ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE. IF YOU HURT US, WE’RE COMING FOR YOU.
Moxie meets Female of the Species in this powerful, thrilling, and deeply resonant novel about a secret society of girls who plot revenge on the men who hurt them.
The enigmatic Black Coats have been exacting vengeance on men who have hurt girls and women for years. The killer of Thea's cousin went free, and Thea has just received an invitation to join the Black Coats' balancings—acts of revenge meant to teach a lesson. Justice for Natalie has never felt so close.
But as the balancings escalate in brutality, Thea’s clear-cut mission begins to unravel and she must decide just how far she is willing to go for justice.
Because when the line between justice and revenge is paper thin, it’s hard not to get cut.
|Product dimensions:||6.70(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||14 Years|
About the Author
Colleen Oakes is the bestselling author of books for both teens and adults, including the Queen of Hearts trilogy, the Elly in Bloom series, and the Wendy Darling saga. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son and surrounds herself with the most lovely family and friends imaginable. When not penning new books, Colleen can be found swimming, traveling, reading, or advocating for adoption and literacy. Visit her at www.colleenoakes.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this story! The premise is so intriguing. The idea of women getting revenge on men who have harmed women sounds fair and just. However, there is a cloudy moral area, where you have to determine where their justice ends. Though it should balance out the men’s harm to women, the women could also go too far. I was glad that they addressed this issue later in the book. The second half of the book was so thrilling! The first part took a lot of time to show how the Black Coats operate and how they complete their Balancings. In the second half of the book, the story took a surprising turn, which was great! This is a fabulous story that definitely lived up to my expectations! I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I'm going to be honest here and say I almost didn't read this. I read Oakes' debut and let me just tell you, it wasn't my favorite. I added this one to my TBR just because I really liked the cover. I ended up picking it up because I found out it was set in my home state. And the rest is history. Thea's cousin was the victim of a terrible crime and Thea can't seem to let go of her grief. Soon she gets an invitation to join something called the Black Coats, which is said to teach men a lesson for the wrong doings they do to women. But as Thea carries out the Balancings given by the Black Coats, she quickly realizes that the line between justice and harm is a lot more blurry than she thought. Just like with her debut, the writing style is the really the only thing that bothered me here. It starts out in much of the same way, 3rd person POV with lots of unnecessary details. But as it went on, it got stronger. The sentences were now only filled with pertinent information and I realized I had stopped rolling my eyes after some things. And by then I was sucked into the story and didn't want to stop. This story was INTENSE. I have never read anything like this and I'm pretty sure I won't again. I'm amazed that this story came about from a random mixture of things. And I am in awe of the result. There's only a handful of times when I read a book and I'm like I could NEVER write something like this and I'm so thankful there's someone out there that can. Because I get to read it lol As for the characters, I LOVED Thea and her team. They completed each other and they were there for each other. I have to admit, at some times I was reminded of me and my sorority sisters. Their bond was so real and it was so nice to see them helping each other and then seeing what they can all bring to the organization. I was not expecting to love this like I did. I guess that goes to show me, don't use your past reading experiences to judge what you want to read now. You may miss out on something good. I'm glad I didn't miss out on this. I'm still trying to figure out why more people aren't talking about it! This book is definitely something that all need to read. Right now its more relevant than ever and needs to be talked about.