Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Review: Aleatha Romig's "Convicted."

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Review: Aleatha Romig's "Convicted."

~5 Hearts Review: Kirsty Lander~

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You must stick to your CONVICTION, but be ready to abandon your assumptions - Denis Waitley

Book #3 of the Consequences Series—

There were still lessons to learn and consequences for the truth!
When Claire Nichols met Anthony Rawlings, she didn’t know they had a past, or that he had plans for her future. Over time, the role of teacher changed—games became reality—and domination turned to desire. Despite an insurmountable history, Claire and Tony found their way back to one another.

Just when they seemed to have it all—love, respect, and the promise of a family—the game master exposed the truth. Claire’s world once again spun out of control. Unwilling to allow her child to suffer the consequences of an old vendetta, Claire fled...

At one time, Claire was held captive in an opulent mansion—then her incarceration was a cell inside a state penitentiary. Was her new prison—a tropical island—truly less lonely? Perhaps that was the game master’s plan, all along? 

Who will save Claire from her oldest nightmare and her newest reality? Will it be Tony? Can he forgive her for leaving him—again? Harry? Will he utilize previously unknown connections to save the woman who infiltrates his thoughts? Maybe Phil? Will his devotion in keeping Claire and her child safe be rewarded? 

As the cards are played—sins of the past, innocent victims, and truths are revealed. With compartmentalization no longer an option, is the reality too much? Could there be an even worse isolation? 

With the game master dealing from a stacked deck, can this new high-stakes game possibly be won?

When it’s all over and their cards are on the table—SOME will discover their bets were too high—they have nothing left to lose—ALL will learn the crucial lesson—the most important rule—there are CONSEQUENCES for the TRUTH! 

Review: Kirsty Lander:

How do I even begin to put in to words the pure GENIUS that was Convicted? 

Aleatha has succeeded in completely blowing me away and exceeding all of my expectations. I've kind of come to the conclusion that a lengthy, in depth review of Convicted is going to be impossible without making it spoilery so I am just going to have to keep it short and sweet (is anything Tony related sweet?) to the point.. 

"Theirs was a long, complicated story with a monster and a knight. 
What made their story unique was that these two players were the same person."

I just don't know what to start. Can I say I loved it and moved on? I'd like to, but that would not be fair on Aleatha. I can tell her all went in to the book and so much more. I was worried starting because it had been so long since I had been in the world of Tony and Claire. I certainly hadn't forgotten them, this was a highly anticipated release after all, instead I just wasn't familiar with the story like I would have preferred. If you are reading this and haven't started Convicted yet, I highly suggest re-reading Consequences and Truth beforehand. Other than that though, the minute I started I was right back in their world. The prologue had me SHOCKED, I was literally speechless and I knew from that point there was no way I could wait to read, even if it was midnight.

We all had our questions at the end of Truth and one of mine in particular was Who the hell was on that island with Claire? I was SO pleased that we didn't have to wait long to find out the answer to that. I felt like going through this book, I got to tick off so many of my unanswered questions. At times I could have considered it information overload, but on the whole, the thing with this series is, it's that it is so complex, with so many stories going on, that you have to really be on the ball to know where you are at. And that is fine, it makes a brilliant change to have to really think about what is going on when I read.

ALL of the old players are back in this latest instalment and I think I had mixed emotions on just about all of them, minus Tony and Claire. I have always been, and am proud to say still am, a member of Team Tony ♥. Yes, he's a monster, yes he's done some absolutely horrendous things, particularly to Claire, but I just knew deep down he wasn't all monster. The Tony we see in Convicted is like a new man and, I didn't know it was possible, but I loved him even more. The change and growth in just this character alone, from book #1 to book #3 was incredible. The change wasn't forced, or unrealistic, it was SO real and so apparent. 

"So, to say they changed each other may be incorrect, yet to say they had changed -
 was an understatement."

Once again, I don't even know where to start with the actual writing of this series. The way in which Aleatha has written Convicted is just so freaking clever. There really is just no other word for it. The story expertly switches between past and present as well as being written from the POV of all of the important players. Not once was I ever confused, and that in itself is a credit and thanks to Aleatha's incredible writing. In the past, particularly with Consequences I criticised that there was far too much description, it was lengthy and I felt unnecessary. Instead of agreeing with that this time around, I found that I loved it, enjoyed it and most importantly I got so much more from the story, because of it.

Overall, what can I say? I got everything I wanted in Convicted and more. Yes, a million and one of our questions are answered and for that I was thankful, but we are still left with more, but I found that OK. We know that Aleatha plans to write novella's from Tony's POV so I am glad that we don't have all the answers right now. I couldn't have been happier with what we did get though, so well done to Aleatha. A job done perfectly.

"Claire, you have been the captor of my heart since you were a freshman in college."

Apparently I didn't keep this quite so short.. Oops
I rated "Convicted" 5 Hearts

Review: Of "Consequences (Consequences # 1):

Review of "Truth (Consequences # 2): 

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