Review: Desolate (Immortal Rose #1) by Amy Miles

Author: Amy Miles
Publisher: Createspace
Publication Date:  April 2nd, 2014
Source: ebook (given by Netgalley)


A wedding massacre. An innocence stolen. Mortality stripped away.
In a single night, everyone Roseline Dragomir has ever loved is slaughtered before her eyes. Alone in the world and bound by a solemn marriage vow to a vicious murderer, she must find a strength buried deep within her to keep going or risk completely losing herself.
When a mysterious stranger crosses her path, Roseline will discover that not all immortals are evil. Some even bear emotional scars that run just as deep as her own.
Will she uncover a will not just to survive...but to fight back?

*The publisher provided this book in exchange for an honest review through NetGalley.*
Her entire family is murdered on her wedding day, while she watches, her mortality and innocence are stripped away by her new animalistic husband.
With everyone she ever loved dead, she has no option but to depart with her cruel husband, Vladimir Enescue, and savage brother, Lucien, to Castle Bran. Suddenly she finds herself alone in the midst of savages, bound by her wedding vows and her fear of her husband, she has to be strong or else she's going to certainly lose her mind.
A mysterious stranger crosses her path and she discovers she's not alone and that nor all immortals are evil, even if the most part is cruel to the core.
How will she be able to survive in the midst of such evil and cruelty?
I have to start by stating that this book is brutal, in much more than one way. Your first view of this story is of dead bodies, I'm not spoiling anything I swear, and of a freaked out bride. Brutality lies before her, everyone is dead... Well, everyone except her husband and his brother, two savage men. She soon finds out that she looks different and that her cravings are different.
I loved Roseline's character and I think this is one of the characters that evolved the most in just a few pages between every single book I've read. Yes, her story is quite gruesome and cruel and completely insane but it's refreshing to read a book in which the vampires are not all good and dreamy. Yeas, they are beautiful but they are as far from an angel as you can imagine!
This author was able to write a genius tale about a common girl that turns a vampire and has to learn how to live with them and not just survive. Between being "possessed" by her husband in public, to being almost violated and evolving from being a frightened teenager to a warrior, Rosaline Dragomir Enescue has it all.
Vladimir is a combination of the Wallachian prince, Vlad Tepes, the Impaler, with a horrific personality and a big fascination for cruelty and the appearance of an angel, that would almost be able to cover his cruelty, wouldn't it be that he is known by all and feared by all.
If you're looking for a book that has substance and quality and don't mind torture, sex and love (or some kind of love) in a beautiful and addicting combination then you should try and read this book.

Note: The author suggests that you download a sample of this book before you buy it so you can evaluate yourself whether you can (and want to) read it or not.


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