuck up for Sera and the others throughout the terrible hostage situation. I’d like to meet a guy like him…
Overall, this is a phenomenal novel and I highly suggest lovers of suspense and romance should read this awesome novel. Five stars.
Merit Press has been extremely gracios in allowing me to read a copy of this novel, via Netgalley.