August 16, 2016 | by
on August 16th, 2016
Taken by the Jakhua Clan as a teen, 194 was stripped of his name, his identity, and his freewill, meticulously honed to be a ruthless, soulless killing machine, trained solely to spill blood and stop hearts. This is a role he resents with every fiber of his being, but one he embraces to gain back the precious leverage the Georgians wield as their weapon of control: his younger sister, 152.
Mzia Kostava is in shock. After fleeing her mafia family’s massacre in Georgia as a child, Mzia lives in secret, hiding from her enemies in the dark shadows of Manhattan. At age twenty-five, believing all her family is dead, word reaches Mzia that her brother Zaal is very much alive… and living with their family’s greatest enemy: the Volkov Bratva in Brooklyn.
Yearning to be reunited with her beloved Zaal, Mzia risks her safety and anonymity for the brother she had mourned since childhood. But just as she reaches Zaal’s apartment, Mzia is seized and taken captive by a strange man, who is strong, dark, and brutal… Unyielding, he demands her utter obedience as he locks her away in darkness. He is highly skilled in torture and inflicting pain, and demands to know everything about her brother Zaal and everything about her. He is a man that’ll do anything to get what he wants.
Sometimes love requires the sacrifice and betrayal of those held most dear. But is finding one’s true love worth committing the greatest sacrifice of all?
Okay, okay…. we all know what a huge Tillie Cole fan I am , so I will leave my Tillie gushing out of this review (well maybe). As a huge fan of the Scarred Souls series and as much as I loved Raze and Reap, I couldn’t wait to read Ravage. I must insist you read the first two books in the series before picking this one up. Characters and storylines from Raze and Reap are included in this book, so if you skip straight to this one you will be a bit confused. Although this series as a whole is a pretty dark and twisted read, I feel like Ravage is even more so. There are some torture scenes and flashbacks that are pretty hard to read- but I feel like they are true to the story and the characters.
“Monsters are just looking for love, too. I know it deep down inside…”
Valentine or “194” and his little sister Inessa (“152”) were taken and imprisoned at a very young age- both forced to endure horrendous and violent things to turn them into slaves. Knowing his love and protective feelings for his sister, his “mistress” uses that against him to turn him into a killer; a drugged monster. His latest mission is to find and capture Zaal.
Zoya is the younger sister of Zaal (from Reap) and believed to be dead in the deadly attack on their entire family. But, she survived and for her safety she grew up in hiding. After learning that her brother is also alive, she tries to see him- but is grabbed, held captive, and tortured for information about Zaal.
“It took a monster to revive my heart. It took a killer to touch my soul.”
Although “194” has had so many dark things happen to him, he isn’t all evil. He struggles to maintain some form of humanity and fights becoming a complete monster.
Zoya, has a strength to her that I was completely impressed by. Because of her sheltered life, you would think she would be this fragile thing, but she is very strong and protective of those she cares deeply about.
“I think I would be happy if you stole all of my kisses.”
Similar to every book that I have read from Tillie Cole, Ravage is addictive and will keep you interested from the start to the end. It is an intense story, that although very dark it is also has sweet and loving moments as well. This is a story about heartache, misery, family-ties, and of course falling in love.
The next book in the series, Riot, doesn’t come out until early 2017 and is about “152”and her life as a conditioned Mona (sex slave). I have a feeling it will be more then worth the wait and is going to be a very emotional dark read. I can’t wait!