Last Christmas (Private Prequel)

Last Christmas (Private Prequel) Before Reed Brennan Came To Easton Academy Before Thomas Pearson Was Murdered Before Noelle Lange Ruled Billings House And Ariana Osgood Became Easton S Most Notorious Student, Ariana Was Just Another Girl At Boarding School.But Then One Cold Snowy Night On Campus, Ariana Fell For Someone She Shouldn T And That Changed Everything Because Someone Was Watching And Now They Re Intent On Turning Ariana S Holiday Weekend Into A Nightmare I didn t think I would like Ariana s story at all, but I ended up getting addicted to the book till the last page I didn t think she was a strong character, but I loved Brian s portrayal of a girl who s been pushed to her limits and in her way, believing that she was strong through murder It was actually a pretty perce
I bought this book wanting a Christmas theme and some young adult love intrigue A nice, love triangle with a bit of suspense, and how two young people find each other Wellyeah That s not what I got The is one the darkest and most psychotic young adults books I ve ever read It is the prequel to a bestselling series that I have not read, so I thought what better way to start a series than with the prequel Yeah, don t do that I m guessing, based on other reviews of this book which were mostly glowing, you need to have some emotional involvement into the The Private series in order for Last Christmas to work for you For me, I am left with a stricken look on my face and no interest in the actual series.The book starts out with the typical girl who has issues in her private life, sticks to the rules in her daily life, and has a great boyfriend She begins to rebel a bit and have feelings for the hot bad boy at the private school and becomes torn for who she wants to be with Leaving her boyfriend would have serious social consequences, not to mention the bad boy is a notorious bad boy The appeal to the reader is strong and you actually find yourself rooting for the shy girl to break out of her shell and go for the guy that is totally wrong for her, so she can redeem him and make him totally right Not in this story.Ariana is the main character
This book was just soooo boring I wanted to tear my head out Brian didn t even try and justify Ariana s actions to us I couldn t stand Ariana, knowing how crazy she is and her thought cycle and her reasoning I just couldn t wait for this book to be finished And that s
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com SPOILER ALERT For readers who haven t read beyond CONFESSIONS in the PRIVATE series, this book is best left unread Details in LAST CHRISTMAS will ruin much of the suspense in the first four books of the series LAST CHRISTMAS is a great addition to the series by Kate Brian The story gives much needed background insight into Ariana Osgood, the Billings girl arrested for the murder of Thomas Pearson The story begins near Christmas break of Ariana s junior year When we meet Ariana in the first book of the series, PRIVATE, she is one of the privileged senior girls at Easton Academy But in LAST CHRISTMAS, she is the na ve, innocent roommate to Noelle Lange Ariana is the good girl that does what is expected of her She gets top grades, lives in the most respected dormitory, and has the perfect boyfriend, Daniel Ryan Her mother couldn t be prouder of her Daniel isn t 100% perfect though He s incredibly jealous and protective of Ariana At the Winter Ball, he torments Sergei, a Latvian exchange student, because he caught Sergei taking photos of Ariana throughout the dance Ariana is to spend the two weeks of Christmas break at a ski resort with Daniel and his family And Daniel is expecting her to have sex with him while they are there They are both supposedly virgins, and Ariana di
Before Reed Brennan arrived at Easton Academy, Ariana Osgood was an ordinary student just like everybody else.Or was she Ariana Osgood seems to have everything an Easton Academy girl could want straight A s, the perfect boyfriend, and a coveted spot in exclusive Billings House But, then, again, nothing is perfect When
Ariana Osgood is the perfect cookie cutter Billings girl perfect on the outside but not so much behind that exterior Sure, she s got the perfect boyfriend who loves her, great grades, not to mention a spot in the most elite House at Easton Academy But she s also got some secrets, details about her life she s too embarrassed to tell her friends for fear it would ruin her reputation But all of Ariana s good girl rules and morals just about go out the window when Ariana finds herself trapped on campus during Christmas vacation with bad boy Thomas Pearson of all people, instead of vacationing in Vermont with her boyfriend Daniel, the guy she loves, or so she tells herself This chance blizzard all but snows them in, preventing Ariana s escape from Easton and Thomas s seductive clutches But instead of finding a way back to her boyfriend, Ariana finds herself going against all she knows and falling for Thomas Unfortunately, Ariana and Thomas aren t the only ones who know about their romance, and in an attempt to protect the only right thing in her life, Ariana unleashes a mother with the potential of ruining not only the lives of several innocent people but in the end, her own.Once again, Brian does not disappoint with this shocking and revealing prequel to the addicting Private series
5 Words Lies, manipulation, lust, betrayal, rich kids. A YA Christmas mystery, with plenty of suspense and darkness to it I would recommend reading the first 4 books in the Private series Private, Invitation Only, Untouchable, and Confessions before this one Otherwise, things might be spoiled for you Kate Brian s characters are great They are so complex an
2.5 stars The series has definitely lost a little bit of the magic it had when I was first reading them as a teenager, and I almost wish I had have read Last Christmas back when I was originally reading the series, because I know back then I would have loved it a lot Kate Brian s writing is a little basic, and the book relies on character development from the series, rather than being a standalone novel which is fair, I wouldn t expect many people who haven t read the series to read the prequel However, I really felt there was something missing in Ariana s personality and development that should have been there She s a secondary character in the Private series, so it s fine that there are character omissions that aren t picked up by the narrator Reed However in Last Christmas, there really wasn t an excuse to be missing Ariana s thoughts, her logic, her reasoning, she just does things I would have preferred to either learn about Ariana s past, or to have a open view of her mind I don t understand her motivations, she doesn t justify anything she does, and I think the novel is poorer for the lack of understanding I don t think it was deliberate, I think it was the result of weak writing Additionally, though it s a prequel, it wasn t written until after the main series had progressed much farther chronologically,
I really liked the story but I will admit that there were a few times where I was lost because I was trying to recall the stories and the people I have read about thus far I really love this series, as it is a huge guilty pleasure of

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  • 263 pages
  • Last Christmas (Private Prequel)
  • Kate Brian
  • 25 December 2018
  • 9781847384829