Book: Privilege by Kate Brian

Publishing Info: Published by Simon Pulse; 291 pages in hardcover

Goodreads Summary: Ariana Osgood ruled exclusive Easton Academy — until she was arrested for murdering Thomas Pearson. She’s spent the past two years at the Brenda T. Trumbull Correctional Facility for Women plotting her escape and is determined to get a second chance at the glamorous life she left behind. And Ariana will do anything to get her way….

I liked it a lot more than I expected.  It’s fast-paced, enjoyable, and not as predictable as I thought it would be.  Ariana is really messed up- she has no problem killing people to get what she wants and thinks she deserves.

Ariana wasn’t sympathetic, and it was nice to see a character who is not supposed to be portrayed sympathetically.  The ending wasn’t a surprise at all, but if it had ended any other way, it would have been a little too unbelievable.  I did like that Kaitlynn used Ariana to get out of prison.  It was a little unexpected, but it wasn’t a huge surprise either.

There were some things that didn’t make sense to me at all.  Like Ariana thinking about her life before ending up at the Trumbull Correctional Facility, and killing the people who betrayed.  After doing a little research, I found out that this series is a spin-off of another one.  It was still easy to follow, and I could fill in the gaps (sort of) but I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had started reading the other series first.  It would certainly be easier to understand how Ariana got to the point where she ended up in jail.

I have to give it a 3 out of 5.  I liked it, but felt like I was missing the details of Ariana’s life.  It also felt a little like a soap opera.

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