Monday, July 21, 2014

✯Review✯ "Target This" by Lily White

I’m not sure what I was thinking that day. 

It was a normal Thursday, nothing new or exciting had occurred in the morning. 

I’d risen from bed, taken a shower and brushed my teeth. I’d then jumped on the 8:05 bus that ran a short distance between my house and the county library where I worked. 

The ride took its usual 15 minutes before it left me standing fresh faced in front of a building of gothic construction that was my favorite place in the world. 

After straightening my knee length skirt, I pushed open the door that led into the interior of the library.

It was at that moment that my world would change – impossibly and forever. It was a fateful movement of wood that collided with the shoulder of a man that would alter my very existence. 

It wasn’t fear that I felt at that moment – more like the feeling of being watched. It was the feeling of knowing that danger lurks - the sensation of the hair standing on end at the back of your neck.

Looking back on a moment that happened so many months ago, I now realize that I should have listened to that feeling.

As I would later find out, the man standing in front of me referred to himself as Master Lucas…

…and I was his next target.

4 Stars
Target this was a very interesting and thought provoking story. It was dark, but not a gruesomely horrific dark. more of the complete mind fuck kind of dark. 

The book started off a bit slow for me. I found it difficult to really get into the whole storyline in the beginning, and because of this it took me a little longer to read than other books. However, once I hit the halfway mark, everything changed. No matter how quickly I was reading, it simply was not fast enough to find out what was going to happen. What began as an "okay" story for me rapidly progressed into something which I could not put down, and ended with me asking myself "What the fuck just happened?!?!" I thought I understood all which was going on, but by the end I came to realize that everything I thought I knew was really just one huge mind game. 

Where the majority of captive stories in the "dark" genre are all about the girl being kidnapped, held against her will, and beaten nearly to death, Target this was nothing like this. It was more of a psychological thriller in the sense that everything that happened was a manipulation of the mind. I guess you can say the heroine, Autumn, was a captive of her own mind A mind which had been manipulated but Master Lucas. 

Autumn was a good girl. Prim and proper to the T. Working at the local library, the last thing she expected was to meet Lucas Bates and be thrown into his world of darkness. She absolutely despised the type of books Lucas wrote, but little did she realize those books could be the key to her freedom

After a series of events which landed her as the key suspect, she was left with two options. Turn herself over and possibly spend the rest of her days rotting away in a jail cell, or accept Lucas' proposition of hiding away at his house until they could figure out a way to prove her innocence. Being that she felt both options were grim, she dejectedly agreed to Lucas' offer of shelter. What happened once she was there is where the story took a turn. 

Just like each and every one of her books, Target This was original and thought provoking and left you with shivers running down your spine. Another brilliant story by Lily White and I cannot wait to see what else she has in store for us! 

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