Poisoned Apple by Katherine McIntyre
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (76 pages)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
Snow White’s a goth and Prince Charming’s a jerk.
On Neve’s eighteenth birthday, her stepmother kicks her out. A group of diner rats offer her refuge—including Brendan, who offers his couch for her to crash on. But the more time she spends with him, the more he confuses her. One second, he’s kissing her. The next he’s pushing her away.
Believing her life has reached rock bottom, Neve struggles to ditch her “damaged girl” label. But when she uncovers the truth about her life, she’s rocked to her very foundation. Will Neve be able to hold on to the good things coming her way, or will her bad luck poison everything?
It’s hard to celebrate a milestone birthday when you know reaching it is going to make you homeless. The problem is, ignoring what’s coming won’t make it go away. If only Neve knew what to expect next.
One of the things I liked the most about the romantic subplot was how much time it was given to develop. Even though the characters involved in it develop crushes on each other soon after meeting, the author made a strong argument for why these individuals could make a great couple. Both characters had such similar approaches to life that I couldn’t help but to hope that they’d end up together.
I would have liked to see much more character development in this story, especially when it came to Neve. She made several decisions that didn’t make any sense to me at all. If anything, I would have expected her to make the exact opposite choice at these points in the plot based on what I thought I’d figured out about her personality. While I liked her quite a bit, it was confusing to have such contradictory information about what she was really like.
The dialogue in this tale was well done. I especially enjoyed the witty banter that Brendan and his friends regularly dove into at the diner. Some of their playful insults were really funny, and their snarky sense of humor made a smart contrast to all of the sad things that were happening in other scenes. My favorite scenes, though, involved how Neve responded to them once she figured out their communication styles.
Poisoned Apple is a good choice for anyone in the mood for a hip, contemporary romance novel.