Okay so once upon a time (last year) I started reading a book called Consequences by Aleatha Romig. And it was right up my alley. Dark, kidnapping, Stolkholm syndrome-y, the works. ‘Cept… I got to 30-something percent and I panicked. Especially after hearing that there was a part I was coming up to that was realllllly “eeeeeeeeeep-worthy” and would make me hate him even more than I already did.
I didn’t want to know, and I put my book in the freezer. Well. No ’cause it’s on my iPad, and it woulda broke, but you know… I ran away from it, scrolled it down my TBR list (but kept it on there) and moved onto “lighter” reads. It sat there, taunting me to pick it back up. My fellow readers continued reading without me, and there was a reader-frenzy!! So many of you LOVED it (while simultaneously hating… it. Stuff. Parts. Him? Definitely hated him). But you encouraged me to continue. Actually more like taunted me. Just like the book, and it’s mysterious eerie cover and strange hold on me… taunting and tempting me to finish it.
But I didn’t ’cause ummm… Oh right! ‘Cause I heard that there’s a crazy cliffhanger!! Righhhhht. That was a likely excuse, but I was running with it. That was why I wouldn’t finish it right away. Cliffhanger means I’ll wait for #2 (after all, it was coming out soon, right?). Mmmmhmmm. *smirk*
And when book #2 came out (Truth), I purchased it immediately. I made promises that a few days before #2 was released, I’d finish #1. Then, I could move right on to #2 with you. Many of you (my wonderful reading buddies) made sure to remind me that it was time. *grins* But did I? Nope. And when you started checking up on me, to make sure I was living up to my “I’ll read #2 with you” promise, I had to come clean…
Julie: Maryse, did you read Consequences yet?
Maryse’s Book Blog: I wasn’t ready you guys. I just. Wasn’t. Ready.
*bok bok* <— still a chicken. I’m waiting for feedback
Emma: Hey chicken-little… it’s OK, you’ll get around to reading them one day. I think the third book is going to be awesome. The twisty, emotional havoc wreaked; is just too much fun. I am not usually a mystery thriller type reader, but this story is good and it makes me MAD and anxious and all trembly.
And then I found out y’all loved Truth even more. You insisted… Maryse!! Read it!! Read both, you’ll see!! And when I started hearing about your love/hate relationship with “him”. Tony. Grrrrrr. Also known to me as “the monster”, I thought to myself… “Wait. WHAT!?? LOVE Tony?!!”
I think y’all have reader-Stockholm Syndrome, that’s what I think. *nod*
Sandra: … I wanted to murder Tony in Consequences!!! Then with Aleatha’s magical skillz I am now Team Tony (after reading Truth). I am in awe of how she pulled that one off.
Paula: I hated Tony at the end of Consequences. Now I’m in love with him after Truth. Aleatha is brilliant!!
Gladys: I agree with Sandra. Truth changed everything for me. Team Tony all the way!
Maryse’s Book Blog: I wanna say you guys are CRAZY!!! but at the same time, I’m very excited to find out how you could possibly think this… Unless Tony is a twin or something, and one is evil and one is sweet. Okay maybe then… I can see it. *shakes head*.
Kirsten: LMAO. Tony is just… *sigh* I hate to admit this but I mostly liked Tony after Consequences. I was in utter shock at the end but still I couldn’t help myself. By the end of Truth I was crushing HARD.
Rebecca: I don’t think Tony really redeemed himself to me until Truth. But it was worth it.
Michele: Now, that is how I was with Caleb. I LOVED him the whole time.. but Tony.. I don’t like him! I haven’t got to Truth yet.. He made me SO MAD I had to quit and take a break after Consequences!! lol. Don’t let them fool you Maryse!!! I STILL HATE HIM!! JUST WAIT!! You will too! tee hee.
Maryse’s Book Blog: LOL!! I’m all… “What the….???” at these “I love Tony” reactions!
You ‘n me, Michele!! Or, will our fellow readers be laughing at us soon? Ruh Roh. What if we end up joining the “I Love Tony” errr… “fan club”, too?
I know… who am I to talk? I had a love/hate relationship with Caleb from the Dark Duet, so you know, I get you. I think. Well, let’s just say right now, where I’m at in Consequences, y’all are off you rockers to put “love” and “Tony” in the same sentence. But I can’t wait to find out what happens, and what changes, and how the author tricks us er… I mean… I mean shows us that Tony is lovable.
Ok off I go to finish Consequences, ’cause I’m DYING to know what happens to all of your brains in Truth. I mean… come on!! How can..? Er.. I mean? WHAT!??? For real? Come onnnnnn! Seriooooousslyyyy? Love Tony?
Okay. O.K. Well no matter what I think of Tony right now, I can say I love the book. The thrill, the fear-factor, the appalling moments (well… I don’t love those but again, I don’t like monsters under my bed either, but I sure love reading about ‘em). I’m in and there ain’t no stopping me now!