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- Print Length: 208 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 14, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0791KJS1N
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,531 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Maniac Kindle Edition
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Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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I wanted to love everything about this story but sadly I just didn’t seem to be able to gel with Quinn, not that it was a deal breaker after, I’m not daft enough to think that I am going to like every single character that I happen upon on in a story, but I wanted so much to like her, I think I just felt slightly miffed that I couldn’t feel as enthusiastic about her as Alex did.
I thought the way the author portrayed Alex was touching and sensitive, a young man that on first appearances seemed to be ok but appearances can be deceptive because beneath the bravado he was anything but…I would go as far as to say that he was a shell of a man, a broken soul that lived his life pretending to be something he most certainly is not…Ok!
I loved the illusion he presented, the happy go, lucky guy, quick-witted and friendly but that wasn’t him at all and as the book unfurled, the real man appeared and as each page disappeared, I felt a need to keep him safe. I wanted his happiness, I just wasn’t sure that he could and would get it
Of course, the book isn’t all about Alex, it has Quinn in it too and her boyfriend Erik. Quinn was a beautiful woman, and I understood where Alex was coming from when he became besotted by her after he saw her at a frat party. But I found her naivety or willingness initially to gloss over what should have been warning signs really rubbed me up the wrong way. Darn it woman, you haven’t seen your man for an absolute age and he is less than attentive and you practically give him a free pass to treat you that way…I was totally hurling abuse at the situation, I didn’t want her to be a walkover but although she starts to cotton on to what is happening with Erik and she feels things towards Quinn that she knows are right, she still stays with Erik the a** …I was honestly spitting chips at this point... her misguided loyalty was going to cost her a man that could truly make her happy and when she kept on going back for more of Erik’s bull, I totally lost the plot…she was breaking Alex’s heart and I was losing respect for her!
Now despite my moaning, I would say that this is a must read, it is not only beautifully written, but the author tackled some sensitive subject matters with the deftest of touches and that earns the utmost of respect.
Kudos to you Ms Auril for a captivatingly, individual story that not only gave me a reason to stop and think but also brought a tear to my eye and a smile to my face.
Alex was actually my favorite character in this book! At first, I thought that he was just a bit of a player but that changed quickly when I saw how he acted towards Quinn. He was such a spaz the first time that he attempted to talk to her that I found him endearing right away. That and he has a good reason for his actions and choices. I understood why he was a bit of a player but my heart broke for him when I found out why. The author doesn't go into much depth with his past but it is enough to understand that he has dealt with trauma in his past. That is the reason why I was so angry at Quinn for a good portion of the book. I could understand where she was coming from regarding Alex but at the same time it felt like she had her head stuck so far up her butt that she couldn't see that she was making horrible choices. I liked her well enough as a character but thought that she was naive and trying so hard not to turn into her father that she made bad choices. The other character that I loved was her best friend Noah. He was outspoken, blunt, and would give the shirt off of his back to someone that he cared for. He was also hilarious and I enjoyed some of the interaction between him and Alex. They were both really funny characters.
I keep coming back to one question though. Why is the book titled Maniac? I don't see Alex as a maniac at all so it can't be him. The blurb makes it seem like it is but I don't agree so it bugs me.
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I love it how they can create such a 'pull in' between the main characters.