Rating: 5 stars
A steamy Southern beauty makes one fatal mistake
Natalie Hargrove would kill to be her high school’s Palmetto Princess. But her boyfriend Mike King doesn’t share her dream and risks losing the honor of Palmetto Prince to Natalie’s nemesis, Justin Balmer. So she convinces Mike to help play a prank on Justin. . . one that goes terribly wrong. They tie him to the front of the church after a party—when they arrive the next morning, Justin is dead.
From blackmail to buried desire, dark secrets to darker deeds, Natalie unravels. She never should’ve messed with fate. Fate is the one thing more twisted than Natalie Hargrove.
Cruel Intentions meets Macbeth in this seductive, riveting tale of conscience and consequence.
From the sysnopsis, The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove sounds like a simply fantastic read. And it was! I loved every moment of it! In the middle, there were a few moments that dragged just a bit. The plot was great – it was a semi-refreshing take on a high school story while being totally realistic to every aspect of what high school is really like. Lauren Kate’s writing was a joy to read. She had me hanging on her ever word. It’s a fast read with a gorgeous cover!
I loved the characters Lauren created. Elements of Natalie really reminded me of Ariana from Kate Brian’s Private. Natalie isn’t quite as twisted or extreme as Ariana, but the similarities to me are definately there. Ariana is one of my favorite characters ever, so for me to compare Natalie to her is big. Capturing that type of character in writing screams talent. Mike was a character I really liked in the beginning, but towards the end of the middle and in the end he fell a bit flat.
Lauren Kate also threw some twists in the plot to keep you guessing. The ending is a total shocker. The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove was a stunning debut! Lauren Kate’s definately an author to watch out for.