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I felt bad that Leo got this book as his story - he was a really great character. He had a much harder upbringing that Cassie did, but he weathered his horrible storm far better than she did. His HEA was bittersweet - I would have wanted a better outcome for him than he got - to some degree, it felt like settling. It felt like there was some ambiguity in the ending, so I won't be surprised to see a sequel down the road.
If you read Gypsy Brothers, there were some similarities in the character profiles of the H, h, and anti-H, but GB was far better done (maybe that's because the characters were allowed to unfold over a longer period time).
I will say, this author has talent putting words to paper, so it wasn't the writing that turned me off. It was the overall tone of the book, the depressing feeling that only deepened as the story developed. Every character succummed to the victimization they suffered or became the perpetrators of the that same abuse. Look, I don't need hearts and rainbows or even happily ever afters. What I do need is some sense of strength and the ability to overcome. Gun Shy is a long slow slide into darkness with no light, not even a glimmer.
I realize my opinion is in the minority and that's okay. While I understand the appeal, it just didn't speak to my dark heart.
I'm all for a thrilling, dark and twisted read, but Gun Shy was beyond the pale. It was absolutely depressing without a glimmer of hope or redemption.
One can't possibly imagine what the mind would do to protect itself from the horrors that Cassie, our MC, endured but, wow. This was definitely a journey into madness. And Leo? Are you kidding me?
There was more than one occasion throughout the book where I almost gave up and DNF, but I kept holding out hope that I would be rewarded with a sliver of light. Much to my disappointment that never happened, I could hardly believe it as I closed the cover on my kindle.
I read for entertainment and enjoyment, this story met none of my criteria.
I am quite conflicted on this book and my thoughts for this review. This is actually my first book by Lili and it's one I have been waiting on for a couple of years now. I loved the blurb, and often thought about what was going to happen in the story when it was finally released. So when the release day approached, I was so excited to start reading.
I really liked the story. Yes, it's dark and twisty and a lot of bad things happen to people who don't deserve it. But life is oftentimes ugly and raw and brutal, and maybe it's the amount of dark stories I've read, or just dealt with some hard things in life that have desensitized me to certain things.
I have to say that I loved Leo. That poor boy had his whole life ahead of him when it took a tragic turn one night and events happened that changed his destiny forever. He is the oldest son, the responsible one who has to be the parent since his mother isn't fit to hold that title. Now he's going to prison and who is going to take care of all his siblings? The events of that tragic night changed Cassie's life too, but not in the same way. The future she thought her and Leo were going to have is now gone. Her life plunges into darkness and over the years she slides further down the spiral of hopelessness.
I know I will probably sound heartless here, but I had a huge issue with Cassie. Yes, a lot of bad things happened to her and she lost the only two people she loved most in the world, but a lot of what she did just didn't sit well with me. The more I read about her, the more I felt like she caused a whole lot of her own problems. And perhaps that was what Lili was going for, to show us that Cassie wasn't a mentally stable person. I understood that logic, but there were parts of Cassie's life that I could not justify at all, even by the end of the book.
The story itself is incredibly well crafted, Lili drawing us along and giving us little hints and snippets of things along the way before slowly unveiling things throughout the story. I usually love when an author does this in a story because I try so hard to figure out what's going to happen, but I felt like in this instance, many of those hints and vague comments made along the way never ended up materializing so I was still left wondering about a couple of plot points when the book finished.
I noticed some timeline discrepancies as I was reading as well, one in particular had Leo in the diner at 9:45 PM and then a whole scene played out and during it, he comments that it's barely noon and I couldn't figure out where the whole night and next morning had gone when the scene played out in just a few hours. In another sentence, it's Thanksgiving day, and Leo asks one of the waitresses, "working on Halloween?" I can understand errors like that happening in an ARC copy but by the time the book publishes I would hope an editor, Beta reader or even an ARC reader would have caught things like that.
I don't want to come across as I am just bashing this book because that is not the case. Lili has woven a very, very complex story here, and I am impressed with how well she's crafted these characters, what they go through and how they think and feel and act throughout the story. I would love to see farther into their future, because the ending is kind of just left hanging, so I will hold out hope that we'll see more of these characters in the future.
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