Saturday, April 7, 2012
Review: Women Scorned
Women Scorned by Angela Alsaleem
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Info: Genre: Horror Reading Level: Adult Early Reviewer’s copy, book available 4/13/12
Disclosure: I received a free eBook copy of this of this book from the LibraryThing Early Reviewer’s giveaway in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: This book is intended for adults and contains extreme violence, torture and graphic murder scenes. You have been forewarned.
After Camilla is murdered, an ancient spirit possesses her, to use her body as its tool of vengeance. Tortured by visions of murdered women, she is thrust into a world of terror as she seeks a way to rid herself of the nightmare she has become.
Her dead flesh hungers however for a substance that only exists on the breaths of criminals. Their tortured souls fill her, complete her, injecting her with more energy than she ever possessed while living. Like an addict, she is torn between ending her suffering and tasting retribution.
A secret cult in need of her spirit, for an ancient ritual, has sent their Chosen One to capture her, a dark virgin who delights in teaching unwilling victims the pleasures of pain. The spirit inhabiting Camilla’s body is their key to unlocking hell and unleashing a horde of demons into the human realm.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Camilla learns this first hand on her journey through death and back again. Revenge isn’t always sweet and its bitterness lingers in the soul forever.
My Thoughts: This book is not for the faint-hearted. If violence and gore bother you, then you will probably have trouble reading this book. This is hard-core, full-on-ultra-violence, gory horror. I had to take it in small doses, which is why it took me so long to get it finished. At the same time, the writing is brilliant, despite a few word-choice errors (“taught” for “taut” was the main one; it was consistently misused). The descriptions are wonderfully done, and despite the lean style, characters are developed fairly well. Writing style is 5 out of 5 stars; personal feeling is 3 out of 5 stars, as I prefer more psychological horror over grue and gore horror. So, overall rating would be 4 out of 5 stars.
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