I received A Girl Called Malice by Aurelia B. Rowl free thanks to Net Galley, Carina UK, and the author. It’s been about a week and a half since I’ve read this book and while I already posted a mini review on Good Reads, Net Galley, and Amazon.com I still feel the need to share my thoughts here.
The synopsis on Good Reads is slightly misleading if you ask me. “It’s not easy being the Queen Bee. Alice Taylor should know. You know that girl. The one that the whole school’s social life seems to revolve around. Alice used to be that girl until she decided to quit college. Suddenly her ‘friends’ aren’t so interested in following her around and her attention-grabbing behavior is about to get her kicked out of home. With nowhere to go and no one to turn to, her world starts spiraling seriously out of control. Only new friend Zac Newton seems to believe in her. Lifeguard and poolside hottie, Zac is quite literally her lifesaver. But then, he’s never met ‘Malice’, her mean-girl alter ego, and Alice wants to keep it that way. She knows this is her last chance for a fresh start until her sordid past catches up with her at the worst possible moment. As everything Alice has worked towards comes crashing down around her, she realizes that the hardest thing of all is being yourself…” (Good Reads)
Yes, Alice does drop out of college, but in this book that’s over within the first few pages. It’s less about being the Queen Bee and more about her dueling personalities of Alice and Malice. She also deals with her crazy family, awkward living situation, and meeting and being friends with Zac.
Alice is the slightly awkward, quiet, withdrawn teenager most of us were, but she has her reasons. More as a defense mechanism she creates Malice, the slutty blue-eyed version of Alice. Malice wears short skirts, sleeps around with several guys in one night, strips at a gentlemen’s club on her birthday, drinks and smokes, and wears heavy make-up. Malice becomes Alice’s way of pretending she doesn’t care, to prevent people from growing close to her. Her world is turned upside down- literally when Zac rescues her in the park one afternoon.
Everything about this book was perfect. The characters are well developed, and not in the typical contemporary romance sort of way. You will find yourself rooting for Alice when she gets stuck in self-destruct mode. You’ll also fall in love with Zac. He’s charming, forgiving, and a true gentleman. He says and does all the right things. He really loves Alice, but can she ever find herself and love him back? It doesn’t seem likely. Who can blame her with her “sister” making her life hell?
With twists and turns that are unexpected this story kept me wide awake into the wee hours of the morning several times trying to read just one more chapter.
I didn’t want this one to end, yet I couldn’t wait to see how it ended. What more can I say — this book was amazing! I definitely want to read Popping the Cherry and Christmas is Cancelled, both by Aurelia B. Rowl.
Characters – 5 Setting – 5 Plot -5 Conflict/Purpose – 5 Resolution/Outcome – 5
I rated A Girl Called Malice 5/5 Stars!