Published April 14th 2015
“No one read the fine print.
The good news is that the USA is finally out of debt. The bad news is that we were bought out by Valor National Bank, and debtors are the new big game, thanks to a tricky little clause hidden deep in the fine print of a credit card application. Now, after a swift and silent takeover that leaves 9-1-1 calls going through to Valor voicemail, they’re unleashing a wave of anarchy across the country.
Patsy didn’t have much of a choice. When the suits showed up at her house threatening to kill her mother then and there for outstanding debt unless Patsy agreed to be an indentured assassin, what was she supposed to do? Let her own mother die?
Patsy is forced to take on a five-day mission to complete a hit list of ten names. Each name on Patsy’s list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die. And Patsy has to kill them personally, or else her mom takes a bullet of her own.
Since yarn bombing is the only rebellion in Patsy’s past, she’s horrified and overwhelmed, especially as she realizes that most of the ten people on her list aren’t strangers. Things get even more complicated when a moment of mercy lands her with a sidekick: a hot rich kid named Wyatt whose brother is the last name on Patsy’s list. The two share an intense chemistry even as every tick of the clock draws them closer to an impossible choice.
Delilah S. Dawson offers an absorbing, frightening glimpse at a reality just steps away from ours—a taut, suspenseful thriller that absolutely mesmerizes from start to finish.”
I’d never heard of this book or author until I seen it on Pulse It. I thought the cover was awesome and different plus the synopsis sounded pretty interesting. I started reading it right away without looking at any reviews. I liked this book at first but around 20% in, so many things started popping up that I found to be concerning. After that, everything just started to fall apart.
Okay, first thing that I hated, is the main character is named Patsy Klein. I’ve never wanted to throw a book at the wall so hard as I did in the moment that the character was introduced as Patsy Klein. Either the author was trying to be funny or she has no knowledge of female music icons. All she would have to do is Google her own character’s name.
I wasn’t a massive fan of Pasty but I could have gotten on board with her. She had a ton of potential. But all that potential went down the drain when that dumb boy came into the picture. One thing I hate so much is when fictional girls throw their brains out the window when a boy comes around. It’s not cool, it doesn’t set a good example for young readers, and it’s not empowering to female readers. As soon as that boy (I can’t even remember his name) showed up and starting help her kill people (hours after she killed his dad, by the way), Pasty just lost her head. Nothing was making sense and everything was just one big “what the heck?”.
The whole concept of this book is makes very little sense. Why would a bank kill people who can’t pay? They would never get their money. That doesn’t solve any problems. I get what the author was going for but I just couldn’t get past how illogical the plot was.
Overall, this book has a ton of potential but it just wasn’t for me. As a critical reader, this book drove me crazy. I couldn’t get on broad with the characters or the plot. I wouldn’t say that I hate this book and it’s not one of the worst books that I’ve read. I did like the writing style. If I come across a hardcover of this book for a really good price on BookOutlet or something, I’ll probably get it and try rereading it but as of right now, I’m just not digging it.
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