A prequel to the Arotas Series (Forbidden, Reckoning, Redemption and Evermore)
A wedding massacre. An innocence stolen. Mortality stripped away.
In a single night, everyone Roseline Dragomir has ever loved is slaughtered before her eyes. Alone in the world and bound by a solemn marriage vow to a vicious murderer, she must find a strength buried deep within her to keep going or risk completely losing herself.
When a mysterious stranger crosses her path, Roseline will discover that not all immortals are evil. Some even bear emotional scars that run just as deep as her own.
Will she uncover a will not just to survive...but to fight back?
***DESOLATE is the first book of the prequel trilogy to my YA paranormal romance AROTAS trilogy. This book contains elements that may be sensitive for some YA readers. Please download a sample before purchasing this book to ensure it is suitable for your teen*** @goodreads
This book is really gruesome. I had to sort of glaze over a few things, but even still I found the book to be very good. I loved how the author wrote the book, her style, and the way I could picture all of the things she wrote about... uh.. the not so gruesome parts!
This is a book about vampires at their most macabre! There is no lovey dovey, I have feelings and I'm awesome in this book.. wait.. I digress, there is Fane, he is a good guy. Okay, so there is one in the whole group!
You have Vlad, yes "THE" Vlad that is getting married to Roseline Dragomir in the beginning of the book. This is supposed to be a happy, wonderful day for Roseline..NOT. After the nuptials, Vlad and his brother Lucien massacre everyone and turn Rose into a vampire. Okay, that is all of the spoilers, although it says some of that in the blurb.
Rose is not happy to say the least. She doesn't want to be a vampire and there are many atrocities done to her... very bad atrocities.
Like I said, this is a very gruesome book and I would not run out and let your children read it! But, there is some goodness in the book. I mentioned Fane, he is an immortal, but he tends to stay off to himself as a warrior instead of staying at Castle Bran. Vlad has him take care of Roseline when she needs healing and when she needs to train for a tournament. I am not going to tell you about this tournament, you will just have to read the book :)
I loved how the author described the scenery, I just loved so many of the scenes in the forest.
Even though this book is hard to take at times because of the cruelty to women and I have to sort of skim over some of that, I am going to read the other books that will come later. I loved the ending, there was some revenge in there, and I want to see where it's going to go. The author left it at a really good stopping point!
*I would like to thank NETGALLEY and RED COAT PR for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.*
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