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Monday, November 5, 2018

REVIEW: The Spite Game by Anna Snoekstra @harlequinbooks @AnnaSnoekstra @tlcbooktours

The Spite Game
by Anna Snoekstra

Thanks so much to TLC Book Tours and Harlequin Books/Mira for this free copy!
My first foray into Snoekstra's work and certainly not my last.... continue to see my thoughts.

Publisher:  Mira Books / Harlequin
Publish Date: October 30, 2018
320 Pages
Genres: Fiction, Psychological Thriller

Everyone does bad things when no one is watching

Mercilessly bullied in high school, Ava knows she needs to put the past behind her and move on, but she can’t—not until she’s exacted precise, catastrophic revenge on the people who hurt her the most.

First, she watches Saanvi. Flawlessly chic and working hard at a top architectural firm, Saanvi has it all together on the surface. But everyone does bad things when they think no one is watching and Ava only wants what’s fair—to destroy Saanvi’s life the way her own was destroyed.

Next, she watches Cass. She’s there as Cass tries on wedding dresses, she’s there when Cass picks out a cake, she’s there when Cass betrays her fiancĂ©. She’s the reason Cass’s entire future comes crashing down. 

Finally, Ava watches Mel. Mel was always the ringleader and if anyone has to pay, it’s her. But one tiny slipup and Ava realizes the truth: Mel knows she’s being watched, and she’s ready to play Ava’s games to the bitter end.

My Review:

I'm a sucker for a red cover.  Always.  Every time.  Slap that cover on a book where you don't even really need to think and just sit back to enjoy the ride - color me happily entertained.  Exactly what I needed after a busy moving weekend.

The synopsis pretty much tell it all.  Ava gets bullied and now is exacting revenge. BOOM.  Good enough for me!  This has a bit of a Heathers feel with Ava as Veronica, ya get me?  Not quite as dark but definitely dark enough.... like a dark YA novel though I know this isn't considered a YA book.  But with my love for YA and for psychological thrillers, this combo worked for me.  Narrated by Ava, we glimpse her telling her story to someone as we flashback to the various things that happened to her in the past and how she translates that to her future.  They want to call her a psycho? Fine, she'll look up the definition and then become the very thing they say.

Even though this is an uncorrected proof, I found a plethora of typos that started to grate on me throughout the read.  The ending wasn't a surprise but I don't think it really was mean to be either.  I had one tiny issue with the ending but at the same time, I couldn't really argue with either character. **shrug**  

Basically, the lesson here is DON'T BULLY and if you do and want to play some kind of game, then prepare for the consequences - because those actions you want to play off as a condition of being young... well, they fester and you never know when karma will be your bitch.


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