When three self-destructive girls find themselves in the same hospital on the same night, they meet Sebastian, a mysterious boy who seems to know more about them than anyone ever could. Will he help them find their true selves? Or lead them into the darkest pits of Hell?
First, I'm going to do something that I rarely do. I'm going to wax poetic about the cover for a minute. I'm a Kindle reader. At least 90% of what I read is strictly e-books. However, in this case, get the book - the actual hardcover book with the jacket. This book is simply gorgeous. There are also illustrated pages inside that aren't to be missed, however, the cover is a jewel. I'm not a book collector, but this one is going on a place of honor where people can see it.
Now, the other part is that the jacket for the book does its part to enhance the reading experience for you. It adds to this luscious, yet edgy, atmosphere that's pervasive throughout the book.
Of course, the jacket can't carry it alone. You need story, and boy do you get it!
Now, I confess that I am a horror lover, and yes, this book is horror. I'm not sure if the author describes it that way, but if I had to pick a genre, it would be horror. Sub-genre might be religious horror. I'm also Catholic, so Saints + Horror is always an interesting combination to me.
The book is not for everyone. It's got hardcore gore and all of the characters are very damaged. All three of the girls are terribly self-destructive in different ways. You wouldn't want to be friends with them, but they are a blast to read about. One of the girls, Lucy, seemed to be a bit too directly based on a certain Hollywood Party Girl, but the other two were a bit more original. And Lucy showed a bit of unexpected depth and growth.
As for the darkness and edge in the book, it's always kind of tickled me that people think of saints as white robes and halos, pure and pristine. In this book, the authors presents us with Saints as martyrs - complete with the blood, pain and gruesomeness that martyrdom requires. She pulls no punches. Martyrs might die righteously, but they tend to die painfully.
I found the story unrelenting and absolutely fascinating. I wanted a bit more backstory - why these three girls - and more about Sebastian. And I simply can't wait to see what they do next!
For me, this one was an enthusiastic and unapologetic five star review. I want more!