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- Publication Date: June 19, 2013
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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If you don't like graphic intimacy or a lack of respect for monogamy, then this is probably not the read for you. Having said that, it would be unfair to suggest that's all this novel offers.
In this story, Grayson (Gray/Grace) is a college-aged heroine who is finding herself. And she doesn't necessarily go about it in the healthiest of ways. I felt for her - she's young and not always smart with her choices - so I swung between feeling empathy (who hasn't met THAT guy who plays with your heart?) and wanting to give her a good slap of reality.
As for the 'hero', Derrick, I should have been all over him. He's a dominant, military guy who is hot. But there were so many things I didn't like about him. From a very shallow perspective, he had red hair. Red-headed men are NOT my thing (apologies to anyone who takes offence to that!). So, in my mind, I simply made him dark-haired (yes, I already noted it was shallow!), which fixed that particular issue for me. However, there were other things about Derrick I abhorred and with good reason. I won't go into those characteristics, because it would be a spoiler. Suffice to say, I would have kicked his sorry butt so hard he wouldn't have come back and I wouldn't be missing him.
Nevertheless, this was not my story. It was Grayson's and she had to deal with things in her own, often silly, way. And, while I didn't agree with every decision she made, her story kept me awake long after I should have gone to bed. So, kudos to A.J. Bennett, because it was a good read about very flawed characters.
Accordingly, I wouldn't hesitate to read more from this author.
Note that, whilst the author does show technical proficiency, there are some serious editing issues in this book. In addition to the not unusual missed/misspelt words, there was a point, about 3/4 into the book, when the POV changes from third-person to first-person. I suspect the author originally wrote in the first-person and then went through and changed it all, but did miss this particular section. It didn't make it impossible to read, just a bit jarring.
Oh my! Words cannot describe what this book did to me! I could not put it down! It ripped my heart out... then repaired it... then ripped it out again!
I was hesitant with this one at first. The abusive relationship storyline scared me. I don't do well with abusive relationships. I was relieved by this book. It wasn't what I was expecting! It was so much more, in a good way!
Grayson is broken. She has serious abandonment and loveless relationship issues. When she leaves her abuser to start a new life, I couldn't help but to root for her. When she allowed her sister to teach her a new coping mechanism, I wanted to slap her. However, by the end, her new found freedom wasn't just freedom, it was self-discovery and acceptance.
The relationship between Grayson and Derrick will make you angry, sad, and happy, all at the same time. You will find peace in the bond these two form, even though they are both in denial just how strong that bond is.
There isn't much I don't like about this book. I did anticipate in seeing a little more psychotic tendencies from her ex, but it wasn't a deal breaker for me.
I, irrefutably, will be recommending this book to just about everyone I know! This book is one of those you will not be able to put down. It will always be on your mind... Even after you have finished it. I was so in to this book, I couldn't wait to go back to read some more until I realized I had finished it already. I don't think I have ever read a book where I finished it but was so wrapped up in it that I forgot the story was over!!
Grayson is in a bad abusive relationship. She finally leaves and moves in with her mom in Tennessee. Her twin Luna is a wild child and goes thru men like babies go through diapers and she encourages Grayson to try her way. So Grayson does. However, she met Derrick at Starbucks. 15 minutes before she got to her moms and she still felt a pull toward him. So she keeps his phone number....
Ethan is Grayson's brother and head of a Special Forces team- and Grayson finds out at a family BBQ that Derrick is a team member- and has a really bad reputation as a player. But Grayson can't help herself and enters a FWB relationship with Derrick- but soon realizes she wants so much more...but Derrick has a secret....
This story just goes to show that life can be short and you need to make the most of it....give love a chance...don't lose yourself in lies and meaningless hook ups- especially when you are sent into a war zone.....life is precious- don't water it...