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on May 10th 2019
Genres: Coming of Age
Tropes: Great Expectations Retelling
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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My life was irrevocably changed the moment I stepped foot inside Elena Alderman’s grand front doors. A lifeless tomb on the edge of Chicago’s Southside, the Alderman home sat in one of the city’s oldest and wealthiest neighborhoods, and Elena Alderman was the queen.

She was also mad.

Not the kind of madness that’s readily apparent. No, her psychopathy was far more surgical—more…insidious. She was surrounded by beautiful things—most notably her grand piano and her adopted son, Henry.

I fell in love with both.

My gift blossomed when my fingers touched her black and white keys. But my life began when I became haunted by the boy. Henry Alderman was a handsome blend of arrogance and seduction, and as we grew up together, I found it more and more impossible to separate him from my thoughts. I envied his life. I imagined how my name—Lily—would look with his. I became his closest friend…and more. I gave him my kiss, locked away his secrets, and loved him even when it was hard to.

But we were just a game. Elena Alderman made the rules. And when she decided to change them, she broke everything.



It took me a while to find the right rating for BRED by Ginger Scott and I don’t find much joy in writing an unfavorable review for a book written by one of my favorites so I’ll keep it short.

BRED is a retelling of Dickens’s Great Expectations. Henry, our hero, considers himself incapable of loving someone. Being raised by a cold fish of an adoptive mother that was to be expected. He runs hot and cold with Lily, who I thought was a doormat and made a lot of excuses for Henry. I’m not going into detail about this but I had a serious issue with how Henry treated the heroine. His selfishness and arrogance made me want to wipe that smirk off his face.

Henry is nothing like me. He’s broken in a different way, and he doesn’t feel things like pressure or guilt. That much I know. He barely feels at all.

70% of the book Lily and Henry are firmly in the friend zone until it all turns around in the blink of an eye. I like a good slow burn but this took a little too long without any character growth from either hero or heroine. They were friends, until they weren’t.
I understand that Elena, Henry’s despicable, horrible adoptive mother, brainwashed him but even after Lily and Henry got involved and seeing their relationship develop I wasn’t confident any longer that Henry would make a good boyfriend. Lily tried to show some resistance but failed every single time. Henry only had to aim his cocky smirk at her and she was a puddle who would forgive anything.

“He is exactly as I hoped he would be. Nobody will ever break Henry’s heart—he will leave behind the heartbroken, and he’ll rule this world because of it. I made sure that he wouldn’t suffer from my biggest flaw.”

BRED was disappointing. The author who can write good-to-the-core male characters like nobody’s business made me dislike one of them. But, it happens. Sometimes, rarely, our favorite authors don’t hit the mark for us and that’s fine. I’m confident that the next book by Ginger Scott will make me fall in love with her characters again. Also, make sure you check out the other reviews – a lot of people loved this one. Maybe you will too.


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  • I applaud your honesty Astrid especially as I indeed know that you adore Ginger’s books!!!! But hey it happens. I hope her next one will be just a fantastic read for you.

    • I can’t wait to read your thoughts. Ginger is one of my alltime favorites. Pretty sure that’s an it’s me not you thing.

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