Book Review: Ravage by Tillie Cole

Author: Tillie Cole
Scarred Souls #3
Reading Level: New Adult
Scarred Souls #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released: August 16, 2016
Review Source: Netgalley

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 fiber 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.

Mzia Kostava is in shock. After fleeing her mafia family's massacre in Georgia as a child, Mzia 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 Mzia 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, Mzia risks her safety and anonymity for the brother she had mourned since childhood. But just as she reaches Zaal's apartment, Mzia 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 Story:  Ravage begins with a young boy and his sister being taken from an orphanage in the middle of the night by "night wraiths" and an evil woman. The young boy, aka 194, was brought up being tortured,  mutilated, drugged and turned into a killer/slave. The young girl, aka 152, is brought up to be a sex slave.  194's next, most important hit is that of Zaal. What 194 didn't know at the time, was that his world would be completely turned upside by Zaal and Zaal's little sister.

The Likes:  AHHHHHH!!!!  @:&+^|%!!!!!  So much to say!  This is my first ever Tillie Cole book and to say I was blown away is an understatement. I did not read book one or two, which will very soon be rectified, and went into this book completely blind and OMG, insanity! This book has made it to my list of favorite books of 2016 and even my list of all time favorites. Ravage was gritty, raw and perfect in every way. I absolutely loved the heroine, Zoya. She is so strong, fierce and nonjudgmental based on appearances.  She is in my top five all time favorite book females.  Valentin, also gets top list in my favorite book boyfriends. His character is so complex and loyal. I would never feel any fear with him around. Tillie gave me just enough angst/suffering in this book to be an amazing story without going over board.


The Rating:  Ravage gets a shining five star review from me because I was hooked from start to finish. Awesome chemistry between Zoya and Valentin. Also, the appearances of the other main couples showed great chemistry as well. I recommend starting with book one because you will really want to know the other couples better. I know I do.  Tillie rocked my book loving world with this one. GO READ THIS SERIES.

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