Showing posts with label Dark Road. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dark Road. Show all posts

Friday, March 9, 2018

"Damaged" by Krys Fenner

(Dark Road Book 2)
by Krys Fenner

Damaged (Dark Road Book 2) by Krys Fenner

Damaged is the second book in the Dark Road series by Krys Fenner. Also available: Addicted (read my blog post). Coming soon: Avenged.

Addicted by Krys Fenner

Damaged is currently on tour with Xpresso Book Tours. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

Hope springs eternal for everyone except Bella Kynaston. She survived the rape, but the aftermath is a whole other story. She struggles to figure out who she really is as more truths are revealed about her heritage. With no real anchor, sometimes ending it all seems like the only way out.
David has loved Bella for three years. Too bad he feels as if he no longer deserves a chance with her. Much to his surprise that’s exactly what he gets, but she’s far more damaged than he ever imagined. Still, he’ll do anything to help her even if it means losing himself in the process. Any transgression can be forgiven. Or so he thinks.
Will Bella find the peace she so desperately seeks if the pain permanently ended? Is there someone who can get to her in time? Or will the damage she’s suffered prove too much to bear?

Bella half-glanced at Alex. “You look fine.”
“That’s what you said about the last pair of jeans.”
“They were fine, too.”
“You’re no help!” Alex exclaimed loudly and stomped back into the changing room.
It was cruel, but Alex’s reaction when Bella failed to compliment her amused the hell out of Bella. She’d only agreed to the trip to the mall to escape her parents. They were back in the house, and although her parents had been eager to return, she was the one who had to go back to the room where it all started. But between the pills and her capacity to stay out of the house, she managed to hide her pain well. Even better than she had as a child.
“What about this?” Alex stepped out in a tight, black miniskirt. The black should’ve washed out her white legs; instead, her skin glowed with an ethereal beauty.
“Fine? Again?”
Bella snorted a tiny giggle and whipped a hand to her mouth to stifle a laugh.
Alex crossed her arms. “You’re screwing with me.”
“Maybe. Who’re you trying to impress, anyway?”
“Raul’s going to be at the party.” Alex blushed.
“You must really like him.”
“I do. He’s, you know, different.”
“I’ll take your word for it.” Bella grinned. “Try something else. You might give the poor boy a heart attack in that skirt.”
Alex brushed the skirt down and glanced at her legs. Self-loathing flitted across her face. She nodded and disappeared back into the changing room.
Bella sighed. She hadn’t mean the comment to come off as negative. It was supposed to be a compliment, but it appeared her friend didn’t take it that way. “Alex.”
“No, no. It’s okay. You’re right. I’ll just change into something else.”
How could she forget her friends had their own demons? Alex had never accepted she was beautiful. The girl was tall and thin, and her skin was flawless, but she could pinpoint everything that was wrong with her body. Now that Bella thought about it, she had never seen Alex in a skirt. Alex had often complained about her legs. They were too long, they were too pale, people could see her freckles.
Lord, she felt so stupid. Bella had enjoyed teasing her friend about all the jeans the girl had tried on, but hadn’t thought twice when she commented on the skirt.
Someone brushed against Bella’s back. She flinched and her whole body stiffened. She spun around and swung, and the palm of her hand smacked the face of the guy behind her.
“What the hell!?”
Oh. It was just some stranger. Shit! Bella shoved a hand through her hair and inched backwards. Surely, he hadn’t done it on purpose, but that never mattered. She panicked, now, at even the slightest hint of anybody’s hands near her body.
“I ... I ... I’m sorry.”
“Get a grip, would ya? Sheesh.” The guy shook his head and walked away.
Bella eased her back against the wall, gripped her head, and slowly slid to the floor. This wasn’t the first time she’d hit some random person. Her body was a time bomb triggered by the slightest touch. She’d talked to the freaking doctor her parents asked her to see. But nothing improved. It all just got worse with every day that passed.
That monster had invaded her life and stolen all she’d had, leaving a horrible world in its place. It seemed like everything would be better if she hadn’t survived. The pain she carried in her chest wouldn’t exist. The fear she faced every time she left her house would be gone. There would only be peace.
Peace. Not heaven. Just peace. Bella hiccupped, and her tears subsided. 
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]

Praise for the Book
“Another great cover from Krys Fenner! […] The characters are well-developed and it was inspiring to see Bella finally start making some better choices. I'm anxious to see where the author takes this story, and I think it will really make or break this series. It's really a great dark YA!” ~ T. Schu
“This book was darker and emotionally gripped me until the bitter end.” ~ Laura Hernandez
“Great book.” ~ Michelle Olms
“This is the second book in Bella's story. Bella's story is one of pain and suffering and what extreme's she goes to in order to ease some of it. The amount of pain and heartache a person goes after being the victim of terrible things is shown vividly in this story, it is a palpable one that makes you want to take this young girl and hug it all away for her. That perhaps makes this a hard story to read, but also well worth the read.” ~ Terry
“I found this book hard to put down. […] I will definitely read more books from this author.” ~ Rebecca

About the Author
Krys Fenner
Krys Fenner has been infinitely passionate about writing and helping people for as long as she can remember. To date, she has published two books, numerous poems, and is now avidly working on a fantasy series. Krys received an Associate of Arts in Psychology and is currently working on her B.A.

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win some great prizes (open internationally). Grand Prize: Signed copy of Addicted and Damaged, plus $20 Amazon gift card and gifts of healing ($75 value). First Prize: ebook Damaged by Krys Fenner and Winner Choice ebook. Second Prize: ebook Damaged by Krys Fenner and Damaged by Willow Winters. Third Prize: ebook Damaged by Krys Fenner and ebook by C.L. Romans. Additional prizes: 3 paperback copies of Damaged; 2 $10 Amazon gift cards.


Friday, November 10, 2017

"Addicted" by Krys Fenner

(Dark Road Book 1)
by Krys Fenner

Addicted (Dark Road Book 1) by Krys Fenner

Addicted is the first book in the Dark Road series by Krys Fenner. Coming soon: Damaged and Avenged.

Damaged by Krys Fenner

Addicted is currently on tour with Xpresso Book Tours. The tour stops here today for my review, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

Sixteen-year-old Bella Kynaston has been the victim of a brutal rape, by someone she can only describe as "the scar-faced man". With little recollection of what happened, she must somehow rebuild her life. Being the person she once was proves more difficult than she imagined.
To complicate matters, Bella has just met Jeremiah Detrone, the new guy in school. He’s attractive, funny, and smart. All things she’s ever wanted in a boyfriend. Too bad she’s conflicted over so many unexpected emotions. Without realizing it, she falls down a rabbit hole and begins walking a dangerous line between addiction and self-preservation.
As Bella works together with the police to bring her attackers to justice, will she be able to see it through to the end? And even if she does, will it only bring her more pain and misery? Or will she find an anchor in Jeremiah and figure out how to move forward?

Each small table was draped with a red-white-and-green checked cloth and bore a flickering candle that added to the light from the chandelier. It was the pizza parlor where she had her first date with Miah. And there he was. With a smile, she waved and started for the table. Just as she arrived, Jeremiah stood. Believing he intended to pull her into his arms, Bella moved to hug him, but he turned and disappeared into the crowd. She followed, but after a few steps, lost sight of him in the crowd.
Why would he leave without her? The hairs on the back of her neck stiffened and goosebumps traveled up her body. Despite her sudden terror, she continued to search for Miah. Then, she spotted the back of his head at the door. She would know that cropped hair anywhere. He could protect her. She pushed through the throng of patrons, but when she reached the door, he was gone. She spun in circles looking for him. He must have gone outside.
She stepped out and glanced up and down the sidewalk. Even though she didn’t know which way he’d gone, she started running, calling his name. Her voice echoed as if she was in a dark and empty cavern. Heart racing, she ran until the familiar became unfamiliar, then became familiar again.
She stopped, lungs heaving. Why did it look so familiar? Oh. She was on her own street, the street where she lived. How had she gotten so far? She glanced over her shoulder. A shadow shifted behind her. Swallowing, she walked toward her house.
No police tape across the door. No sign that read, “Do Not Enter.” Nothing to mark the house as a crime scene. Had they finished? Had the house been released? It couldn’t have. Her parents would’ve told her. She checked for anything out of the ordinary. Nothing stood out. Squeezing her hands into fists, she took a deep ragged breath, then stepped onto the pathway and headed up to the front door. She wiggled the knob, and the door opened.
Something was wrong. They never left the door unlocked. Why would the door have opened so easily? Unless … Was she in a dream? “That has to be it. I’m dreaming. I just need to wake up.”
But she didn’t wake up. She remained outside her house … alone. What should she do? Chewing on her bottom lip, she peeked inside.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]

Praise for the Book
"Author Krys Fenner manages to create a sweet and innocent young love story with a thrilling and suspenseful feel. The stories are weaved together in a way that keeps you turning the pages to see what will happen next." ~ Book Quest
"Wow! For a book that started out so slow for me in the beginning - I really ended up loving this book and now can't wait to read the next one in the series." ~ Wall-to-wall books
"I went into this book thinking it was one of those stories where the Author crosses the line, so they have to call it new-adult, but it's not. Because of the nature of the violence and progression, I don't recommend this for YA, unless you have a very mature teenager." ~ JB's Bookworms
"I was captivated from page one to the end. Krys Fenner keeps your attention with every word written." ~ Meghan's Mindless Mutterings

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.

By Lynda Dickson
Bella is traumatized after being attacked and raped by a scar-faced man. She suffers from nightmares and starts taking too many of her pain pills in order to get some sleep. Even though she has the support of her parents, friends, and new boyfriend, Jeremiah, Bella also has a number of enemies, any one of who could be responsible for her attack. Everybody seems to be keeping secrets, including her parents. Who is Bella's attacker and what are his motivations?
The story is told in the third person from the points-of-view of Gervasio, Bella, Jeremiah, Sheriff Detrone, and Detective Russell. The storyline is extremely hard to follow, with events constantly being hinted at but nothing ever being fully explained. In addition, new characters keep popping up with half-formed background stories, which only leads to further confusion. Timestamps would be helpful as events that appear to happen straight after previous events, don't actually occur until some days later.
On the plus side, this book has one of the most beautiful covers I have seen. Book two follows at a close second. I also enjoyed the song references. Suspense is maintained throughout, as there is so much violence that occurs without any build-up or warning, that you don't know who will get hurt next or when. I was interested to find out how things would be resolved; unfortunately, the book ends abruptly with many unanswered questions. And of the content that is there, so much appears to be irrelevant.
Why the title Addicted? Several addictions (Alex to party drugs, Bella to pain killers) are hinted at but never explored. A plan to supply pain killers to Bella is mentioned briefly, but we never see her abusing them even though she is one of the narrators whose heads we are inside.
Why is Bella's mother Portuguese and her father Chinese, while Gervasio speaks Spanish? This leads to there being speech in Portuguese, Chinese, and Spanish. The languages aren't translated, but the meaning can be deciphered through the text. But why is any of this necessary? It's not relevant to the story. Why don't they just speak English? In addition, Bella's family is very religious and are said to be Baptist. I found this highly unlikely, given her parents' backgrounds. Being Baptist would make sense if they were American. *Spoiler* Bella finds out she has been adopted and has no Chinese blood. How is this not obvious to everyone?
What's with the sickles as section dividers? Their significance becomes apparent about a quarter way through the book. But they are an unnecessary and obtrusive gimmick.
Why does everyone need a nickname? Bella's real name is Maylin, so Bella is already a nickname, but Jeremiah calls her Bell. Bella calls Jeremiah Miah. Alexandra is Alex, Amanda is Mandy, Victor is Vick, Sarresh is Z, not to mention the nicknames of all of Gervasio's accomplices.
Why does Jeremiah have six siblings? None of them but Amanda ever seem to be present in the home, and they serve no purpose. Also, why is his mother pregnant again? It doesn't appear relevant to the plot.
These plotting issues could be explained by the fact that this whole series has been re-written; in its original incarnation, the third book was called Addicted. Or maybe things will become clear in the next installment. But I'm not sure I'll hang around long enough to read it.
Warnings: coarse language, rape (not graphic), graphic violence, ends abruptly with a stack of unanswered questions (luckily, the next book, Damaged, is due for release 20 November).

About the Author
Krys Fenner
Krys Fenner has been infinitely passionate about writing and helping people for as long as she can remember. To date, she has published two books, numerous poems, and is now avidly working on a fantasy series. Krys received an Associate of Arts in Psychology and is currently working on her B.A.

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win some great prizes (open internationally). Grand prize: signed copies of Addicted and Damaged, plus books from some of Krys' favorite authors (Colleen Hoover, Jay Asher, and Cheryl Rainfield), plus a t-shirt, an Amazon and B&N gift card, and some of Krys's "addictions". Runners-up: copies of Addicted and Damaged with a $10 Amazon gift card; copies of Addicted and Damaged with a $10 B&N gift card; 3 individual $10 Amazon gift cards; 5 individual paperbacks of Addicted; 5 individual ebooks of Addicted; 3 individual t-shirts.