Publisher: Self-Published on March 19, 2014
Genres: Dark, New Adult, Romance
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We're thirteen girls, captive, slave to our master.
A master we've never seen.
Obedience will become all we know in our shallow existence. It is the only emotion we're permitted to feel.
When we're bad, we're punished. When we're good, we're rewarded.
Our scars run deep. Yet we survive, because we have to...
because HE teaches us to.
All of us are special, we feel it with everything we are.
He has us for a reason, but it's a reason we don't know.
We've never seen his face, but we know that something deeply broken lies beneath the darkness. With every touch, with every punishment, we know it.
Then something changed.
He showed me who he truly is.
Now I want him.
I'll go against everything I know to be with him.
Loving him is a sin, but a sinner I am. I won't stop until I see every part of him. Even the parts he keeps locked deep down inside.
I am Number Thirteen, and this is my story.
At A Glance
Well that was a hell of a thing.
I don’t even know how I find these kinds of books. I am going to be honest, I rip this book a new a-hole in The Bad section, but yes, I still gave it 3 stars. Why? No freaking clue. It’s just how it has to be. This book intrigued me and messed with my mind. I like that in a story. Be ready for some dark subject matters. They really hit the feels. How Jewel managed to slip in some romance between this sick/fascinating story is beyond me.
William will never justify his actions to me, but I found him interesting anyways. How can a person come up with the idea of kidnapping thirteen girls for the reason he did is beyond me, but I loved how it was slowly revealed. Kept me reading, that’s for sure. You want to hate him but in the end you kind of admire him. OMG, I can’t believe I just said I admired him. I literally cringed while I wrote that.
Number Thirteen was the best part of the book. She was smart, strong, and thoughtful. I just knew she was going to figure a way out and save the day. Then that all went to shit. She broke complexly and became what most people hate, the compliant drone who loves her capture. And even though the transition made me sick, I was enthralled by it. Her slow decent kept my eyes glued to the pages, like watching a car wreck.
Seriously? SERIOUSLY? <—— That is what I was saying through the whole book. I understand what the author was going for but it didn’t quite work. The reasoning and justification behind the characters actions and motives were just absurd.
I was left with a lot of questions, which I can’t really mention without spoiling too much. But it boils down to how anyone could be justified in their actions against others when the result is death or obsession? Obviously, you aren’t helping people when they are either dying or becoming obsessed with you because of Stockholm syndrome.
I don’t mind being creeped out. But this book took creepy to another level. Spoilery: William makes the girls sit on his lap, drugs them daily, and admits to wanting to take one as a lover. VOMIT!
There is some sex, but this is not a BDSM read at all. We get a messed up romance around all this craziness and it’s sickening and beautiful at the same time
I know I sound contradictory, but that’s how this book left me. I HAD to keep reading even though it kind of sickened me. I like books like that. They are not the best written or even 100% logical, but they are fucking fascinating. Recommended.
“A beautiful heart can never love a dark heart. But a dark heart can crave a beautiful one, and it will. I will crave you, beauty.”
“It’s in that moment I just see him for what he is: a jagged piece of glass that can never be glued back into its spot because it’s not perfect. It has rough edges, even though the middle is still stunning.”