Monday, January 5, 2015

Review: Raze by Tillie Cole

Raze by Tillie Cole

To take back life, one must first face death...

One man stripped of his freedom, his morals...his life.

Conditioned in captivity to maim, to kill and to slaughter, prisoner 818 becomes an unremorseful, unrivaled and unstoppable fighter in the ring. Violence is all he knows. Death and brutality are the masters of his fate.

After years of incarceration in an underground hell, only one thought occupies his mind: revenge...bloody, slow and violent revenge.

Revenge on the man who lied.

Revenge on the man who wronged him.

Revenge on the man who condemned him and turned him into this: a rage-fueled killing machine. A monster void of humanity; a monster filled with hate.

And no one will stand in the way of getting what he wants.

One woman stripped of her freedom, her morals...her life.

Kisa Volkova is the only daughter of Kirill ‘The Silencer’ Volkov, head of the infamous ‘Triad’ bosses of New York's Russian Bratva. Her life is protected. In reality, it’s a virtual prison. Her father’s savage treatment of his rivals and his lucrative and coveted underground gambling ring—The Dungeon—ensures too many enemies lurk at their door. 

She dreams to be set free.

Kisa has known only cruelty and loss in her short life. As manager of her father’s death match enterprise, only grief and pain fill her days. Her mafia boss father, in her world, rules absolute. And her fiancĂ©, Alik Durov, is no better; the Dungeon’s five-time champion, a stone-cold killer, the treasured son of her father’s best friend, and her very own—and much resented—personal guard. Unrivaled in both strength and social standing, Alik controls every facet of Kisa’s life, dominates her every move; keeps her subdued and dead inside...then one night changes everything. 

While working for her church—the only reprieve in her constant surveillance—Kisa stumbles across a tattooed, scarred, but stunningly beautiful homeless man on the streets. Something about him stirs feelings deep within her; familiar yet impossibly forbidden desires. He doesn’t talk. Doesn’t communicate with anyone. He’s a man beyond saving, and a man she must quickly forget...for both their sakes. 

But when weeks later, out of the blue and to her complete surprise, he’s announced as the replacement fighter in The Dungeon, Kisa knows she’s in a whole lot of trouble. He’s built, ripped and lethally unforgiving to his opponents, leaving fear in his wake and the look of death in his eyes. 

Kisa becomes obsessed with him. Yearns for him. Craves his touch. Needs to possess this mysterious man...this man they call Raze.


Dark, Contemporary


An engaging read despite the predictable plot.

The pros:

I think what compelled me to finish this book is:

1. the violence that makes me excited
There is so much blood and gore. And I thrive in such situation.

2. the villain that I so wanna see him dead
Initially the heroine tried to humanize Alik, by showing us his vulnerability. It make him kinda complex and I had read too many times that such character might be redeemable. But in the end, he is a lost cause. I wanted to see him dead!

3. the innocent poor guy that needs his justice 
The hero, Raze is such a poor guy, incriminated for a crime he did not commit and end up being a fighter in a horrible dungeon and worst of all, suffer a lost of memory. No one deserve justice more than he do.

The cons: 

What I don't really like, but not enough to deter me from finishing it,

1. no twist!
Once I read the first few chapters, everything that happened afterwards no longer bring me any surprises. 

2. repetitiveness 
The author seriously did too many repetition with the word 'they matched' and some of the flashbacks. The heroine flashback on a certain scene, and then the hero will have flashback on the exact same scene. Even the description of their 'matched' eyes were repeated a few times. 

3. heroine not badass enough
I understand that she stayed with the abusive Alik and even planned to marry him because she think she had no choice and she's scared. She worry of how he will react and etc. I was hoping she will transformed into this badass chick once she met Raze. But apart from being with Raze without Alik knowledge, she didn't really stood up to him and make any convoluted plan to get rid of him. Weak, weak, weak. And the only time that she grew some balls, I want to shake my head. 

Rating 3.5/5