Book Series Review: Consequences #1-#4, Aleatha Romig

Book Series

Consequences

Books

Consequences ( #1 ), Behind His Eyes: Consequences ( #1.5 )  Tony´s POV,
Truth ( #2 ), Behind His Eyes: Truth ( #2.5 ) Tony´s POV
Convicted ( #3 ), Revealed: The Missing Years ( #4 )  Tony´s POV

Author

Aleatha Romig

Genre

Dark, Romance, Adult Fiction

 

 

 

synopsis book 1

Consequences ( Consequences #1 )

 

Every action has consequences.

Waking in an unfamiliar bedroom in a luxurious mansion, Claire Nichols is terrified to discover that a chance encounter led her into the cruel hands of her abductor, Anthony Rawlings. Claire has no understanding of why she’s there, but it’s been made abundantly clear–she is now his acquisition and every action has consequences.

Learn the rules to survive.

Facing incomprehensible circumstances, Claire must learn to survive her new reality–every aspect of her livelihood depends upon the tall, dark-eyed tycoon who is a true master of deception. Driven by unknown demons, he has no tolerance for imperfection, in any aspect of his life, including his recent acquisition. Anthony may appear to the world as a handsome, benevolent businessman, but in reality Claire knows firsthand that he’s a menacing, controlling captor with very strict rules: do as you’re told, public failure is not an option, and appearances are of the utmost importance.

Captivate the captor.

To fit together the pieces of the puzzle, Claire must follow his rules. Will her plan work, or will Anthony become enthralled by Claire’s beauty, resilience, and determination, changing the game forever? If that happens, will either of them survive the consequences?

My Thoughts 2

An exceptional read that´ll leave a reader confused, stunned, irritated, repulsed and in awe. When I read this book ( which was back in 2013 ) I had no clue what I was getting myself into. Mental abuse is the head theme and I never, not in all the years I´ve been reading, have ever read such a proper mind – fuck romance. Yes, romance. Hard to believe after having read Tony and Claire´s story, that this series is a romance. And somewhere hidden between the mind games, abuse and controlling behavior, there is flick of romance. It´s subtle and, quite frankly, fucked up beyond words, but it´s there.

Opinions on this story go way apart. There´s hardly anyone I know who think this book is “just okay”. It´s a Love or Hate type of read and everyone has a strong opinion regarding `Consequences `. consequences

I admit- I found this book hard to take in. The Heroine made a minor mistake and she paid for her slip dearly under the hands of Tony, the Hero. His motives weren´t clear and that made him come across as an unforgiving POS who deserved a boiling hot oil bath twice a day. Claire adjusted to her new life, accepting whatever Tony handed her, and it wasn´t pretty ( or it was pretty but it felt disgusting ).

This is a slow burn story. Even the little mind fucks are slow and add up even slower. That´s exactly what makes this a captivating read. It´s a train wreck you can´t look away from.

NOTE: Although `Consequences` has been categorized as Erotica, it is not an erotica read. There is a little sex involved but the main focus is on the story.

The downside I fought through: Repetitive words. When you´re invested in a story and you get one word thrown at you all the time. That´s something I can´t stand. I´m sure there are synonyms for the word “compartmentalize”.  Why not aim to use a synonym instead of over-using one word?

The book ends with a big bang. No, wait. The end actually feels more like a hard slap across your face. I didn´t know what to feel or what to think when I finished book one. To be honest- I didn´t even know if I liked the story or not. A massive cliffhanger.

The end, alone, deserves 5 stars.


 

synopsis book 2

Truth ( Consequences #2 )

Claire survived the consequences. 

Through strength and compartmentalization, Claire Nichols captivated her captor. Though Anthony Rawlings thought he taught Claire to behave, his domination became desire, and his obsession morphed into love. Or was it? When her choices pushed Anthony’s relentless vendetta too far, Claire barely survived the consequences. 

Discover the truth.

Now, armed with new information and more questions than answers, Claire works to uncover the truth behind the dangerous game at play. As she begins anew, she must decide whom she can truly trust, especially with a new set of players on the move.

New set of rules.

With everything to lose and a manipulative game master controlling the board, Claire and Tony duel by a new set of rules. When thrust together once again, can they learn to trust each other to overcome new dangers? Or will this be Tony’s second attempt at domination? Can Claire resist the man she’d never before been able to resist? Hatred and love. Deception and truth. Old habits and new beginnings. As this real-life game of chess plays out, past sins will come to light and new secrets will be revealed. With so much riding on each move, the stakes have never been higher.

My Thoughts 2

The word “compartmentalization” is even in the synopsis. Wonderful. * eye roll *
Claire and Tony´s story continues, only this time it´s a little less nerve wrecking and a lot more exciting.

In `Truth` we get a truth, but not THE truth. consequences 2

But do we want the truth after reading `Consequences`?

As it says in the synopsis- It´s a real life game of chess and it turned out that Tony wasn´t the only one good at the game. Claire survived the consequences but she also learned from them.

What I liked most about this book ( because second installments are always deeper and exciting ) is how well-balanced everything is. Secrets surface, heart stopping events happen, a love I never thought would blossom blossomed, more characters were introduced… The story undergoes a major shift. A reader has time to appreciate new shock moments and still focus on everything else because the pace was… perfect. Plus the romance pushes through in this one, which I really enjoyed. Knowing what happened in book #1 and then seeing a relationship ( even if it´s toxic ) unfold is… weird, in an oddly positive way.

The downside: Again… compartmentalization.

I would definitely say this is the best book of the whole series because it has more action. More nail bite worthy events. More scenes that call for loud shoutings and yelling because the characters made a wrong move on the real life chess board.

This book deserves 5 stars.


synopsis book 3

Convicted ( Consequences #3 )

Stick to your convictions.

Against all odds, Claire and Tony have found their way back to one another, but it doesn’t mean a happy ever after. Not even close. Just when they seemed to have it all—love, respect, and the promise of a family—the game master exposes the truth and Claire’s world once again unravels. With old convictions wavering and past transgressions coming to light, the cards have changed and luck is not in the deck for Claire and Tony.

Abandon all assumptions.

Lost in a constant nightmare, who will save Claire from her past? From herself? Everyone has a hand to play, and now they’re playing for keeps. Everything known to be true is questioned. Motives are explained. The past is once again unearthed, and this time, secrets lurk between dreams and reality, between the past and the present.

The clock is ticking.

Time is running out on Claire…on Tony…on their happy ever after. When the final cards are played, will their unconventional love trump the opposition?

In the end, some will discover their bets were too high, and all will learn the most crucial lesson—there are always consequences for the truth.

 

My Thoughts 2

Against all odds, my ass. They should never have met in the first place.
`Convicted` ( #3 ) is my least favorite from the series as it has major time leaps.Consequences 3

Past, present, future. All three crammed into one book. Add a side story that´s connected to the actual story and you´ll find yourself spending your nights trying to keep up. I´m not a fan of time leaps because they usually don´t add value to a story ( for me ). Unfortunately, these time laps from the past to present, from present to future and back, do play a significant role in this story. You have to pay attention or else you´ll be forced to go back and reread. Then all the characters! Damn. In the end I decided to name every sub character Michael, because it was easier.

The story finds an end. But did I like how things ended? Most certainly not! Some characters were in jail, someone ended up in a mental facility, and others tried to screw others over.

This book felt like a glorified rat race.

3 stars


Informative Note

Before we continue with reviews for books #1.5, #2.5 and #4  it´s probably good to know that all three books are from Tony´s POV. All three have been published after books #1,#2 and #3 and have been read in the same order ( first books #1, #2, #3 then books #1.5, #2.5 and #4. Readers can read the books according to reading order, #1, #1.5, #2, #2.5, etc )

 

synopsis 1.5

Behind His Eyes: Consequences ( #1.5 )

What was Tony thinking? 

Control? Acquisition? Domination? Love? Behind His Eyes – Consequences explores significant scenes as well as behind-the-scenes moments from the first book of the Consequencesseries. 

Not a total re-write, this companion explores the mind of the man who thought he set the rules and delivered the consequences. 

From the beginning. 

Anthony Rawlings has the perfect world: money, influence, and power. Everything in his life is and has always been planned, executed, and predicted… until Claire. How long can he deny what is right before him? Experience the rare opportunity to see this esteemed man’s world change, from behind his eyes. 

It is always darkest before the light. 

Through significant scenes, experience the dark journey into the mind of the man who believes that he controls everything yet controls nothing. Share his thoughts as glitches are overcome and accidents are survived. 

For the avid reader of the Consequences series, it is recommended that this companion be read after Consequences, Truth, Convicted, and Revealed for more insight into the man who: 

“Once upon a time, she signed a napkin that he knew was a contract. As an esteemed businessman, he forgot one very important rule. He forgot to read the fine print. It wasn’t an acquisition to own another person as he’d previously assumed. It was an agreement to acquire a soul.” — Aleatha Romig, Convicted

 

My Thoughts 2

I usually stay far away from additional POVs because, most of the time, they never add any quality to a story. It´s just a ” what he / she / the neighbor thought”.

So, why did I decide to read ` Behind His Eyes: Consequences`? My ex- co – blogger urged me to read it. This book wasn´t your typical POV swap. So, I trusted her and she did not disappoint. Or, the author did not disappoint. behind his eyes

Throughout the first 3 books I kept asking myself ( and the book ) ” What the hell is wrong with that guy?”. Well, in `Behind His Eyes` my question was answered. He wasn´t just a sick bastard. He was a sick bastard who was on a mission. When a powerful, influential man has an idea then you can bet his ideas are well structured and thought through.

Of course, the story is the same except for Tony. A reader gets the chance to see what goes on in that beautiful twisted head of his. And I can tell you- It was worth it. I can´t say I fully understood his screwed mind – set but it truly was entertaining. Personally, I would have killed the bastard… but I´m just a reader. And Tony isn`t real ( Thank God for that ).

5 stars

 


synopsis 2.5

Behind His Eyes: Truth ( Consequences # 2.5 )

 

Truth is relative.

By delivering the consequences, Anthony has proven he is a man of his word. With one promise complete, he must face the truth of his emotions regarding Claire Nichols. Is it too late? Can a man who had never been forgiven accept forgiveness? Can that man forgive? 

Not a total re-write, this companion explores the thoughts of the man who discovers that the truth is not always what it seems. 

Secrets exposed.

As past sins and motivations are revealed, Behind His Eyes Truth explores the recurring questions: What was Tony thinking? Who can he trust? Through significant scenes and behind-the-scenes moments, learn how Tony’s well-designed existence is incomplete. 
The acquisition of a soul. 

Experience the journey into the mind of the man who slowly realizes that there is more to life than money and power. Witness his thoughts as his control is not only challenged but lost, and as he comes to terms with the new truth. 

 

My Thoughts 2

Again, same story only told from Tony´s view. There´s not much I can say that I haven´t said before. `Behind His Eyes: Truth` is a great story, weird characters, confusing and frustrating.behind his eyes truth

Tony does have a “I found Jesus” moment and thankfully, that lasts. He´s still a calculating bastard, even if his actions are more explained and his twisted mind slows a little.

4 stars


 

synopsis 4

Revealed: The Missing Years ( Consequences #4 )

The unexpected fourth novel of the Consequences series, REVEALED: The Missing Years is…

Readers saw what happened on that fateful afternoon at the Rawlings Estate and heard about the aftermath. This fourth novel of the series is told through the men in Claire Nichols’ life and fills in the gap of time that was only previously mentioned. Like dominoes falling in a line, Revealed allows readers to experience the shocking repercussions one by one, and witness their effect on everyone in the game.  

Share the struggle as Anthony Rawlings fights for what is his as the crashing consequences of his past threatens to change his world forever. Join Harrison Baldwin as he discovers the truth that threatens his beliefs, and John Vandersol as he come to terms with his revelations. Witness as Phillip Roach decides with whom his loyalties lie, and Brent Simmons demonstrates the meaning of friendship—no matter the cost. 

Readers of this series survived the Consequences, learned the Truth, and know who was Convicted, but that is not all. Do not assume that Tony and Claire’s story is complete, because beyond the conclusion of Convicted there is more to be REVEALED

 

My Thoughts 2

I wasn´t too keen on having the missing years revealed. Yet, I still found myself reading the last book in the series. Why? Beats me. Maybe because I thought I´d find closure? I guess I´ll never find the energy to want to find that one out.

I wouldn´t say `Revealed: The Missing Years ( #4 ) was a complete waste of my time but in the end… I felt that I didn´t need it.

3 stars.

 



 

Would I recommend this series? Yes and no. Yes, because it´s really gripping and will evoke all sorts of emotions from a reader, no matter if they´re positive or negative. A reader will feel. No, because this series does have strong triggering topics. Mental and physical abuse are the loudest themes. And this is coming from someone who has a high tolerance level regarding these themes. To be read with caution.

Would I reread this book? No. As much as I liked feeling every available emotion known to mankind, I cannot find the energy to have another go with this series. It´s mentally exhausting and I just want to kill the Hero.


The Covers – 3 stars.

The covers aren´t for me. Especially the covers for #1.5, #2.5 and #4. Those eyes look a little creepy and feel out of place. I think the author would have been better off changing color themes.

 

The Story – 5 stars.

How to keep this short and sweet? This is one fucked up mental job romance that´s worth reading. I never thought I´d find myself saying I fully enjoyed a screwed and twisted romance like this one.

The Characters – 4 stars.

Aside from Tony being a brilliant mastermind with major issues I found Claire to be just as multi – faceted. Some of the additional characters could have stayed away from the big picture, though.

My emotional state after finishing this series- Exhausted. Pooped. Emotionally drained.

 

This series can be found online or in a bookstore near you!

 

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Book Review: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

synopsis 2

Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare …

Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well – until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street, where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.

But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won’t be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her . . . down to the very soul.


 

My Thoughts 2

 

Years…. It´s been eons when I found this little romantic gem and to this day ( 5 years after publication and purchase ) I´m still going back to this book for a reread (either the whole thing or reread certain parts of the book ).

An unforgettable emotional romance.

Unforgettable indeed! `On Dublin Street` by author Samantha Young belongs to those romances that has a wrecked Heroine and an Alpha sex God who´ll stop at nothing to have and love the one person who doesn´t want him. On Dublin Street

Back in 2012/2013 those stories were so damn popular and the book market was over flooded with romances like this one but none came close to Samantha Young´s story.

I won´t bother with a story description because the synopsis provides enough info to whet a readers appetite. Instead I´ll focus on a little character analyzing and revealing my emotions.

 

The idea of the story isn´t anything new. Woman meets prick. Prick wants woman. Cat and mouse chase. Dramatic moments. More dramatic moments. The big threat followed by a big emotional disaster. A big bang. The end.

But it´s still heart-strings – tugging romantic. How can I not love something as simple yet overly dramatic? You´re right. I can´t. I have to love the overbearing Hero, Braden, and his bossy behavior. I have to love Jocelyn, the Heroine, for being a difficult little booger throughout the whole book. Because these figures made this book right.

 

And in the end, everything was still very dramatic and exciting.

Will they? Will they not? What´s with the sub characters? Will they get their own book? Will we continue to see the characters from this book in other books from the author?

I can answer the 4th and 5th question for you: Yes. There are more books to the series and characters from `On Dublin Street` get their own book. We also get to see the main characters from this book in the following books. Something I really appreciated.


My Opinion Then vs. My Opinion Now

 

It´s been 5 years. Opinions can shift with time and certain world views often change, as do tastes in all areas.  Has anything changed for me regarding this book? Yes and no.

The love I felt for this book 5 years ago certainly has changed. The asshole-ish behavior from the Hero doesn´t appeal to me as it once did. I find it rather annoying to read about ANOTHER cocky, smooth, sharp minded Hero who has it all and so much more. Braden´s behavior is often questionable ( something I blindly ignored back then ). If I were single and I´d bump into someone like Braden NOW I´d definitely have a few things to say to him.

The same goes for Jocelyn, the ever push – away protagonist. I recognized her as a difficult character 5 years ago and today, I just think she´s just pushing it too far. The emotional damage her character has isn´t unrealistic but it dictates her life and affects everyone around her. It´s like having the case of ” If I can´t have fun then I don´t want you to have fun, either. But I don´t want you to know that so, please, continue to try to have fun.” Jocelyn is an exhausting little chica who´s like the Duracell bunny- She goes on and on and on….

What hasn´t changed was: My love for the sub – characters. I loved every bit about them, then, and still do. They make up half the story because they´re weaved into the lives of the main characters.


 Would I, after my POV shift, still recommend this book? I most certainly would. Because the story is great. It´s romantic and challenging. It´s an emotional rollercoaster ride that´ll have your heart melting or boiling. This book is for any NA, contemporary romance reader who loves a classical romantic alpha story with steamy sex scenes.

Would I reread this book? I´ve been rereading it for 5 years. That should say a lot.


 

The Cover – 4 stars ( I have the first released edition with a different cover. The new cover is nothing like the original one but still great.)

The Story – 4 stars ( It´s more a relationship story than anything else. It´s about love and friendship. Trust and loyalty are big subjects.)

The Characters – 3 stars ( Slighty irrational. Slightly overbearing. Slightly too much when the MCs could have delivered the same emotional effect with less )

My emotional state after finishing this read – Still in love. I can´t help myself. I´m sentimental that way. Despite the negatives I still feel myself drawn to this book.

 

My 31-year-old self gave `On Dublin Street` ( On Dublin Street #1 ) by Samantha Young 5+ stars.

36-year-old me is giving `On Dublin Street` 4 out of 5 stars.

4 stars

 

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Book Review: Eight Goodbyes, Christine Brae

synopsis single

When Tessa Talman meets Simon Fremont for the first time, not only is she attracted to him, she’s intrigued by how different their lives are. He’s a dedicated scientist, practical, pragmatic, and grounded—while she’s a head-in-the-clouds romance author. As their relationship grows, they agree to meet in places around the world, while continuing to live on opposite sides of the globe.

Though their feelings for each other deepen, their priorities remain the same. Simon is in a hurry to be financially sound and settle down, but Tessa is enjoying her freedom and newfound success. Neither is willing to give in, but as each goodbye gets harder, Tessa begins to wonder whether fame is the path to happiness, or if she has everything she needs in Simon.

Just as Tessa finds the courage to go after her own happily ever after, the unthinkable happens, separating them in ways they never imagined. 

To move forward, she must let go of the past, and determine once and for all if love is truly more powerful than the pain of goodbye.

 


My Thoughts 2

**ARC kindly provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

`Eight Goodbyes` by author Christine Brae is a heartstrings tugging romance that will push all the right emotional buttons… Or, at least I hope that happens for readers when they pick this read.

Sadly enough, I have mixed feelings regarding this romance. I´m not totally against this book but I´m also not able to lay my heart on the table and profess my undying love for `Eight Goodbyes`Eight Goodbyes

Let me explain why.

The cover and book title caught my attention. The synopsis then sealed the deal for me. Everything seemed interesting and I was hopeful that I had found a new author to add to my ever-growing list of favorite writers.

With that being said- My excitement wasn´t long lasting. To express my mixed feelings a little better let be start off with mentioning what I fully appreciated about this book.

The writing.

The author has the ability to grab a reader´s attention with her words. A nice soft, feminine writing that´s perfect for an emotional read. Loved it.

Unfortunately, the writing , alone,doesn´t cut it for me.

While the synopsis sounded interesting, the story itself wasn´t as gripping. `Eight Goodbyes`. Yes. Somewhere deep down I understood this book was about saying goodbye 8 times. No surprises there. What I didn´t know was how annoying the goodbyes would be for me.

Tessa Tamlan, famous fiction author, lives the dream.

Here is where I felt a strong case of „The protagonist is the author´s self- insert“.

While most of us readers tend to believe being an author is all fun and games, Christine Brae gives us a little insight on how that´s not true through the eyes of Tessa Tamlan. In fact- The detailed mention of how exhausting and time-consuming an author´s life is feels a little too realistic.

This is pure speculation on my part but sometimes a reader can tell if there´s a self – insert. I felt it and I didn´t like it.

Nonetheless- Tessa´s character rubbed me the wrong way on many levels. She came across as arrogant, self-centered, aloof and superficial. A stark contrast to the Hero, Simon Fremont., who I enjoyed to bits.

As for the romance in the story – I had difficulties warming up to Tessa and Simon, as a couple. It took 5 chapters to lose all sympathy for the off-putting Tessa and 5 chapters to see that Simon deserved someone better. So, all the romantic feels I was supposed to feel were non-existent for me because I couldn´t connect with the Hero and Heroine.

Another aspect that made me raise my eyebrows: Tessa liked to mention how intelligent Simon and herself were. It´s a compliment when it´s mentioned once. It´s weird when it´s mentioned more than once.

The `good-byes` frustrated me. The Heroine was unlikable. The story wasn´t my cup of tea. Still…..

Would I recommend this book? For readers who rely on my opinion- No.

Would I reread this book? No.


The cover – 5 stars ( I´m usually not a fan of character images on covers but I did like this one.)

The Story – 2 stars ( The idea is great. The way the story panned out- Not so great )

The Characters – 2 ( Tessa did not work for me. Simon felt like the better character )

My emotional state after finishing this read – Frustrated.

2 stars

Book Title: Eight Goodbyes

Author: Christine Brae

Genre: contemporary romance

Release date: 1. Sept. 2018

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Book Review: The Birthday list – Devney Perry

synopsis 2

Happily married to her college sweetheart, Poppy lived a blessed life with the husband of her dreams. Then everything changed. She is no longer a wife. She is no longer the envy of her single friends. Now, people look at her with pity as they whisper a single word behind her back.

Widow.

Years after her husband’s tragic death, years of pain and sorrow and wishing for the life she’ll never get back, Poppy decides to finish Jamie’s birthday list. She’ll do the things he wanted to most. Because maybe, just maybe, if she can complete his list, she can start to live again.

Poppy expects going through the birthday list will be hard. She expects it to hurt. But what she doesn’t expect is Cole. Could the man who delivered the news of her husband’s death and shattered her heart be the one to help her put it back together again?


My Thoughts 2

Beautiful.

Have a seat because this might become a shocker to some romance lovers:

`The Birthday List` by Devney Perry is a romance that´s not tacky. The book doesn´t even have the typical drama we´re usually presented in today´s romance novels. `The Birthday list` is NOT one of those reads. This book is so much more but on a deeper emotional level.

This book is a piece of beautiful romance that´s about love, loss and moving forward.

The birthday list

 

There´s emotional turnmoil. And that, my dear Padawans, works out wonderfully for this story. The main focus is on Poppy, her happiness and her unknown future.

A slow burn romance with heartstring tugging moments.

I think what I loved most about this story was how easily it felt to sympathize for Poppy ( Heroine ). You start out with falling for her and her relationship with her husband then the next minute you´re falling apart with her, mourning the loss of her wonderful love. It feels genuine and realistic. And heartbreakingly realistic. It´s easy to see and accept her life choices after her husband´s death, even though Poppy didn´t do anything dramatic per se… It was the way she dealt with the loss that made me fight some unwanted lumps in my throat. To be apart of her world and living through her pain and coping methods was simply great.

If Cole ( Hero ) were real I´m sure he´d create a new world record on having the most marriage proposals. Let´s just ignore the fact that he´s good looking ( because, aren´t they always? ) and concentrate on Cole as a character. He´s a kind, caring, gentle and understanding bundle of perfection wearing a uniform. That´s enough to melt hearts. And the way he treats Poppy and deals with her situation is just… Heartwarming. He makes it clear that Poppy does not have to suffer alone, or suffer at all. And in the process- he falls for her.

“I’ll take whatever you’ll give me.”

So many lines in this book that caused my emotional undoing. Did I survive this great read? I did. And I´m glad for it, too, because I don´t think my heart would have survived any more pages.

 

Would I recommend this book? Yes. `The Birthday List` is a great romance. Simple. Cute. Lovable.

Would I reread this book? I´m not sure. I don´t deliberately seak out books with sad- ish themes. Since this was a mood read for me I´d say that I´d reread it when the sniffle mood ever strikes again.

 

The Cover – 5 stars ( Exactly what I like. It doesn´t state the obvious. No character image. Two thumbs up.)

The Story – 4 stars ( The story is nothing new but it does have unique aspects to it, which I fully enjoyed. )

The Characters – 4 stars ( While I liked both, Hero & Heroine, I thought Cole was a little too perfect. I would have liked for more flaws regarding his character.)

My emotional state after finishing this read – Fully satisfied and beyond happy I picked this book up.

4 stars

Book Purchase Link- Amazon.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review- Belle: A Retelling Of Beauty And The Beast by Cameron Dokey

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Belle is convinced she has the wrong name, as she lacks her sisters’ awe-inspiring beauty. So she withdraws from society, devoting her time to wood carving. Secretly, Belle longs to find the fabled Heartwood Tree. If carved by the right hands, the Heartwood will reveal the face of one’s true love. 

During a fierce storm, Belle’s father stumbles upon the mysterious Heartwood — and encounters a terrifying and lonely Beast. Now Belle must carve the Heartwood to save her father, and learn to see not with the eyes of her mind, but with the eyes of her heart.


 

My Thoughts 2

 

Charming. Enchanting. Easy for the mind. 

 

It was the beautiful cover that got me interested in this book. That, and the fact that I was on vacation and didn´t really want to read a book with 350+ pages. Instead, I picked this 204 page novel with the stunning cover.

As for the story….

Belle` by author Cameron Dokey is a simple and uncomplicated retelling of `Beauty And The Beast`. There´s nothing heavy or highly emotional about this retell. Belle

I would guess that adding overly dramatic scenes would have demanded more pages… so it´s no surprise that this book wasn´t the full-blown romance we´ve all come to love.

While the story was good ( as one would expect it to be. It´s Belle and the Beast! ) it still differed from the versions we have branded into our brains.

Belle´s life is different. The whole story has been worked on, giving us readers an altered Belle with 2 living parents and kind siblings.

The added family theme was a nice change of wallpaper. The details were ( to a certain point ) perfect. All was okay about this retelling version except for the subtle / not so subtle issues.

I´m a fan of details. In `Belle` I received a well-balanced flow of character development and details, which I fully appreciated. As I enjoyed the great story-build-up I also felt the amount of pages I had left to read. A little spooky when knowing there´s actually SO MUCH MORE to the story. I was a little over 100 pages in to the book and I was still reading about everything except for the Beast.

But I had faith. The book might be only 204 pages thin but there was still enough room to add the Hero. And that´s where I began to be bothered. The Hero is usually introduced after the first few pages, if not, then surely after the second chapter. From the point where Hero and Heroine meet there´s some sort of connection development from there on. In `Belle`there was nothing of the sort.

And when Belle and Beasts golden moment arrived I was slightly disappointed. Because it wasn´t as drawn out as I had thought it would be. It was actually short-lived and questionable, to say the least.

Even the big end scene wasn´t drawn out, as it should have been. In fact- The moment of moments was cut short. Belle and her family received lots of limelight and the Beast received a few pages. Correct me if I´m wrong- Doesn´t it add to the dramatic scene when drama is included? Thoughts on this, anyone?

The author has one thing going for her: Her writing style. It´s simple but romantic. It´s colorful and soft. Actually fitting for fairy tales. I found myself falling for her words and enjoying the way she wields them in her story.

What´s missing is balance and pace. Those two aspects drove me bonkers while reading `Belle`.

This is a complicated review to write because on the one side I experienced wonderful characters and great details. Character development plays a huge role in books as it gives a story life. Crappy characters = crappy story ( no matter if it´s a retelling or not ).

But on the other hand, the imbalance and slow pace – turned – fast pace were confusing and made my reading experience odd.

Would I recommend this book? I would. But only if readers approach this read without expecting anything major.

Would I reread this book? Probably not. I´ll stick with the other versions I´ve read.

 

The Cover – 5 stars ( Stunning )

The Story – 3 stars ( It´s basically Beauty and the Beast fanfic. I appreciated some parts while I didn´t appreciate the technical sides )

The Characters – 4 stars ( I can´t stress this out enough: character development is everything. It´s what a reader gets in this read.)

My emotional state after finishing this read – Meeh.

3 stars

This book is available on Amazon.com

 

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