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Cruel and Unusual

(Somewhere-in-Between #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Malcolm Davenport is serving time.

On a remote island in Alaska, Malcolm is part of Project Isolation, where he must reflect on the crime that cost him the only thing he ever loved. He spends his days and nights alone, with his thoughts and his art—drawing the woman he lost.

But his isolation comes to a strange and abrupt halt when a miniature winged woman with pink hair and
Published 2017 by Live and Love the Fantasy Publications
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Tayla Robichaud
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I received a free ebook in exchange for an honest review.

I thought the plot of this story was very original. I really enjoyed it. I did not expect the ending at all!
I was actually kind of annoyed (view spoiler)

I am also a little confused on how this is a sequel. I know some sequels aren't always the same as the first book bu
Esther Haddie's Haven
DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC from the author.

Oh my gersh! I thought Untitled Beauty left me with a bookish heart attack, but no! This, being it's own tale, is amazing in on it's own level. I absolutely fell in LOVE with Malcolm's character. I really liked being in a male's perspective. There are just some books that are better told in that P.O.V. and this is one of them. I love how it was a slow build up, and then hit with a massive BOOM! in the end. It kept me up for a few hours after reading,
Heids Van
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

From the moment i opened the book i was drawn into a world that is aptly the title of the book, i felt the highs and lows, i kept saying one more chapter and eventually i finished book without putting it down. My heart is with Malcom and Verity 9. I thoroughly recommend this book to all who love a sweet and intriguing story, and also to those that don't because it is that good.
Lady Living  In Bookland
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I simply fell head over heels with this stunner cover for Cruel and Unusual by CE Wilson and was beyond excited to get a chance of reading this. The story of Malcom Davenport and his detainment under 'project isolation'.

Project Isolation was a new concept in solitary confinement championed by the new elect....the government had a difficult time finding a place to house such criminals like Flynn and myself... Time was served on an isolated island, and though criminals there wouldn’t techn
Sunshine Somerville
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book on a whim and because the cover is gorgeous. The writing grabbed my attention in the first few pages, and I could tell this author had worked hard to craft this story. Then, the uniqueness of the story kept me reading to the end.
While the setting is sparse and simple, there’s much going on inside Malcolm’s mind. This book tackles some dark psychological issues, and this setting works perfectly to illustrate the damage of isolation. Even though Malcolm is selfish, guilt-rid
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Cruel and Unusual is how I describe the ending.. lol It is cruel and unusual to leave me wondering but this book was a great second in the series for sure. The intensity and suspense really got me in this one. Between when the wardens were coming, the neighbor and Verity ugh I was constantly like omg what's gonna So you will definitely be on the edge of your seat throughout this book.

Malcolm has always been the good guy but put in jail for being the bad guy he never was. He was payi
Bridgett Brown
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Malcom is doing time on a remote island in Alaska for a crime he committed, he is alone with his art. He has a neighbor he talks to a little bit and the guards who come once in a while to bring supplies and check up on him. His time is spent reflecting...until one day, Verity Nine literally crashes into Malcoms prison. First, I fell in love with the cover & then I fell in love with the novel. Grab this book ...more
Mandy Peterson
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the first portion of this book that the author gave me an advanced copy of. Struggling to fit this information in with the first book in this series took up a fair portion of my time. Although I knew the characters would not be the same, I feel that being in a series has to have some reasoning. Perhaps they all take place during the same future? I trust C.E. Wilson will bring it all together soon.

Malcolm, his cell mate, and the island make for a very interesting story! The chara
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. C.E. Wilson has outdone herself with Cruel and Unusual. The title perfectly explains the story for both the main characters. Malcolm experiences cruel treatment similar to being thrown in the hole in prison, and for those of you who enjoyed Malcolm’s psychological rollercoaster ride, I highly recommend reading other prison literature. Papillon is an awesome one! Verity is definitely unusual and you really are left with many questions. I won’t list any of mine because I do not want to spoil ...more
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was given an Arc for an honest review. This book certainly gets you thinking. Firstly Malcom is on a small island in Alaska as a new type of punishment instead of prison. He is alone apart from his neighbour Flynn and a monthly visit from the wardens. He is obsessed with his ex girlfriend and spends most of his time drawing and painting her. One day something crashes out of the sky thinking it's a bird Malcom try's to rescue it. He is shocked to find it is some sort of doll with wings. It bite ...more
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The story of Malcolm and Verity is so very interesting, it will transport you into a whole new world of inhuman treatment of people accused of crimes, mysterious projects and a little bit of a love story thrown in.
Definitely recommend this book for anyone who wants something different than the average romance story.
C.E. Wilson is a talented author who can make new world and creatures, mixed with normal come to life in the pages of her amazing stories.
Pete Tarsi
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a fellow self-published author, I am both awestruck and envious of C.E. Wilson. Her output of work since I’ve started blogging is impressive to say the least, and I wish I could be as prolific as she is. I’m just as amazed by her imaginative plots and characters as I am by their integration with deep meaningful themes. I am thrilled for her that she has been experiencing the success she does, and I always look forward to her regular book releases.

Her latest effort, Cruel and Unusual, is her s
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Book Review
Title: Cruel and Unusual
Author: C.E. Wilson
Genre: YA/Fantasy/Dystopian
Rating: ****
Review: The opening chapter to Cruel and Unusual was very intriguing, we are introduced to Malcolm Davenport who is serving prison time for a crime he is too ashamed to speak of, under a new government project called Project Isolation where inmates are holded up on islands of Alaska. These inmates are grouped by gender so Malcolm only has one neighbour Flynn and the wardens for company, beside that he i
Ola Adamska
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-2017
This book is not about action and this make it really worth trying!
Here we are put in the position of A young man Malcolm (22) who was sentenced for few years of isolation, due to past event. Like in many dystopian worlds something that we can't even think about torward A prisoner is used as justice.
C.E. Wilson created a book that dam give you a book hang over due to topic and situation.
Plot is not what is important here. Characters are the salt of this book- they are GREAT! Sometimes i felt lik
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is not your normal romance. After spending 2 years imprisoned on an island in a new fangle type prison isolated from all but the one prisoner he shares the island with and wardens that rotate every month to deliver supplies. Davenport is one of the lucky ones, at least he can afford to not be in an actual prison. Things change for him when Verity Nine appears.

Cruel and Unusual is a masterfully written book about love and not only it's consequences but how blind to faults a person can be wh
Ruby McDemon
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This isn't at all what I was expecting after the first book. I though we'd get more on the world of before (this is still that word just a different side), but this story... Just... WOW... I was really confused at first because there didn't seem to be the number system.. or at least it wasn't talked about. I really don't know what to say more than is there going to be a follow up book on this story? It was so great I don't know what to say that won't give away parts of the story and spoil it for ...more
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
It's an interesting quick read. Different than what I usually read. It was intriguing and made me wanted to know what would happened next. But I didn't enjoy the story as much as I wanted. The plot is great, but the ending SUCK! There is no closure, no answers It just me saying...What!,OMG!,Really!!
I guess all I can hope for is a 2nd book, I would like to find out what happened and how it ended.
Schaper's stuff

At first I was unsure about this book. The beginning just made me feel a little like the book was not for but not being a quitter, I kept reading. Guess what? I loved it and want to know more. Read this book, stick with it, its worth it.
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Confused but... I enjoyed it.

Davenport was an interesting character. Verity was nothing but the interesting too. The most interesting part was that this was truly character driven.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this until the end. I hope there will be more!
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Totally different type of fantasy book. I just loved it. The pink miniature female sounds absolutely adorable . It's a fantastic way to spend a few hours. Love anything by this author.
Heather Miller
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I did receive a free ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book starts off pretty good, builds the characters tells what they are doing. Although you are unsure why they are where they are.

Malcolm is the male lead character, who is serving his sentence in a cruel and unusual way. If your family has money they can buy you out of having to serve time in prison, but, you are banished to a remote island in Alaska. Malcolm lives next door to another man. Both have their own sh
Morgan A
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

When I first started reading this book, I thought that it did a great job of building up the setting and the characters. There is a mystery behind Malcolm that I instantly wanted to solve while his personality and those of his neighbor and the guards who come to the island were well-developed with their own stories. Though I liked the amount of detail in creating the characters and the world, I did find myself getting a bit bored fo
Hope Gerhardstein
A very unique story! Good details. Can't help but sympathize with Malcom and Verity and hate Milo.
Sophie Koufes
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Description: Cruel & Unusual is Book 2 in Somewhere-In-Between Series. It is a complete standalone book as each book in the series stands alone. This is a YA Dystopian Novel.

Wow! First, I fell in love with the cover & then I fell in love with the novel. The title fits the story perfectly. A beautifully & distinctively written & developed novel with no plot hole's. With sensational characters that are well developed. A highly imaginative & distinctive plot & story line that is very descriptive. I
Brandi Aga
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it
The gorgeous cover drew me to this book. I'm guilty of picking some of my favorite reads just by a hunch on the cover. It's an interesting quick read... I read it in one sitting because the plot is so different and intriguing I wanted to know what happened next.

Malcom is alone on an island in Alaska except for his neighbor. Both men paying out a crime, locked up and chained like dogs in exchange for being in a real prison. Malcom did something bad, something he's too ashamed to talk about... un
Florencia Garcia
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks-i-own, reviews, arc
Disclaimer: I received and ARC of this book and volunteered to write an honest review.

This book was okay.
It took me a while to finish it cause it didn't really caught me as much as I would have liked.

The story went a bit too slow for my taste. Up until half of the book nothing exciting happened in the story besides Verity appearing. There was no action. To be honest, nothing exciting happens until the last two or three chapters, right before it ends on a cliffhanger.

When it comes to the charact
Ms. Just One More Book  (Kris Miller)
☆☆☆☆ 4.5 stars ☆☆☆☆

Malcolm is serving his sentence in a cruel and unusual way. Banished to a remote island in Alaska, he has no contact with the outside world. His only outlet is through his art. Constantly painting the woman he lost the day he committed his crime while defending her honor.

Then one day his routine is changed when a very small young woman with metal wings falls off his roof and into the bushes. Is she a fairy, a robot, a sophisticated doll, or some sort of high tech spy drone? S
*I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book*

I didn't red book one yet but this book can definitely stand on its own. This book is a unique story. I enjoyed reading about Verity and Malcolm. I would love to read more about Verity and how she came about. I am sure it would be an interesting story as well. If you enjoy unique storylines then this book is definitely for you.
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
C.E. Wilson provides a unique story with her second book, Cruel and Unusual, in the Somewhere-in-Between series - this is a dystopian story. The ending left me in shock, just what you come to expect from some of this author's books. Wow! The story is intense and highly suspenseful within the pages.
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C.E. Wilson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, grew up in Millersville, Pennsylvania, and has been living in Pittsburgh since 2009. For the first few years living in Pittsburgh, she was an English teacher. Her first book, "Oath of Servitude," was published in 2012. In 2013, she quit teaching to be a full time author and hasn't looked back since. She loves spending time with her daughter and h ...more

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