Review: Scarred Souls: Raze & Reap by Tillie Cole

Monday, August 15, 2016

The first two books in the Scarred Souls series, in one volume!

One man stripped of his freedom, his morals... his life. Conditioned in captivity to maim, to kill and to slaughter, prisoner 818 becomes an unrivaled and unstoppable fighter in the ring. Violence is all he knows. After years of incarceration in an underground hell, only one thought occupies his mind: revenge... bloody, slow and violent revenge. Revenge on the man who wronged him.

Kisa Volkova is the only daughter of Kirill 'The Silencer' Volkov, head of the infamous 'Red' bosses of New York's Russian Bratva. Her life is protected. In reality, it's a virtual prison. Her father's savage treatment of his rivals and his lucrative and coveted underground gambling ring-The Dungeon-ensures too many enemies lurk at their door. She dreams to be set free. Kisa has known only cruelty and loss in her short life. While working for her church-the only reprieve in her constant surveillance-Kisa stumbles across a tattooed, scarred, but stunningly beautiful homeless man on the streets. Something about him stirs feelings deep within her; familiar yet impossibly forbidden desires. He doesn't talk. Doesn't communicate with anyone. He's a man beyond saving. But Kisa becomes obsessed with him. Yearns for him. Craves his touch. Needs to possess this mysterious man... ... this man they call Raze.

Raised as a prototype for the Georgian Bratva's obedience drug, 221 fails to think, act or live for himself; his master's perfectly-crafted killing puppet. Standing at six foot six, weighing two-hundred and fifty pounds, and unrivalled in to-the-death combat, 221 successfully secures business for, the Georgian Mafiya Boss of NYC, in the dark world of the criminal underground. Until his enemies capture him.

Talia Tolstoi dreams to break from the heavy clutches of Bratva life and dreams of another life-away from the stifling leash of her Russian Bratva Boss father, from the brutality of her work atThe Dungeon-her criminal family's underground death match enterprise. But when she stumbles upon her family's captive who is more monster than man, she starts to see the man underneath. A powerful, beautiful, damaged man whose heart calls to hers. 

My Review
I don't really know what to say. This has been the only book I've ever read that has lefties truly and entirely speechless. I finished this book in a matter of hours and my heart feels like it's been through hell and back with these characters. This was one of the darkest reads of my life and it was only the first one in the series. It was....unbelievable. Raze wrecked me down to my soul. It left me sobbing into my pillow at times until all I could do was just curse Tillie Cole and her immense talent for writing stories that stay with readers forever. 
Raze is one of those books you can't put down and start another one after finishing it. You have to sit. You have to lie down. You have to stay still and process what the bleep just happened. Incredible. Heartbreaking. Unforgettable. Yet...hopeful. It made me feel hopeful. 818 went through hell quite literally, and yet he found his way back to where he belonged- he got his revenge and his girl who is helping him learn to live life outside of a cage. I'm finally over my book funk but I think it's safe to say I'll be in one again right after I finish this series.
                             "Can I have you?"

My Review
After reading Raze, I wondered how I could go on to the second book and have it match up to the first. That goes to show me not to second guess anything this author does. Never underestimate the power Tillie Cole has of messing you up more and more with each book of hers you read. It's a curse. It's a gift. Zaal's character left me absolutely amazed. He was feral- a monster when it came to killing. The drug he was put on was so bad that it gave me goosebumps when I read how it affected him and how it was used against him...and then when he was rescued, he was a whole different person. He was almost..dare I say-childlike? I wanted to hug him sometimes because he was put through so much pain and shame. He would slaughter anyone in his path and then turn around and melt the readers heart when Talia was around. It was incredible. I'm so glad I waited until the three books were in my hands to read this series, I don't think I could've survived waiting for the next one to come.
"You are...for me?"

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