Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bad Girl Gone by Temple Mathews

Hardcover256 pages
Expected publication: August 8th 2017 
by A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 1250058813

Sixteen year-old Echo Stone awakens in a cold sweat in a dark room, having no idea where she is or how she got there. But she soon finds out she s in Middle House, an orphanage filled with mysteriously troubled kids.

There s just one problem: she s not an orphan. Her parents are very much alive.

She explains this to everyone, but no one will listen. After befriending a sympathetic (and handsome) boy, Echo is able to escape Middle House and rush home, only to discover it sealed off by crime scene tape and covered in the evidence of a terrible and violent crime. As Echo grapples with this world-shattering information, she spots her parents driving by and rushes to flag them down. Standing in the middle of the street, waving her arms to get their attention, her parent's car drives right through her.

She was right. Her parents are alive but she's not.

She s a ghost, just like all the other denizens of Middle House. Desperate to somehow get her life back and reconnect with her still-alive boyfriend, Echo embarks on a quest to solve her own murder. As the list of suspects grows, the quest evolves into a journey of self-discovery in which she learns she wasn t quite the girl she thought she was. In a twist of fate, she s presented with one last chance to reclaim her life and must make a decision which will either haunt her or bless her forever.

I went into this book with high expectations, but unfortunately, Bad Girl Gone fell flat in my opinion. 

One of the things I liked was the overall premise of this story. I thought the opening was extremely interesting and mysterious. I liked the way the author set up the story and the idea of ghosts trying to figure out who murdered them. I also thought the idea of some of the ghosts having paranormal powers was extremely interesting. The main character's power that she developed was really unique and I thought it added a nice twist to the plot. 

Unfortunately, I didn't really like the main character, Echo. Echo came off as being extremely self-centered and it became annoying very quickly. I also hated all the nicknames she had and the ones she gave other people. For example; Echo, Rabbit, Wolfie. Those nicknames made me CRINGE. 

The romance was also something I was not a big fan of. There was a love triangle that felt forced and unnecessary. The romance was a large part of this book, and I really wanted it to be more of a subplot. I think a slow burn or no romance at all would have better suited this story. I didn't really like any of the romantic interests nor did I believe the romances. I am a romance lover, but this romance didn't do for me and it wish it would have been toned down. 

Overall, this book had a great premise, but I wish there would have been more murder and mystery in this book.

2 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

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