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Thursday, June 15, 2017

BBReview: "Corruption of the Heart" by Jessica Manson


Corruption of the Heart
Jessica Manson

Publication date: January 3rd 2017
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Lilith Carson was a normal girl whose parents died suddenly. She moves to a different state with her aunt, and she cuts herself off from everyone. Until one day, when her crush appears beside her in the library. From there, they fall in love, fast and hard.
Lilith finds out that when she turns eighteen, she will transform into a Vampire-Witch hybrid. When a vampire conceives a female, that female already has a mate chosen for her. When Lilith was conceived, there was a mistake. Her world is turned upside down when she must choose between two guys she barely knows.
Lilith has chosen the guy of her dreams and has settled into a life that she thinks is perfect. But nothing is ever as it seems. She will soon face the ultimate betrayal by someone she loves deeply.

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BBReview:
To be honest this is such a difficult review to write. There were both things I liked and things I didn't like. So, lets get started!

I will warn all readers now that this is an instalove book. I know some are fans and some are not. I am a fan when it is done correctly. I was on board with it until about 70% of the way through. They had their ups and downs, but for the most part the relationship seemed to be going in the right direction. I mean it's a vampire/witch book where their mate is chosen for them at birth so, I was cool with it and understood why it was so quick. But then I got 70% in and it seemed like they still weren't ready for this next step in their relationship. I was reminded how they have only known each other a couple of weeks and they really don't know ANYTHING about each other since there has been so much craziness. By the end of the book I am kind of questioning the entire relationship, but I am still super invested in the charaters.

Now I will tell you my number one (and last) complaint about this book. It. was. so. RUSHED! There is SOO much that happens in this book in such a small amount of time. The book is just over 200 pages and there is enough plot points and twists for two books here! I would have ended the book after Lillith's birthday, went back and drew out everything that happened before her birthday, and then put everything that happens after in book two. It was just too much for me. Honestly, the book could have stayed the same way, but be extended to 400 pages and then it would have all worked cohesively in one book. It all just felt too rushed. It needed to be slowed down with more details and dialogue.

The thing that saved the entire book? Jessica Manson's writing. Is it rushed? To me, extremely, but she is a really good writer. I was invested in her characters and storyline. I wanted to know what was going to happen next. She had me hooked! I just wanted it to slow down. There was a single plot point or story detail where I thought, "She shouldn't have done that" or "I would have done that differently". I enjoyed the entire story, but it was just so rushed. Here characters were well thought out. They each have their own unique personalities and are complex enough where you can easily tell who is who. This is what saved the whole thing. I enjoyed her creativeness. Her storyline is unique and I enjoyed reading it. Her characters are complex and drawn out enough where I was invested in them, saw them as real people, and wanted to know what happened next. I will definitely continue with this series.

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Overall:
I will be upfront and tell you that there is instalove and (to me) the story is very rushed. The storyline and characters are what saved this story for me. I was too invested in this book to stop reading it over it being too rushed. Her characters are complex and felt like real people to me so I wanted to know what was going to happen to them. The storyline and plot points are interesting and kept me flipping the pages. Could this book have either been much longer or possibly even turned into two separate books? To me, yes, but I still really enjoyed it and will continue to read the series.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ 3/5

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About Jessica Manson: 
Jessica started writing when she was 10 years old. She started out writing poetry which has been published in several Poetry Society books as well as on the Internet. She won the Publisher’s Choice Award for her poem A Lost Soul. She has always had an addiction to reading which is what lead her to become an author. Her debut book is Corruption of the Heart.


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