Author: Tempi Lark
Series: Boys of Hawthorne Asylum #1
Release Date: January 31th 2021
Length: 201 pages
Genre: YA Fiction
Publisher: The Fallen Press
Welcome to Hawthorne Asylum.
Welcome to hell.
This place isn’t run by the doctors who make you talk or the orderlies who force you to swallow your pills.
It belongs to them, to the Infamous Four.
Tabloids, talk shows, documentaries—their faces have been plastered everywhere. Not because of their impressive rap sheets, but because of how they look.
And when I arrive, they take notice. Especially their king: Lincoln “Laces” Caster.
He’s dark and disturbed.
He’s controlling and possessive.
Exactly the kind of boy I should stay away from if I want to clear my name and get out of here.
*LACES is not intended for readers under seventeen. This book does have RH elements, strong language/cursing, and triggering scenes (that might not be suitable for everybody). Laces is a slow burn that builds toward intimate scenes as the series progresses. This is book one in the Boys of Hawthorne Asylum series.
**** My Review ****
Judging by the beginning, then this definitely promises a fantastic series that will delight even the pickiest reader. An incredible mix of hope and darkness that will nail you to the pages, and the cliffhanger on the end will leave you speechless. The desire to have the next part of this story is simply unbearable.
The author masterfully introduces us to that world of perverted values. A world in which the one who should protect and cherish you is the one who hurts you the most. When pain and fear paralyze you and you fail to fight for what you want and desire. A world in which the power of truth is worth nothing and the punishment is too severe. That is the world of our heroine Gambrielle, a girl whose whole world is torn to pieces and she is doomed to pay only because she dared to tell the truth. The defeat is too heavy, but the war is not lost yet. Even in all that darkness, she finds a glimmer of hope… But what will happen when a guy appears when she least expects it. A guy with the body of a Greek god who awakens thoughts and feelings that confuse her … Which truths or lies are hidden behind those harsh words …. What will happen if she decides to break the rules?
Definitely a story that is by no means my cup of tea, and yet managed to delight me with its uniqueness and mystery. I have to admit that this is my first book by this author, and her writing style is something that impresses me at first glance. At no point did I feel bored, but with each word, each perfectly fitted sentence, I sank more and more into that psychedelic world. A mixture of sweet moments, humor, and mystery are perfectly balanced to make you turn the pages, eagerly awaiting the end, but you do not expect the curveball at the end that leaves you with your mouth ajar. The author very skillfully gives an overview of a cruel society where rules and regulations are a changeable category that is proportionally dependable on the status and the bank balance. Where truth and misconceptions are only thought concepts whose meaning is determined by the needs of the stronger. A world where social status and comfortable life are more important than your own child. Definitely a story that in a seemingly simple way, touches too many painful truths that we somehow as a society do not want to see.
The past and the present are intertwined through the thoughts of Gambrielle and Laces, and we have insight into their thinking, their story. We meet both of them, but somehow the mystery that surrounds Laces remains until the very end, no matter how hard we try, we somehow fail to understand that misunderstood artist. And Gambrielle is a girl we want to condemn for her belated reaction, and at the same time we understand and admire her strength, her pain does not hurt and we fear for her future. And the chemistry between them is something that can not be denied. The spark that appears during their first meeting slowly ignites in a strong fire as we turn the pages. The supporting characters are absolutely fantastically integrated into the whole story and contribute to an even more effective experience.
I loved this short story and cannot find suitable words to recommend it highly enough. Gripping and raw, it will hold the readers’ attention till the very end. And the very end will leave you gobsmacked and counting down the days till the next installment.
****About the Author****
Meet Tempi Lark:
Tempi Lark is a USA Today Bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult Romance. She lives in Tennessee with her husband & son. When she’s not writing she can be found playing monopoly with her husband & son (they think she cheats), binge-watching Netflix (Outlander & Grey’s Anatomy), or reading a book.
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