Review: Ravage by Tillie Cole

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Taken by the Jakhua Clan as a teen, 194 was stripped of his name, his identity, and his freewill, meticulously honed to be a ruthless, soulless killing machine, trained solely to spill blood and stop hearts. This is a role he resents with every fiber of his being, but one he embraces to gain back the precious leverage the Georgians wield as their weapon of control: his younger sister, 152.

Mzia Kostava is in shock. After fleeing her mafia family's massacre in Georgia as a child, Mzia lives in secret, hiding from her enemies in the dark shadows of Manhattan. At age twenty-five, believing all her family is dead, word reaches Mzia that her brother Zaal is very much alive... and living with their family's greatest enemy: the Volkov Bratva in Brooklyn.

Yearning to be reunited with her beloved Zaal, Mzia risks her safety and anonymity for the brother she had mourned since childhood. But just as she reaches Zaal's apartment, Mzia is seized and taken captive by a strange man, who is strong, dark, and brutal... Unyielding, he demands her utter obedience as he locks her away in darkness. He is highly skilled in torture and inflicting pain, and demands to know everything about her brother Zaal and everything about her. He is a man that'll do anything to get what he wants.

Sometimes love requires the sacrifice and betrayal of those held most dear. 

But is finding one's true love worth committing the greatest sacrifice of all?
My Review
What the heck did I just read? What has my fragile little heart just been put through? That was the actual definition of what "having a book take you on a rollercoaster" means. I feel like I finally understand why I can never read more than 2 Tillie Cole books one after another. There is just SO MUCH that happens in each book and every time you think things can't get worse, they do- and you just HAVE to keep reading to figure out how everything gets resolved. Ravage was so intense. It was heartbreaking (really, the tear stains on my pillow actually speak for themselves).

Zoya had my attention from the very second she counted the three freckles on Zaal's eye. She was so tiny and so full of life until she had that happiness and that carefree attitude forcibly stolen from her. Needless to say that when I found out this book was going to be HER story.....I might have screamed a bit. It all happened flawlessly. Tillie Cole's words flow so perfectly and everything was so well thought out. Don't even get me started on Valentin. My god, my heart was put through the damn ringer with these characters, with this authors characters in general but oh my god, i think Valentin is a whole different level. I can't say too much without giving away what happens in the book but wow. WOW. I don't think I've said wow enough.

AND THE PLOT TWIST IN THIS ONE. If I hadn't binge read the entire series in one week, I wouldn't have gotten it but it is amazing how every single one of these characters are connected in one way or another. It's genius. I just....I am officially 100% in love with this series and my heart cannot wait to be broken apart and put back together by Riot. And one more time, WOW. That it all.

*Disclaimer: A Review Copy was kindly was provided to Reads By Rose by the publisher  in exchange for an honest review. My reviews will always remain truthful, unbiased and respectful.

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