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(Sapphire City #1)

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In a world where everyone wears a mask, you can't trust anyone… not even yourself.

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
Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published May 22nd 2014 by HarperImpulse
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Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Verity Fortune aka The Seeker escapes from a torturous mental asylum to find her life in ruins and her family of super=heroes set to appease the city's greatest super-villain rather than fight him.

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
Jul 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF - Not the Super Hero Story I Wanted.

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
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
2.5 stars, rounding up. There is an interesting premise in here, but in the end, I just found the plot convoluted (and yet weirdly easy to guess the twists), the characters unbelievable, and the writing a bit too purple.
Carolyn  Storer
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

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

Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Whoa! What a ride that was!

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
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it

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
Paige Ellen Stone
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
I suppose I should have read the reviews rather than just seeing that this book had an average of 4.5 stars by previous reviewers. I would say that had I read one of the reviews in particular, I might have saved myself the $0.99 that I wasted on this awful, cliche ridden novel. I did read the entire book, which is clear evidence of my masochistic streak over-riding my intuition. From about 50 pages in, my gut was telling me that this story was just not going to get any better. But I hung in, par ...more
When I saw this cover on Netgalley, I just had to get it. I loved the imagery of all that black hair becoming rain on the city, the darkness all around with just the one ray of light from the helicopter. Okay, putting that into words, it sounds cheesy, but the cover just worked for me. When I saw that the story was about a female crime fighter, I just had to read it.

Verity Fortune has been locked up for weeks being tortured in an asylum. She finally manages to break away from her captors and es
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins UK, HarperImpulse and NetGalley.)

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
Sienna Logan (Lost to Books)
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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
Leanne Crabtree
I received this ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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
Pippa Jay
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: superhero, adventure
What I liked.
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
Stephanie  G
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The first book in a new urban fantasy series is a thrilling action packed read. Once a crime fighter, now a vigilante, Verity Fortune is consumed with one burning desire revenge against those who took away her mask, her memory and nearly her life.

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
Francis Franklin
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an addictive, gripping and well written superhero story with echoes of Batman and The X-Men.

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
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r4r-and-arc
I received a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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
Aug 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

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.
Wow! This read was a real fun ride! A very grown-up superhero story with a hell of a pace, well drawn characters and fantastic, punchy dialogue.

Verity Fortune is my spirit animal. Need to get my hands on Scarred, pronto.
Angelique Cunningham
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Neveer read a book like this before. It was like reading a novel of the superhero show Flash or Arrow. I have read comic books and graphic novels with this type of story telling, but never in a novel format. Very interesting and enjoyable read.
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good opener.
More a psychological than an action adventure

Story arc concludes, but still manages to end on a cliff-hanger.
Love Reading Romance
Scorched starts right in the action with Verity, aka augmented superhero “The Seeker”, escaping from an asylum. She’s been locked away by her arch nemesis for months and when she finally escapes, a lot has changed. She doesn’t know who to trust and she certainly isn’t safe. Neither is Sapphire City. She might just have jumped from the frying pan and into the fire.

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
Katherine Paschal
Verity was born augmented, meaning she has super powers just like the rest of her family. She has a secret identity as a super hero to fight crime. One night while battling her arch enemy, Verity gets captured. She ends up being tortured for three weeks in an insane asylum before she gets a chance and escapes. She makes her way back to her family, only able to remember her brother since her brain has been messed with. Verity learns that she has been captive for 9 months instead of the 3 weeks sh ...more
Aussie bookworm
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Scorched is an Urban Fantasy, that centers on the whole Good vs Evil plot line, however when everyone wears a mask, how do you know who is good and who is evil.

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
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
4.5 rounded up to 5.
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:

The Plot
Verity Fortune is a member of a rich family that happens to be filled with super-hero type people.

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
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Scorched is about a young woman with superpowers who has escaped an asylum and can’t remember anything that happened. All she remembers is her hatred for the villain Razorfire and decides it is her duty to seek revenge. She runs straight to her brother Adonis and realizes a lot had changed in the months that she was gone. Verity herself is scared from the place and bits of memory come back to her, making her blackout at times and not realize what she is doing. Realizing someone has betrayed her ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
***Review Courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy***

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
3.5, rounded to 4. Pretty good tale of the classic superhero/villain story, with a scant dash of romance thrown in.

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
Heather A
I received a copy from Netgalley.

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
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
After seeing this cover on Netgalley (I was denied access, but have since picked this book up from the library), I knew I had to read this novel. The beautiful cover sucked me in. While a lover of UF novels, I usually read more paranormal romance than UF. This UF novel is not like any others I’ve read before. Scorched is based on superheroes and super villains.

Our lead character Verity has been captured and tortured in an asylum. She escapes and tries to recover her memories. Verity comes from
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Erica Hayes was a law student, an air force officer, an editorial assistant and a musician, before finally landing her dream job: fantasy writer. She writes dark paranormal romance, urban fantasy and romantic science fiction, and her books feature tough, smart heroines and colorful heroes with dark secrets.

She hails from Australia, where she drifts from city to city, leaving a trail of chaos behin

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