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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens (6 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552563722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552563727
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lots of adjectives can be applied to this novel - mean, smutty, decadent - all of them compliments" (Booklist)

"Lauren Kate's first novel is an entertaining high-school thriller that's fairly loosely based on Macbeth. A fun read for fans of this talented author" (The Bookbag)

"Think Macbeth meets Gossip Girl" (Natasha Harding The Sun)

"I enjoyed this book very much; it's Twilight turned High School Musical (minus the singing). I would reccomend this book to anyone I know, and I am definitely going to read the other books written by Lauren Kate" (Chelsie Davies South Wales Argus)

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An irresistibly glamorous and intriguing novel from the author of the international bestseller FALLEN.

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I recently read and enjoyed Lauren Kate's Fallen, her second book (by a matter of mere weeks) and one of my favourite supernaturals of the year. In all the Fallen buzz, it would have easy to miss Lauren Kate's debut novel, released in the US in November this year, about a Southern princess who goes a little too far in her bid for high school popularity. Admittedly, the premise doesn't pop the way Fallen's does, but here's the clincher: Natalie Hargrove's story is a retelling of Macbeth. Yes, that Macbeth.

I'm cautious about retellings in general, and I suspect I'm not alone in that. On one hand, I don't want the retelling to deviate too far from my favourite aspects of the original. On the other, it has to add something new to the story - or what's the point? It's a fine line, and luckily The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove walks it with charm. Lauren Kate has opted not to make Natalie a cold-blooded murderer, but rather a queen bee whose determination to get what she wants sets the wheels of high school tragedy in motion. A fair amount of Shakespearean language and imagery makes the cut, but never in a klunky or cumbersome way. So you have the sophomore wannabes bemoaning the fact that the foul weather isn't fair; Natalie's aptly-named boyfriend, Mike King (get it?); and the symbolism of the Jessamine, South Carolina's beautiful but poisonous state flower and favoured fake-flower corsage of the Palmetto set. The ending is faithful enough to Shakespeare's play that it still reads like a tragedy, but there's a few surprises too.

As a teenage version of Lady Macbeth, Natalie Hargrove is a certainly a character that readers may have trouble warming to. She's self-centred, bitchy, and the kind of girl who would probably torture the kind of girls who read books for fun.
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I read Torment and Fallen...really enjoyed them! Logical next step is to buy another Lauren Kate book, right?

I bought this book because (so far) I have enjoyed Lauren Kate's books. This book however, was very disappointing and even though I read the whole book - just in case it was slow to start or I was judging it unfairly - I didn't enjoy the book so I gave it straight away. I felt that the characters and the storyline were lacking depth, and the story seemed disjointed at times.
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Did the author run out of ideas and just stop writing? Awful way to finish a book that had started off rather well. Characters are introduced for no apparent reason. Others are developed a little, but their story lines are just left to peter out and nothing gets resolved. If Lauren Kate was aiming for a "work it out for yourself" ending, she failed miserably as there is just nothing to go on. I am so let down by this book and wouldn't recommend it, which is such a shame as I loved her other books!
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Natalie Hargrove has spent years plotting for her and her boyfriend Mike to take the throne as Palmetto high's Prince and Princess. Nat knows better than anyone how to get what she wants having come from the wrong part of town, with a dad in prison and a mother who's notorious for her string of marriages to climb up the social ladder. Natalie's put sweat and blood into becoming one of the most popular girls in school and to be crowned Palmetto Princess is to be accepted. It means that she's made it. So when blast from the past Justin threatens to ruin everything Natalie can't help but pull what should be a harmless prank on him- just enough to insure that his reputation is damaged- but when a prank turns into murder Natalie's plunged into a world of secrecy, deceit and guilt. Natalie soon realises that there are some forces that are not to be reckoned with and that fate and karma always has a way of catching up with you in the end...

When I read reviews comparing this book to Macbeth and one of my all-time favourite films Cruel Intentions I had a feeling that I was going to enjoy this book and boy was I right! Every so often I love to read a dark, twisted, delicious tale and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove fit the bill perfectly. Reading this book is a bit like reading a gothic version of Gossip Girl. Natalie's a heroine you'll love to hate and the deadly secrets and betrayals will have you glued to this books pages. The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove is such a hard book to review because it's such a topsy turvey read. I'd like to say that I loved the characters but I didn't they were shallow and selfish. I'd like to say that this is a fun enjoyable read but it isn't instead its dark, quirky and packs a punch. Yet all of these things are what makes this book so damn good.
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I was super excited about this book, considering how much I loved Fallen and Torment. The cover is in a similar style to the others. The precise meaning for using that particular cover is discovered at the end of the book.

My excitement dropped dramatically. Natalie Hargrove is a spoiled, selfish airhead. She embodies everything I hate about airheads. She's obsessed with how she looks. She thinks she looks amazing. She acts like the queen bee. She pushes the younger girls at school around. She gets her way. She is wrapped up in her boyfriend - and what she does is definitely not PG rated. I couldn't find one redeeming feature about her. It got worse when she pulled the prank. At that point when she took it all too far (it was too far to begin with in my opinion) I knew my hatred for her wouldn't change.

Please don't misunderstand me - I really liked this book. It's weird hating a character. I liked all the intrigue with her father, and learning the truth about his fate. I would have liked there to be more involvement of the issue surrounding her father.

Natalie lives in some stranger wonderland all on her own. What possesses her to think she can cover up her evil crime? It's not going to work. There is always evidence. She arranges it so that she will look innocent, but there's a paranormal element that wants to make sure justice is done.

I was thrilled when life started going wrong with her. I felt that at last she was getting proper justice for being a mean person. It got better and better. She lost it. People knew she lost it. She lost her prestige, she lost her standing at school. I loved the scene which echoed one at the start of the novel, where Natalie goes to someone for advice.
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