Saturday, April 2, 2016

Review: Sempre by JM Darhower

(Sempre #1)
by J.M. Darhower
Release Date: February 25, 2014


Haven Antonelli and Carmine DeMarco grew up under vastly different circumstances. Haven, a second-generation slave, was isolated in the middle of the desert, her days full of hard work and terrifying abuse. Carmine, born into a wealthy Mafia family, lived a life of privilege and excess. Now, a twist of fate causes their worlds to collide. Entangled in a web of secrets and lies, they learn that while different on the surface, they have more in common than anyone would think. In a world full of chaos, where money and power rule, Haven and Carmine yearn to break free, but a string of events that began before either of them were born threatens to destroy them instead.

Murder and betrayal are a way of life, and nothing comes without a price-especially not freedom. But how much will they have to sacrifice? Can they escape their pasts? And, most of all, what does it mean to be free?

( 5 stars )

I love this mafia story. It was long, 500+ pages and thankfully I never had a bore moment. It was plot driven and center around this mysterious slave girl, Haven.

Haven is a slave girl, brought into the DeMarco family by Carmine's dad, Vincent. I enjoyed her growth from the scared little girl to someone more. But she was obviously powerless in the whole situation and the main catalyst for basically 'everything' that went wrong. 

Carmine was such a naive, hotheaded, little bugger. There were numerous time that I wanted to yell him to just 'grow the hell up'. I guess, he was just acting what he was supposed to be, the 17 years old self entitled mafia prince. His only saving grace is his love for Haven. Apart from that, he needs to know the world doesn't revolves around him. 

Honestly, I enjoyed Vincent's POV the most. He was such a tortured soul and never be able to catch a break with his youngest son. He tried so hard to separate his family from the business to no avail. Something is just destined to be. 

Lastly, Uncle Corrado definitely needs to be mentioned. The so-called cold blooded killer, he had this quiet presence that just so damn magnetic. I'm dying to read more about him in the next book. 

Overall, the majority portion of the book felt pretty much YA to me. There were only glimpses into the mafia biz from Vincent POV and towards the end when all hell break loose. But with the ending we are having, I'm sure the next book is gonna centered more on the Salvatore's and the gang.