I received an ARC of this book from the author and I voluntarily reviewed it. Thank you Amo Jones!
I always described Amo Jones as the Queen of Darkness. I had it all wrong. Or maybe a little wrong. She’s not only the Queen of Darkness with a capital D, but also the Queen of Angst with a capital effing A. I actually really loved this story. It spoke to me on so many levels.
Amo Jones was able to accurately represent what it’s like to be falling for someone for the first time. How we let our brains stand in front of our hearts like a shield. How we let the “what if’s” drown out what our heart wants to tell us. How taking the leap for the first time is scary as f*uck. If I may quote my favourite rapper NF : “I don’t trust this thing that beats inside my chest”.
I love where Jones took it at the end. It was totally messed up and whack. It was Amo’s signature. That, and the constant push and pull between Maddox and Amethyst. It was road block after roadblock for them, and it will make your heart break and make you yell “NO!” at every turn in the story. I loved them both as characters. They were such fun to read, and Maddox had me all hot and bothered. Dayum.
My most favourite thing about this book though, is the challenging of the definition of the word “Family”. Is it blood? Is it who raised you? Is it who home is? Is it your reconstructed family? Is it who you call when you need someone? All these questions and scenarios come up, and the answer is simple : it’s who you choose your family to be, whether you’ve known them you’re whole life, or a few days.
And I can’t forget the playlist to this book. Nostalgia from my childhood favourites I used to sing in the car with my mum, and new favourites I belt out on the daily. From Nirvana to Halsey, from Lenny Kravitz to Post Malone. To be honest, I miss early 2000s rock, and this just brought me back.
I liked seeing this side of Amo Jones’ writing. The story read super well. It was fluid, and gave you all the feels. Is there anything Jones can’t do?