Worth (Gray Zone #2)
Give us your poor, your unwanted, your criminals... that's the unofficial motto of Atlanta's Gray Zone, the no man's land between the city and the Dens of the Kin-the dragons. Between Liam, the two brothers he's cared for most of his life, and their abusive stepfather, they account for all three categories.
Liam was fifteen when he made the arrangemen...more
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This gritty and poignant tale is told in the 1st person POV of Liam. Liam has led a tragic life, sexually abused by his alcoholic stepfather, and struggling to protect his two younger bro...more
This time the soon-to-Shift is Liam. He doesn't know about it (unlike Adam in the previous story). Although I thought there was a good opportunity to really explore the unknown side of finding out you're Lesser-Bred, this story rather...more
...that's the main character of he story... Liam.
After his mother death, Liam will be obligated to do anything, also unthinkable things, to protect his young half brothers, Chris and Kevin... protect them for their father, Richard.
I can't say how much I despise Richard... can a villain in a story be worst than him??? It's hard to find one... I'm not kidding. I must think A LOT and maybe no, I mus...more
I gave 4 the first book in the series but it was mostly because of the high amount of details in the world, lots of new ideas, and partly because of "feeding". This book I have read after Darwin's theory so I guess I just get used to the blood kink idea :-).
Unstable people better stay away from these books! Hannibal lecter sends his hi.
Worth by Adrienne Wilder
A Gray Zone Novel
Give us your poor, your unwanted, your criminals... that’s the unofficial motto of Atlanta’s Gray Zone, the no man’s land between the city and the Dens of the Kin—the dragons. Between Liam, the two brothers he’s cared for most of his life, and their abusive stepfather, they account for all three categories.
Liam was fifteen when he made the arrangement: as long as he let his stepfather sell his body, his brothers would be safe. Scarred inside and out
Kin and Lesser-bred have no desire to be human, but they have no problem sleeping with them.
The entire concept of Lesser-Bred and Kin grabbed me. I wanted to learn more about these unique creatures and their way of living.
Liam had few good memories in his life, yet he still managed to find the strength to survive. This determination for survival was mostly due to his two younger brothers, Chris and Kevin. Liam’s drive to protect his b...more
And he was right.
Abused physically, sexually, mentally and emotionally, he made a deal with the devil at age 15...more
Okay I will keep this blunt.
I stayed up reading this till 3am in the morning. I was completely invested and captivated. Then the author gives me yet again - one of the shittiest ending ever. I nearly threw my kindle against the wall I was that frustrated.
I had spent a couple of hours reading theses characters be abused and struggled against great odds. They deserved an epilogue so that THEY and ME could have closure dammit.
Here is an example of why I am frustrated with timelines and we...more
Liam’s life is heartbreakingly tragic. He has never allowed himself anything. His entire life revolves around his two...more
I guess what helped was that there was less emphases on the dragons (a paranormal species I find even less plausible than vampires, elves, mermaids, and werewolves - not saying ghosts because they DO exist ;)), and...more
Liam is a great character and one I really wanted to see triumph. He's been taking his stepfather's abuse for many years i...more
As a boy, Liam watched his beloved mother die of an aneurysm right in front of him. Vowing to protect his younger brothers, Liam put up with years of physical and sexual abuse from his stepfather even allowing his stepfather to sell his body. Not realizing that while he can protect his brothers from suffering physically, he can't protect them from...more
This is book #2 in a series called Gray Zone, and I haven't read book #1 (ofc, I seem to do this a lot...), but I didn't really feel like I was denied any relevant info because of that. I really appreciated the glossary of terms and short presentation of the world at the beginning of the novel, to me that m...more
There's nothing Liam wouldn't do, nothing he hasn't done to protect and care for his two younger brothers. His stepfather is a drunk, sadistic bastard and Liam is all that stands between him and the tattered remnants of their innocence. His own he traded to insure Chris and Kevin keep theirs as long as they can.
Liam does what he can to assure his brothers don't hear, even as his screams echo in the shadows along the broken streets of the Gray Zone. He's been brutally ra...more
Although I really enjoyed this story, and love broken characters (plus abused rent boy!), this story didn't quite earn a 5-star rating. I'm not sure exactly what is keeping it from reaching that point, as I can't really think of anything really negative about it. It has good writing, a good story, interesting plot and characters and a fun world, but I still don't feel like it's a 5-star book. Maybe I'm in a blase mood, maybe the characters weren't new/creative enough. Still, a good book,...more
Shame, because I like both main characters, especially Liam and his brothers.
Anyhow, my passion for artwork started around that same time, and I took to drawin...more