A Girl in Black and White (Alyria: Book 2) by Danielle Lori

A Girl in Black and White (Alyria #2)

5 Stars

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Date of publication: August 15th, 2017

Genre: Fantasy, Suspense, Romance, New Adult

Number of pages: 296

POV: Alternating 1st person

Series: Alyria

A Girl Named Calamity – Book 1 (review here)

A Girl in Black and White – Book 2

Where you can find A Girl in Black and White: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

My once upon a time didn’t end with happily ever after—but with blood-stained hands and cold blue eyes. The story of my life had been laid beneath my feet since childhood, but until death, I’d never known that road was paved with stones called lies. 

In this city of sun and heat, cloaked in dark, both inside and out, I became somebody other than Farm Girl. There was no assassin behind my back. No, my shackles were just as tight but came in a different form. 

Like Death’s icy fingers running down my spine, the ones that had gripped me for months, my past haunted my present in the guise of nostalgia. My old chains still left marks on my skin, their owner’s gaze following behind. But he didn’t know I lived. He didn’t know I was so close, that I heard his name spoken every day. That I still hated him. Until my hate started tasting suspiciously different. 

One mistake and everything I’d created unraveled. A liar. Corruptor. He stood in front of me now. The air was heavy with expectation, tense with the possibilities of how this would unfold, of what he would do.

But there was always two sides to every story, and maybe in this version, the corruptor wasn’t him, but me. 

*This should be read after A Girl Named Calamity. 
Warning: explicit sexual content, violence, and profanity.

Trigger Warning: None

My review:

I can’t even begin to tell you guys how excited I was to read this book. I had loved A Girl Named Calamity. Loved it. I had high expectations with A Girl in Black and White. Guess, what. This book blew my expectations out of the water.

Calamity came back from the dead. Not a lot was said about how she came back but she did. When she did, she discovered that her grandmother had been lying to her about everything. From why she wore the silver cuffs to her mother to why she was sent out of her home village, to begin with. So saying that she was upset is an understatement. When the book begins, she is living in Symbia with her Sisters. The Sisters are a society of witches. They keep their identities secret and they all go through a ceremony where they are sworn in a Sister. Calamity finds this out when she is handed a letter by her grandmother. She also finds out that her mother was not a prostitute who dared to steal one of the cuffs. Saying that she was upset is an understatement.

Calamity hates Weston with a passion. But hate can mask another emotion very easily, as Calamity finds out. Weston doesn’t know she is alive. So it is only a matter of time that Weston finds out that Calamity is alive. When Weston finds out that Calamity is alive, he goes out of his way to keep her near him and to make her go away. Will they give into their attraction or will they still be avoiding their attraction to each other?

I loved Calamity. Her snarkiness had me laughing throughout the book. She couldn’t keep those snarky remarks to herself. It was like she couldn’t help it. It was awesome. And her “74 Things I Hate About Weston” list was hilarious. I did feel bad for her, though. After she came back to life, she found out that everything she had been told was a lie. When I say everything, EVERYTHING. She was sent to Symbia to be with her mother and join a group of fledgling Sisters. This group not only would pledge together but they were looking for sponsors.

I wasn’t expecting Weston to show up when he did in the book. I guess I should have expected it after Maxim discovered that Calamity was alive. I also wasn’t surprised that he overthrew and killed his father. He came across as someone who would do that. His backstory was very tragic but also very interesting. It made me wonder what was going to happen with him for the rest of the series. I did think it was interesting that he shadowed Calamity as soon as he found out she was alive. Very telling. But, it got even better. The author wrote several chapters from his perspective.  I squeed like a teenybopper at her first boy band concert. What I learned from those chapters changed how I looked at him.

You could cut the sexual tension between Weston and Calamity with a knife. Every scene they had together, the sparks flew. I couldn’t wait for them to have sex. Actually, I hoped that they did because the sexual tension was killing me. Not going to say if they did or not…..you need to read the book to find that out.

The end got me. I couldn’t believe the twist in the last chapter. Talk about the ultimate cliffhanger. I was so disappointed when the book ended. Guess I need to read book 3!!

A Girl in Black and White is a suspenseful, sexually charged book that I couldn’t put down. The plot was fantastic. The characters couldn’t have been more 3D if the author tried. They all had layers and I loved seeing those layers peeled back in this book. I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone who is easily offended by graphic sexual situations, language, and graphic violence. But I would recommend it to everyone else.

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes

Age range: Adult

Why: Sex, language, and violence

I would like to thank Danielle Lori for allowing me to read and review A Girl in Black and White.

All opinions stated in this review of A Girl in Black and White are mine and mine alone.

**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**

 

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