- File Size: 1366 KB
- Print Length: 185 pages
- Publisher: Swoon Romance (August 31, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 31, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01JSF8A1I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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- #154 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Social & Family Issues > Sexual Abuse
- #376 in Books > Teens > Literature & Fiction > Social & Family Issues > Sexual Abuse
- #586 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Social & Family Issues > Self-Esteem
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My personal experience with drug addicts led me to highlight too passages of Consumed. I won’t write specifics about who says those things, or when, because they’d be spoilers, which I don’t like writing or reading. So forgive me for not providing a complete reference here:
First – “When I look at you I see a million amazing qualities. I wish you could see that”. Anyone who’s ever dealt with a loved one suffering from low self-esteem knows how true this idea is and how often it represents their struggle. The most frustrating part is when you know this factor is a huge contributor in that person’s addiction. That’s how it is in real life and that’s what Ms. Miceli so skillfully writes about in Consumed. And this is only a tiny example of her qualities as an author.
Second – “Trying to recover. Trying to be happy. Trying to live”. If you’ve had a chance to follow someone’s path from drug abuse to treatments to relapse and to recovery, like I have, then you can appreciate the truth in those three simple yet complex sentences. They’re simply structured; but they carry such complex ideas. A drug addict’s fight for survival is a constant struggle to recover, to find what makes them happy, so that they can have real a chance at living. Elizabeth Miceli deals with those profound truths honestly, which makes her book brutally beautiful at times and definitely gutsy.
Be warned though that Consumed isn’t a light read. Stacey’s journey will make you want to slap her, cuddle her, shake some sense into her, cheer her up, and a myriad of other conflicting feelings. In my book, that means her story is so well told you forget you can’t smack or hug a fictional character. That’s a clue as to the author’s talent in character development. Not only Stacey comes across as a realistic character, but all the others as well. However, know that when characters are realistic it often means they aren’t picture perfect. After all, who is in real life, right?
Finally, the sex scenes are an important part of the story. They’re well written, but also quite detailed. As a writer of erotic romances, I can deal with lots of hot action; although, I prefer when they’re intrinsically connected to the story. That’s the case here. Besides, Stacey’s behavior towards sex reflects a lot of her personal struggles with self-image, overcoming past traumas, and dealing with her own choices. As readers, knowing how Stacey feels about sex and her sexual partners helps us understand her a little better.
For taking me on a wild roller coaster ride of emotions, I rate Consumed as a five-star story.
Like I said, this book was tough to read. I read the warning at the beginning of the book and got worried that reading this book would trigger me, but it didn't. When Jesse entered the story, I was hooked. Jesse's character is very different, but also very familiar. Confident, cocky, reckless (maybe), but really sweet and caring as well. The story switches to his perspective for a while and it was so perfectly executed.
I must admit that I have never read a book with this much drug use in it. I mean, I think I have, but not quite portrayed like this.
Something tells me the story is not over yet. But until then, I feel as though it ended really well, in this book. I plan to go back and check out the first book ASAP, because I want to see how Stacey became who she is in this book.
DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book in exchange for honest review. This book has themes that would not be appropriate for anyone below the ages of 18+, although the publisher would say 16+.
I received this book as an ARC for an honest review. This book was read and reviewed by Annamaria for Alpha Book Club.
Character Development: 5