Title: Or the Girl Dies (The Escape Series Book 1)
Author: Rachel Rust
One school project. One kidnapping. One night they won’t forget.
Natalie is an honors student with perfect grades. Victor is a drug dealer with a cryptic past. When a school assignment forces them to work together, things quickly spiral out of control.
Victor fails to complete his part of their assignment, so Natalie hunts him down the night before it’s due. But Victor’s kingpin boss interrupts their study date and drags Natalie down into a seedy underworld where anything can be bought and sold—including her.
Over the course of one night—while dodging bad guys and trying not to inhale—Natalie discovers shocking truths about Victor. And she’ll need to choose between preserving her perfect academic future and helping him escape his troubled past.
Except one final revelation about Victor may be too much for Natalie to survive.
A suspenseful YA that starts innocently enough with high school academic, Natalie, and her need to get through one last team project in order to maintain her perfect GPA. The only problem? Her partner, Victor, is anything but easy to work with. Thrown into a whirlwind of violence, action, and danger, Natalie learns that Victor isn’t the worst person she could meet—there are others, and some of them are out for her blood.
I loved how suspenseful this book was. At the beginning, I thought it was gonna be another typical love triangle between the outcast and popular guys but this story went on such a different tangent that I applaud it. I couldn’t guess the ending and it took me by surprise…I love books that are able to do that.
For anyone that’s a fan of YA, thrillers, and action, I highly recommend this book and eagerly wait for book two!