Sunday, October 19

***Review*** Corrupted by Alicia Taylor & Natalie Townson

Title: Corrupted
Author: Alicia Taylor & Natalie Townson
Genre: Dark Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: July 24th 2014
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This book is intended for a mature reading audience and isn't suitable for younger readers. 18+ only. 

I am going to marry a monster. 

He is my everything. 
He manipulates people for fun. He takes over their lives, consuming them. He dominates and crushes, ruling them, claiming their souls. No one can survive the games of Damon Hunt. 

Before now. Before me. 

I am Ella Knight. I am corrupted. My sister was a victim of Damon's games. It’s my turn to play now. 

Damon Hunt has been my sole focus, my everything for three years, since my sister’s death. I'll manipulate him. I'll take over his life, consuming and crushing him. I am going to take away his soul. Damon Hunt will not survive my games. I will win. 

I hope.

My Review

Corrupted is the very intriguing debut novel from Alicia Taylor and Natalie Townson. This book's storyline and captivating characters lured me in form the beginning, I was very interested to see where this story led. It's something a little bit different with a few twists that leave you questioning everything you think you know about these people and the secrets they keep hidden.

Meet Ella Knight, a woman left so broken and ruined from the deaths of the only people she has ever loved that she can no longer see's people as human beings. They are simply pawns in her disturbed and wicked game of retribution. Her mind is so completely warped, so focused on revenge and justice for her sister, that she fails to notice what's right in front of her. She's studied him from afar, she's worked out his every move while immersing herself in the warmth of his arms, but is she becoming so blinded by such feelings of love and hate that she can't complete her only ambition? She thinks she is winning, but is she really?

Damon Hunt, a brooding hunk of a man who is used to getting exactly what he wants, all the time. He's rich and dangerous, a player of sorts, but there's a lot more going on with this man than meets the eye. He too, hides secrets from a damaging past that seems to affect his ability to maintain a relationship with a woman. Is it real? How many sides does to Damon is there, any which side is the real him?

We don't know much about Damon, he is very much a big mystery for most of this book. His words and some of his actions often contradict my thoughts on where I thought this path of destruction Damon and Ella were on was headed to. And as for Ella, she did my head in most of the time and I just wanted to shake her and wake her the hell up. I didn't like her at all, in saying that, for most of the story, I did understand why she did and said the things she did. I could feel for her and empathise about her situation, the anguish she feels felt very real, but I don't agree that it was always rightly placed. Ella never gives Damon the chance to explain himself for past events, from the very beginning she is dishonest and manipulative, she only ever heard one side to the story that fuels her revenge, and to be honest, I'm not quite sure I believe one word of what her sister has written in her diary. Lydia seemed very unhinged and very immature, it's clear she had issues. The fact Ella can't see this and acknowledge that Damon might not be the only one at fault here has me questioning the maturity of Ella herself. She is so corrupted by the nagging thoughts of ruining Damon Hunt that she can't even see straight, these reasons are partly what led me to not liking her. One other reason that had me rolling my eyes at her was the fact, on multiple occasions in the first half of the book, Ella tells us, she's not a conceited woman, but she knows she looks good. Well Ella dear, I never would of thought you were a conceited woman, until you said it so many times. This then of course, annoyed me and I did think she was somewhat self absorbed. Other than a few small concerns regarding repetitiveness when it came to Ella's thoughts, feelings and her main goal, this story was really quite good. I would have loved a dual POV so we got Damon's thoughts, I really feel that would of helped me liked this story that bit more, the dual pov could have made quite an impact on how readers saw Damon, rather than us just getting Ella's portrayal of him. However, without this it does leave that the air of the unknown surrounding him.

Overall, this debut was an interesting read, you do really find yourself wanting to keep turning the pages because its so suspenseful and full of mystery. For these reasons I finished it and will definitely be continuing the series. The writing is enticing and these two ladies have written Ella's story very well, the quality is there and this I really really enjoyed. While there isn't a big cliffhanger, this story does leave you hanging to know more!

★★☆ 3.5 Stars ☆★★
Review by Bel Burgess 

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About the Author
Alicia Taylor is 28, and lives in Derbyshire in the UK.
Corrupted is her debut novel which she cowrites with Natalie Townson. This is book one in the Manipulation Trilogy.
Her love of reading led to blogging which led to this - dipping her toes in the indie author pool.

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Natalie Townson is 33, a mother of one beautiful little boy and lives in Gloucester in the UK with her husband.

Corrupted is her debut novel that is a book one of the manipulation trilogy, that she co-writes with Alicia Taylor. She is currently working on book two of the series which is nearly completed.

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