Thank you so much to the author for the review copy of Cracked Coffins in exchange for an honest review! I was originally supposed to be on a book tour that was cancelled so I really appreciate her sending the book anyway.
- Title: Cracked Coffins
- Series: Book #1
- Author: Beronika Keres
- Publisher & Release: Immortal Woods Books, 10/24/20
- Length: 470 pages
- Rate & Recommend: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ for 18+
Here is the synopsis from GoodReads:
**Cracked Coffins contains profanity, mature themes, sexual violence, and general violence. It is recommended for a mature 17+ audience.**
THE PAST HAS RISEN
After Marianna Cortez overdoses on the eve of her seventeenth birthday, the strange circumstances surrounding her survival make her doubt that the normal life she desperately wants will ever be within reach. Yet, when Denendrius Sovetta steps out from the shadows of her past, he brings with him the hope that things could be different.
But Denendrius is a twisted vampire from Ancient Rome with a chaotic past of his own. Marianna can’t ignore the cracks in his sweet façade for long. As she discovers her connection to him, she learns more about his dark past and its influence on hers.
With his claims that they’re meant to be together and his brutal means to keep her from leaving him, Marianna seeks to find the truth and escape Denendrius’s grasp before her history has a chance to kill her future.
So yeah – this is a DARK dark dark thriller / paranormal / not-romance that happens to have vampires. Stalking, abuse, drugs, gangs, all of the above and more – and I read it in just about two sittings! I couldn’t put it down if you paid me to, because the action and suspense is just nonstop.
The twisted mind of the Vampire, Denendrius, was unbelievably sadistic at times. What is he going to do next? How much can I possibly hate one character? The whole plot kept twisting like his mind! I kind of at least had a begrudging respect for Marianna, what a terrible life she was raised in and what do you do when you’re trapped by a monster like she is?? I had to keep flipping pages to see if she would even live or not. I never felt like there was a good stopping point because I had to know what happened next!
I would have liked to see more from Carol, but maybe in book two? The whole ending confused me a bit, a whole new sect of characters were thrown into the mix without a whole lot of backstory, and I am very confused as to why the women weren’t using that knife to saw off a certain vampire’s head while he was down 😳
This is definitely not a YA book but the main character is 16-17. Would recommend for anyone looking for a paranormal domestic thriller that is absolutely impossible to put down.
Thank you again to the author for the review copy, all opinions are my own!