Dani Reviews: The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by Lauren Kate

betrayal of natalie hargroveA steamy Southern beauty makes one fatal mistakeNatalie 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.

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (November 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595142657
  • Buy at Amazon
I picked this book because I recently finished Ms. Kate’s Fallen series.  I really enjoyed that series and wanted to read more from her.
The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove is not my regular genre.  I prefer to have a little paranormal or fantasy in my YA, but I gave it a go.
This book is quite short.  It has less than two hundred pages, and I have to say, I’m glad.  The book on the whole was good.  It is well written, and filled with great imagery.  I had no problems picturing the setting in my mind as I read.  The story flows beautifully, drawing you in.
The supporting characters are well-rounded.  You get just enough information about each of them to make them believable and sympathize with them.  I enjoyed both Mike and Justin’s characters immensely.
It was just Natalie herself that I couldn’t stand.  She’s horrible.  She is self-centered, selfish, mean, devious, and utterly un-likeable.  I’m pretty sure this was intended, but it was a bit hard to take.
The book is worth the read though.  Ms. Kate is an excellent writer and I find anything she likes worthy of my time.


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