Monday, August 22, 2016

Review 'Ravage' by Tillie Cole
From USA Today Bestseller Tillie Cole, the next part of the Scarred Souls series.

Taken by the Jakhua Clan as a teen, 194 was stripped of his name, his identity, and his freewill, meticulously honed to be a ruthless, soulless killing machine, trained solely to spill blood and stop hearts. This is a role he resents with every fibre of his being, but one he embraces to gain back the precious leverage the Georgians wield as their weapon of control: his younger sister, 152.

Zoya Kostava is in shock. After fleeing her mafia family’s massacre in Georgia as a child, Zoya lives in secret, hiding from her enemies in the dark shadows of Manhattan. At age twenty-five, believing all her family is dead, word reaches Zoya that her brother Zaal is very much alive . . . and living with their family’s greatest enemy: the Volkov Bratva in Brooklyn.

Yearning to be reunited with her beloved Zaal, Zoya risks her safety and anonymity for the brother she had mourned since childhood. But just as she reaches Zaal’s apartment, Zoya is seized and taken captive by a strange man, who is strong, dark, and brutal . . . Unyielding, he demands her utter obedience as he locks her away in darkness. He is highly skilled in torture and inflicting pain, and demands to know everything about her brother Zaal and everything about her. He is a man that’ll do anything to get what he wants.

Sometimes love requires the sacrifice and betrayal of those held most dear. But is finding one’s true love worth committing the greatest sacrifice of all?

The Facts:

Publication Date:
August 16th, 2016
Scarred Souls #3
Contemporary Romance, Suspense
eBook, Paperback, Audio
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My Review:

A view weeks ago I read the first two books in the Scarred Souls series ‘Raze’ and ‘Reap’. I loved those books! So when I also received the third book ‘Ravage’ by Tillie Cole, I couldn’t wait to start reading again. These books are definitely not like your average romance read.. but boy.. I’m hooked.

In ‘Ravage’ we meet Zoya Kostava. Zoya just found out one of her long lost brothers is still alive. After being protected and not allowed to go anywhere for years after Zoya’s family was brutally massacred, and hearing  about Zaal’s survival and the death of their enemy she decides to go see her brother immediately without protection. Unfortunately not all her enemies are gone, and before Zoya can show herself to her brother she is kidnapped.

I loved reading about Zoya’s character. Zoya has always thought she was the only one of her family to be alive and when she finds out her beloved brother is still alive, she goes to see him as fast as she can. I loved reading about her love for her brother. Zoya really was a ‘good’ person. Even after she was kidnapped, she somehow found something good in man that was torturing her. A little weird, and it took some getting used to.. But in the end I loved it.

194 has lived as a prisoner most of his life. He is a trained brutal murderer and has a good reason to do what he’s doing. His younger sister, the one he always promised to keep safe, is being hurt more and more if he doesn’t do what he is told.
In the beginning of ‘Ravage’, I really didn’t get how 194 could ever be considered as one of the good guys. But Tillie Cole really has a way of making you hate characters one moment, and love them the next. In the end I really came to love 194.

Although the whole romance part took some getting used to.. I mean it’s not every day you read about a torturer and his victim falling in love.. I did really enjoy this book and loved reading it. These books really have a way about them and I can’t wait to read more.
The characters from the previous two books also have a role in this one. And I really love reading about this family.

The Scarred Souls series is a great one. Probably not for everyone.. but for me these books are a great read.

My Rating:

About the Author:

Tillie Cole is a Northern girl through and through, originating from Teeside in the North East of England. She was brought up surrounded by her mother, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.

Being a scary blend of Scottish and English, Tillie embraces both cultures; her English heritage through her love of HP sauce and freshly made Yorkshire Puddings, and her Scottish, which is mostly demonstrated by her frighteningly foul-mouthed episodes of pure rage and her much loved dirty jokes.

Following university in Newcastle and subsequent years teaching high school Social Studies around Europe, Tillie was inspired to write her first novel. Ever since, she has written from the heart, combining her passion for anything camp and glittery with her love of humour and dark brooding men (most often muscled and tattooed – they’re her weakness!).

Tillie lives with her professional rugby player husband in Calgary, Alberta where she spends most of her days (and many a late night) lost in a writing euphoria or in her dream of pursuing a dazzling career as a barrel-racing, tasselled-chap, Stetson-wearing cowgirl . . . Ye-haw!

For more information about Tillie Cole and her books please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads and Twitter.

I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.


  1. This sounds very different and from the cover and synopsis thought is was a YA dystopian. Very interesting! Glad you are enjoying them.

    1. These books are definitely very interesting. I loved them and couldn't get enough!! You should try them out ;)


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