Book Review: Desolate

Desolate
Immortal Rose (#1)
Amy Miles
Fantasy/Paranormal

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?

 

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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

First off, I have to warn all that this book is EXTREMELY graphic, both in violence and sexual scenes, all of which consist purely of rape. That said, I normally would never even have picked this book up. Unfortunately, when this book was given to me for review, I was… lets say oblivious to its contents in that respect, so, needless to say, I was shocked and deeply disturbed when, within the first chapter, it became horrifically explicit.
I only continued reading for one reason: At the beginning of the book, Amy Miles states that she wrote this for the sake of those suffering abuse, something that is extremely close to my heart. I was of the impression that she had a good message to put out there. That is the only reason why I gave her two stars. Because she had good intentions.

Now, on to the book. It was awful. It was repetitive to the point that it drove me mad, riddled with grammatical mistakes and was obviously poorly edited…how she managed to get an average rating of 4 stars is beyond me. Second, there was absolutely nothing realistic about this book after the first half. The  first half was only about Roseline’s marriage to a vampire husband who rapes her until she can no longer walk or think right every night. I thought that at some point, she would find an inner strength and escape, but it only went downhill from there. Having been turned into a vampire, she is put through endless torture that would have killed anyone one thousand times over, and is publicly raped while her ‘husband’ enjoys her screams of pain several times. Absolutely horrid. Still, no inner strength.

Then, the ‘good guy’, Fane comes out of literally nowhere, and she finds herself falling in love with him frighteningly fast. No. There is nothing I can say to this but NO. NO woman EVER who had been raped for nights on end for MONTHS would fall in love with any man, no matter how beautiful, without first having time to heal. That’s where I started skimming. I just wanted the book to end. It is completely ridiculous, unrealistic and poorly written. While I appreciate the message that Amy is trying to put out there, I regret to say that she has failed miserably.

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