Verity Fortune was once Sapphire City’s top crime-fighter, wielding her powers of telekinesis to battle the city’s most despicable villains. Now, she’s consumed by a single burning desire: revenge. Against those who took away her mask, her memory, and nearly her life.
Having escaped from the a ...more
Verity soon hooks up with the only other super-hero currently fighting the good fight, but she's far from well. She keeps having seriously disruptive flashbacks to the events that put her in the asylum, and her memory of them is patchy at best. Meanwhile her family is actively hostile towards her while ...more
Trigger Warnings: This book has graphic, gory depictions of physical and psychological torture. There is a ton of ableist slurs in reference to mental illness. Some problematic portrayals of the main character’s mental state and a bit of internalized misogyny.
At first I was intrigued by this book. The opening of the story is dark and heavy on visceral horror, giving it a the gritty feel of a modern horror movie (like Hostel or Saw). Which puts it more int ...more
I haven't read anything by Erica Hayes before, but after reading a few reviews for Scorched, and seeing that it was on NetGalley for review, I decided to give it a go. And I'm so pleased I did. After the first chapter I realised that this was going to be my kind of book. The author pulls no punches; the writing is gritty, witty and dark - just the way I like it.
The heroine, Verity Fortune, aka The Seeker, is complex and slightly damaged, but completely badass. She's a superhero among a...more
I swear I turned pages on my Kindle so fast smoke was flying off them. I also think that anybody who buys this book to read should be provided with their very own Augmented Superhero costume to wear whilst reading it. Because this book was a FUN RIDE and I wanted some of the action!
Right, so settle down now and tell the nice people what the book is about:
In a world where everyone wears a mask, you can't trust anyone… not even yourself.
Verity Fortune was once Sapphire ...more
My English review
I enjoyed the books by Erica Hayes that I had the opportunity to read, so when I saw the release of a new series, I was immediately intrigued. Well I’m curious by novels featuring vigilantes and even if I have some in my TBR pile, it is true that I had not read any so far. However, I can now say that I ultimately had a great time with this new story.
Verity is locked in a psychiatric hospital for a while now, undergoing imposed incessant treatments. But after ...more
This was about as much nerdy super fun as you could squeeze into a single book, and a delightful read from start to finish. Hayes did a truly wonderful job of creating the superhero metropolis vibe, complete with smarmy politicians, secret identities, public showdowns, the lot. For comparison, I'd say it was very Batman-esque; especially with the added element of a crime-fighting duo of awesomeness that is Glimmer and Seeker. I hope to see a lot more of ...more
Verity Fortune has been locked up for weeks being tortured in an asylum. She finally manages to break away from her captors and es ...more
This book started out a little confusing but okay, but as it went on I got really bored.
Verity was just a confusing character really. At the start of the book it was like she barely knew her own name, and it was really difficult to know whether to believe what she told us was going on or not! Unfortunately this didn’t really improve over the course of the b ...more
Actual rating 4.5
I've been eagerly waiting for this book, hoping it would go up on Netgalley, since I saw the cover. I was really excited to read an urban fantasy by this publisher and the cover had me hooked so I hit the 'send to kindle' button instantly when I saw it had been uploaded and I definitely wasn't disappointed.
Scorched had me intrigued right for the start with Verity's inner conflicts about whether she is a bad person or not. It set u ...more
The cover drew me in. Isn’t it a thing of beauty?
When I requested this I assumed it would be more paranormal than it was. In fact it was more fantasy than anything. People who go around using their powers–known as the Augmented–to stop evil, dressed up in disguise. Superheroes?
I was quickly drawn into the story within the first chapter when we see Verity struggle to remember who she is and that she isn’t a bad person after being ...more
Beautiful, almost poetic descriptions that gave me a serious dose of author envy. Also I guessed who the real traitor was, which might seem a bad thing but made me feel better, only to get caught out by the main plot twist (it's a doozie!). These carefully set up plot points kept me on the edge of the seat with a serious 'what will happen next?!' anticipation. Great general tension throughout, and plenty of action and adventure as you'd expect from a superhero story. And the bad guy ...more
This steady to fast paced and smooth flowing plot keeps readers on their toes with lots of suspense, action and drama. The author brings the story to life with well written scenes and details that capture the imagination and inspire vivid images that m ...more
Verity Fortune, Seeker, escapes from captivity where doctors have kept her special abilities suppressed and attempted to destroy her memories. One thing she knows for sure is that the supervillain Razorfire killed her father, and she is determined to hunt him down and get revenge. However, she has been gone a long time, and someone in her family is her enemy. Soon she is a fugitive, desperate for ...more
This book was spiderman meets superman meets girl interrupted. The first chapter had it's hooks in me from the word go and then they lessened a little as I kept reading. It started as a kind of upside down Spiderman, instead of him fighting someone who is really rich, she is really rich and her father owns a large company and they are fighting the bad guys.
The story flowed well and I really enjoyed where it took m ...more
Actual rating - 2.5
Scorched started out okay, but i lost interest.
The characters weren't awful, but i can't say i liked them.
They had plenty of annoying moments, and Verity constantly thinking "I'm ugly" got on my nerves.
I liked the first two chapters, but the rest was quite dull.
The pacing was too slow. It dragged, and dragged, and i thought the book would never end!
Overall, Alright, but way too slow. ...more
Verity Fortune is my spirit animal. Need to get my hands on Scarred, pronto.
As this story begins, we’re dropped right in the superhero world. This suited me, because I’m a geek and I wanted to get straight on w ...more
We meet Verity in a mental Institution undergoing test/torture treatment, After she manages to escape she goes to her family for help where she finds that nothing is like she remembers. Her father who owns a multimillionaire dollar company, is dead and in his place her uptight sister is now head of the company and running for Mayor. Their ...more
When I started this book, I really had no idea what I was going to get. At first I thought I was reading a book based on a comic book, and I wasn’t really sure about it. What I got was a really fun read that evolved into a seriously dramatic(but still fun) read. The story went places I couldn’t even guess at, and I enjoyed every minute of it!
What I liked about this book:
Verity Fortune is a member of a rich family that happens to be filled with super-hero type people. ...more
Scorched is pretty much acquired taste- this is for those who love stories about superheroes and villains. Since I keep whining that I want to see more of superhero romances...this was right up my alley. :D
Now, I have to say that calling it romance is stretching- this is more UF, it's plot-focused and action packed.
The story opens with Verity Fortune running away from asylum where she was held against her will and her powers were contained. Verity is one of the augmented, she is a superhero See ...more
SCORCHED by Erica Hayes: wherein a young woman by the name of Verity Fortune is a telekinetic Batgirl in a city with a rogues’ gallery to rival Gotham’s. Appropriately nicknamed the Gallery – part mafia, part supervillain cabal – its members wage a never-ending war against the ‘augmented’ Fortunes, who run the multinational Fortune Corp by day, and masquerade at night in various superhero guises. It’s Verity who gives this novel its Christopher No ...more
Verity Fortune escapes an asylum with no recollection of how she wound up there. Thinking only days had passed since she was thrown in her "prison", she is disheartened to learn that she has been locked up for months following a battle with an archenemy, a villain named Razorfire. Bits and pieces of the fight slowly come to her and she also learns that she ultimately still isn't sa ...more
I went through many different reactions when reading this book from OMG so awesome! to this is like a cartoon for grownups to this is so so bad...actually no its so bad its good to WTF was that plot twist?
In the end while my views changed I did really enjoy the novel. It was a great plot with a fantastic range of characters from good to bad. Particularly well done in the fact that the main character was completely flawed and not a perfect superhero. She had so ma ...more
Our lead character Verity has been captured and tortured in an asylum. She escapes and tries to recover her memories. Verity comes from ...more
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She hails from Australia, where she drifts from city to city, leaving a trail of chaos behin ...more