Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Books I've Loved: Black Iris

Wow!  I don't even know how to start with this book.  It's dark and twisted and disturbing and sexy and oh, so, so beautiful all at the same time.  The narrator is unreliable, but tells you right from the start so it shouldn't be a surprise when she turns out to be the most sadistic, fucked up person I've ever had the pleasure??? of spending a few hundred pages with.

There are so many layers of betrayal here.  Family. Friends. Lovers. Enemies.  It's no wonder Laney's head is all over the place.  Not to mention the streak of mental illness and drug abuse that threads through everything.

This book deals with heavy stuff.  Nasty stuff.  But it deals with it in such gorgeously beautiful prose, you almost forget how repugnant some of these people are and how wrong their actions are.  It says a lot when you adore a book even when you hate all the characters in it.  And that's this book for me.  I couldn't put it down even though the people in it literally made we want to vomit.

Definitely not a book people looking for a nice, safe story with some hot sex in it.  The sex is there, but there's nothing nice or safe about this book.  In the best possible way.

If you don't believe me, here's the blurb…

“Love is not a thing that we create. It’s an undoing.”

It only took one moment of weakness for Laney Keating’s world to fall apart. One stupid gesture for a hopeless crush. Then the rumors began. Slut, they called her. Queer. Psycho. Mentally ill, messed up, so messed up even her own mother decided she wasn’t worth sticking around for.

If Laney could erase that whole year, she would. College is her chance to start with a clean slate.

She’s not looking for new friends, but they find her: charming, handsome Armin, the only guy patient enough to work through her thorny defenses—and fiery, filterless Blythe, the bad girl and partner in crime who has thorns of her own.

But Laney knows nothing good ever lasts. When a ghost from her past resurfaces—the bully who broke her down completely—she decides it’s time to live up to her own legend. And Armin and Blythe are going to help.

Which was the plan all along.

Because the rumors are true. Every single one. And Laney is going to show them just how true.

She’s going to show them all.


  1. Ooh - sounds like a bit of trouble brewing there!

  2. You had me at "dark and twisted". And good writing! How much do I love a dark book that's well written instead of weak.