Madness is one thing that you will feel while reading this book. I have never read a book of Kailee’s before and this was one heck of an initiation. I finished a couple days ago and I’m still trying to make sense of my feelings, this book, and this author. Kailee is either a genius at writing about madness so you can’t follow along or a MASTER at evoking more than feelings while reading a book and making you think you are mad as well.
Most people know the story of Alice in Wonderland and the curious, daydreaming girl who is often giving herself advice. Well, I hate to say that Madness is more than an adult version of this. Kailee’s version is a psychological trip that has themes of fantasy, dystopia, and dark, dark romance. This is NOT you’re everyday tale of Alice in Wonderland. Going back to Kailee’s writing, I sat for a few days, seriously wondering if I was going mad. To me, it didn’t make sense. It was only while reading the ending that the lightbulbs seemed to go on. Now, is that scattered writing or phenomenal storytelling? Honesty here, I think it was genius writing by Kailee Reese Samuels. I am not a dystopian reader, so this part of the story hung me up a bit, so along with confusion, I felt that I was feeling what Lys was going through.
The only knock I have on Madness is that it was a little hard to follow along. Due to her writing style, it felt a little disconnected and I had to go back and re-read sections which affected the flow of the overall book.
If you like dark (and I mean super dark) romance reads, Madness is one that you should take a chance on. Kailee Reese Samuels wrote one heck of a head scratcher to which she ties it up in a nice little bow at the end.
MissPetiteBrunetteBookBlog – “Get ready for a jaw dropping conclusion to this magnificent duet.”
BookHaven Book Blog – “I dove in and couldn’t stop reading!! I inhaled this in a few hours and my jaw was dropping all over the place!!”
Melanie Helms – “Holy shiitake mushrooms. What a great conclusion! Wow.”
Leave Me Alone I’m Reading – “Omg… the feels, the action, the sex, the fucking blood and gore… perfecccttttt.”
Jillian (Goodreads) – “SIX STARS! This duet is at the top of my list for favorite reads in 2019. I was blown away.”
So, there are a few things you should know going into this book. It’s supposed to be a dark re-telling of Merida, but the heroine here is Moira and it’s actually placed in present time. Now, knowing these two things, let’s begin.
Cynthia is a new to me author. Her writing is fantastic, despite not really getting any Moira vibes (which is ok with me). She can suck you into this mystical present time world that is full of darkness and mysteries and give you a dark mythical feeling story.
Moira is a heroine that has not been raised in a loving home. Her horrible family has done some unspeakable things to her. She is practicing her archery, when she comes across a dark and mysterious man. Sol and Moira despite the atrocities that life has thrown them, find comfort in each other. I loved that as the story progressed, Moira became stronger individual.
Insolent is full of twists and turns. It is best to go into Insolent with no pre-determined thoughts or ideas and just let Cynthia take you on this incredible, ethereal-like journey.
“A deliciously-seductive, dark, suspenseful and sexy tale that hooked me from page one, and didn’t let go until I had devoured it. Absolutely superb. Grab a copy right now!” Siobhan Davis, USA Today bestselling author of Cruel Intentions
Hold on to your seat and get ready as this grabs you from the beginning and won’t let you go. They pull you in and take over your body, your heart, and your mind. – Miss Petite Brunette Book Blog
This story had me from page one. I couldn’t put it down. Every time I thought I had it figured out, I’d flip the page and have a different theory. Bucket up cuz it’s a bumpy and wild ride- Nancy, reader
Dark romance suspense at its finest.-Fun Under the Covers Blog
FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC! Hidden Truths was a pager turner that kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting more. -Kristina, reader
The first in the duet, the story is captivating. There’s so much angst, drama, and suspense I literally couldn’t put it down. – Shirley, reader
Both Nikki Ash and K Webster are just amazing individually. But when they collab together, it’s just a match perfectly made.- Viridiana, Amazon reader
I don’t know why, but this book wasn’t what I was expecting. Instead it morphed into something more delicious, more sinister, darker and more twisted. If you ever want to feel good about your family, take a peek at this book. Three words for you, Holy Dysfunctional Families, but that makes Hidden Truths that much better.
Talia struck me originally as this flighty, average college girl, but I soon learned that I was wrong. So very wrong. She isn’t your typical bad@ss heroine, but she is strong, intelligent and uses this to help her endure the little situation of an arranged marriage.
Kostas. He was very intriguing. He struck me as this alpha mafia baddie, but was he displaying his true self? I was completely in a battle with Kostas. I hated him, no, I loved him, and this went on throughout the book. Eventually, he was oh, delicious and yummy!
K Webster and Nikki Ash wrote one heck of a book. I am completely sitting on pins and needles to read book 2, Stolen Lies. I had many questions answered, but for every question answered, it felt that I had two more pop up. I can’t wait to find out what ride these two have in store for us.