Monday, October 20, 2014

Review: Twisted

Twisted by Elisabeth Naughton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have been waiting for Nick to get a book to himself for a long time. This series has had him as a constant source of angst, never really getting any resolution to his number of issues. The title is really appropriate because, yeah, this story was “twisted.”

Nick is the king of angry brooding. He’s still suffering for the actions of the last book, getting tortured by a sexy mistress who is more than she seems. Cynna is in her own sort of hell. She’s been “making the most of it” by using her darker urges to survive Zagreus’s private attentions. I was a little concerned about the very fine line they tread in this book. It’s not really rape, but it’s not truly consensual either. Luckily we don’t spend much time in Zagreus’s bedroom and instead get some nice glimpses into Cynna and Nick’s heads. Nick is somehow using his obsession with Cynna to survive all the things Zagreus is doing to try to break him. Cynna thought she knew what she was doing, biding her time while she plans her revenge. Nick shifts her entire world on its head by showing his determination and resolve. She can’t help but be impressed by his irreverent attitude. Their twisted relationship somehow grows out of the torture sessions Cynna watched Nick endure.

Yes, there is a bit of darkness thrown into their sexy times. If that isn’t your cup of tea, you might want to skip this one. That being said, this book really makes a lot of progress in the interpersonal relationships between the Guardians, their mates, the Misos, and the witches. We finally get some firm resolution to the Isadora/Nick situation, and (thank god) not in the way I thought it would go. This couple, for all their personal issues, really might be the toughest one out there. Certainly Nick’s developing powers will play a role in the future storyline. While this book was a little darker than the others, it was definitely necessary. I hope we see a less angsty Nick in all future installments.

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