Demons. Demons. Demons. All clamoring to open the gates of hell and somehow, Harley, a scrappy little nobody is drawn into the fight.
Harley has had a rough life, this novel deals with the real impact of domestic abuse and poverty on a teen’s life intertwined with some serious fantasy evil. There are not too many happy moments for Harley as she tries to protect her little sister. The abuse here is hard to read but it does serve the story and highlight the truth many children face.
I enjoyed the mixing of real life and fantasy in this one. It follows the typical YA trope of the hot mysterious stranger that Harley can’t resist but also seems to always be around when trouble goes down. There are some serious eye roll moments around the insta-love and love triangle best friend who can’t deal. Some sexy time but for the most part it remains PG-13.
There are some lovely quotables about finding your power and being strong in the face of hardship. And while there was a solid ending, there was a last page reveal a la The Prison Healer which hints at some awesomeness in the second book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Thanks to Entangled Teen for an ARC of this novel. All opinions above are my own.
Where do you fall on a teaser ending (not talking cliffhanger)? Do you like a look into the next book or do you like a nice bow on the ending?