Dark and Twisty!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌏
Character development: 😳🤬😏🤓
The heroine: Helena Willow – a longstanding tradition and agreement between the Willow family and the Scafoni family takes place on her twenty first birthday. She is one of the Willow girls and one every generation is chosen by the eldest Scafoni heir. The chosen one is slave to the the Scafoni heir and his brothers. A slave for three years (one for each of the brothers).
The Hero(s): Sebastian Scafoni – He is the oldest of three brothers and he chooses Helena from the block. He has inherited a dark family tradition. His family has foregone the choosing of a Willow girl in the past, only to find out that they are cursed and sons of the family have died because of it.
The Story: Though Sebastian thinks that the tradition is a barbaric one, he can’t deny that he is glad that Helena is his. He chose the most willful and challenging of the four girls and revels in his ownership of her. He is a dark character, but definitely not the darkest in the Scafoni family.
The story is dark and twisty and so very steamy. The history of the two families is quite interesting and I like the fact that Helena’s aunt whom she loves was the last Willow girl and she is who gives Helena so much strength to go on and to stand up for herself.
I wasn’t too happy with the narration on the first two books. The male narrator, Michael Pauley didn’t have a deep enough voice and it sometimes sounded like he had a bad cold. I like a Hero with a very deep voice. The female narrator, Mackenzie Cartwright was fine but nothing to write home about.
There are mysteries in the past which bleed into the present and Helena has dreams that seem to be windows into the past where she finds more about the history and rules about the Willow girl and Scafoni men.
I listened to the entire trilogy in one audiobook. Book 1 was mainly about Helena and Sebastian. Book 2 Torn was about them as well but also about Sebastian’s brother Gregory Scafoni who was next in line to have the Willow girl for a year after Sebastian. Then the third book Twisted was about Gregory and Helena’s sister Amelia.
I liked Gregory, though his mind was a bit of a scary place and the narration on that one was even scarier. Michal Pauley sounded absolutely crazy at times when Gregory’s mind was spinning out. Though it was certainly exciting.
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