This is a super vague review like always with Amo Jones' books because why would I spoil this story for any one else?
I thought I was doing pretty good with my (many) theories about this book...until I got near the end and Amo blew them all apart. I'm literally sat here scratching my head. I admit some of my theories were really out there but I didn't see most of the twists that were coming.
Amo Jones is the queen of messed up, mind twisting reads and this book is no different. I expect certain things from this authors books. I expect a strong female and a jerk of a man who I'm going to love even when I try my hardest not to. I expect the sex scenes to be the kind that makes your knickers disintegrate and I expect there to be some humour/sarcasm thrown in. I expect to be left with more questions than answers...Amo really surpassed herself with this one in particular. Crowned by Hate exceeded every one of my expectations, even ones I didn't know I had. This book had me constantly guessing what was going to happen and really kept me on my toes. You need to go into this expecting to get your mind messed with big time and you need to understand that you are probably going to be left with a lot of what seem to be unanswered questions but with this been the first book in this trilogy, you just know this series is going to get more confusing before you get your answers.
Book #1 Crowned by Hate by Amo Jones. This is the first book in the series and my first date with Ms. Jones writing and storytelling. By the reviews, I came across I’ve become very curious and gave it a try. Wow this is something new and different for sure. This novel was indeed captivating and the characters very mysterious, energetic and engaging.
I am still overwhelmed and astounded by the story because it did surprise me at the end and twisted shattered my perception. I thought I needed to reread the book in case I missed the clues because on the surface it did look something else entirely. The flashbacks were little warnings, explanations that I dismissed too fast or haven’t analyzed enough.
Amo Jones is brilliant storyteller that has fascinating way twisting the plot until you left openmouthed and confused and yet wanting for more. Twisted darkness pulled me into a sinister web of lies, deceits and mental games giving a little bit of hope of happy ending and when smashing to pieces my expectations.
Let’s talk about Isa. She was immature, dishonest, insincere, a rude young woman who has a man’s appetite for sex and thrill. She put herself in situations that ‘normal’ people wouldn’t dare venture in. The tent scenes were alarming, disturbing and I do get why this woman has this PSTD episode throughout the story. What I didn’t get why she cared so little about her own safety, disregarded her own life. Why did she put herself into the situations or so courageously followed the danger?
“I’m so sick of the slut-shaming in this day and age. A girl gets called a slut if she has the sexual appetite of man. Well, I’d wear that badge with pride and polish it with my middle finger.”
As the daughter of the President, you would think would behave in a certain way. Nope, she was like spoiled, attention seeking kid on the surface, but underneath it all where lurking secrets and scars she was avoiding to acknowledge. However, I grew to like her even with her quips and rebellious, adventurous, thrill-seeking, risk-taking, audacious character traits. I’m not sure how or when that happened, but she was able to gain my favor and sympathy. I think Bryant brought out her sweet and soft side to me and redeemed her in my eyes.
"...you know when you take that first spoonful of a molten lava cake, and the moist—yes, I said moist—cake melts away on the tip of your tongue, right before your taste buds get the ride of their life with the rich creamy sauce that begins to slither down your throat? Yeah. His voice was like that."
Bryant is still a mystery to me, with all his secrets and devious tactics left me questioning his conduct, motives. Every time I felt like I figured out his motivation, something would happen that let me know that I was still in the dark. He was dangerous, sexy, successful and possessive. Bryant gave the impression to hold Isa’s life in his hands and hate her, but along the story where was this other side of his less monstrous side that made me like him. Something was fascinating and methodical about his domineering and sometimes harsh treatment of Isa that grew into something beautiful by the end. Both characters changed towards each other, but before it could really become a sweet love story, everything shatters and twists.
“I’ve met my worst nightmare, and I call him my husband, who by the way, will be hunting you right now.”
I must admit Amo Jones knows how to twist us into her world of storytelling and leave us wanting more. Amazing work. Hope the second book reveals more and gives some answers to the millions of questions unanswered.
Not even sure where to begin with this review as my head of spinning but in a good way. I have gone through a whole range of emotions reading this book. Amo has completely played with my mind!
With all the teasers I have seen I was stupidly excited to see what grippingly brilliant book Amo was going to bring to us and I certainly wasn't disappointed! Amo does love to create an a hole of epic proportions in her books, someone you know most sane people wouldn't like but you can't help but be drawn too and Bryant Saint Royal is defiantly one of those. He has this dark aura surrounding him but he appeals to you on every level.
Throw Isa into the mix and well its an extremely dangerous knightmare, a car crash that's just happened, you just can't stop yourself from watching when you know you really shouldn't.
Isa knows she should run away from Bryant as fast as she can, yet she's addicted to him. Her feisty attitude, her sexy ways, her immense appetite for this man she shouldn't want, pushes Bryant to his limits and makes him question his original plan.
Throughout the book you get subtle hints as to the way the story is going but its not until the end and that ending just knocks you on your behind and you are left wanting the next book NOW! Nothing is what you expect, you are on one hell of a rollarcoaster ride, but its one your not sure if you want to stay on or get off of.
If you are like me and enjoy a darker read, one that will turn you on and twist you up then this is the book for you as Amo has knocked it out of the park with this one!
Well, I have no words, not really, but hell this book is one of the best Mind F*** I have read. I am not going to say much as I don’t want to spoil it and I don’t think there is much I can say that will not be a spoiler. So go in blind and just enjoy the ride.
The story the writing is brilliant, Talk about the emotional roller coaster I felt while reading. Angry, sad, confused. loving/hating characters. I had to reread the last few chapters a few times and I still cannot get my head around any of it... totally messed with me.
All the way through I thought I was working things out and nothing is what I was expecting , so you can try and work out what you think will happen and good for you if you do, but I am still trying to work out exactly what the h*** is going on, I need book 2 ASAP!!! I need answers.
I am not 100% sure, how I am feeling right now Confused, Mind blown, WOW. It is just perfection. I will highly recommend this book.