WOW...That's all I can say about this book. Just Wow! 4.5 Stars!! This book is what you would get if Cruel Intentions and Mean Girls got together and had an evil child. There is so much deceit and so many lies and DRAMA and two faced people, and I loved every minute of it. There are so many twists and turns that I'm surprised the characters didn't get whip lash and you never knew who to trust. Someone was always out to get someone else. I was hooked from the beginning and can't wait for the second book to be released.
Zara Smart is sent to live with her father, while her mom goes to Brazil for a job opportunity for two years. Her father is the new principal at Birchtree Academy, making it Zara's new home and she is not happy about it. Birchtree Academy is more like a castle than a boarding school. Once she arrives she is assigned a tour guide, Lizzie Nixon, who is also the previous principals daughter. Lizzie seems really nice and wants to be Zara's best friend, she tells Zara that nobody else at the school has the same values that the two of them share and because of that they need to stick together. Zara's roommate, Paige who is rude, mean and hateful is also Lizzie's best friend. Paige makes it known that she doesn't like Zara and never will. The first day of classes she meets Lizzie's twin brother, Oliver.Oliver acts like he can't stand Zara, he is either mean to her or he ignores her. Then out of the blue he wants to be her friend. Instead of using her head and thinking something is up with this weird behavior she agrees to be his friend, he is the hottest guy she has ever seen. They start studying together then spending time together just hanging out. Oliver is constantly pulling her in and then pushing her away. Zara has been warned by a few people to stay away from the Nixon twins, that they are up to something, that they are evil, that they will destroy her, but Zara refuses to believe it. Once tragedy strikes the school, Zara begins to question Lizzie's motives, but continues to be her friend. Then everything starts spinning out of control and secrets are being told and lies are being spread and Zara doesn't know who to trust. Lizzie is her best friend and Oliver is her friend/sort of boyfriend and they would never do anything to hurt her, right?