Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Review-Bullied (Bullied #1) by Vera Hollins

Publisher: Self-pub
Published: August 27, 2019
Genre: Young Adult-dark themes
Source: e-ARC
Rating: 5 stars

I have always been bullied and trapped in darkness. I hoped life would get better when I moved to my mother's hometown, but it only got worse because it was there that I met my unrequited crush, Hayden Black.

He despised me from day one, and even more when I became best friends with his twin, Kayden. Kayden gave light to my life, but my happiness with him lasted only until one night two years ago.

That night Kayden died because of me.

Half of me died with him. The other half was left to bleed, suffering Hayden's and his friends' constant bullying.

Now I must endure one more year before I can finally escape them and go to college. This year has to be different.

Either I will become stronger, or they will finally break me into nothing.

Warning: This book contains mature and sensitive themes such as abuse, violence, and offensive language. It includes situations that may be triggering for some readers, so caution is advised.

Wow. This was deep and depressing. If the cover is anything to go by, trust me when I say that this isn’t your typical bully romance—it’s dark. After reading this, I think I need a break from books. It was...a lot. Almost like a rollercoaster that kept jerking me all over the place. Not fun but something I couldn’t stay away from even if I tried. 

Readers, please take the trigger warning seriously. I’m going to be first to admit that I LOVE bully romances. This is NOT a romance, in my humble opinion. So if that’s what you’re looking for, this ain’t it. There is actual bullying going on. And not the occasional prank or some hero making the heroine feel bad type thing. Such as pretending to like the heroine and then humiliating her. This is much darker. Hayden, actually hurts the heroine, Sarah. She gets physically, emotionally, and verbally abused—consistently throughout the whole book. All the way until the very end. The hero isn’t a hero. Although, I felt for his character and feel oddly connected to him. Especially after all the revelation. 

Sarah is weak. There’s no other way to put it. She fights back occasionally but for the most part she’s constantly scared and trembles a lot. So many times I wanted her to just fight back with all her might. But she didn’t. Instead she endured the pain and humiliation her classmates put her through. I have a hard time believing a school would be so callous as to ignore students being hazed the way they were. The way Sarah was. It’s despicable. 

I couldn’t help but think of how volatile and abusive the hero was. It wasn’t romantic in the least. (Not that I think that’s romantic. But I like the occasional alpha possessive H every now and then) And I kept thinking about how I would never recommend this to young ladies because this isn’t how love is supposed to be. So I feel like the author did well in that regard. Showing us how the terrible cycle of staying with an abusive man that says he’s changed can happen. And sometimes how it starts. 

I know this book won’t be for many people. And I get it. There were some difficult subjects to read about. Which is why I feel like I need to go watch something less dramatic and sad. Because yes, I cried at the end. It was too devastating. 

I would like to say that I think towards the end the heroine did show a teensy bit more backbone. I look forward to her character growth in the next book! 

*Thank you to the author for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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About the Author:
Vera Micic now writes as Vera Hollins.

Check out her new profile to stay up to date with her new and upcoming books: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...



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