My Review: The Evolution of Ivy – Poison by Lauren Campbell

My Review: The Evolution of Ivy – Poison by Lauren CampbellThe Evolution of Ivy: Poison by Lauren Campbell
Series: The Evolution of Ivy #1
Publication Date: January 30. 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Amazon

Synopsis

They won't recognize the new me.
But they know the old me well—the me she harmed, and the me he loved.
She thinks she has him. But I'm going to take him back.
He thinks she's the one. But I'm going to show him he's wrong.
I thought it was over. But now I have a chance.

My Review

The Evolution of Ivy:  Poison by Lauren Campbell is a debut contemporary romance novel.

“I want to sew my eyes shut and plug up my ears with acid-soaked cotton, because I’m forced to see them together – to hear how “in love” they are, while he has all but forgotten about me.”

I love the author’s synopsis for this book:

They won’t recognize the new me.
But they know the old me well—the me she harmed, and the me he loved.
She thinks she has him. But I’m going to take him back.
He thinks she’s the one. But I’m going to show him he’s wrong.
I thought it was over. But now I have a chance.

It tells us just enough about the book to make us want to grab it up and find out more.

“My mom had always told me I could be whatever I wanted on Halloween, and now I’m what I’ve wanted to be since before I even became ugly – a pretty girl.”

I believe this novel to be the distorted tale of The Ugly Ducking. Oh man. Hop in, buckle up, hang on tight, and get ready for a mind-bending story that you won’t be able to put down.  It was fabulous!  Ivy was one crazy broad, and I kinda have a huge lady crush on her.  She was a devious and scheming psycho.  But, her character was so sly and cunning that she crept into my heart and became the squatter that wouldn’t leave.  Her every thought and detail was manipulated for one purpose.  This made the author a creative mastermind, allowing Ivy to dawn numerous masks in order to garner her prey. The story progression was swift and patterned with well-calculated thoughts that should not have made me laugh or feel for Ivy, but they did.  This chic got under my skin like a bad infection and made me want to cheer her on. She was smart and snarky. While I connected with Ivy because of her spunk and stealth, I came to a point in the book when my heart broke for her and I genuinely wanted to rip some people to shreds for helping create the “monster” she had become.

“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, except when you take Emily Brandt.”

The angst and build, as the plot thickened, had my head spinning, my palms sweating, and my eyes on overdrive trying to read faster.  I was falling off the edge of my seat, or maybe the edge of the cliff, with one shocking surprise after the next.  The really amazing thing about this story is that if you took out the craziness, there’d actually seem to be this great potential of a second chance love story.  But, there is no removing the slightly demented nature of the beast.

The Evolution of Ivy:  Poison was a striking debut novel filled with thrills, twists, and edge-of-my-seat madness.  A highly recommended escape.

“She’s a threat to my character. Dangerous. Poison.”

5 Stars

About Lauren Campbell

Lauren Campbell lives in Atlanta, GA, with her family, and is author of The Evolution of Ivy: Poison.

She was raised in Columbia, SC, with her three sisters who annoy her greatly.

An avid reader since early childhood, Lauren discovered her love for writing several years into owning a successful newborn photography business. After reaching out to author Colleen Hoover in 2013 for advice, Lauren painstakingly pieced together a heap of garbage loosely based on her personal life that she decided to trash. After one year of being on hiatus, Lauren subsequently came up with the idea for Poison after being inspired by a photo on the internet. She wrote Poison in three weeks. It is not a heap of garbage, has no personal ties, and is filled with characters Lauren cares more for than some of the real people in her life. But don't tell anyone that.

Lauren's social life is pretty boring, but she loves reading, coffee & hot tea, and living in her pajamas. She's a glutton for punishment, and regrettably signs up for things like Room Mom in her children's classes, leaving her up all night doing things like baking dozens of cookies between swear words. Her favorite food is avocado. If she could, she'd find a way to put it on everything.

Lauren is done writing in third person now.

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