Title: Ravage (Scarred Souls #3)
Author: Tillie Cole
Release Date: August 16, 2016
Is finding one’s true love worth committing the greatest sacrifice of all?
Taken as a teen, prisoner 194 was stripped of his name and freewill, meticulously honed to be a ruthless machine. Even as he tries to fight his captors hold on him he knows that obedience is the only way to save his sister, who is the one person that keeps him from turning into a monster.
As a young girl Zoya Kostava barely escaped the brutal attack that killed her entire family. Now twenty five she lives in secrecy. That is until she hears her brother also survived and is living with their greatest enemy.
Zoya risks her safety and anonymity to find the brother she thought dead and is captured by a beautiful, brutal man. A man who both captivates and scares her, in him she sees a soul as lost as her own.
They both have so much to lose will they be able to save each other…and survive.
Despite being advertised as a standalone, I would recommend reading Raze and Reap before starting Ravage to get the full back story and to understand the plot fully.
Ravage continues the Scarred Souls series and my goodness these protagonists are just that – scarred souls.
We are introduced into 194’s existence from his darkest days, the darkest part of his life – or existence – and the most tortured years imaginable they were.
He was lost as a child and had been there for over 2 decades. Captured and used for his inner strength in protecting his sister, 194/Valentin was literally treated like a dog. His inner anger and rage fuelled him. His love and need to protect his only living relative drove him to do unimaginable things. Justification that it was all for his sister allowed him to carry out his mistresses’ desires.
He knew one day that vengeance would be his, he just had to bide his time.
Enter Zoya. Zaal’s believed-dead sister. She stirs emotions inside Valentin he doesn’t understand or have time for. She has a strength he wasn’t expecting, or expecting to admire.
They intrigued one another and soon became everything for one another. How their story unfolds is down to you to explore and discover but Tillie is at her absolute finest. The imagination that this woman has astounds me. I am in absolute awe and cannot wait for Riot – one more story in the Scarred Souls series. Let there always be “one more story” to come, I’m not quite ready to say goodbye.
5 absolutely deserved stars.
About the Author:
Tillie Cole is a Northern girl through and through. She originates from a place called Teesside on that little but awesomely sunny (okay I exaggerate) Isle called Great Britain. She was brought up surrounded by her mother — a farmer’s daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.
Being a scary blend of Scottish and English, Tillie embraces both cultures; her English heritage through her love of HP sauce and freshly made Yorkshire Puddings, and her Scottish, which is mostly demonstrated by her frighteningly foul-mouthed episodes of pure rage and her much loved dirty jokes.
Having been born and raised as a Teesside Smoggie, Tillie, at age nineteen, moved thirty miles north to the ‘Toon’, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, where she attended University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in Religious Studies. She returned two years later to complete a Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching High School Social Studies. She regards Newcastle to be a home from home and enjoyed the Newcastle Geordie way of life for seven ‘proper mint’, ‘lush’ years.
Tillie, from a very young age has been part of the theatre community and loves nothing more than to entertain through the mediums of cheerleading, dance, drama and singing (sometimes in the rain). She can also be found in nightclubs around the world imitating her favourite artists alongside her crazy BFF’s – The Teesside Massive – or, sat on the front row at the theatre bopping along to her favourite musical, ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show ’, clad in a only a maids outfit, clutching a bag of rice and sporting a vibrant shade of red lipstick.
One summers day, after finishing reading her thousandth book on Kindle, Tillie turned to her husband and declared, “D’you know, I have a great idea for a story. I could write a book.” Several months later, repeating the same tired line, she was scolded by her husband to shut up talking about writing a novel and ‘just bloody do it!’ Immediately she set off on a crazy journey, delving deep into her fertile imagination. Tillie, ever since, has written from the heart. She combines her passion for anything camp and glittery with her love of humour and dark brooding men (most often muscled and tattooed – they’re her weakness!).