Light of Day
Booklist Reviews 2015 November #1
First impressions rarely tell the whole story. Gabby Perez is a radio DJ by night, and by day, she attempts to be the student and daughter her parents want her to be. When her friend is drugged at a nightclub, she is shaken but not nearly as unnerved as she is by the guy who gives her a warning—the mysterious X. As they work together to bring down the pimp who might be behind these attacks, she finds herself falling hard, even though he's the kind of guy she's always been warned to stay away from. The drama within this novel is uneven. The climactic scene is as high energy as any action movie, but within the rest of the story, the heart-pumping momentum is sometimes more jarring than exciting. The tangle of love and danger is reminiscent of Simone Elkeles' Perfect Chemistry (2009). While this offers an interesting peek into a dangerous world of gangs and drugs, the suggestion of danger is often buried in more mundane plotlines. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall
When spunky, independent Gabby Perez talks about date-rape drugs on her radio show, she discovers an underage prostitution ring in her Miami neighborhood. Then she meets "X"--the alluring leader of a vigilante gang that rescues prostitution victims. Gabby and X's romance is hasty, but fans of van Diepen's urban fiction (including companion On the Edge) will enjoy their steamy connection and fast-paced investigation. Copyright 2016 Horn Book Guide Reviews.