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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Tara Brown Publishing; 1st edition (8 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991841115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991841110
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,826,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am not going to talk in the third person. It feels weird.
I am a Canadian author of Contemporary, Paranormal Romance, Post Apocalyptic and Fantasy novels. Mostly because I think I have Writers ADD, I like to call it WADD. It might be a real thing.
I write New Adult, my books have sexual content (Heck yes) and Swearing. You have been warned. Now enjoy!

I have a beagle named Buster, a husband who I force to read everything I write and two girls who want so badly to be a character in my books. And not in that order.

I am mid thirties so be prepared for the chick lit novel this year. I am calling it my Ode to my Midlife Crisis.
I have been writing since I was old enough to lie. So for some time.

Welcome to my world. Please enjoy the ride.

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I loved this first book, but to be honest I can't ever find anything from this author that doesn't ever want to grasp my attention.
There was some really unexpected turn of events, I found myself going through all the emotions with Amillia on her journey.
You see her having to grow up fast from the innocence of a child to having the protection veil ripped off, and seeing the true uggliness of the world around her creating a strong remarkable heroine, even when she is tasked to do what's right for herself and her family and to not hide in the shadows.
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By Gillian on 30 April 2015
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I was captivated from the beginning, so much more than just a princesses story of revenge. Fast paced with characters brought wonderfully to life with a heroine you feel for and with. Just off to get the next book YIPEE
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By E J Wallington on 1 April 2015
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I really enjoyed this book and liked the characters, couldn't put it down. Just downloaded the next one onto my kindle. I really enjoy reading this authors stuff - keep them coming :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A really enjoyable read! 19 Mar. 2015
By Heather - Published on
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The book begins by introducing readers to Amillia, who's a princess. In an unsurprising twist that made me nervous early on, Amillia is in love with Maddox - a commoner with whom she can never have a future. This fairly predictable set up doesn't last long, however, as Maddox turns out to be more than is revealed at first glance. The man Amillia is supposed to be marrying is also, fairly predictably, a misogynistic, spoiled, man-child.
Soon, however, there has been a betrayal of national implications and Amillia has had to flee on her dragon/best friend (yeah, the dragon thing threw me off too at first, too; let it grow on you, I warmed to it quickly). Along the way, Millia will meet Grayson (the third leg of the obligatory love triangle), sisters Katy and Mani (witches who take her in), and lots of the wealthy and immoral.
Millia quickly develops into an assassin with whom I would not want to tangle, but her strength and prowess are all reasonable. Millia fights with intelligence and training in such a manner that her strength feels authentic. I've never been a fan of the traditional love triangle in YA (maybe I'm bitter that I never had two guys fighting over me in high school?), and I was originally pretty skeptical when this Grayson guy seemed to be developing into competition for Maddox. As this is a series, I'm withholding my groaning - Watson has left herself room to grow this into something that would challenge the form in the next novel. I like both of the guys Watson has created, so I'll wait and see.
As Millia finds herself free of the constraints of the castle and royal life, I was originally unimpressed with the direction of her character. I'm not sure if I was uncomfortable with how far off the rails she went personally or if they don't resonate with the character Watson introduced at the outset. Killing at the scale that this young woman engages in, and as suddenly as she does it, seems to beg a touch more introspection, or at least a more subtle transition from princess to psycho-killer. And while I would have loved to get more insight into the transformation, I can appreciate the arc being created for this character as the series continues. The note on which the novel ended, for me, flipped the whole "medieval girls gone wild" tone into a great character development tool, and I can appreciate that.
Some of the "tangled webs" become a bit hard to follow as well, or did at least for me. Readers discover that there are multiple layers to everything in Millia's life, and most of them were connections and heartbreaks about which she had been ignorant. They were awesome reveals I had absolutely not been prepared for when they did come, so points for a well-crafted backstory. I am not a big fan of the whole "we're keeping these secrets from you to protect you" plot device, and this novel does flirt with it. I understand that the series will probably tease out the bigger picture, and keeping that info withheld is supposed to keep me coming back for more (which it will). It can't be said that the main character is totally in the dark. I just wish it hadn't been used at all - your main character is, as the kids say these days, "B.A."; fill her in, she can take it.
All in all, a fun book that I really enjoyed. It was advertised to have several elements in the vein of what I've been looking for in a book lately, and it came through admirably. Download a copy, you will not regret it!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very enjoyable fantasy novel 2 Mar. 2015
By Tenacious G - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This was a very well done fantasy novel. The writing was good, the story engaging, and the characters fully developed.

The story is basically about a girl seeking vengeance (hence the title) against those who killed/wronged her family, and by vengeance, I mean killing. This is a rather bloody and violent book, which makes me hesitant to really call it a YA novel. I suppose as far as sex (or the lack thereof) goes, it would fall into that category.

There were a few things I didn't like. First, I hate love triangles, but I suppose for a love triangle, it was better done than most. Secondly, I felt like the story stopped in a somewhat random place. I wouldn't even call it a cliff hanger--the story is just very obviously nowhere near finished. If you are looking for a neat ending or a HEA, I wouldn't read this until the second book comes out.

When all is said and done, I found this to be a highly enjoyable, somewhat quick read, and I would definitely recommend. I look forward to reading the sequel when it comes out.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A great read 2 Mar. 2015
By Marie - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I read the original of this and then this rewrite. I liked both of them and can't wait for the next in the series. Tara creates such strong female leads which makes her stories great reads. I can't wait until she gets revenge for all the wrong that has been done.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Vengeance 23 Mar. 2015
By jencool02 - Published on
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Rating: 1 star

Amillia Morgenstien is a princess. A princess who wants to run away with a boy who doesn't want to because unlike her untitled ass, has to work. But don't worry! It gets better! She cries a lot and jumps on her Dragon by running off the roof in front of people, but of course they don't realize there is a giant dragon right in front of their faces. Also, Maddox keeps telling her he doesn't like her/can't be with her but she keeps ignoring that and kissing him despite her dating another. She doesn't ask questions and for a supposedly strict mother, she is allowed to run off and spar with the rest of the guards. She also looses all her power if she marries but not if she f**** someone, which she does right after telling another man he has her whole heart and always will until the day she dies.

In short, a F****** stupid waste of time
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wow!! Thrilling, Enchanting and Vengeance! 28 Mar. 2015
By Michelle - Published on
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*I haven't read the original, only the revised version, so my review is based solely on the new version. Although I believe the plot is all the same, just edited to be more YA friendly.

I am a huge fan of Tara's! She has the capibility to draw you into her madness and keeps you there until you devour her every word. And I got nothing less of greatness with this story of Revenge. Suspense, secrets, love, betrayal, a pet Dragon, witches, wolves, and especially Vengeance! All the great things that make an Awesome book!

Amillia is a princess hell bent on being her own person. She would rather be out training with the guards then to get all dressed up and attend royal balls. She is fiesty, strong willed and later becomes one heck of an assassin!

When her father is murdered, her kingdom set ablaze, and she is betrayed by her brother, she vows Vengeance on everyone that has wronged her family, included the man (Herrick) her brother tried to give her hand in marriage too. There are secrets and lies at every turn.

Running away with her only friend, her Dragon - Artan, she sets out on her path to seek Vengeance on those that betrayed her and avenge the death of her loved ones. She believes her love, Maddox, to be dead. Her father is dead, her brother becoming a ruthless ruler, her mother and other 2 brothers missing, she seeks solace with 2 witches she stumbles upon.

They give her a deal, they will help her get her revenge, but she must do it their way, no questions asked. When she is told to kill, she kills. Her charmed bracelet will tell her who her mark is. And she is good at it, letting Vengeance into her heart, becoming her sole purpose for living.

All the while she is fighing her feelings for Grayson. She spent a lifetime loving Maddox, only to be rejected over and over again. But, now he's back, and her heart still loves him. He still refuses her, she is a princess and has a path she must follow to fulfill the prophecy of uniting all the kingdoms and righting all the wrongs. I'm excited to see how the story unfolds in the next book!

-I scooped water and cleaned myself with a new resolve. I may always be broken and I may always be a shell, but I would get my revenge and I would start with Herrick’s homeland.

-My vengeance would be sweet and disturbing.

-Then I would return and avenge my family and help my brothers take back what our father had worked hard to create.
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