Friday, December 20, 2013

Pierced by J.C. Mells [Review]

Pierced (Pierced #1) by J.C. Mells
Format: ebook
Source: free Kindle download 05/21/13
Date read: October 5, 2013

Pierced
1. Pierced - Kindle
1.5. Escaped
2. Pinked

J.C. Mells
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
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.
Thoughts on Pierced: There were A LOT of things I liked about this book. It's dark and it doesn't beat around the bush as far as Pierce's mental issues go. It worked for me on a lot of levels BUT it took me a while to get used to Pierce's internal mental forays as she consults and interacts with the people in her head.

Ultimately, this internal dialog worked because Pierce is very aware of the things that are wrong with her. She questions what's real and what could possibly be an illusion often. She has secrets that she's willing to keep no matter the cost to her. These secrets are the garden variety type, either. She feels guilt over her abuse at the hands of her captor -- not uncommon with victims of this type of long-term assault -- and she's had very few people she can trust in her life.

All these quirks and mental issues made her fascinating. They also made her both strong and tragic. What was done to her was terrible yet she's managed to find a way to survive and keep moving forward. At the same time, she has no outlet to purge herself of the horrors that were forced on her.

Throw in a pre-teen with all the attitude that comes with being that age AND dealing with being on the run and a hunk of a guy who *might* be able to help them and Pierce has a lot on her plate. I don't blame her for questioning what's real and what isn't at times.

I'm eyeballing book 2 now because OMG!THIS ENDING. I want to know what happens and how Pierce will deal these new circumstances. *thumbs up* all around!


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