Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pieces of Autumn by Mara Black- Book Tour and Review!


Title:  Pieces of Autumn
Author:   Mara Black
Genre:  Dark Romance 18 +
Publish Date:   July 31, 2014
Publisher:  Indie Published
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.



~ Book Synopsis ~
I wish I could tell you that I was stolen.
Kidnapped off the street in some third-world country, sold against my will, while a desperate family back home waited and prayed and talked about me on the news.
I wish I could tell you that, because then you might understand.
What really happened? I walked to my fate with my eyes wide open. But before you say I deserved whatever happened to me, you should know. I was desperate. I was alone. I was afraid for my life. You would have done the same thing.
I thought things couldn’t possibly get any worse.
But then, I woke up in darkness, unable to move. There was only one thing I was sure of: I wasn’t alone anymore.
And then I heard HIS voice...



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My Review:
Pieces of AutumnPieces of Autumn by Mara Black
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Autumn and many other people are living in an extremely desperate situation. The world has changed, and there are a lot of people struggling to survive. There is a place where girls can go and be "taken care of", but the decision to enter into a life of being someone else's property should not be made lightly. After Autumn gives in to the offer of food and shelter, she is quickly given to a man with a serious reputation. She is terrified, but finds that there may be more to this person than she expected.

I struggled with this book. I think it is too light for a dark read, and too dark for a light read. Throughout the book, Tate and others basically refer to the extreme darkness and depravity of everything, but I never quite felt it. Obviously there are some horrific things going on in this book and it is clear that a lot of people, and girls especially, are suffering at the hands of this trafficking organization. When I really consider the reasons that I didn't really connect with this book, I think it comes down to potential and execution. I felt like there were so many really interesting story lines and possibilities here and then I found myself at the end of the book still waiting. I loved the idea of a near future where a lot has changed and deteriorated, but not so long ago that people can't remember what things used to be like. I also really liked the idea of this broken damaged sadist pushed to his own limits and seeking not to be the person he was turned into for others' gain.

Autumn's situations was decidedly pretty terrible, but there were a few times when her conflict about Tate didn't really make sense based on what his words or actions were. I really liked the moments where they realized that they were taking pleasure from the same situations, and gave into their desires. Tate's character in general was really interesting and I loved seeing him fight with the person he was forced to be and try to escape the life he lead. I think overall I felt like I was told more than I was shown so I struggled to really connect with the characters since I felt like I just had to take their word for what they were talking about rather than seeing it or feeling it myself. I think someone who has not read a lot of really dark books may have a different experience of this book than I did. When I think dark read, I think DARK read. This book had a lot of dark elements, but it didn't make me feel and take me way out of my comfort zone like other books in this genre have. That said, there were a lot of interesting elements to this story and I did enjoy the way it concluded.


*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review




Mara Black is a connoisseur of love that lurks in the shadows .


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