Saturday, July 6, 2013

REVIEW: KILLING SARAI BY J.A. REDMERSKI

Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord. Over time she forgot what it was like to live a normal life, but she never let go of her hope to escape the compound where she has been held for the past nine years.

Victor is a cold-blooded assassin who, like Sarai, has known only death and violence since he was a young boy. When Victor arrives at the compound to collect details and payment for a hit, Sarai sees him as her only opportunity for escape. But things don’t go as planned and instead of finding transport back to Tucson, she finds herself free from one dangerous man and caught in the clutches of another.

While on the run, Victor strays from his primal nature as he succumbs to his conscience and resolves to help Sarai. As they grow closer, he finds himself willing to risk everything to keep her alive; even his relationship with his devoted brother and liaison, Niklas, who now like everyone else wants Sarai dead.

As Victor and Sarai slowly build a trust, the differences between them seem to lessen, and an unlikely attraction intensifies. But Victor’s brutal skills and experience may not be enough in the end to save her, as the power she unknowingly holds over him may ultimately be what gets her killed.

This is their story…


Kindle Edition, 393 pages

Published June 19th 2013

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Are you ready for a book hangover? If you aren't, then prepare yourself...because this one is gonna suck you in and when you are finished you're gonna be begging for more. Don't believe me? Go check my tweets to J. A. Redmerski and you'll see me doing exactly that--begging for more.

It's true...she was a little bit out of control! (P.S. You know that shit is going to end up in a TTT...too good to pass up, so stay tuned!) I am not sure that I was ready for the book hangover, or was in denial, because I made the mistake of starting this book on a lunch break at work! Uh..hello! The worst decision ever! I had to stop! Which means it was hours before I got to delve back into this world of secrets and death and contract killing...and I could not wait! 


I'm not gonna lie--I wasn't sure if this was the book for me. But, I'd just finished reading The Edge of Never, and thought....let me just check out the first few chapters of Redmerski's latest release. After two pages I was hooked. I immediately texted Courtney and told her to get it--that we absolutely had to read it and review it. 


And I did exactly that! I don't even think I fully read the blurb! Or if I read it at all....but I knew at 3% that I was going to love it, and that is the best feeling ever! I want to go into great detail about the story and all of the players and what is means, but words are hard to put down when it could be either a) a spoiler or b) the longest review in the history of the world, likely with spoilers. (And we hate spoilers without a spoiler alert...had a bad experience with that recently! Still pissed off!)


The evening I started reading it I made the crucial mistake of starting it after midnight. Dumb, dumb, dumb move. I "just one MORE chapter"-ed myself into oblivion and the ONLY reason I forced myself to sleep was because I had to be up early to take the youngest to camp. I sorry, love....I so would've been there if I wasn't ADD and had to finish something else! :( 


So, what makes it so great? Well initially it's the curiosity--who is the American and who is Sarai? Then, it's will he help her or kill her? I was also fascinated with their maneuvering in an underworld of 'hits' and 'missions' and drug lords, sex traffickers, and murders and I was honestly intrigued at how Victor (the American) and Sarai were going to avoid being part of the body count by the end of the story. 

So, I felt it was necessary to clarify this, because there is nothing worse than having a name embedded into your brain only to find out that you've been saying it wrong for years. So, maybe I did this for a while with Hermione from HP...but that's neither here nor there. I heart J.A. for being so kind as to clarify this for us!! This world is full of all of that stuff Shel mentioned, but the most prominent feature is intrigue. I overuse that word more than any other probably, but that is usually a good thing. I wanted to know more, and we were hand fed a morsel of information at a time so it was a fast paced thrill ride! 

Half way through it I realized that I was slowing down my reading pace because I didn't want it to end.  My fascination with the criminal underworld aspect was still there but I was also completely enthralled with the how in the heck this was going to turn into a love story without it feeling weird. I was skeptical but I'll tell you what--I bought it. By the end I was trying to plot ways to get Victor and Saria together in a way that left them unharmed, alive, and with something to live for. I'm still plotting that in my mind as I type this.

Man, oh man. Who'd have thought it would be the sexiest sex scene ever, without any actual sex when a girl is sitting on top of a guy begging him to be with her or kill her and he holds her hair with a gun to her head....sa-woon...sick and twisted, sure, but I loved it. I was glad that there weren't ever any declarations of love, but I loved their interactions and the journey to each of them finding a little bit of humanity in all of the death and destruction that their world is made up of. 

I loved that by the end Sarai was kick ass--even though I hated that it meant she'd been so effed up by her early life experiences that she could be as badass as she was and not even blink. What I did not love (although secretly I do because it means there is more story left--shhh don't tell) is the MUTHA EFFING CLIFF HANGER!!! GAH. I have it on good authority that the next one is coming out before the end of the year so everyone hang in there...I seriously cannot wait and can promise you that I will be stalking the heck out of J.A. Redmerski's social media accounts until it is released. 


I read a post from her earlier tonight that distinguishes a cliff hanger vs a continuation. To us it feels like the same thing, but I totally get what she meant, sort of! Promise, but that doesn't mean that I didn't flail a bit by the end and freak out about how much it kills me how it went, in the best way possible, and how I am dying for the next book! Our inner drama queens came out in a big way with this one again, so I am in book hangover central!!!! 


Go get this book and read it! NOW! haha!


Shelley: 5 Stars

Courtney: 5 Stars

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