Archie Jameson sat in the dark corners of the print shop, dreaming of adventure. Today, it found him. Caught in a chilly October storm, he ducked into a tavern, hoping to escape the rain. What he found, was a room teeming with pirates. Shanghaied by the most elderly of the lot, Archie found himself serving on a ship captained by the fiercest pirate ever to sail the seven seas–the man known as Blackbeard. Through a series of thrilling twists, Archie finds himself captain of another of Blackbeard’s ships, the Jolig Roger. In an attempt to flee danger, his ship becomes lost under stars never before seen. Determined to save both his crew and the woman he loves, Archie will make decisions that will forever seal his fate. Discover the untold story of the man who became Captain Hook.
K.R. Thompson was raised in the Appalachian Mountains. She resides in Bland County with her husband, son, three cats, and an undeterminable amount of chickens.
An avid reader and firm believer in magic, she spends her nights either reading an adventure or writing one.
She still watches for evidence of Bigfoot in the mud of Wolf Creek.
Faced with a possible loophole to her “Snow White” curse, Viv goes underground, literally, to find the prince who’s fated to rescue her. But is life safe in the Underworld worth the price of sacrificing the love that might kill her?
***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & EgmontUSA
Please Note: I have not read Killing Me Softly, the first installment in this Beau Rivage world so all of my perceptions are based on the idea that this is the first and/or a stand alone.
Tear You Apart is a dark and gritty journey into authentic fairy tales. The kind that aren’t made of rainbows and butterflies but revenge, envy, murder, and twisted curses. In the style of The Brothers Grimm, Tear You Apart is gritty, sinister and full of danger. The tension is high and the future is bleak. Happily ever after is far from the horizon for these ill-fated teens.
- Beau Rivage is quirky and creative. The idea is that in this world, people are cursed with fairytale fates and not the Disney kind. From a prominent birthmark, citizens know their future and have to take matters in their own hands to achieve a happy ending. Full of giant slayers, fae, mischievous witches, and dark Princes, Tear You Apart is a magical wonderland of invention that plays on urban fantasy. The characters may look like Snow White or Sleeping Beauty but their personalities are their own and sometimes, it’s startling just how much they contrast with expectations.
- Characters are multidimensional, they’re both good and bad. There aren’t true villains because each person is governed by choice within the confines of their fairy tale. Secondary characters are packed with personality and charm. I adored the spoiled princess who survived the Goldilocks curse. She’s a constantly complaining nuisance. I appreciated that Sarah Cross included lots of diversity, from different races and cultures to LGBTQIA.
- The Underworld is wickedly cool. It’s made for illicit activities, partying, and like a giant costume party full of chic clothes and themes. The boats to the castle, the ferrymen, the 12 Princesses curse and the Underworld Princes, it’s enthralling, the sort of cleverly crafted scenery that sucks you in and makes you want more. The details are all there and vibrant.
- The King of the Underworld is vile, evil, and sadistic. When his sins come out it’s sickening how seriously he took his curse and the damage he’s done. The lack of care for human life is dreadful. The secrets hidden in the Underworld castle are a consistent addition to the plot and fuel for Viv’s hunger to escape her alternate fate.
- Henley is a chivalrous, lovable, loyal friend and love interest. He’s there for Viv even when she verbally attacks him and does everything in her power to make him think she doesn’t want him. He comes to her rescue consistently and gets her out of trouble at his own peril. Despite everything, he never gives up. His heart is pure and even if he wasn’t attractive, his personality is golden.
- The wedding scene. OMG. Rivals the “Red Wedding”. Horrifying.
- Bouts of genuine horror and helplessness resonate through the story. The tone is dark and made of anticipation of when the next ax will drop of their miniscule moments of happiness.
- Viv is antagonistic. She pushes people away and is kind of self-absorbed. She cares more about her own feelings than others until reality harshly slaps her in the face. Viv is so rude to Henley, her so-called best friend and Huntsman. She insults him, instigates fights, and then gets mad when he doesn’t fall at her feet and beg for forgiveness. Viv doesn’t know what she wants and is guided by crippling fear of her own mortality. She didn’t have many redeeming qualities but I did sympathize with her situation. She grew up dreaming of a happily ever after and was brutally hit with fate when her love interest became the hand that may or may not kill her. All Viv wants is to be loved and because of the curse, she had a sickly mother, an absent father, and a wolf in sheep’s clothing of a step-mother.
- There wasn’t enough of many characters. There are brief tidbits that have lots of promise to enhance the story but then disappear. Jasper, Minuet, the sisters, their emotions and personalities, how the feel towards their fates and father would have made it easier to get why they behaved the way they did.
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And then there is the blood on my hands and my sheets when I wake up. I’m afraid of myself and what I’ve done. And I’m beginning to be more afraid of Kyla. And what she will do.
I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognize that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practice given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each others loves – it works wonderfully…
My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain cross-eyed.
- Bryn is magnetic. She’s saucy, bold, courageous, has a solid moral compass and believes in fighting her hardest for rights for those who refuse to fight for themselves. Bryn is antagonistic, playful, and has the wittiest comments. At the same time, Bryn, despite her unique circumstances as an outsider and dragon, has the same issues as a normal teenage girl. Her troubles with boys, confusion over where she stands in a relationship and if she’s worth the effort of tackling the system for places her on a playing field that’s relatable and extremely likeable.
- Valmont is a sweetheart, he’s loyal, masculine, and the warm arms Bryn needs to comfort her when no one else seems to understand. Bryn is searching for someone that will stay, to love her for her faults as much as her assets and Valmont is super attentive to her needs. Valmont is soft and compassionate one moment and hard, threatening lines the next. He’s a definite contender for Bryn’s heart.
- The relationship between Jaxon and Bryn has come a long way. It’s almost amicable and there might be some sexual tension brewing beneath the surface, no matter how hard they try to resist. Jaxon is a jerk. He’s blunt, doesn’t spare Bryn her feelings and let’s her have it when she’s being too cocky. Jaxon is surprisingly nice when he wants to be. He has quite the heart hidden deep within him and a giant soft spot for the women in his life.
- The sheer extent of the Directorate’s reign and corruption is revealed and it’s horrifying just how far they go to maintain an image of perfection and order. The difference between humans and dragons is outlined, those with imperfections are disregarded and hidden from sight like an ugly piece of furniture. Women are subservient and told not to speak up but their voices are there and it’s wonderful to finally hear their side.
- A substantial portion of the plot was overwhelmed by the relationship drama between Zavien and Bryn. Her constant sulking and the run around detracted from the serious threats made to the school.
- The battle scenes were viewed from the outside. Secondhand word of the carnage was not nearly as suspenseful and it was hard to really gage the extent of the damages and threat.
- Zavien. I can’t remember the last time I was so disappointed in a character.
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Expected Publication Date: Feb 24, 2015
After the horrors she’s survived over the past year, Rory never expected to find the one thing she certainly wasn’t looking for – love. But after the painful realization that her past has left her a dangerous liability to the person she cares for the most, she finally understands that for Rory and Sam, love means letting go.
Can two people hopelessly in love with one another ever revert back into just friends? Neither Rory nor Sam know for sure. But the one thing they do know – it’s the only choice they have.
As Rory recovers from a devastating assault, Sam will do anything to make sure it never happens again. But how far will he go to keep her safe? Their choices will change everything, and they will either bring them back together, or destroy them irrevocably.
OKAY is the follow-up to NORMAL and Book 2 of the Something More series. It is NOT meant to be read as a standalone novel.
Normal, the first book in this series, was one of my top reads of 2014 and one of my most highly anticipated releases of 2015.
For my review of Normal –>Normal Review