Unnatural Deeds by Cyn Balog

Unnatural Deeds by Cyn BalogUnnatural Deeds by Cyn Balog
Narrator: Pamela Lorence
Published by Forever Young Audiobooks
Published on 27 December 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Source: my local library
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3 Stars

Victoria Zell doesn't fit in, not that she cares what anyone thinks. She and her homeschooled boyfriend, Andrew, are inseparable. All they need is each other. That is, until Zachary Zimmerman joins her homeroom. Within an hour of meeting, he convinces good-girl Vic to cut class. And she can't get enough of that rush.Despite Vic's loyalty to Andrew, she finds her life slowly entwining with Z's. Soon she's lying to everyone she knows in an effort to unravel Z's secrets. Except Z's not the only one with a past. Victoria's hiding her own secrets, secrets that will come back to haunt her--and destroy everything in her path.

I was seriously contemplating quitting this book by about 15% through, because the protagonist, Vic, was behaving like a psycho, and literally every thought in her head was about the new mystery boy at school, Z.

So I looked up some spoilers, because I was not happy to waste my time on another typical YA heroine except, you know times 100: empty-headed, special snowflake, so fucking dumb and naive and innocent she doesn’t even recognise a date and assumes it’s a group outing even though there is no evidence to suggest that, because OF COURSE no one is ever romantically interested in her (except she HAS A BOYFRIEND) and oh my god I so wasn’t ready for that.

But luckily I did read some spoilers because it allowed me to re-frame the entire book from a complete fucking psychopath’s point of view and from then on, I could listen to the rest of it, knowing that the author had made Vic the most insufferable heroine since Nora from Hush, Hush ON PURPOSE. I mean, it kind of helped knowing, but it certainly did not make me like the characters any more.

Because oh my god, Vic just doesn’t stop thinking about Z. Ever. And literally everyone in school really likes him even though they don’t know anything about him because he’s SO MYSTERIOUS. And he’s just soooooo drawn to Vic for reasons unknown, except that he liked being the centre of attention. So he picks the school outcast to befriend! And she becomes his biggest fan! It makes sense in this BIZZARO LAND.

Oh, and I just realised the fucking cover spoils the damn book!

So in summary, if you’re interested in reading this book, go looking for some spoilers before you dismiss it as being 100% trash. It’s not. It’s only mostly trash. (I still liked it enough to finish it so I’m giving it 3 stars.)

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A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo specialises in reading and reviewing contemporary, paranormal, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She especially loves novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, healing, and assassins.

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