Today, I’m taking part in a book tour for Aimee Shaye’s Destroyed, hosted by Electively Paige.
Jade is a ten thousand year old vampire whose life was shattered by a curse from the Fates and a brother who took their words seriously. In an instant the lives of his friends and family were jeopardized and ruined. His twin brother, Corbin, took away the only girl that Jade ever loved, his fiancée Eliza. After her death, Jade turned away from humans and turned toward revenge.
When Jade has a vision of the girl around the corner dying in the hands of his brother, he has only two choices: save her, or let her turn rogue and ruin the world forever.
Will he save her or will he let the world burn?
[Warning: This book contains scenes were rape and gang rape are either discussed or alluded to. However, these scenes are not described]
I have awarded this book 3 stars.
Destroyed is book 1 in The Chronicles of the Seven Sons series.
As I’ve never read anything by this author before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The blurb was very enticing, so I decided to give it a go.
I enjoyed reading this. The characters were likeable and the writing style flowed quite nicely. I liked the character of Jade (though my favourite was Sypher and I hope the series expands on his character in the future ) and I found the way that he battled between the feelings in his heart and the thoughts in his head to be effective. I also really liked the references to the Greek Gods, which I’ve not come across in a vampire book before. As I mentioned in the warning preceding this review, this book contains quite a few references to or discussions about rape and/or gang rape. However, without giving anything away, these references are included in discussions about Hell/Purgatory. Therefore, I didn’t find them to be out of place.
Unfortunately, I felt that this book was greatly let down by mistakes, both typing (the character put eggs ‘into’ a plate) and grammatical (the character picked her car keys up ‘off of’ the cupboard) . The book is also very long; at 464 pages, I wonder if the author should consider taking some scenes and turning them into a short story as an extra to the series. It may also be worth the author considering a character list at the start of the book with the characters modern names and their Greek names, as I found that to be quite confusing at the start.
★★★ – All in all, I felt that this book was a promising start to the series. The plot was intriguing, but I feel that the author is not executing this book to the best of her ability. I will be looking out for further books in this series, but I hope that more care is taken in the following books.
About the Author:
Aimee Shaye is a 21 year old self-published author who lives in New York. Her first novel, Destroyed, was released on October 31, 2014 (two months early) and is the first book in The Chronicles of the Seven Sons (CSS) series. She is currently working on an erotica trilogy (Each book will be released in between the books of CSS series).
To find out more and to view her other works, please visit the following links:
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