January 26, 2015

Blog Tour - Gwendolyn VS. The Band of Barren Hearts by Mary E. Palmerin


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Monsters. They don’t hide in your nightmares. They steal you away from the good life and prevent you from living your dreams.
That’s where 17-year-old Gwendolyn Fitzpatrick found herself; surrounded by wicked fiends after everything she thought she had was gone in the blink of an eye. She was shuffled away with one bag of memories miles away to a pair of foster parents that hardly had her best interests at hand. Forced to obey and listen to her caregiver’s commands, Gwendolyn buries her old self and focuses on the pain to become one of them.
A monster herself to seek vengeance.
While yearning for her teeming point to come, Gwendolyn starts to connect with another 17-year-old foster boy living with her who calls himself Welch. Just when Gwendolyn starts to feel faith splice its way through the venom of pain, the connection she has with Welch is put in jeopardy as the harshness gets worse with each passing day.
Will the two tattered spirits make it out alive?
**Not suitable for readers under the age of eighteen due to graphic content.**

Di's Review

My Cast:

4 Stars!

This was a new author for me. Thank you, Mary for letting me read and review your work. 

Warning: Dark Elements, Forced Non-Con, and Murder.

This was an unique mix of dark. Not sure I've read young dark characters like this before. How long do you play with monsters before you turn into one? Gwendolyn's parents are gone, leaving her a orphan with DISGUSTING, sadistic foster parents. Welch, her foster brother is broke, he's damaged from the life of pain he's lived, the torture he's endured through the years. Can they heal together or are they forever doomed for a life of hell? Can two damaged souls mend each other? 

I had mixed feelings about this one. The plot/storyline was original, dark,  and completely out of the box. But I wasn't actually convinced Gwen was a monster, I think she was living the best way she could. Her life was turned upside down with the death if her parents, she was fighting for freedom from the real monsters. Monster was a term used quite frequently, but I didn't think so. She wasn't the monster in this story and neither was Welch. I was told, but never really felt it. Their circumstances were heartbreaking more so than most dark stories, their ages playing a huge part. The scenes between Gwen and Welch was disturbingly beautiful. I don't know how to explain it, dark but sweet. Weird, I know. 

"I have to do things to you, Gwendolyn. Bad things to you-,” he pauses, clenching his jaw and scrunching his eyebrows."

This had a vibe of Bonnie & Clyde, younger version of course. There's twists and turns, speed bumps that you don't expect, and a certain nativity about these characters that you can't help but love. I was routing until the end for these two damaged souls. The ending was completely unexpected and somehow perfect. This book leaves on a good ending, but I would certainly love more of Gwen and Welch. 

My first book by Mary E. Palmerin, it will not be my last. I like her style.

The Author

 Mary E. Palmerin currently resides in Indiana with her husband and two small boys. She enjoys writing raw, taboo tales that strike various emotions in her readers. When she isn't busy writing, she usually has her nose in a good book. Mary enjoys spending time with her family and friends, anything outdoors, cooking, art, tattoos, red wine, traveling, and anything that makes her laugh. You can keep up with her work on her blog at marypalmerinauthor.blogspot.com as well as her Facebook page at Facebook.com/succumbingtoscarsandsorrow for release information and signing schedules. Follow her on Twitter @MP_writer8! Mary loves to hear from her readers!

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