Today I am helping with the blog tour for Anne Malcom’s
BIRDS OF PARADISE!
I am so excited to help share this new title with you—be sure to grab your copy today!
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Author: Anne Malcom
Publication Date: 8 May 2018
Genre: Dark Romance
Age Recommendation: 18 and Up
Rating: 5 Stars
~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~
Book Description:I was trapped in the house with a man that had meant to kill me. Might very well still mean to kill me. But not by locked doors, force, or ropes or chains. Not physical ones at least. The man who very well might kill me gave me the impression that he wanted nothing more than for me to walk out that door. I was not his captive. I was my own. I could very well die here. If there was anything left worth killing. If there was anything left in me that wanted to live. He collected dead things, after all. And with every day that passed, I found myself wanting to stay, even if that meant I was part of his collection of dead things. Especially if I was part of collection.
I am kind of at a loss with this book but not in a bad way, just in a I have no words, dumbfounded, how do I go on after this, what just happened, book hangover kind of way. What does one say about a book like this. It was breath taking. It was all encompassing. It was raw, gritty, dirty, painfully beautiful. It was long, but attention grabbing. It will make you complete but not quite whole. It will bring you pain, tears, heartbreak, love, justification, and peace.
This book is a whole world of emotions wrapped up in an ugly package but with stunning paper. It's one of those books that every few days you will go back thinking about and everything you thought three days ago is now different. It's a book that you want to read over and over so you can pick it to pieces, find all the nuances you missed, and curl up into a world you can't fathom but also can't seem to leave. This is one of those book that is for most people either a love or hate kind of read. In fact you may actually hate it when you first start reading and then when you close the cover you are completely enamored by this story, though enamored almost too sweet of a word to use, but unfortunately the only one I can form right now...maybe addicted is better. While at the end you may find yourself not a fan I beg of you in the beginning to not stop reading. I will admit to having been on the, "Im not feeling this" train early on but I stuck with it and now I have this book that is so alluring I can't get it out of my head. It's one of those stories that you can't look away from because they are so ugly and beautiful at the same time that you really never want it to end.
I don't even really want to talk about what happens in this book because I think that you need to go into it blind, though maybe it should come with some trigger warnings, however I am not even sure which ones to label it with..basically this is an emotionally dark and violent book if that is something you need to stay away from either due to triggers or just because it isn't your thing then please walk away. If you have read books like Tillie Cole's Hades Hangmen, Pepper Winters Debt Inheritance, or Mia Sheridan's Midnight Lily (which while not overly dark is emotionally wrenching) for example you will be good to go with this one. If those are books that you would typically stay away from then I think that you should do the same with Birds of Paradise. I wish I could say to everyone read it, read it now...but not all things are for all people and you should know before going in (for your sake and the authors) that this may be too dark and emotional for some.
The end of the book, let me just say I have words for that ending the problem is I don't know how I feel about it. I am in a love/hate relationship with the way the author ends the book. I promise you will feel complete when you get there but at the same time closing the cover and saying "what the ever loving heck, give me more!!!" Honestly though I think that this author could have gone the route of a series with this book, maybe by breaking it up she could have made the entire book not quite drag as it does at points and then give us more of what we crave, but then I wouldn't be left here grasping at all the words and emotions that are tumbling around in my head bumping against each other. There is so much to say I just don't even know how to say it at this point.
I loved these characters, I loved how broken yet cocky they both are. I loved how much they fought and how hard they loved. I loved the evolution of both of them, their journey is a battle of wills, emotions, illness, desperation, protection, murder, and acceptance. It isn't about accepting others, it is about accepting your self. It's about owning who you are and loving someone despite their ugliness (physical or emotional) or your own.
This book is a journey, it is a bit if a quiet and yet wild ride. It is going to take you down the roadless traveled, into the formidable dark woods and back out into the fields of...well I don't know that golden sunshine would be where you end up but the darkness abates just a little, ha.
I really hope you will pick this one up, hope that you will give it a chance. Make sure you have a good amount of time to devote to reading this book. Grab your preferred drink and find a comfy chair then dig in and don't come back out till you are done, you won't regret it!
~ HAPPY READING ~