ARC Review: The Vrai Domicile by Courtney Ruggles

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Q437B was ready to die for the Second Revolution. Then she entered the Muertre…

Q and B expected death when the Elders ordered their execution. What they discover instead changes everything they thought they knew about their world. Saved by the mercy of the Elders, they awaken in the Vrai Domicile, a mysterious place hidden below the Sixth Domicile housing hundreds of former rebels.

Except these rebels have been brainwashed, conditioned to be blind followers.

Q quickly learns of the Elders’ new plan for her – she is to become their warrior, to reunite the Vrai and Sixth Domiciles with purity, love, and unwavering faith. But to Q, she’ll be undoing everything she and the rebels fought for.

Now Q and B must fight to survive once more, forced to forge new alliances with strangers who promise nothing is as it seems. But surviving comes with a choice – follow the Elders and quash the Revolution, or defy them and free the people, putting B’s and Grandmother’s lives at risk.

In a place where the fire of rebellion is extinguished at every turn, can Q continue to be the spark that fuels the Revolution?


4/5 Stars

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via Elephantine Publishing 

The story takes place over a span of a week or so after Q wakes up. The story is fairly short and because of this, the pacing is wicked fast. Information hits like a torpedo, all of these reveals like rapid-fire shots to the heart. The adrenaline is high. The fear and torment nonstop. Everything builds up into this colossal ball of emotional turmoil and crippling hope for the best when the Domicile has proven nothing but heartache. Expect your pulse to race and your blood to boil. The injustice just keeps coming, even worse than in book 1. 

Q is struggling to find out who she wants to be and if she has what it takes to become a leader. What is she willing to sacrifice and is it worth it? Q’s internal battle is painful and bleak. She wars within, weighing what’s important and whether love can be enough to overcome all odds. Q is definitely stronger. She’s confident, fierce, headstrong, and fights her adversaries head on. She leaps into action and unfortunately, the consequences are worse than anything she could ever imagine. Q must decide how much of herself, who she is at her core, that she must give up in order to fan the flames of the revolution she sparked. 

Some scenes are agonizing. Harrowing bursts of emotional trauma and chaos. The flogging scenes, the pain, the threats, everything is blunt and brutally honest. Fresh emotion on full display, no holds. Some scenes are graphically violent and may be a little much for some readers.

Nothing is as it seems. There are tons of clues that push the plot forward and will make you turn pages just to get to the truth.

B & Q. Though some of B’s lines are a little cheesy and a lot sappy, they’re heartfelt. The emotion radiates from the page. He absolutely adores Q. She’s definitely his sun. This book is definitely more mature than book 1. There are quite a few sexy scenes, but holy fire hot. Seriously. 

B. While I’ve liked B since book 1, I felt like there wasn’t enough of him. Most of the story is catered towards Q and how she feels. Her world revolves around B (typically) and her need to be with him completely. B was there, but I wanted to get to know him. He rarely opens up, other than a ton of lust-fueled scenes, I think I needed more downtime or something to show more of B’s personality. 

That ending.

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