Review: Reviving Izabel by J.A. Redmerski

Reviving Izabel (In the Company of Killers, #2)

Reviving Izabel
(In the Company of Killers #2)
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Publisher: J.A. Redmerski
Published: December 4, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Dark, Romance, Contemporary, Suspense
My Rating:

5 stars new

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Synopsis new

Determined to live a dark life in the company of the assassin who freed her from bondage, Sarai sets out on her own to settle a score with an evil sadist. Unskilled and untrained in the art of killing, the events that unfold leave her hanging precariously on the edge of death when nothing goes as planned.

Sarai’s reckless choices send her on a path she knows she can never turn back from and so she presents Victor with an ultimatum: help her become more like him and give her a fighting chance, or she’ll do it alone no matter the consequences. Knowing that Sarai cannot become what she wants to be overnight, Victor begins to train her and inevitably their complicated relationship heats up.

As Arthur Hamburg’s right-hand man, Willem Stephens, closes in on his crusade to destroy Sarai, she is left with the crushing realization that she may have bitten off more than she can chew. But Sarai, taking on the new and improved role of Izabel Seyfried, still has a set of deadly skills of her own that will prove to be all she needs to secure her place beside Victor.

But there is one test that Izabel must face that has the potential to destroy everything she is working so hard to achieve. One final test that will not only make her question her decision to want this dangerous life, but will make her question everything she has come to trust about Victor Faust.

my thoughts new

You can never go wrong with J.A. Redmerski! This sequel was a tough one but she handled it perfectly well.

The series continues with so much bad-assery. Sarai, or rather Izabel, is now pursuing a different path in life after realizing that a ‘normal’ life isn’t for her. She wants justice and vengeance and to be able to attain those, she must join Victor in his dangerous missions. In this sequel we meet a new character– Fredrik Gustavsson. Equally hot and dangerous and a new assassin to fangirl over!

As the series continues, the story gets even better! I enjoyed this sequel so much because of how the author delivered such a fast, exciting pacing and how she plotted those blood-curling action scenes. There were even morbid scenes that made me cringe… but that’s how I like it.

Even the characters became more interesting and very well developed, especially Izabel. What a kick-ass woman! I loved her even better here because even if she made some reckless decisions, she was no longer helpless and vulnerable. She’s deadlier!

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“She is the perfect liar and manipulator. She can become someone else in two seconds flat and deceive an entire room of people who are not likely to be deceived by anyone. She can make a man believe anything she wants with very little effort. And she doesn’t fear death.”

The romance was especially hot and so much better than the first book and it’s because we can see a different side of Victor here. His softer side.

“It’s in Victor’s eyes that I see so much more. An everlasting bond between us not created by this moment, but by the night we crossed paths in Mexico. Thrust into each other’s lives by a twist of fate and held there by our rare similarities and our need to be together. We are one in the same.”

All in all, Reviving Izabel was a great follow-up to Killing Sarai. So many thrilling, action-packed scenes that will leave you gasping. You can’t just miss this sequel after reading Killing Sarai!

Rating:

5 stars new

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Review: The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never, #1)The Edge of Never
(The Edge of Never #1)
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Publisher: Createspace
Published: November 15, 2012
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

fourstars

Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

MY THOUGHTS…

This book has a lot of potentials. I love how J.A. Redmerski created something different compared to other romantic and contemporary novels. At first, I expected the story to be quite dull and boring. Two strangers traveling together? It sounds cool but I don’t think it encourages romance between the two characters, yet I was wrong because all the while, the romantic development between Camry and Andrew was fascinating.

The first portions of the book was quite slow and a bit tedious but during the middle part, the real picture of the love story was clearer, so somehow I was able to determine the real sense of the plot.

The interesting part of the story is how the author introduced the characters. Camryn, a 20 year-old girl, is in a soul-searching mission and she needed to get away from home and travel alone to find her share of happiness after dealing with difficult circumstances of her life. Andrew, on the other hand, is also in the same boat with Camryn. So it’s not at all difficult to make a connection for the two characters.

Actually, I love Camryn and Andrew. Their chemistry is very evident and I think they’re perfect together. They share the same passion most especially when it comes to music. Their story isn’t also an “insta-love” kind of thing since they first got along each other before they actually fell in love.

What serves as a drawback here is that there are scenes that are way too hard to believe. I understand that this is a work of fiction but I also get the point that it’s also based on reality. But I rather found some scenes quite overly exaggerated. It’s also hard to believe that Andrew or Camryn will instantly trust each other after what, two days of being together at the bus?

Their friendship-turned-into-relationship thing is special, yet their emotional and sexual dependence to each didn’t sit well on me. I also think there’s an emotional obsession between them and for me, it’s not at all healthy. I can’t imagine how Camryn could not breathe without Andrew. It seems to me like she really can’t survive the rest of her trip without him. I don’t think that’s a good character development.

Anyways, the book is great. One thing I do appreciate about it is the fact that it’s VERY WELL WRITTEN. There’s humor to it and most parts are entertaining. And also, the romance is scorching hot you will definitely be carried away. I also didn’t expect the twist at the near-end chapter. Whoa, didn’t expect that coming!

This book, by the way, is the first book of the sequel so there’s a second book waiting, The Edge of Always – which is the thing that I’m going to read anytime real soon. 🙂

My Rating for the Book: 4 Stars (It’s an amazing read!)

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“I can’t think of anything in this world I’d rather do than to see it with you. We belong on the road. Together. It’s where I want to be.”

“Just because one person’s problem is less trraumatic than another’s doesn’t mean they’re required to hurt less.”

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