It’s September when good girl Via Sorenson stumbles into a Seattle strip club, drunk and alone on her twenty-first birthday. Matt and Nick–best friends, bandmates, and bouncers–do their best to shield her from their sadistic cocaine-trafficking boss, Carlos. They don’t realize her daddy issues come with a forty-million-dollar trust fund and a legacy she would do anything to escape.
She is actually Violetta Rabbotino, who had been all over the news ten years earlier when her father, an acclaimed abstract artist, came home in a rage, murdered her mother, then turned the gun on himself. Young Violetta was spared, hidden behind the family Christmas tree, veiled by the mysticism of its pretty lights whose unadulterated love captivated and calmed her.
Now, desperate to shed her role as orphaned victim, Via stage dives into a one-hundred-day adventure with Matt and Nick, the bassist and drummer of popular nineties cover band Obliviot. The rock-and-roll lifestyle is the perfect distraction–until she is rattled by true love. As Christmas looms closer, her notorious past becomes undeniable. How will she ever untangle herself from her twisted string of pretty lights?
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. First let me say, how pretty & cool is this cover?! With that being said, this book is so, so good. It’s incredibly hard to put down. Via, the main character is so captivating and every scene was painted perfectly. All of the characters are real, flawed, and are dealing with struggles. The Seattle backdrop was a perfect venue for this gripping story, you’ll find yourself sucked in from the first page. I recommend this 4.5 star book to anyone who loves a story that feel real and deals with reinventing yourself, xo!
Ina Zajac is an award-winning journalist, avid people watcher, and lover of quirk and contrast. Her writing is heavily influenced by her fascination with music, art, and her hometown of Seattle.
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Praise for Please, Pretty Lights:
Dark, gritty, and intoxicating…exactly how I like it. Please, Pretty Lights, a poignant portrait of music, drugs and relationships, is harrowing at times and masterly written. It’s easily one of my favorite books of the year. – Marni Mann, author of Memoirs Aren’t Fairytales
Zajac is a strong, STRONG writer with a touch
that can be poetic or gritty, as the situation requires.
—Conrad Wesselhoeft, author of Adios, Nirvana and Dirt Bikes, Drones,
and Other Ways to Fly
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