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"Raw and honest, a spectacular in-depth character study." - Clarion Foreword Reviews, 5/5 stars

In the Mind of Revenge takes a deep look at how monsters are born.

Set in a society that glorifies “normal” and demonizes different, this dark tale takes its readers on an emotionally wild ride of vengeance, murder, pain, and desperation. Though the reader is warned not to devel
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Kindle Edition, 326 pages
Published April 13th 2018 by Alodia Offbeat Creative, LLC (first published March 5th 2016)
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Naz (Read Diverse Books)
Review can also be found in my blog: http://wp.me/p7a9pe-eQ

Liv Haden is a compelling new novelist with a refreshingly modern writing style who we should all keep our eye on. I was lucky to be an early reader for In The Mind of Revenge last November and thoroughly enjoyed it then. After rereading it for this review, I can confidently say it holds up very well. I actually thought it was better the second time around!

The narrative follows gender-nonconforming Shame, a person who was teased, bullied
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Cali Teer
Feb 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just want to start by saying that this book is only 237 pages and I found myself struggling to finish it.
When I first read the blurb I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! Luckily for me, my future sister in law rocks and got it for me as a Christmas gift score! The beginning of the book had me hooked, we met the main character Shame, who is the victim of a brutal attack by classmates solely because they are different from their peers. And when I say brutal, I mean evil, nasty, hateful (y
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Paul
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The characters are very well done and unique. This is the first time reading a book where I feel like I can't like the main character, and it is supposed to be that way. It makes it interesting to observe the whole story from that angle. The plot engaged me and I couldn't put the book down after starting it. This is a promising start for a new author.
Mary
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How much can one person take before they break? In Liv Hadden's new novel, a young person is bullied and eventually beaten and violated beyond what can be withstood. After two years in a coma, and some experimental surgery that replaced crushed bones with metal, this young person awakens -- only to find out that Mom has married the father of one of the abusers! Well, I wouldn't stick around either.

This book is not for the faint of heart. Shame, the name the young person chooses, takes out veng
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Sami Jo
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has to be my favorite debut I've read in a very long time. Liv is an incredible young writer and has such a way of writing that draws you through a story in a very personal manner. I've read books in first-person narrative before, but never in this way. Generally, I find myself judging the character based on how they are feeling at a certain time in the book, but I found myself more feeling the same feelings as the main character "Shame" and unsure if I should hope for the character's take ...more
Kyrsti
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I charged through this book in two sittings. Poor Shame never gets a break so it was hard to put it down without getting fidgety and wanting to know what happens next. And then it ended with a cliff hanger!

At first, I was slightly put off by Shame's angsty and somewhat pretentious attitude, but then it became abundantly clear why Shame was that way and it made a lot of sense. As the story progressed the author did an excellent job showing the main character's growth as the attitude started to dr
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Jesse
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic roller coaster of a book. VERY visual. There were moments where I was too in the moment and felt as if truly there. Mind you, some of the scenes were so visual and fantastically gruesome, I’d need a moment to get the video out of my head and eyes back on the book.
Love the character development and the cliff hanger questions such as injuries, consequences of the surgeries, consequences of the relationships made, etc. What’s the deal with the car??
Hands down- my favorite scene is the par
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Jewel McBrearty
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book having no idea what it was about, but I have to say I don't regret it. From the first page I was drawn in; first sentence to be specific. The unique way the main charterer was pro trade really caught my eye. Through the whole book I went back and forth trying to figure out if they were bad or good, when the entire time i realize they are just lost and angry. Although I am upset that I will have to wait so long for the next one!
Austin
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's like Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Middle Sex.The gender ambiguity coupled with the vague use of personal pronouns was bold and executed masterfully when applied. It's refreshing to see a book with a genderless protagonist/ antagonist.
Rae Quigley
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on Drunk On Pop

This is quite easily the most twisted, down-right dark and fucked up novel I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. No, seriously. From the very beginning I was shocked and kind of appalled by all of the things happening to Shame, an androgynous character that we never really learn the gender of (though it is heavily implied that Shame is a female, kind of at least). She’s bullied at school and then horrendously mutilated and left for dead by her classmates. When s
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Alexsys Thompson
This read was a stretch for me in the genre. It pleasantly turned into a great reading experience. I loved the author's ability to develop a character and location, just enough to frame it up. While at the same time, leaving plenty of room for me to add my own color. The ambuigity that surrounds the main character's gender/sexuality is a welcome change. This ambiguity allows you to get wrapped up in the character's development. Creating independence from the labels we each may naturally place on ...more
Sile
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a departure from what I usually read and it was a refreshing change. The amiguity of the protagonist's identity really intrigued me. This amiguity caused me to become more invested in the book as I had to imagine certain things for myself and "fill in the blanks." I couldn't help but make the text more personal to me which I believe was the author's intention. I enjoyed the pacing of the book and it held my interest from start to finish. The dramatic unfolding of events coupled with ...more
Kate Serra
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book sucked me in as soon as I opened it. I swung from feeling pity and heartache for Shame, to hating the character, and back again. After whipping through it in under a week, I can honestly say the novel didn't disappoint in the least--my main problem is desperately wanting the second and third installments in the trilogy to be written NOW so I can read them! Very well-written and intriguing, Shame's story will pull you in, mess with your head, and leave you wanting in the best possible w ...more
Angie Agerter
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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*I received this book free to review on my blog, however, all thoughts are 100% my own*

This book is fantastic. It is just a horrifically different take on books that I could hardly put down. You first walk in with this person stating that they are always getting bullied, big time. Which leads to even a bigger form of bullying, an assault actually.

Once that happens there is no holding back the revenge of it.

At the last page, you will wish you had book two in your hands right then.
Lisa Becherer-Doyle
I don't typically write reviews but I was so impressed with this author's debut, I am compelled to do so. Well written...magnetic lead character that draws you in from the start. Imagine Lisbeth Salander (TGWTDT) just a lot edgier and darker! My only disappointment is having to wait for the next book.
Christina
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book is amazing beyond. With a dive into a world that is hard to come by it left me guessing from page one. A major dive into a world I had a hard time grasping at first but soon the I sat back and let the world engulf me. I can not wait to read more about this series. Keep writing Liv and I will keep reading! ;)
books are love
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received in exchange for a honest review.

this is trippy and freaky and twisted. Really really twisted.

Shame which is this young lady’s nickname due to all the hurtful words people said to her for so many years had a rough terrible childhood. Her mom loved her but did what she had to to survive and some of it trickled down onto her daughter. Life for Shame was hard. She wasn’t liked except by Cassie who eclipsed her and in a way used her. Shame helped buoy Cassie and was sort of like a project to
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Kristen Chandler
I can honestly say that I have NEVER read a book like this one. It was dark, and deep and just different. And it was amazing. It kind of had the same feel as zombie by Joyce Carol Oates. Except this time, instead of being in the mind of a serial killer, you’re in the mind of the victim who is now taking their revenge.

And having the story told through the victim’s eyes, through their mind, is remarkable enough, but the author took it one step further. The narrator simply goes by the name “Shame.”
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Taylor Rowley
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I rarely, if ever, read fiction, so I was very hesitant in starting this journey. I was barely into the first chapter and realized what I was getting myself into. Violence and negativity usually turn me off, but I honestly could not put the book down. There is something about the main character that confuses you as a reader. You want to sympathize after each mishap despite how horrendous the act may be. The relationships the main character develops with others through the book sheds light on the ...more
Amanda Shortt
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me start off by saying that the extent to which I venture into this genre begins with me cursing and ends with me binge watching Criminal Minds on tv. Which if you're catching what I'm throwing atcha, means this book was/is WAY left field for me. Not only have I never read anything like it before, I never thought I would ever read anything like it.
After closing my book my first thought was "That was a fun ride" and my second was "Damn, that was an easy read." Now... I don't mean elementary
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Darlena Eggebrecht
MIND BLOWING! From the first sentence, "I am ugly." to the last sentence, "I see you." this book had me glued to the pages! I read this book in one night... SERIOUSLY, ONE NIGHT! In my opinion this book was brilliantly written. It had me emotionally attached to the main character so much so that at times I felt my own heart racing. Get this, I am NOT a revengeful person, and yet I wanted this character to get revenge... for me! I felt like I was there with The Shamed in every situation. Heck, I' ...more
Amy Covey
I was intrigued by this story line, and every chapter kept me coming back to see what twist would come next. The entire story was unpredictable including the final scene. There were times I would rush through several chapters at at time and others when I had to walk away for a bit from the intensity of what I had just read.

There were times when certain points of the story felt over-explained or Shame would cut away from the normal POV to speak directly to the reader, which took away from being a
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Chrissie Poindexter
If I had to give this book a one-word review, it would be Fantastic! The book cover asks the question, Are you ready for it? Not only am I ready for it, but I am eagerly awaiting Book Two. There was never a dull moment and, at the risk of neglecting my children, I finished this book the same day it was started. Full of drama, suspense, love, hate, and of course, revenge, the book somehow made you sympathize with the main character, despite the horrific acts of violence. It takes a creative writi ...more
Michelle Cordero Myers
I have to say that this book totally drew me in from the first chapter, and it's not usually the kind of fiction that I read. I loved the cadence and lyricism of the writing, it is very particular like Mamet or Diaz but in totally different genres. As a visual reader, I was drawn in and could "see" this world and its denizens with crystal clarity. Fantastic debut by a young writer whose maturity shines through in the writing. I read it in a few days, and often stayed up late reading. One of the ...more
Erica
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel wrapped me in from the very beginning. The darkness that lives within the main character Shame is deeply complex. The gruesome nature of what happened to Shame, leads Shame on a journey of revenge. Prepare yourself for a dark, twisted, AMAZING read! The author does an impeccable job of describing in detail these events, allowing you to easily paint the picture in your mind. This novel kept me on the edge of my seat and was unlike anything I have ever read. Thoroughly impressed! Eagerl ...more
Risa Cherie
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ahhh, my favorite type of novel. One that keeps you on your toes and wanting MORE, MORE, MORE! So happy that this book is a series; I could not be satisfied with just one. Brilliantly written and the characters are so intriguing. I cannot wait for the second book to be released! If you have not read In the Mind of Revenge, what are you doing with your life?
Bree Battaglia
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AMAZING STORY LINE!! It's very visual and detailed like there's a movie playing in my mind. The story line most definitely keeps me reading and interested. It's very intriguing! I love it!
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Luanna Helena
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unique & Unpredictable

In The Mind of Revenge by Liv Hadden takes readers on an unforgettable, unique and unpredictable journey with Shame, whose life initially appears to be a series of random, bad breaks. However, when it seems things may take a turn, hopefully for the better, we soon discover that there is even more to Shame's story than just a string of poor decisions or bad luck.
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Liv is the award-winning author of In the Mind of Revenge, a thriller that takes a deep look at how monsters are born.

She is also a proud Ravenclaw, the unknown 9th member of the Fellowship, District 11 tribute in the 72nd hunger games, a die hard Gunter, proud House Stark bannerman, and graduate of the Arcanum, among other things. She resides in the muggle infested area of Austin, TX with her SO
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