July 26, 2014

Title: Carnage
Author: Lesley Jones
Series: Carnage
Publisher: self-published
Published: February 14, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary, Coming of Age

Synopsis: I love him, from the instant I set eyes on him when I was just 11 years old I have loved him and nothing will ever change that, he owns me, he owns my heart and he owns my body and no matter how many lies are told, no matter how many people conspire to keep us apart, despite the fame and the distance, we will find a way.

“Georgia Rae, when we made love you used to cry” … He waits for me to sing my bit. I try to swallow down a sob but I just end up singing through it…
“I said I love you like the stars above, I’ll love you till I die”

4 stars This book was actually 3 stars in some parts and 5 in others, so I figured that earned it 4 from me. It was a great long ride, and I feel like I got to know these characters so well by the end.

I’m going to say a lot of critical things, but if you disagree with me look back at my rating and know that I’m giving it a 4, so know that in the end I really did like it a lot!

Ok, let’s do this….

Right off the bat we learn Georgia was in love with Sean. I definitely got freaked out that an 11 year old was so sexual and everyone in the story was ok with it. (Sorry, my daughter is 11 and it was pretty gross.)  It did redeem itself later as Sean and Georgia got together when they were a little older. So since they were childhood sweethearts  it wasn’t so perverted in the end, but it was in the beginning. And that is because it wasn’t just a crush, it was sexual from the early days. Eep *rant over*

We did get to know so many characters, and the author did a fantastic job of really getting me into the entire world. I was definitely drawn in and couldn’t put the book down. There were 3 main characters, and I really only loved one of them. I think I might be the oddball on this one? Read on to hear my thoughts on all 3…

I didn’t like Georgia most of the time. She was selfish, but maybe a better word was just self-centered. And ugh, just had zero class. I tried to get over it, I did, but it was hard. I know she dressed up at the end, but the image I had was like she was playing dress up with fancy clothes.

Sean was ok, I never trusted him and frankly think he was always cheating on Georgia. Not having affairs, but definitely hooking up. He did love Georgia as much as he was capable of loving her though.

Now for my favorite: I loved Cam. He was the one she shouldn’t have let go. He may have had business dealings that were shady, but he had so much finesses to him, I couldn’t get enough. I wanted to cry when he broke down. He loved Georgia. Loved. And I loved him immensely and am praying he gets his own story. He is divine, mysterious, sexy as hell, and the best kind of book boyfriend out there.

The book was layered with story lines. I liked the background of the entire thing, there was so much depth and the author really did weave it together seamlessly. I liked that there were illegal dealings going on because it gave so much mystery and richness to everything.

The ending was interesting. I knew something was coming, it was inevitable. It was done well, peacefully, sadly, and I definitely got choked up. I admit I needed tissues. Even if I didn’t always connect and understand the reasoning behind certain actions I absolutely connected with the grief.

Would I rec this? Definitely. It was a story that drew me in and I became of part of that world. If you love dark and gritty stories, this is for you.

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