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- Print Length: 61 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: February 6, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01ND43ABF
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Paying Daddy’s Debt Kindle Edition
"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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But, this book was written by a NYT best selling author. So, I was incited to give it a try. If this were somone's first attempt or this author hadn't put NYT best selling author on the cover art for this book, I would have mistaken it for the amateur ramblings of a bored housewife, who had taken enough college classes to think that she could write such drivel, but not enough to realize that readers expect more.
Not only do I hate literally everything about this book, but I hate the fact that I spent 45 minutes reading it last night. My main problems with it:
1. It's short: you probably shouldn't call it a book.
2. Not only is it completely unrealistic, but none of the characters are sympathetic. You don't know me, so you can't possibly understand how much this shocks me. I have watched SEASONS of sci-fi television shows that include smoke monsters (Lost), dragons and shadow spells that kill kings (GOT), and zombies (TWD and Fear of TWD). My bar for believable/unrealistic is laughably low.
3. Was this some type of experimental fiction where character development was deliberately NOT part of the story? We know nothing about the male protagonist and why he is obsessed with the school girl. How did he get to be so rich that he can just pay extravagant debts of strangers? We know nothing about what happens to her father. We know nothing about what happens to her other that she gets pregnant twice. What happens to the teacher? Without the story and character development, this is essentially porn. Is that the joke? That this is porn that women don't feel ashamed about, because they read it (instead of watched it, like their husbands do)?
4. Things about this work DO NOT MAKE SENSE. How can a girl who hasn't been able to get a good night of sleep since being accidentally awakened by her dad's drunk friend stumbling into her room, a. allow herself to be sold to a stranger, and b. would go to second base with this rando in the back of his car after just meeting him.
5. Finally, the behavior of Ash is not only creepy and possessive, but it is borderline abusive. I don't remember if the book says how old Jasmine is, but still being in high school is young enough for Ash to be a perv. Moreover, the author has romanticized human trafficking (Ash bought her from her father). While the author tries to get around this, the reality is that Jasmine was under great duress, and while she consented to being sold, some might call what happened to her trafficking. She seems to find love and great fulfillment in her relationship with Ash, which isn't hard to imagine, given the one dimensionality of her character. After "the sale" happens, and Jasmine goes to his house, where he has a new wardrobe for her and he buys a house for her (in her name). These acts might seem very romantic- but I read this as the first steps in domestic violence (the abuser acting to change the appearance of the abused, and then also working to isolate the abused from society- theoretically, so he can control her better).
No doubt, there are a lot of great things about the new digital publishing age that we are currently in. I am sure some would say that the democratization of books and publishing is one of those. I think it is hard to remember that when you read this book.
Ash, a business owner, purchased his building for the view of the park, yet lately he's been enjoying a different sort of scenery. He can't explain it, and literally sets his clock to alert him when his vision is about to appear, though it's unnecessary as his body seems tuned to her. She's like his own personal beacon, the only light in a world gone gray when she isn't near. He can no longer contain his yearning for her and initiates his plan to make Jasmine his, knowing just the leverage necessary to do it.
Jasmine soons realizes her dream to escape the life that has her trapped is destroyed when she discovers her Dad found and used her means to leave. Though Jasmine doesn't know it yet, she's soon to learn there's a better alternative, one that will unleash dreams she never thought she could have.
Ash, knowing the type of man Jasmine's Dad is, presents him with an opportunity for a trade, though Ash will easily come out the winner as his part of the deal is invaluable. Ash knows he's leaving with Jasmine regardless of what her Dad chooses.
Jasmine feels safe with Ash, something she doesn't remember ever experiencing. She's also quickly falling in love with him. Luckily, Ash reciprocates, more than she'll ever know. However, someone isn't pleased by this news and wants what he felt should've been his all along...Jasmine.
Can Ash keep Jasmine safe? Or will her new life already be ruined by someone else? Is there a HEA for Ash and Jasmine?
One-click now and follow along as two people discover that love at first sight does exist. Please keep in mind this is a short story with all the insta-love Alexa Riley in known for.
**I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.**