It’s no secret how much I love Aleatha’s writing, and I will try to refrain from repeating that I loved Tony since the beginning. Yes, I’m dark, but I don’t care and will not try to explain and reason why LOL
Rating: 10 off-the-charts-amazing stars
You must stick to your CONVICTION, but be ready to abandon your assumptions – Denis Waitley
Book #3 of the Consequences Series—
There were still lessons to learn and consequences for the truth!
When Claire Nichols met Anthony Rawlings, she didn’t know they had a past, or that he had plans for her future. Over time, the role of teacher changed—games became reality—and domination turned to desire. Despite an insurmountable history, Claire and Tony found their way back to one another.
Just when they seemed to have it all—love, respect, and the promise of a family—the game master exposed the truth. Claire’s world once again spun out of control. Unwilling to allow her child to suffer the consequences of an old vendetta, Claire fled…
At one time, Claire was held captive in an opulent mansion—then her incarceration was a cell inside a state penitentiary. Was her new prison—a tropical island—truly less lonely? Perhaps that was the game master’s plan, all along?
Who will save Claire from her oldest nightmare and her newest reality? Will it be Tony? Can he forgive her for leaving him—again? Harry? Will he utilize previously unknown connections to save the woman who infiltrates his thoughts? Maybe Phil? Will his devotion in keeping Claire and her child safe be rewarded?
As the cards are played—sins of the past, innocent victims, and truths are revealed. With compartmentalization no longer an option, is the reality too much? Could there be an even worse isolation?
With the game master dealing from a stacked deck, can this new high-stakes game possibly be won?
When it’s all over and their cards are on the table—SOME will discover their bets were too high—they have nothing left to lose—ALL will learn the crucial lesson—the most important rule—there are CONSEQUENCES for the TRUTH!
I won an ARC of Convicted exactly one week before its release. As soon as I started it, I couldn’t put it down. I had to take a break for real life stuff when I reached 15% though, but once I really started it, I was IN. Four hours later I was done with it. I was done reading it, but I don’t think I’ll ever be done with it!
The Consequences series is one the most brilliant, well build story I’ve ever read. Between my more than 1200 read books, that is a feast!
Aleatha Romig’s head must be a pretty fascinating place to be!
This is a very, very complex story. There are so many different characters (and they also grow up and change so much from the first book to the last one) and it’s told between past, present and future, so you have to be very tuned while reading it.
The story itself is just brilliant (I can’t find another word), it is so well constructed, that there’s no words yet created to describe it as it is.
Then, we have the feelings the story and, specially, the characters bring out of us. There’s outrage, hate, rage, sorrow, disgust, sickness, amazement, shock, wonder and love. Yes, there is love, no matter if you’re happy to acknowledge it or not (I am \o/).
I am a self proclaimed sicko, dark reading lover and Aleatha just fed me what I most love to read! I do have to say these books are the biggest mind f**ck I’ve ever read so far and, by now, nothing (or next to nothing) shocks me anymore.
A “vanilla” friend of mine asked a few of us to describe how and why this series were dark books. I will tell you what I told her: “It’s not dark in sex, there is no BIG description of sex scenes here, no male or female parts described…it’s dark in the mind f***cking sense. You keep questioning your sanity while reading it…things that you would normally find sicking, you find yourself being ok with after all, and you find yourself loving a character that is pure evil…and them you see he isn’t all that evil…until he is”.
The best way to describe this series is not describing them, these are not books you can describe, this is a story you have to experience.
This series are the most brilliant ones I’ve ever read! I love so many books, but this three are a whole different kind. Super intelligent and amazing! Each book brought a new way to see the story you thought you knew…
I still can’t find the words to describe them…my mind is still all over the place over Convicted!
Right in the first chapter you start questioning your sanity, in the second one you start getting shocked and that just goes on! In convicted you don’t get shocked about Tony’s actions, or someone being mean, you get shocked about all you discover! Things you never suspected about and even things you had so many theories about and they are so wrong! Some of my theories were right, but I was pretty shocked with so much I discovered!
There were “HOLY SHIT! Is this happening??????” moments and there were ” NOOOOOOOOO, this can’t be happening!!!!!!” moments (89% broke me, all I’m saying!). But you won’t find a moment you’ll regret reading in this book!
We are taking into a different journey, a journey where you discover a new side of Tony, a side where he, himself, question what he has done in his life, how callous and mean he was. You discover a new side of Claire, where she is centered, grown up and mature and you discover a love for characters that, until then, you found to be only secondary, but that has such important roles in Convicted!
Claire is not herself for most of the book, and you keep getting tense because you want to know what happened to make her like that, and while you’re in the past you get new answers, but still not the ones you want! When what happened in the past finally mixes with the present to create an overwhelming future you just can’t refrain to think “OH MY, am I really reading this??”. The brilliance behind all this is just inconceivable, it’s amazing to see the works of Aleatha’s mind!
In the end, each and every piece of the puzzle is fitted and you left wondering if you really went through all that. You and the characters. You are transported right into the story and you feel and grow with all of them.
I really recommend re-reading at least Truth before Convicted, because remembering all the key characters, and the secondary ones too, gets tricky.
While reading it I kept thinking ” This can’t be happening to Tony! No waaaay, no one can touch him!”…So I wasn’t worried, than BAM! she does it again…shocking me with things in a whole new level from the shocks of the other books…
I gotta say, and most of you won’t agree with me, I do miss really mean Tony! I’m glad his meanness is directed other ways, but I can’t help miss him, he is pretty slick and badass in my book!
Claire is such a complex character too! She no more is fond of compartmentalizing, but you can really see how she has grown. She accepts things as they are, she doesn’t dwell much on what she can’t change, but at the same time, she doesn’t take shit from anyone! I was “you going, girl” on her a lot! I also loved to see a more funny side of her and also of Tony’s! Yes, Tony does have a sense of humor, a more normal one!
Harry…well, I stand by what I initially thought of him, I never liked him and there was a reason for it after all!
Phill…I still don’t know how I feel about him, actually. I pretty much like him, but I don’t know, the jury is not out yet LOL
The island…well who’s at the island with Claire is not important! At least not as much as we thought it was! There are much more urgent, important and WOW matters involved, and we see it right in the first chapter.
Meredith…friend or foe? Emily…well, I still DON’T like Emily, I really don’t understand her actions, like, she has no reason to be as she is most of the book!
And Simon, who remembers him? Well, that is still a mystery…Catherine is still Catherine, but she still managed to SHOCK me with her truths…seriously, that woman is NOT normal!
What I can say from this book is that everyone gets what they deserve, they do. Not in the way we thought they would get, but they get!
And the ending…I love how Aleatha ended it! Adding just the right amount of mystery to it, even though this series are over, you’re left wondering…
I won’t quote my other favorite quotes of the book, no spoilers here, but the one in the blurb pretty much sums it up!
“You must stick to your CONVICTION, but be ready to abandon your assumptions”
To read this series you have to leave your preconceived ideas at the door and not to knock, you just jump right into an OVERWHELMING and AMAZING journey!
The main reason I’m rating it the double of what I usually rate an AMAZING book is that it was so AMAZING how this book ended the series. This is a rating not only for the last book, but for the series as a whole!
From now on, it will be very tricky to rate books, Aleatha set the bars really high!
Thank you, really thank you Aleatha for bringing Claire, Tony and this incredible story into my life!!!