Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Gemma James' Rampant! My stop includes all the pertinent information for the book and series, my review, and a giveaway.
Rampant was just as dark, twisty, suspenseful, and riveting as I was hoping it would be. Ms. James hit her stride in conveying this story - it flowed well and the new twists and possibilities had me flying through the pages.
In my review of Torrent, I mentioned that I had difficulty in connecting with the characters due to some of the quiestionable actions. Ms. James rectified that issue in Rampant. In fact, I'm almost mad her her for making see this tiny glimmer of redeem-ability in one of them. I don't want to like him...he's awful. But she revealed this detail that could - just maybe - provide reason for his awfulness. But still...
With his memory loss, Rafe is not the same person he was before. He has no memory of being in prison, whether or not he deserved to be there, or any of the events following his release. He's appalled at what he's been told and despite a gut feeling of wrongness, decides it's better to stay away from Alex. Seeing this other side of Rafe, who he used to be, softened me towards him. This Rafe wants to protect Alex - even if it's from himself.
Zach - I didn't soften towards him. Well, maybe the tiniest bit when there was the teeny-tiny, itty-bitty shimmer of redeem-ability. But I'm just not sure. His actions, feelings towards Alex are - gah, they make my gut twist. His view of love and his expressions of it are warped. However, there was a hint about why he is the way he is, and I'm anxious to see where that goes. Honestly, I knew there might be something there, but I am shocked by what I think it might lead to.
I feel for Alex. She has endured - suffered - so much. And she's never had anyone to confide in - to support her. That she survived the events herein are a testament to her inner strength. In Rampant, her vulnerability is more obvious. Her determination to make amends for the wrongs she feels guilty for - her desire to escape the prison she's lived in - did much to sway my feelings for her. Seeing firsthand that she really has no one to rely on - save Rafe - saddened me. It's no wonder this girl has mixed-up feelings when it comes to intimate relationships.
Ms. James has drawn me deeper into this dark world. The hints at possible plot twists ramped up the tension and suspense. And I'm eager to know where the story is going as well as which characters played/will play what roles. I said after finishing Torrent this story feels like a psychological thriller...after Rampant, it feels even more so. Fervent can't get here soon enough!
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