I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book from the authors in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Callie Hart & Jonny James!
This story has a lot of potential. It is twisted and dark - just the way I like my stories.
I fairly liked the characters, and honestly, my favourite is West Bastian (you may now judge me... Okay now stop). West is weird and hilarious in an effed up kind of way, which makes me really fond of him. I also really liked Nikita. She is such a badass yet caring, and I found myself rooting for her from her first chapter.
Speaking of first chapters, the first one in the novel held a promise of a dark, sadistic story, yet it turned out mellower than I thought. I believe that part of the cause of that is that the first half - or more - of the book feels like a giant introduction. It's a lot of setup and not a lot of punch. It felt like at the end, we were finally getting to a good pace, and then those words came up: "The End of Part One". *cue frustrated grunt*.
Overall, I am extremely intrigued as to what the authors have in store for us in Part 2, however, I wish that this installment had been more concise.