by Amy Christine Parker
A Cult, the end of the world and arranged marriages. These are a few of my least favorite things. But that didn’t stop me from loving this book. The story line was fairly original and fresh in genre filled with stories that all sound the same. The writing was good it wasn’t overly detailed, descriptive, technical or fluffy. However, I wish that Amy had described the situation and beliefs of the community a bit more at the very beginning. The plot was well paced and had just the right amount of twists and turns to keep it exciting without confusing or losing the reader. The characters were well written, lovable and despite their crazy situation just relateable enough to form a connection with the leader. But sadly, the character development was subtle and not very strong. Lyla’s sweet and compassionate personality was very clearly painted. It was mostly described or shown with direct characterization, meaning that other characters described what kind of a person she was in their words rather than the reader having to infer what Lyla was like through her actions ect. alone. Sometimes this approach works, sometimes it doesn’t. Amy pulled it off thanks to the fact that Lyla’s actions supported the other characters descriptions of her personality. Now that we have Lyla as an individual covered it is time to address the romance factor!
Sorry I just couldn’t resist that gif! Anyways, the mutual romantic relationship in the book was…hmm…what’s a good way to put this? Way to strong way to fast and badly paced. In one conversation it was struck blind crush level. After about 2 it remained the same. Then a few more mushy, stay safe, get out, cuz I really really like you conversations. Then after that the boy is putting him self in danger and angering his uncle just to sit by her side and make sure she was ok. It was just a little all over the place and oddly paced in my opinion. However, it didn’t take away from the book as a whole and was still pretty darn cute. Over all it was a good book and I would recommend reading it. I think a wide audience would enjoy it. I give it 3.5 stars out of 5. You can buy it from Liberty Bay Books by clicking the link that reads “Gated” under the book cover and you can add it to your Goodreads here.