Saturday, September 6, 2014

Pretty Little Thing....

Pretty Little Things
by Teresa Mummert
Genre: Contemporary Romance - standalone

I was young enough not to understand that my life was different. Colin became the one person that I could count on to protect me. He suffered for the both of us by carrying the burden of our secret. 

We were the lucky few that got a chance to start over. A fake family, a new home and a pretty little life built on lies. But while our lives continued to intertwine, we were put on very different paths. Now it was only a matter of time before they collide and the beast behind the beauty is exposed.

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"I was torn when it came to Annie. I wanted to protect her, just not as badly as I wanted to fuck her. Own her. Possess her."

This was my first book by Teresa and I had no idea or any expectations when picking it up; the blurb and the early reviews intrigued me. I'm glad I picked it up though because the plot and its characters were something else, I liked the suspenseful feeling Teresa create with her characters and setting. Not everything in the story will be explained right away.... you're somehow left in the dark and I like that a lot. It's just how Stephen King once said: "Good books don't give up all their secrets at once."

This is the story of Colin and Annabel who met at The Decendants, which is "country-wide organization" luring people in, claiming to 'help' them. Yeah you might guessed it right, we'd call it a cult. Annie met Colin right there after she and her mom got lured into it. The founder of this so called organization had special plans for Annie.

" 'This one is a pretty little thing. You'll like her [Colin]. ...' He spent years trying to mold me into him but he only succeeded in wearing away at my conscience until sick and twisted perversions were the only thing that made me feel at all." ~Colin

The leader of this led families into his church to basically abuse and molest their kids - yeah sick, I know. Anyhow, when Colin and Annie met all the brainwash didn't help to hurt sweet innocent Annie. Nothing about her was evil; nothing about her needed punishment or redemption. So Colin and she played a dangerous game fooling their leader amidst in closed circle of The Decendants until their time ran out... and they had to escape.

"I needed her good to balance my bad, and she needed me to keep her safe. I was all she had left."

There was a lot of tension between them when living their new, fake life and I was waiting until the tension snapped and Colin would let lose. You could easily detect that underneath everything that happened, all the cruel dehumanizing things he has done, he truly loved Annie... I felt how torn he was. He didn't know what to do or handle certain emotions. He never felt love or got taught to love.

" She looked at me like she could see the person I was meant to be, not the twisted manifestation of Taylor's sick perversions." 

" I don't know what I would do if I lost you," he whispered....

I enjoyed this book. I liked the originality of the plot and that it was written in dual pov, which is always a big plus. What I missed in the book was more fill-ins. I needed more depths of the characters feelings and thoughts. Certain parts seemed too rushed and I asked myself 'How did that happen?!'  I need the emotional build-up so I can connect with both characters. I wanted to feel how they feel; no matter if it was good or bad.

The ending including the epilogue felt rushed and I was sad when it was over because the story had lots of potential and I enjoyed it so far... it just needed 50+ more pages in my opinion. I like to assume things while reading, I like the anticipation to finally find out the truth but I don't like rushing and keeping things short. 

The book in general is not dark, it has some disturbing things in it but the author doesn't go into depths which was good - your imagination gets the drift and you get a good picture about what happened in this community. I think many will enjoy this book but also assume lots of you'll share my opinion that it need more... more of a lot of things. For me Colin was a very interesting character that just deserved more depths - he was a young man with many faces.

" '... Everything is yours,' His voice was deep as gravelly. 'I'm yours.' "

She was my hope, my reflection, my everything.

*** 3.5 Suspenseful Stars ***

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