Revenge is a dish best served cold. Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn’t imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She’s not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he’s impossible to forget.
In one short summer, her entire life changes, and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly… bad things are happening. It’s a heady rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil’s bargains, she isn’t sure who—or what–she can trust. Not even her own mind…
“Aguirre has crafted a sophisticated novel that combines science, horror, and romance amid the realities of high-school cultures. Readers will eagerly anticipate sequels to this frightening, exciting, and erudite celebration of smart teens.” ―Booklist
“*The story has a freshness and intelligence that puts it at the top of the grenre . . . A standout trilogy opener.” ―Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
“Without giving away too much, within this story about a girl making a Faustian type bargain in order to take revenge, is a strange mix of magic and science, blended with elements from Urban Legends and Horror. Creating quite the brain teaser. There’s hidden agendas from the ‘company’ and an almost chess like game going on between mutable figures. So, it’s layered and I’m not completely sure what to make of it all, other than I liked it. And, I want more. More myths, more legends and more “delicious awfulness” that makes your heart pound with emotions and fear.” ―Book Swoon