Jan 26, 2016

Desolate (Immortal Rose 1)

  by AMY MILES  
book review rating 2.5 out of 5
***This book contains elements that may be sensitive for some YA readers.***

A wedding massacre. An innocence stolen. Mortality stripped away.

In a single night, everyone Roseline Dragomir has ever loved is slaughtered before her eyes. Alone in the world and bound by a solemn marriage vow to a vicious murderer, she must find a strength buried deep within her to keep going or risk completely losing herself.

When a mysterious stranger crosses her path, Roseline will discover that not all immortals are evil. Some even bear emotional scars that run just as deep as her own.

Will she uncover a will not just to survive...but to fight back?

Goodreads summary

I HAD NO idea what I was getting into…

Don’t let the YA genre mislead you. Desolate touches upon some very mature concepts that even I, definitely an adult, felt highly uncomfortable with whilst reading it. The topics that were woven throughout—despair, abuse, hatred, violence—were discomfiting at the best of times, and suffocating at the worst of times. Even though Amy Miles does not go into graphic details, atmospherically, it is still disturbing.

I had a really hard time connecting with the characters. The one person I connected somewhat with is Rosaline. I think it's solely because the story is from her POV and I spent a lot of time seeing events through her eyes. For much of the story, I read it in a state of detachment; it would be too emotionally draining otherwise. Rosaline is abused night after night by her husband, Vladimir. This puts her in a state of despair and self-pity that spirals until she becomes self-destructive.

It isn't until a mysterious ranger, Fane, is introduced that Rosaline dares to hope. Where Vladimir is death and brutality; Fane is life and compassion. He offers Rosaline solace and kindness. More importantly, he teaches Rosaline to defend and protect herself. To solidify her position as Vladimir's rightful wife, she is to partake in a vampyre tradition in which she must survive 10 of Vladimir's strongest and deadliest brethren for one night—the longest night in her immortal life. But she has no intention of being the hunted and every intention of being the huntress. This new spark in her personality and her quest to survive takes the story to a fever pitch.

The story ends much better than it started. It was a breath of fresh air when Ms. Miles empowers Rosaline with the strength and fortitude to withstand her adversity. I enjoyed seeing her transform into a strong heroine.

This is my first book by Amy Miles, and it is a very memorable one—just not in the way I was hoping. Her style is a bit too dark even for a dystopian fan like myself.

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{ I received this title from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you, especially to the author and publisher, for giving me an opportunity to review this title. }