Get ready for the thrilling third installment of USA Today bestselling author Tillie Cole’s #ScarredSouls series!
Series: Scarred Souls #3
Genre: Dark Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: 16th August, 2016
Is finding one’s true love worth committing the greatest sacrifice of all?
Taken as a teen, prisoner 194 was stripped of his name and freewill, meticulously honed to be a ruthless machine. Even as he tries to fight his captors’ hold on him, he knows that obedience is the only way to save his sister, who is the one person that keeps him from turning into a monster.
As a young girl Zoya Kostava barely escaped the brutal attack that killed her entire family. Now twenty five she lives in secrecy. That is until she hears her brother also survived and is living with their greatest enemy.
Zoya risks her safety and anonymity to find the brother she thought dead and is captured by a beautiful, brutal man. A man who both captivates and scares her, in him she sees a soul as lost as her own.
They both have so much to lose – will they be able to save each other . . . and survive?
Five Ravaging Stars ~ Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse
*ARC kindly provided by St. Martins Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
I am lost for words. WOW! No doubt about it; in my book the word ‘versatility’ belongs to Tillie. She ceases to amaze me with her penmanship regardless of the genre she writes. I’m not a huge lover of dark reads; nevertheless, I’ve fallen for this series hook, line and sinker. What caught my attention is the slightly different narrative technique used in Ravage in comparison to the two previous books, and you’ll only see what I mean by reading it. Scarred Souls’ third instalment goes above and beyond my dreams and is without a doubt, my favourite. Three protagonists’ stories flip from past to present and told from their points of view. The prologue left me gasping for air and had me enthralled to such an extent that I had no option but to read it from beginning to end in one day. Fortunately, I could thank small blessings for the school holidays and permit myself this luxury. Turning the pages at an incredibly fast rate, I also found myself backtracking to make sure I hadn’t missed the tiniest detail. But that being said, the pace of the storyline is perfectly construed. It’s not too fast or too slow, so it became clear from very early on my problem was an enormous case of nervous disquietude.
“I think we are not so dissimilar, you and I.”
This book which cannot be read as a standalone, brought out many different emotions in me. Scenes teetering on the verge of utter devastation provoked ugly tears, tender moments made me sob my heart out. The whole essence of the story is entwined with Raze and Reap; and getting to know how the other character are coping with changes I loved to pieces.
“The memories came back quickly, but so did the pain. I relived everything over and over again, and it’s been killing me Zoya.”
You have to remember 818 and 221 and the significance these numbers have. Now 194 who has little or no control over his mind or what he’s commanded to do, is forced to comply and does for reasons to be revealed. Highly trained, he is a walking time-bomb ready to explode at any moment. However dreadfully cruel this man is, his raw feelings are exposed along the author’s lines and it’s shockingly comprehensible. She’s explicitly described his physique too, and it’s nothing less than heart-wrenching. Ooh my, while writing this review I can see him on his mission struggling with his internal conflicts. And if I had ever doubted as to why he couldn’t have played it out differently was simply a question of saving someone very dear to him. Number 152. With no fault of his own, I couldn’t help myself hate him. And then he stole my heart.
“My life has been of hardship. When you too have walked through a thunderstorm you understand, through perspective, how another soaked by familiar gray skies can feel desperate, too. Desperate people do desperate things.”
Tillie has conjugated the verb to steal magnificently, and becomes predominantly important not only for me, but also for two people. One stole, another steals. Hmm, what you may ask and by whom? Waging an internal war, 194 never imagined it would be possible for someone to literally make him believe in a better life. It seemed so untouchable throughout that my heart broke time and time again. And not only for him. Gosh Tillie, you’re totally to blame my runny nose, puffy red eyes and blotchy skin.
“I am surprised I have not seen you before, since I too have been a resident of hell for quite some time.”
After a recent discovery, wishing to see with her own eyes that it is really true finds Zoya in the right place but at the wrong time. This has a massive recuperation for her. She disappears into thin air and her hell begins. Her astuteness, beauty, a strong will to live and a forgiving heart is all she’s got. And as much as I’d love to tell you more, I just can’t. What I will say is she astounded me with the fight she puts up under such unimaginable circumstances.
“You will not be able to take what I have to deliver if you force my hand. In the end you will break.”
The epilogue and the build up to it was so bittersweet, so beautiful but for goodness sake, you’ve left my emotions running riot Tillie and I am yearning for more! Please, pretty please, would you consider writing a follow-up because I’m sure I’m not the only one who would grab at the chance to read it? Bravo lady and thank you!
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Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.
After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.
Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.
Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.
When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.