Title: Pieces of Revenge (Titanium, #1)
Author: Valia Lind
Genre: YA, Thriller
A weapon. A broken life. A humanity lost.
That is all Anastasia knows, that is all that she is. As an eleven-year-old, she witnessed her family’s brutal murder and she’s been on the run ever since. She’s spent her life training and planning for the day when she can take her revenge.
Kallos Enterprises is a well respected corporation, set on improving the genetic structure of an individual. Or so they say. Anastasia knows, first hand, what kind of monsters lurk behind the pretty walls of those skyscrapers. Armed with combat skills and a beyond perfect memory, she heads to Chicago to uncover the answers to questions that plagued her for years.
After arriving in the city, she meets Logan, a boy from her past who changes all the rules. She doesn’t remember him, but he remembers her. His position at Kallos Enterprises is useful, his presence is unnerving, and he makes her question everything she knows about herself to be true. If her perfect memory can’t remember Logan, what else about her past is wrong?
Time is running out. Anastasia has nowhere to turn, but to trust the one person who’s a memory she should have, but doesn’t. With a madman threatening their every step, Anastasia and Logan must uncover the truths behind Kallos experiments and hope that the answers they find won’t destroy the world forever.
- Anastasia (Tasia) is a warrior. She packs a mean punch, has the sassiest lines, and the way her eyes light up at the prospect of murder is bewitching. Her thirst for vengeance is what drives and compels her to take monumental risks. Tasia is so much more than meets the eye. The layers of her personality are revealed as she suffers one loss after the other and discovers the girl lurking beneath her façade. On one hand, Tasia is a beast. Seriously, her skills are made of badassery. She’s in an elaborate game of cat and mouse where she alternates between the hunter and the hunted and like her enemies, she likes to play with her food. Tasia is vulnerable. There’s a side of her that’s lonely and terrified, a side that is determined to save the day at all costs no matter how much blood and injury she receives in the meantime. She doesn’t trust and had wickedly fast reflexes, memory, and general intelligence. She’s always one step ahead in this crazy chess game of manipulation, corruption, and vile genetics. When Tasia falls to pieces it’s hard to swallow and extremely raw. Her grief is a stab to the heart. To see someone so strong and confident crumble is devastating.
- The suspense fills the story with enough thrills and bumps to keep anyone on their toes and second guessing everything. The sheer mystery of the Kallos company, and the tiny pieces of a gigantic puzzle, lead to a revelation that will disquiet and astound. It’s breathtaking, bold and comes together in shocking twist.
- The truth buried deep in memory and violation is nauseating. The disregard for human life, the way Tasia and others are taken advantage of for the so-called “greater good” is disgusting. Everything Tasia has gone through is a major violation, she doesn’t know what’s real and what’s fake and as the reader, the confusion pulls you closer to Tasia as she breaks a little inside.
- Logan is a shameless, gorgeous flirt. He’s an absolute sweetheart but infuriating. He loves to push Tasia’s buttons and makes her feel things she never has before. Tasia blossoms, she unravels in his able hands and awakens to the prospect of love. Logan is funny, insanely protective, and the way he looks at Tasia, like she’s precious, remarkable, that the stars shine from her eyes…swoon. He gets her, more than she gets herself. He looks out for her and teases and tries everything in his power to make her smile. There’s tons of chemistry and tension between them but not an overwhelmingly sexual bout of lust. It’s a yearning on a deep, soul level, to be there for each other.
- The gore and violence might be too much for some. It’s graphic and brutal, every kick, scratch, stab, and bullet is described in brilliant detail.
- Secondary characters faded away and were hardly present. They didn’t leave a big impression and so when it was time to actually care about their fates, it didn’t hit the emotions like it should have.
- It took a substantial amount of time for the whole story behind Tasia’a quest for murder to be revealed. Yes, she suffered a horrible loss and becoming a killing machine is a viable route but it feels disjointed, like something is missing for a lot of the story, especially in connection to the Kallos company.
Author. Photographer. Artist. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Valia Lind always had a love for the written word. She wrote her first full book on the bathroom floor of her dormitory, while procrastinating to study for her college classes. Upon graduation, she has moved her writing to more respectable places, and have found her voice in Young Adult fiction. Falling by Design is her debut young adult novel. You can visit her online at http://www.valialind.blogspot.com or follow her on twitter, where she spends way too much time, @ValiaLind.
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Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn, #1)-Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned. -William Congreve
Plot: Burn for Burn is the age-old didactic tale of a woman scorned, or more simply, a story of revenge. Lillia, Kat, and Mary are girls from different social classes, levels of popularity, and home lives but they have one thing in common, the dangerous rage and thirst for vengeance after they’d been wronged. The story is told from three perspectives:
Lillia is one of the most popular, beautiful, likeable girls in school. She’s genuine, caring, and yet is trapped; she’s surrounded by the stereotypical mean girl-her best friend Rennie, a cheerleader-the jocks, and the typical bobble head other friend Ashlin. Up until this point, Lillia realizes that she’s made some mistakes in the past, one that she regrets more than anything (I don’t blame her), and starts to question whether her friendship with Rennie is worth it. When she finds out her baby sister Nadia got drunk and had a sleepover at Alex’s (her best guy friend) she feels more than betrayed, she feels raw, bruised, and wants nothing more than to get him back for taking advantage of her sweet, naïve little sister.
Kat use to be best friends with Lillia and Rennie until they dropped her and started treating her like she had the plague-i.e. poverty. Kat resents the abrupt way they left her behind in the dust, rose to popularity, and Rennie goes out of her way to spread atrocious, catty rumors about her. Kat wants payback for all the hate she’s suffered at the hands of her former BFFs and she plans on mercilessly dealing out punishment.
Mary is the same age as Kat and Lillia, use to live on the island but after a traumatic experience moves to the mainland for serious therapy, and is set back a year in school. Mary returns to the island years later to face her demons of the past, hoping to shove the new her down the throat of her tormentor. But as she settles down into high school life, he doesn’t even recognize her. This wounds her more than anything else. After all the pain, the torture he inflicted on her self-esteem that he would forget her was something she could not handle.
Teaming up with Lillia and Kat, Mary and the girls discover just how far they’re willing to go to make sure those who have wronged them get what’s coming to them, learn a little about themselves, and are able to transcend social hierarchies to find common ground with their strange partners in crime.
- Kat has an interesting, quirky personality with a sarcastic, fiery attitude that will have you rooting for her. Her creativity in coming up with the revenge plots is truly wicked. Kat also has a broken, sad past that is occasionally shown that reveals the deep scars the cold shoulder her BFFs gave her left.
- There is a little something for everyone. The girls are relatable on many levels, and the bad experiences they’ve had become a shared hurt that is transcended by their partnership in their quest for revenge. Bullying, drunken mistakes, and changes in friendships that seem out of the blue, and without explanation are all something that most of us have dealt with on some level. Although revenge is probably not the best way to cope, sharing experiences with others is therapeutic in itself.
- This is definitely a story of girl power, of unity, of overcoming the past, and learning who you want to become as an adult.
- The fact that this is not a love story allows the focus to be on the development of these three girls, and really opens up exploration into their psyches.
- Mary is such a tragic, heartbreaking character. Her pain, her blind hope, and recovery is reason enough to enjoy this book, and is inspiring to those of us who have been severely bullied, especially by those who we considered friends.
- The semi-supernatural aspect was unnecessary, and detracted from the overall theme. Too Carrie.
- There were a few typos.
- Lillia is too soft, she puts up with the taunting, and snarky attitudes from her popular friends who she doesn’t even like just to be popular? For someone who is so self-righteous, and known as a good person, going along with the rude, nasty nature of her friends, and watching them victimize others makes her just as guilty.
- All of the girls make assumptions based on little evidence, and react childishly.
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