Alone (Serenity #1)
Only Sebastian has a dark secret; he is a vampire.
As Serenity’s life takes a terrifying turn, she finds herself drawn into a world she never knew existed; one of murder, love, and immortality. She is f...more
The original review with more elements is posted on Layers of Thought.
A romantic and emotional journey of an abused woman and her path towards healing - all within a vampire urban fantasy.
Synopsis: Set in a present day Los Angeles, a young woman named Serenity is in a difficult and very abusive marriage. Her self esteem is poor and she questions whether she deserves her nightly beatings and emotional abuse from her creepy and jobless husband.
When she stumbles upon a very compelling and gorgeous...more
I started out feeling sorry for Serenity in all that she went through and it was so good to see her slowly get her strength back and reclaim her life as the book went on. It was also completely refreshing to watch as Serenity saved herself! Her realizations about saving herself and forming a plan.
However scary the plan was she followed it and the love her life foll...more
"Alone" deals with a very sensitive subject, Domestic Violence. Something I know a thing or two about and I have to take my hat off to Marissa for showing the emotion and the details of a terrible subject off in a way that was so realistic. People find the topic of Domestic Violence uncomfortable and don't want to read or hear about it, yet if they...more
I was lent this ebook via a NookFriend, and am so glad that I found it. I had not heard of the author before picking this one up, and somehow cannot i...more
First and foremost, let me say that abusive relationships whether physical or mental are so utterly wrong and discusting I really don't know where to begin. The fact that a person could do that to another and for the most part, get away with it is disturbing. The worst part is seeing the women in these relationships all downtrodden or acting as though nothing is wrong, when clearly some...more
For too long she'd been kept under the thumb and when she's fired the balance is tipped and a gorgeous stranger steps out of the shadows to help her.
The chance meeting with this man plays on her mind but what are the chances she'll meet him again?
Sebastian has been a vampire a long time and his existence is a sad an...more
What I Liked: Alone deals with the difficult and harsh reality of a violent marriage. Even though it made me uncomfortable at times, I appreciated the realistic storytelling of domestic violence. Since I've had experience with that myself, it felt realistic. Sometimes it seems melodramatic when Jackson is abusing her, but that kind of situation IS melodramatic when you're living in. I think she captured the thoughts going on in Serenity's head perfectly.
Serenity Series Book 1
I bought this book after reading The Vengeful Vampire, the prequel to this book, because I wanted to know more about Sebastian and see where becoming a vampire would take him.
Although the reader may think they know where this book is going, they are going to be surprised with some of the twists and turns. Things couldn’t get much worse for Serenity, life throws one thing after another at her and she has no one to turn to. When she meets Sebastian, she...more
This story made me feel like an oppressive millstone has been placed around my neck by the time I reached the words, “T-H-E-E-N-D.” I’m sorry, but when I read a romance I want a “happily-ever-after-it-all-works-out-in-the-end” kind of story. I do not want to read a story that makes me want to step in front of a bus to end it all. That’s really what you got with this story.
Serenity was a severely abused woma...more
This was a really quick read for me. It was easy to get engrossed in this book and I found myself on edge when Serenity dealt with her abusive husband. Marissa Farrar did a great job depicting the reality of abusive relationships in this novel. I was truly scared for Serenity's life.
As the story goes on, Serenity starts discovering secrets about her husband, secrets that make her angry, and I truly can't blame her. I found myself getting pissed off for he...more
1st line in the book---> “The day Serenity Hathaway came to view as the lowest point in her life, also turned out to be the day everything changed.”
Alone was a very different story from the ones I usually read. I had no idea what to expect. The first thing that came to me was surprise. I never expected that the theme would be about the heroine's struggle with Domestic Violence and how she was able to live through it.
Serenity Hathaway is miserable. She has been married for...more
The beginning of this story unnerved me. Domestic violence SHOULD unnerve you, but this introduction and the helplessness (the inability to help oneself) seemed to resonate in my head. I literally HAD to continue reading just so I would get past it. Thank God, she got past it.
For a moment it morphed into a classic vamp storyline: I have never even tasted your lips and yet I love you, will give my life for you, must have you.
Ultimately it reverted to the original gritty contempor...more
We are introduced to Serenity, she...more
A woman's journey in getting back her life and finding the courage to stop the cycle of abuse she was forced to endure. The circumstances might not be ideal but it doesn't take away the fact that Serenity decided that there's more to life than being tied to her pig of a husband. And succeeded.
This story is haunting and will surely make you uncomfortable especially if you or someone you know have a history of abuse. But it's also inspiring and her story is not limited to abus...more
The story was well-written and kept the reader's interest fairly well.
The profanity was annoying as well as an unneeded sexual situation.
The story would have been much better without them.
The author ended the story well yet left the reader with the unfulfilled need to move onto the next book in the series.
The original situation addressed is very real and in continual need of being addressed.
Abuse is all too prevalent in today's society, st...more
Caught up in the turmoil of having lost her job due to one of her husband's tirades, Serenity's mind starts to shatter as the implica...more
Ummmmmmmmmmm not sure how much of a romance it is when I was so agitated by the end I was glad it was over..... not sure if I would say it was enjoyable when I was glad it was over and I didn't have to suffer the grief it caused me.......more
The relationship between Serenity and Sebastian intrigued me even more each time that he turned up (when you read the book you'll understand what I me...more
Despite the very real personal demons that have brought her to this lonely time and place Serenity still controls her own will. And when Sebastian Bandores happens upon the young woman on her knees in a dark alleyway, the encounter leav...more
Parto diciendo que no me gustó y no porque sea una novela romántica sino porque cae en los típicos clichés baratos que desprestigian al género. La mina que espera que un hombre la salve, el enamorarse con una mirada, el que el mino sea terriblemente bakan, y guapo y adinerado y... o por dios!! es un vampiro!!!
Sí, es un vampiro, pero me tienes que decir cada 5 páginas que el loco es de piel fría? Tengo un concepto super armado de los vampiros y como que este loco era un galán que de casua...more
Marissa is the author of four novels, including the dark...more