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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
In Cut Here by Azzurra Nox, sixteen-year-old Lena has changed countries and schools more times than she cares to remember. Making friends is hard for her and she longs for sincere companionship. Her world was shattered after her mother’s death and her father relocates her from Italy to Los Angeles, hoping to help her put the past behind. However, suicides occur shortly after Lena Martin arrives at St. Lucy Academy. Mysteriously, the students are compelled by a strange force that leads them to their deaths after reading a cult book called Cut Here.
With the beautiful, attention grabbing cover art by Creative Paramita, particularly with the title Cut Here, I was instantly intrigued to read the story. Author Azzurra Nox has an intelligent and beautiful prose that certainly heightens the sinister atmosphere surrounding the lead characters. Lena’s first day didn't go so well, especially when she saw another student acting weird in the restroom, murmuring strangely. Having the mystery rear its head as early as page one definitely makes the pace of the story aptly swift. I particularly like Jon Russe. He’s a relatable, well-crafted character, especially his tragic background story.
On the other hand, romance in the story is the only aspect that doesn't hold my interest, and I think the love connection happened too quickly between the characters. All the same, this is an important aspect for a YA book and well-suited for the targeted readers. All in all, I enjoyed it and will look out for the next book in the series.