Book Review, Books

Privileged – Carrie Aarons

In a world of wealth and power, the rules of love and war are nothing as they seem.

Nora Randolph never wanted a life of luxury. But when her mother falls in love with the heir to the British throne, their small-town lives are uprooted and every little girl’s fantasy becomes her reality. All too quickly, she learns the dangers of running in circles with the world’s elite, especially when she attracts the attention of Winston Academy’s resident golden boy.

Asher Frederick has known nothing but favor and fortune. The son of London’s most influential family, his future has been written in stone since infancy. But a tragic childhood loss redirects his course, and revenge has been boiling in his blood for years. When innocent and unaware Nora lands in his path, it’s as if the universe hands him the ammunition to finally drag his enemy through the mud.

But as his plan for vengeance gets more twisted, so do his feelings for Nora. And as her immersion into the upper crust dives deeper, she struggles to keep the secret she’s been guarding for eighteen years.

Heavy lies the crown, and when the ultimate betrayal blindsides her, will either of them survive the consequences that come crashing down on their heads? 

So I really struggled getting into this book but as soon as I got to 16% the book got a little easier to get into. I felt really sorry for Nora at the start of the book when she was talking about missing home and having to change schools and even worse to a posh school where the kids are twice as mean.

I really struggled to see why Asher hated her so much at the start, the way he spoke to her was cruel. It took me until almost the end of the book to actually almost like him but it really felt like he was being fake. Especially when he started getting closer to Nora it was so suspicious. I liked him when he began to do the right thing that was when my opinion of Asher changed.

I really liked the family aspect in this novel especially the bond between Nora and her step-dad, he didn’t try to step into the dad role immediately with her. He really took his time to build a bond between them one where she could rely on him. I really liked that instead of demonising the step parent like we get so often in these kind of stories we see them really positive. I really liked the bond and relationship she had with her mum too.

So I think my main issue with this book was Asher, I just couldn’t buy him and he could have used more depth. I really struggled with this novel. As well as the reason for the revenge was poor it was not a good reason for the revenge.


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