Book Review: Pinked by JC Mells.

Pinked by J.C. Mells.

Release Date: September 1, 2013
Publisher: Self through Amazon.
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The Summary:
While Pierce tries to deal with the aftereffects of her new and “unpierced” self, Lucas relives the week leading up to that fateful night when he was forced into doing the one thing he vowed he never would – inflict his disease on another human being.

As if he didn’t hate himself enough already.

As she attempts to come to terms with the new her – the Pierce that is stronger, faster and less reliant on her former “dependencies” – she begins to settle into an unfamiliar, yet longed for, “normal” life with her new found circle of family and friends.

Pierce is finally able to do what her maker never was – embrace, accept and thrive from what she has become.

It is tricky negotiating the relentless pull of the mate bond between them when one is still traumatized by memories of childhood sexual abuse and the other point blank refuses to acknowledge (out loud at least) that there is a mate bond at all.

With Pierce’s not-so-subtle help, Lucas comes face to face with the fact that maybe it’s time for him to start coming to terms with this “affliction” too.

But it is not going to be easy.

Especially when they come into contact with another pack for the first time.

The Review:
I didn’t think it possible for me to like a book this year more than Pierced. Seriously, that book didn’t just hit all my buttons, it did this:

I swear that is probably the last time I’ll use a gif in a review, but don’t hold your breath.

Pinked..Pinked did something for me that blew me away. Lucas is a strong narrator, and I didn’t mind the rehashing of the last few chapters of Pierced. It was neat to get a different perspective, especially his, considering everything that happened. This book goes even further than Pierced did, and introduces the world of the wolves properly. I like J.C. Mells’ take on the werewolves, and their culture, especially when it comes to female wolves. It’s something that I hadn’t seen before, and it again, just pushed a button for me that lit up a happy spot in my reading brain.

The tone of this book is a little different than Pierced and Escaped. With Pinked, you get to see Pierce really come into being around people. Growing to not only accept the wolf that’s inside of her, but the people around her, and the fact that she likes the sense of normalcy. Her world has expanded from just her and Mia to encompass Lucas and the others. There is beautiful, subtle character development. She changes in ways that she didn’t think were possible, and while there are bumps along the way–she grows, and I might even dare to say she’s healing. And it is a beautiful thing. I like her relationship with Lucas; I like the slow build, the way that it’s tentative and flawed like she is. I love that it evolves with the two characters. These two learn the horrible things that life and fate dealt them, and yet they don’t give up on each other.

I like the introduction of the new characters, and I love the shades of grey that a couple characters have. Mells’ cast is well rounded, diverse– both in ethnicity and sexuality, but also in the range that the characters carry. There were some impressive plot bombs dropped in this book, and one thing that I do like about Pierced and Pinked is that while most of the threads get wrapped up, there’s a little piece left that creates interest in the next chapter in this story. I’m eagerly anticipating the next release in this series. Seriously, the last paragraph of this book made me gape open mouthed at my kindle while the dog whined at me, concerned.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and this series has filled a hole in my reading world that I didn’t know existed. It’s a series I think everyone should read, but it does deal with some seriously heavy issues, so I understand that not everyone can read it.

My Thoughts on Pierced and Escaped Pierced Escaped

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Review: Escaped by J.C. Mells

Escaped by J.C. Mells.
Release Date: May 20, 2013
Publisher: Self through Amazon.
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The Summary: Oscar Alvarez de Sevilla was living the American dream. Attending a prestigious law school in New York City and madly in love with the girl downstairs, who he was pretty much going to marry as soon as he graduated. Everything was going as planned and life was good.

Twelve years later he is the centerpiece in a daring plan to help two young girls escape from the ruthless psychopath who has had them locked up for most of their lives. The same man for whom Oscar has been working for several years now.

His actions will guarantee he will be dead in less than a year, regardless of whether or not he and the girls are recaptured.

How did things go so wrong?

The Review:
I picked this up a few days after I finished Pierced. This novella lends a bit more back story to the events that lead up to what happens in Pierced. Escaped is a dual story, with the narrator, Oscar, telling how he aided Pierce and Mia’s escape and the story of his love, Sarah. I liked this story a lot. The duality between the two plot lines was interesting to me. Oscar would recall something between him, Reyes and Sarah and it would be reflected in the present time actions of Pierce’s and Mia’s escape. It was really great to see how Oscar builds trust and friendship with Reyes, and how heavily both Oscar and the girls depend on him.

Escaped is well written, fast paced and rich in details. It gives more history, and more insight into what’s going on, and why Pierce and Mia are so determined to escape from Dorian. Oscar is a great narrator, and a good protagonist who only wants to have the people around him safe. Be it two people younger than him, one who he’s madly in love with–two people that Oscar is willing to protect from their own father, or two younger girls, one who is so much more than she seems. He’s a strong character, and one that I enjoyed reading about. His final actions and request and the end of this novella made me tear up. Despite the length of this, I really felt a connection with Oscar. I would like to know more about Reyes especially since he’s so much of a ghost character in Pierced.

Though the events in Pierced take place after Escaped, read Pierced first. Escaped will spoil one of the massive plot points in Pierced. The novella doesn’t rehash the events that Pierce mentions when she’s talking about her and Mia’s escape. Escaped is a story in and of itself and one worth reading. Pierced for me has a larger pull, but Escaped is still a wild ride, and something that lingers in my head.

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Review: Pierced by J.C. Mells

Pierced by J.C. Mells.
Release Date: April 9, 2013
Publisher: Self through Amazon.
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The Summary: Imagine the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Betty Crocker.

That’s Pierce in a nutshell.

Pierce has been on the run for two years from the man who held her captive in a vampire compound for almost a decade. Life on the run would be a lot simpler if she didn’t suffer from several social disorders and ‘quirks’, have a ten-year-old brat in tow, as well as have two characters from a 1945 classic film living in her head and guiding her at every turn.

Disclosure:I was sent a copy of this book as part of a read and review group. I am not compensated for this review, nor am I influenced in any way. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Review: I finished this book two days ago, and I cannot get it out of my head. It is mind blowing and simply one of the best things I’ve read this year. The characters are amazing. Pierce is a character that I haven’t encountered in all of the books I’ve read. Her compulsions and her delusions are as much characters as the rest of the cast of this story. The book itself is labeled Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance, and it is indeed urban fantasy. There’s not a lot of romance (thus far) and I’m glad there isn’t. Pierce’s background and her current character– to force a love interest at her would cheapen the story. There are hints, subtle ones and with time I can see something developing with the character Pierce is starting to show a glimmer of interest in. But for now? I’m really liking the way this story is in terms of ‘romance.’

The story is fast paced, without being rushed. Pierce’s paranoia and constant vigilance adds to this aspect of the story. It’s extremely well written, with a complex plot, full of twists and turns and a couple of massive bombshells that I didn’t see coming until the end. This book is fantastic. I cannot express this enough. It’s also really hard to talk about without spoiling anything, and I’m trying really hard not to just type over and over “go buy and read this book”.

On that subject while I want everyone to read this book, it’s not for everyone. There’s violence, explicit drug use, offensive language, child abuse– and while they’re there and out for the reader to see and the other characters to interpret and experience they don’t take away from the story. Pierce is heavily flawed, and has many issues, none of which she uses as a crutch. She’s a strong, well written character and one that will stick with me for a very long time.

There’s a novella to this series, and there’s a second book listed on amazon, which I’m incredibly grateful for because the book ended in a cliffhanger, and I am craving the second part of this series. I loved this book and I know a couple of people that need to read it right now.

Purchase Pierced on Amazon On sale for .99 until August 21, 2013!! Snatch this up while you can.