Never has a quote been so relevant to EVERY book worm around the globe (and further!). SO many books, but so little time! The same can also be said for book bloggers. We read that many books so we can share them with our audience, but we find ourselves short of time to write all our thoughts down in a comprehensive review.
This brings us nicely to ‘Mini Review Monday’. A place where, to compliment our current content, we can share with you some of our initial thoughts on books we have been reading over the last week.
Torn Apart – Aria Adams
“I was an enslaved mermaid. Now I have legs. And my master is coming for me.”
Taken as a child. Trained underwater. Lied to and manipulated. Aylia escapes by accident, but once she glimpses the surface world, she never wants to go back. Although she cannot speak, Prince Edward falls for her, and swears to protect her. But when her evil master returns, how can Edward disentangle Aylia from the dark wizard’s clutches?
This 40,000-word novel is a dark fairytale retelling of The Little Mermaid. The heroine has an unreliable point of view. The hero cannot always save her. And the villain is very evil. If you don’t like your HEAs to come easily, this series is for you.
Formerly a short story entitled Grim Mermaid, this novel has been vastly expanded and re-written.
Aylia does not have an easy life, living a life of enslavement she awaits her Master to give him pleasure that he approves of. Unfortunately this is rarely the case to Aylia is regularly punished for her lack of commitment to her ‘tasks’.
When I saw this was a dark retelling I wanted to give this book a try, as I have read other dark retellings of myths and fairytales and found them adapted well.
The story starts really rather quickly and I sympathised with Aylia and her plight, wishing for her escape from her horrendous treatment from her Master.
I don’t want to give too much of the story away, but I thought the characters were well developed. The story flowed well and loved the twists in the story.
This was my first book by Aria Adams, but I will definitely be picking up another of her books soon.
In The Heart Of Fire – Dean Koontz
A bloodthirsty sheriff is terrorizing a small Texas town where justice has been buried with his victims. Until Nameless arrives—a vigilante whose past is a mystery and whose future is written in blood.
Anyone who crosses Sheriff Russell Soakes is dead, missing, or warned. One of them is a single mother trying to protect her children but bracing herself for the worst. Nameless fears the outcome. He’s seen it in his visions. Now it’s time to teach the depraved Soakes a lesson in fear. But in turning predators into prey, will Nameless unearth a few secrets of his own?
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz comes In the Heart of the Fire, part of Nameless, a riveting collection of short stories about a vigilante nomad, stripped of his memories and commissioned to kill. Follow him in each story, which can be read or listened to in a single sitting.
Nameless is a vigilante, with no name and no past, he receives instructions to visit a small Texas town where there have been disappearances. He has random visions of the future, can he prevent another disappearance?
This is one of my first books by Dean Koontz (surprisingly) and I really enjoyed this short story, the first in the Nameless series and found it a very fast read.
I am looking forward to reading the next short read in this series soon.
Have you read/listened to any of the books above? Or any previously featured on Mini Review Monday? Let us know your thoughts!