Monday, March 21, 2016

✯Review✯ Sever by J.M. Miller



Synopsis
One simple decision can end a future. 
One simple persuasion can sever a life. 

The moment Annisyn Kane slips her rake pick into the lock of a stranger's door, the straight life she's led the last few years is scratched out. In the past, the goal was never theft. It was to escape. From life. From death. To quiet the dreams that replayed an affliction she longed to forget. This night, though, was different. She was out of options. 

The isolated house was supposed to be an easy target. In and out. No problems. But the simple job takes a twisted turn when Annisyn comes face to face with the only real love she ever had. 

Five years ago, she could have persuaded Damian Mead to stay. She wasn't willing to be the end of his future, so she let him go. Before the emotions from their tangled past have a chance to spin between them, Annisyn discovers that their startling encounter is the least of the night's problems. There's someone else in the house, and the only thing on his mind is revenge. 

*recommended ages 17+ for mature content*

4 Stars
I picked up this book when it was on sale for $.99…the cover really drew me in to it, and the synopsis sounded pretty intriguing. My attention had certainly been grabbed. However, when I began reading it the book started off very slow for me, and I was having a real hard time getting into the story. I nearly pushed it aside and said forget about it, which is something I VERY rarely do. Instead, I put it aside for a few days and took a break, and then picked it up again…and boy am I glad that I did. Not long after I picked it up again did the story start to move, the pace quickened, and the suspense started. 

I really enjoyed how each chapter went back and forth between past and present so you got an insight into everything. I have always enjoyed this in a book, and the way the author did it here was very well executed. 

I really liked the characters. Annisyn “Syn” had grown up a tomboy. She played football with the guys when she was younger, and was probably better than most. This idea reminded me of the movie “Little Giants” (Which was one of my favorite movies when I was younger and made me wish I could play football lol). She was strong, independent, and seemingly fearless, which was often a dangerous combination that ended her in trouble with the law. Although strong in many ways, she also had demons that she would not talk about, and they seemed to be eating her alive. 

And Damian…my God, Damian! He was darn sexy, and I don’t think he even realized it. As a young boy growing up he was a bit chunky, not popular, he was often laughed at, and couldn’t play sports if his life depended on it. The exact opposite of his brother (who was a real jerk-wad). Well, years later on the outside he was the complete opposite of his younger self, but on the inside he was still that little insecure boy who never stopped loving the girl that saved his life.

When Annisyn first met Damian, she not only saved him that day, but saved him for each day forward. Their story was not an easy one, never had been, and it seemed fate wanted to keep them apart as well. 

What started off as a dud for me, ended up being a fantastic story that had me on the edge of my seat. If the beginning had been a little less sluggish then I most likely would have rated the book a 5 star, but I couldn’t bring myself to rate it that based on the beginning. There were also some minor editing issues, but nothing that took away from the focus of the story for me, so it didn’t bother me at all.




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