Review: Number Thirteen by Bella Jewel

Posted January 8th, 2015 in book review / 21 comments

Review: Number Thirteen by Bella JewelNumber Thirteen by Bella Jewel
Publisher: Self-Published on March 19, 2014
Genres: Dark, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 238
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

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.

A monster.

My monster.

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.

The Good

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.

The Bad

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!

The Snuggly

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

Final Thoughts

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.

Quotes

“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.”  

 

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21 Responses to “Review: Number Thirteen by Bella Jewel”

  1. Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    Oh man I don’t think I’d be able to look past the logic behind all the characters motives, by the looks of it! I can see why you were frustrated with that part. Hmm, I don’t think this sounds like my kind of read!

    Lovely review, hun <33

    • Jennifer Bielman

      It’s definitely not going to be a lot of peoples’ read. I was surprised by how many people read it on goodreads.

  2. kindlemom1

    I don’t like being left with a lot of questions no matter how good or intriguing the read is! I do like that this messed you though, that can be fun sometimes.

  3. Braine

    Now I want to know what the SERIOUSLY is all about! I have read books that were great but lacked oomph so I get your 3star rating here.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      It was a hard one to rate. In a lot of ways it was horrible, but in others it was fascinating.

  4. Alreem

    this book sound like its really creepy, which I’m not liking but the cover is cool and it make me want to read it, glad that you atleast was fascinating by it 😀

  5. Olivia

    Wow, this book sounds confusing. Like it is really creepy, and it will keep you reading to know what is going on even though it is unbelievable at times. I like the cover a lot.

  6. Christy

    LOL!! You cringing from admitting you admire him. I know exactly what you mean. I actually love when a book leaves me feeling like that – contradicting feelings. I think I’m going to read this.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Oooooh, I would be interested to see what you think of this one. I got it free. I wonder if it still is.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Sometimes you just can’t help but like how much you hate a character. 🙂

  7. Red Iza

    I read about this book before and I don’t think it’s one for me, but I do understand how you can be sickened yet attracted by a weird book, you can’t help it, you have to keep reading 🙂

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Yeah, I love books that makes me this conflicted but they are also frustrating.

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