The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove
Natalie Hargrove would kill to be her high school's Palmetto Princess. But her boyfriend Mike King doesn't share her dream and risks losing the honor of Palmetto Prince to Natalie's nemesis, Justin Balmer. So she convinces Mike to help play a prank on Justin. . . one that goes terribly wrong. They tie him to the front of the...more
Then I read the original short written by Oscar Wilde. Let me prelude this by saying that I love Oscar Wilde; he's one of my favorite authors and people. There. I said it.
Now, there's a sneaky little bit of Hide Your Gays going on in the OVA. The swallow is voiced by...more
This is a modern retelling of Macbeth, with Natalie Hargrove obsessed with being crowned the next Palmetto Princess. She has always been popular, and works hard to maintain her position as 'Queen Bee' in school. Her handsome boyfriend, Mike is not very interested in becoming Palmetto Prince, but to Natalie he must, and she'll take care of anyone who stands in his or her way.
This sounded like a really interesting premise to a book, and I was excited to read it....more
She is a chameleon type, mimicing whatever style seems to be selling. With Fallen, her writing was bland, as were the characters and premise, all wrapped up with a pretty cover. Just like all the other Twilight knockoffs.
This one was clearly written before she realized that rewriting Twilight was where the money is. It has that "I wanna be trendy" feel to it, like the Alphas series, or Private. The main character, Natalie, was... a firm character, unlik...more
So I convinced my mum to buy a few books for me. This was one of them. I...more
There are a few things that Natalie Hargrove wants out of her time at Palmetto High School, but the big one is becoming Palmetto Princess and her boyfriend, Mike, to be Palmetto Prince. And Natalie Hargrove will do anything she has to do to make sure this happens.
When Natalie finds that Mike is at major risk of losing the battle for the crown to the one person Natalie hates, Justin Balmer, we find out just what she will do...more
Sorry. I lie. I'm in my exam period and I needed something to counterbalance all the academic texts I was reading.
Given how much I liked her other books, you might imagine what expectations I had when I went into this one. Well, dear readers, my reaction at the beginning, th...more
The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove is nothing like Kate's later books, the Fallen series. The writing in Natalie is superior, the characters fuller and more true to life, the story more interesting. Everything about Kate's debut novel is 100 times better than her later books and I am so so happy for it. The premise of Natalie seemed so interesting, a modern day re-imagining of Macbeth set in a South Carolinian high school. I am glad it was...more
For anyone who is confused as to why I would read a book by an author I didn’t particularly trust and whose other books I’d hated with a loathing passion – suck on my 4 star rating! You can NEVER know if you’ll enjoy a book before reading it.
The writing overall was pretty decent. I can’t help...more
I have to say that I think this book was simply breath taking! Lauren Kate is a relatively new author in the paranormal romance genre but she is fantastic. I would recommend her Torment series to everyone. Again that series is amazing! However back to the book in hand…
The first three chapters were a little slow as they spent time to let us know the back story of the main character Natalie, her boyfriend and her past. Chapter 4 onwards...more
This book.. is okay.
I didn't really like it. I mean I liked it but I have no idea, it just didn't really interest me. Actually, I liked it. Its just the ending that bothered me. I mean, go through all that work and pain and just leave like nothing ever happened? Come on, Natalie. I'm not trying to be bogus or anything but the ending just got me really mad.
Its sort of type of book that anyone can relate to. You want to be crowned Homecoming Queen or Prom Queen? Well yeah. So does
Firstly, Natalie was utterly unlikeable by anyone's standards and gets right on your nerves from the very first page, even when you learn of her background, which I assume is supposed to make you sympathetic towards her but fails utterly in that respect. Natalie is utterly selfish, manipulative, unbelievably vain and ruthlessly ambitious, but w...more
The beautiful cover of this book lured me, the story sounded ok and the fact that there was nothing else I wanted to read lead me to purchasing this book.
First of all, this book is trashy - not too many swear words but so much teen sex, drug and alcohol abuse. Very imoral. I WOULD NEVER let my kids read a book like this. Books like...more
The story was better than I thought it would be. Yes it's still high school drama, but the main characters were intriguing and well-developed and the story sucked me in a few chapters into the story. The basic plot is this: Natalie Hargrove is the Queen Bee of the very wealthy Palmetto High School in Ch...more
Natalie is a deplorable character; she's selfish to the core, but that's what drew me into the story. When something goes wrong of Natalie, she doesn't fess up and move on, she tries to fix...more
The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove is sort of like a cross between the story of Lady Macbeth and “Jawbreaker” (that 1999 movie with Rose McGowan). It’s got plotting, scheming and social-climbing — mixed in with a prank gone horribly wrong, and all set in a weal...more
Natalie was annoying, yet relatable. No, I never played a trick on someone where it got them hurt or killed, and I was never as provocative or manip...more
I'm not a huge fan of the "popular" people, or people that do harmful things to get ahead in life - it's never been my thing. So, I guess it was a blessing in disguise when I won a...more
While you won't get anything substantial out of The Betrayal of Natalie Ha...more
At approx 235 pages, it is really short and it didn't take me that long to read, but in some places it felt like it was taking a long time. I found it wuite hard to really get into the story.
Natalie has spent years working towards being crowned Princess at school, she has a boyfriend of 3 years and...more
Natalie Hargrove wants nothing more than to be named to the Palmetto Court with her boyfriend, Mike. (It's basically prom king and queen but a much bigger deal.) She's got no real competition on the girls' end, but Mike could potentially lose to a guy named Justin who, incidentally, Natalie HATES. So she and Mike play...more
The Fallen books are quite different from Betrayal - which is a fairly straightforward rags-to-riches, riches-to-evil tale. Though I was surprised by the completely different feel of Betrayal, I enjoyed it just as much as I did the Fallen books :)
Natalie Hargrove grew up on the wrong side of the tracks with an alcoholic mother and an abusive f...more
She is the author of Fallen and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. She lives in Laurel Canyon with her husband and hopes to work in a restaurant kitchen, get a dog, and learn how to surf.
She is currently at work on the sequel to Fallen.
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