Author: Andrea Lynn Colt
Published: September 2012
Source: e-book (Kindle)
Interests: mystery, romance
Summary (from Goodreads): Cheerleader Rose Whitfield’s senior year goes up in smoke when she’s framed for arson. Sure that the culprit is her neighbor Paxton, with whom she’s been feuding since middle school, she sets out to clear her name and take Paxton down hard–not necessarily in that order.
Review: I finished Torched in one day, which is saying a lot. I haven’t read a complete book in one day–a work day–since before I had my son. I could not put it down; I had to know who framed Rose.
I’ll be honest when I read the summary that Rose was a cheerleader who was feuding with her neighbor, I wasn’t sure I was going to like the book. I assumed it would be a predictable storyline with much to be desired. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. I was thrown off by all the red herrings that Rose encounters but did finally figure out who the culprit was before being told.
The cast of characters are well developed and each have a distinct voice. Rose is a strong-willed, smart girl whose shenanigans have hurt more people than she intended. She proudly defies the cheerleader stereotype. However, I think a lot of teenage girls can relate to the problems (not the arson part) Rose faces. Her friends, boyfriend and parents each come with their own challenges that Rose must overcome.
While there were times I wanted to throw the book across the room–due to the horrible things that happen–I also didn’t want the book to end. Speaking of endings (don’t worry I’m not giving anything away), I did like the way ended but I wanted to know more about what happens next. Of course, that’s how you know the author did an excellent job of developing the characters, when you want to see where they go in life.
If you’d like to read an excerpt of Torch head over to Colt’s website.
I’m looking forward to Colt’s next book, Wavecrossed, that comes out this spring.