Friday, April 18, 2014

Review: Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

3.5 Stars

When reclusive novelist Senna Richards wakes up on her thirty-third birthday, everything has changed. Caged behind an electrical fence, locked in a house in the middle of the snow, Senna is left to decode the clues to find out why she was taken. If she wants her freedom, she has to take a close look at her past. But, her past has a heartbeat…and her kidnapper is nowhere to be found. With her survival hanging by a thread, Senna soon realizes this is a game. A dangerous one. Only the truth can set her free

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  My thoughts; What did I just read? I am sitting here trapped inside a whirlwind of emotions. Teetering on the brink of loving and loathing, contentment and anguish. I can not wrap my head around this.

It isn't often I find myself questioning whether or not I liked a book. Usually when I have finished I am left with a solid feeling, but this book.....

  The main character of this story, Senna, has been dealt the worst hand life could possibly hand someone. So many things in her life have come to destroy her and completely crumble the ground on which she attempts to stand. I can't say that I find her a strong character because she doesn't fight to overcome, she doesn't strive to be positive, she doesn't even seem to care whether she wakes up on any given day. She has let every single thing that has happened to her beat her so far down that she is just simply existing. And yet she is still alive.

  This book took me a few days longer to finish than a book of this size normally takes. I kept finding myself being pulled into Senna's depression and I would just need to pause. I never had a hard time staying focused on the story, it was quite captivating to say the least. The relationship, albeit nonexistent, between Isaac and Senna was intriguing. I wanted to know what fueled him to keep returning to her side. I wanted her to see him, truly see him, just once. The mystery surrounding the situation Senna and Isaac find themselves in keeps you guessing, it keeps you entranced and it keeps your heart in splinters. 

  There is no denying that Tarryn Fisher is a outrageously gifted author and she proves that point throughout this entire book. She isn't afraid to veer from the "safe path". She is not afraid to end a book leaving the reader just a little unsatisfied. And to me that is a check in the win column, write what your heart leads you to write, write the dark and the light, write the happy and the sad. And if there is no real "happy" write it anyway. 

If you are looking for an HEA (happily ever after) love story I would suggest saving this one for another day. 
  I can't deny that there is an epic love story deep within these pages. What I will say is that sometimes finding your soulmate isn't always enough. First, you have to learn to love yourself.


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