My life was irrevocably changed the moment I stepped foot inside Elena Alderman’s grand front doors. A lifeless tomb on the edge of Chicago’s South Side, the Alderman home sat in one of the city’s oldest and wealthiest neighborhoods, and Elena Alderman was the queen.
She was also mad.
Not the kind of madness that’s readily apparent. No, her psychopathy was far more surgical—more…insidious. She was surrounded by beautiful things—most notably her grand piano and her adopted son, Henry.
I fell in love with both.
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Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, A Boy Like You and A Girl Like Me.
A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.
When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).
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BRED by Ginger Scott was to me the kind of emotional rollercoaster throughout teenager years. I had to say that it was almost the death of me, an emotional torture but I couldn’t put it down. I just wanted to see how far psychological games were going and the author wrote some amazing villain character out there. The one who could look right into your eyes with a smile and saying the most painful things and truths, knowing your weakness, ten step ahead from yours.
In that manipulative game, stood out Lily. The girl from the other track, hidden in the shadows until the moment she met Henry and her adoptive mother, Elena. Trapped into this oppressive atmosphere. A relationship a bit cold, charged with tension.
Henry was the popular guy, charming and mesmerizing but hiding some anger. Meeting Lily forced him to get out of this facade, under this persona shaped by that woman, bred to be this heartless character, playing right through the strings she pulled.
The pace a bit too slow in the beginning and that’s probably why It took me a while to really get into the story. Henry felt cold to me but once he let her see a bit of his true self, damn I was sold. It was such a beautiful story about fighting against the odds, with a Great Expectations feel, all at once a story about love and showing how your social status won’t determine who you are and the person you’d become.
This coming of age story between these two teenagers was an enjoyable read with a high level of angst. Nonetheless, the plot was interesting and intriguing.