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message 1: by Tabitha (new)

Tabitha McGowan I am seriously looking forward to the full review - thank you for going through the trial, for your clear love of reading!


message 2: by Ash Wednesday (new)

Ash Wednesday Thanks Tabitha! You did a hell of a job writing this. It wasn't an easy read definitely :)


message 3: by Cathy M. (new)

Cathy M. Great review Ash! I don't know if I would have selected this one if not for your review. Sounds right up my alley :)


message 4: by Ash Wednesday (new)

Ash Wednesday Cathy wrote: "Great review Ash! I don't know if I would have selected this one if not for your review. Sounds right up my alley :)"

Yay, thanks Cathy! It's not gonna be an easy read though. I will be looking out for your thoughts on this one :-)


message 5: by Cathy M. (new)

Cathy M. That's okay! I like the dark & unconventional stories. Sometimes you just want something a little different which this sounds like it would be. Sounds great!


Stacia (the 2010 club) But what if I don't have an excess of endorphins? Can I still read? O.o


message 7: by Ash Wednesday (new)

Ash Wednesday Stacia (the hype killer) wrote: "But what if I don't have an excess of endorphins? Can I still read? O.o"

A patronus or a picture of a baby unicorn while reading it would work just as fine :) don't hate me for recommending you this, lol!


Stacia (the 2010 club) I do read taboo and dark books. So it could work. You never know...I could hate one type of taboo and love the next. I really liked Captive in the Dark, and I see your Dark Duet throwback up there at the top.


message 9: by Ash Wednesday (new)

Ash Wednesday Stacia (the hype killer) wrote: "I do read taboo and dark books. So it could work. You never know...I could hate one type of taboo and love the next. I really liked Captive in the Dark, and I see your Dark Duet throwback up there ..."

Yeah but I try not to recommend books too much because it colors the expectations a certain way. But that's just me. Can I still sit with the cool kids in the caf even if you end up hating this? Lol!


Stacia (the 2010 club) Maybe. I'll have to think about it.

Kidding. There's always room at my table.


message 11: by Louise (new)

Louise Ooh taboo, no romance at all hmmm. I better check on it:) great review Ash!:)


message 12: by Ash Wednesday (new)

Ash Wednesday Louise wrote: "Ooh taboo, no romance at all hmmm. I better check on it:) great review Ash!:)"

thanks louise :) there is romance. It just doesn't tell you to swoon at every paragraph.


message 13: by Louise (new)

Louise That's okay then, I just added it...:)


message 14: by A. Bookzilla. (new)

A. Bookzilla. :D Ashhhhh I love your review.
I am actually relieved you liked this :D. I've never campaigned for a book to be read more than this one, I think. Yes, it's horrible and very hard to digest, but it is so worth it in the end!
And the writing was amazing.


message 15: by Ash Wednesday (new)

Ash Wednesday Arijana wrote: ":D Ashhhhh I love your review.
I am actually relieved you liked this :D. I've never campaigned for a book to be read more than this one, I think. Yes, it's horrible and very hard to digest, but it ..."


Lol! Nat, especially Nat, and Gabe were awesome :) I loved the heist feel of the last 25% I absolutely hated that one scene we talked about but (view spoiler)I have a sick sick mind, but I thought if that happens, I was going to really DNF this. #pleasedontjudgeme lol


message 16: by A. Bookzilla. (new)

A. Bookzilla. See, I thought their names were Nate and Graham, LMAO. Well, at least I got that first letter right. Then again, it's been a month since I've read it. /stupid and ignorant

That scene plagued me for weeks, and I mean, WEEKS (I'm actually still not over this book, you know that feeling where you think you should just reread it and be done with it, except I can't bring myself to read it again), it's like everything that happens in the book leads to that moment of utter horror you get during that scene. I wanted to skim, but I couldn't bring myself to do it.

(And I completely understand, I draw the line at animals, too - though that makes me sound... strange. So I'll clarify that I mean that in book sense.)


message 17: by Ash Wednesday (new)

Ash Wednesday Arijana wrote: "See, I thought their names were Nate and Graham, LMAO. Well, at least I got that first letter right. Then again, it's been a month since I've read it. /stupid and ignorant

That scene plagued me fo..."


I kept calling the dog Brent (its Bran) x.x I still haven't read a new one after this, just starting now actually. I don't think I can re-read this again, but I saw from one of the reviews there's a 2nd book. Not sure how I feel about that, I thought this one ended fine.


message 18: by A. Bookzilla. (new)

A. Bookzilla. Yep, there's a second book being written, Tabitha talks about it a bit in the comments of my review.
My initial reaction to news of sequel was "this is where this story ended for me" - I even said it in my first-after-reading review - because seriously how much can you put your characters through? Wasn't all that enough?

But to be honest I do still have questions, and it will be interesting to see (view spoiler)

And I wanna see Blaine BURN. BURN. I was trying to convince the author to write a Blaine torture scene in the second book.


message 19: by Ash Wednesday (new)

Ash Wednesday Well those are interesting questions, but I guess I'm always wary of series and trilogies nowadays, unless when its clearly intended to be a series on the onset :) but that's just me, and I know I'll be looking out for it anyway when it comes out.


message 20: by A. Bookzilla. (new)

A. Bookzilla. Ash Wednesday (Maj. Buzzkill) wrote: "but I guess I'm always wary of series and trilogies nowadays"

I agree with this so much.


message 21: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Wilkins What a perceptive review; you've encapsulated a lot of what I thought but didn't find such a way to say. Thank you for sharing your thoughts so unselfishly.


message 22: by Ash Wednesday (new)

Ash Wednesday Kevin wrote: "What a perceptive review; you've encapsulated a lot of what I thought but didn't find such a way to say. Thank you for sharing your thoughts so unselfishly."

Thanks Kevin! :-)


message 23: by Tabitha (new)

Tabitha McGowan Aaaaaannnnndd... I can breathe again! Ash (Ms Wednesday? Maj. Buzzkill? Do you have a preferred form of address?), thank you for this review. Obviously I'm delighted with the rating, but the content is fantastic.

I must admit, I thought long and hard about whether it would be possible to keep someone against their will in this day and age, and spent hours running possible ‘Yeah, but what if…’ scenarios with the long-suffering other half! Willing suspension of disbelief has a major part to play, I concur – but last year in the UK, a group of gypsies was convicted under the ‘Slavery and Servitude Act 2010’ (I had to look that up – I’m not *that* good…), for keeping a group of men as slaves for anything up to 15 years, without the wider community knowing anything about it. It would appear that if someone is sufficiently morally bankrupt, this can happen. Does this answer the ‘Could Blaine do this to Finn and Henry?’ question? I truly don’t know, but for me it blurs the line a little more between fact and fiction.

I spent a few days debating the sequel thing; it was only when I’d drafted enough material for another complete story that I felt it could be a goer. It certainly wasn’t enough for me to take a couple of scraps and beat them out as thinly as I could to keep the original tale going. At the same time, I didn’t think it was fair to people who just wanted to read the Tied Man to have to wait a few months for resolution and closure – not fair at all! At this point I’m confident that I have the characters and the plot to take things forward, but there’ll no doubt be times when I’d wished I’d gone with the ‘Dystopian Future With A Twist’ next-book idea that’s been lingering around for the last decade or so! Ultimately, there are long hours ahead where it’s just me and the laptop, so it has to be something *I* believe in before I can ask anyone else to do the same.

Incidentally, I have a small, stuffed, one-eyed (long story) cuddly leopard called Pepper who has been with me since I was 6. He is now a qualified trauma counsellor… And wine. Wine is *always* good.

Thank you once again! Tabitha x


message 24: by Ash Wednesday (last edited Feb 23, 2013 04:51AM) (new)

Ash Wednesday Tabitha wrote: "last year in the UK, a group of gypsies was convicted under the ‘Slavery and Servitude Act 2010’ (I had to look that up – I’m not *that* good…), for keeping a group of men as slaves for anything up to 15 years, without the wider community knowing anything about it."

Hey Tabitha, Ash is fine :) an author who responds to her readers AND does her research, nicely done. I'm gonna go to The Google for that one, sounds interesting.

I actually loved how you ended things (view spoiler) but it is also true that this story is ripe with endless possibilities. I saw your conversation with Arijana and I liked the points you raised that you wanted to address in the next book. Its just that as it is (I feel I'm gonna get stoned by your other fans for this) I feel it was a clean enough ending. If it's not broken why fix it and all that? But you'd know best and of course, I'm still ordering the next one in advance when it does comes out :)

Can I just say, I found the book really funny (when you meant to be funny) and I do love my dark and twisty with equal doses of ha-ha's.

Looking forward to that Dystopian Book as well and Pepper sounds adorable :)


message 25: by Tabitha (last edited Feb 23, 2013 05:11AM) (new)

Tabitha McGowan http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-... This is a good start on the saga. Good old BBC! This story broke when I was nearly done with the book, so it was quite an odd echo (I won't go as far as to say it was also a relief - a group of poor bastards living in forced servitude just to prove a point is pushing it, even for me!)

And I'm with you all the way on the sequel thing - I hate being blackmailed into reading part #3,675 to get to the 'end' of a tale! But purely selfishly, Finn is *sooo* good to write, dagnabbit! I'm going to Dublin in a few weeks to drink vast amounts of guiness and whiskey until I no longer remember my shoe size walk the setting before I really get stuck in.

Glad you liked the humour, btw; it's a huge part of my life, and a thread that runs through all my closest friendships and relationships.

(And you win an LSD-laced, hemlock-flavour cookie for spotting that no-one said 'I love you' - I wondered if anyone would notice that!) Tabitha x


Lise *friends don't flag* I love your review, Ash. I don't even know how to review this book.


message 27: by Ash Wednesday (last edited Mar 12, 2013 04:30AM) (new)

Ash Wednesday Lise wrote: "I love your review, Ash. I don't even know how to review this book."

Thanks :) It was tough to write about, for sure. I think I vacillated between 4 and 5 stars couple of times but nothing less. Looking forward to your thoughts Lise!


message 28: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer hi girls.....I heard about this book but was told to read reviews first......glad I came across yours.....so I'm going to give it a try...though I am a little scared....I'll make sure my big girl panties are on too..Lol
I'll keep you all posted....


message 29: by Ash Wednesday (new)

Ash Wednesday Jennifer wrote: "hi girls.....I heard about this book but was told to read reviews first......glad I came across yours.....so I'm going to give it a try...though I am a little scared....I'll make sure my big girl p..."

Hi Jennifer :) just hug a plushie toy or something comforting while reading it. Enjoy :)


message 30: by [deleted user] (new)

"So grow a pair, put on those big girl pants and give this book the chance it deserves." I'm working on that :) I'll read it this month.

And, as usual, this is one fantastic review Ash!


message 31: by Ash Wednesday (new)

Ash Wednesday <3
I shall stalk your updates when you do :D


message 32: by [deleted user] (new)

Ash Wednesday wrote: "<3
I shall stalk your updates when you do :D"


;)


message 33: by [deleted user] (new)

Smoking hot review babe.


message 34: by Ash Wednesday (new)

Ash Wednesday Butorfleoge wrote: "Smoking hot review babe."

Thanks! <3


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