The concept of this book was so interesting, I knew when I saw it that I had to read it. Ivy Erickson, the novel's main protagonist, has been able to see countdown clocks over everyone's heads, indicating how long they have until they die. She is powerless to help, so when her own clock says she has one month, twenty-seven days, four hours, fifty-nine minutes, and two seconds to live, she does her best to make sense of it all.
The murder of Ivy's best friend Vanessa, is the main plot within the novel. She was killed in the woods and everyone around Ivy thinks she has something to do with it. Once more girls start disappearing, Ivy tries to put the pieces together, to discover the truth. I personally quite liked Ivy, I could only imagine how hard it must have been for her to have this ability. We get Ivy and her actions as well as her thoughts and feelings, which are completely understandable given her circumstances. I felt that this novel didn't really follow the usual YA tropes, although Ivy had this weird ability, she wasn't presented as the 'chosen one', which was refreshing.
Gardenia, was well-written with a unique and thoughtful plot idea. The characters, I felt were developed thoroughly. This hasn't been one of my favourite books I've ever read, but I liked the ending and how everything worked out, it was all bundled well together and finished strong. I do think the 'thriller' aspect could have been played up even just a little bit more. Overall, I did enjoy this novel and it was a quick read for me, that I thought was a new concept and it was well-written.