Riot by Tillie Cole: Review

Riot by Tillie Cole: ReviewRiot by Tillie Cole
on March 7th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Dark
Pages: 352

Stolen by the Arziani Georgian crime mob as a child, 152 was raised and conditioned to be a Mona—the most subservient of the Arziani Blood Pit slaves.

Gorgeous and kind, she has been and under the imprisoning influence of the Type B drug and under the command of the Blood Pit Master’s sister, Mistress Arziani, for most of her life, until the Master calls her back home to Georgia.

He wants her under his total control, and Master always gets what he wants.

But when 152 is gifted to the Blood Pit’s fearsome champion death match fighter as a prize, 152 suddenly finds out that the men who appear most brutal, may just own the kindest hearts. And love may be found, even when living in hell.

Freedom, family, love, 152 will have to fight for what she wants and ultimately make an impossible choice.

Stacia says…

Riot is the 4th and final book in the Scarred Souls series. I don’t believe any of these books should be read as standalones- I feel like you need the character build-up and background stories going into each of the books; so definitely pick up Raze, Reap, and Ravage before diving into Riot.

Inessa (“152”), is the little sister of Valentine or “192” (who we met in Ravage); they were both taken and imprisoned, in an underground world at a very young age- forced to endure horrendous and violent things to turn them into slaves. 152 began a life as a drugged and conditioned Mona (sex slave).

“Through tragedy, we were both stronger.
And through distance, our love was stronger.
She was mine.
I was hers.
Her, the girl, whose soul matched mine.
And I, the boy, who was made perfectly for her.”

901 is the champion of the underground fighting world, the blood pit. He was also taken as a child and raised in the same world as 152. Trained for violence, fighting, and death- this is the only world he has ever known. Behind his brutal exterior, he knows enough to want to take down the the evil man who controls their world  – the infamous Master.

“Happy. Together, we make happiness.”

Going into Riot, I knew that it was going to be an emotional dark read. The characters in all the books in this series are so brutally broken and have such an innocence to them- but Tillie Cole writes then in a way that you can’t help but fall in love with their damaged, tortured souls.  This book is twisted, gritty, harsh, and emotional- but once it grabbed me, I couldn’t put it down. We also get more of Luka, Zaal, Valentine, and of course their women. I felt like this was a great conclusion to the series that is so well written. Tillie Cole truly is the master of dark books and of course I can’t wait to see what she writes next!

About Tillie Cole

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 English rose mother — a farmer’s daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.