A broken girl.
An unusual boy.
A beautiful face that hides a dark secret and an ugly past.
Sealed lips which hide wicked words and dangerous thoughts.
She would kill for him to love her.
He just wants to kill.
Maybe, if Emma Hartley prays hard enough, Church Logan can make both their wishes come true.
Fuse, meet match.
- This is a psychological thriller. If you have triggers – This story will touch on a lot of them.
- The language in my review will be very colorful.
I don´t remember when I first saw this book. I can´t even recall who recommended this read. All I know is that I was ready and prepared to read some weird, screwed up romance- Something I really REALLY wanted because I´ve been so fed up with the same ´ol, same ´ol, goody goody romance novels. It was time for me to read something with grip.
I did NOT expect `Church.`( Church. #1 ) by author Stylo Fantome ( and I´ve read some really crazy shit in my lifetime ). And I SO WANTED TO LOVE THIS BOOK! I SO SO SO SO….
Let me start out by saying the writing wasn´t my cup of tea. I appreciate all narrative point of views but I´m not necessarily a fan of narrative hopping. While the majority of the story is told in third person narrative the author slips a few chapters, first person main character POVs, into the mix.
This can be great for a story but I felt it didn´t work well for this type of read. A thriller needs to be thrilling. A thriller can hardly create a thrill when a reader is in on all the clues. Which brings me to my next issue-
The story was slightly predictable. That´s another thing I don´t appreciate and I fully blame this on the multiple narrative POVs.
As for the characters….
To be perfectly honest, I find it a shame that I disliked both characters so much because Emma is a great character on her own and Church is fantastic in his own right. But as a couple? Down right hideous. Young adults acting like little turds who don´t have a life.
The genius sociopath and the damaged for life, obsessive beauty. Their thoughts were disturbing. Their time spent together was disturbing. Their plans, how they treated other people and each other… It felt like a bomb exploded in the Church. universe and I was the one who tried to make sense of everything.
“Tell me why you´re the way you are.”
“Hmm, I´ve been abused beyond anyone´s wildest dreams.”
“Wow. That´s fascinating. Now my turn! I´ve been abused, too!”
“Jee wizz! Let´s go and make some random person miserable.. just for the heck of it!”
( Note: The above was not taken from the book. It is not the dialogue.)
To make this rant short: I didn´t like `Church.` Dear sweet baby Jesus… I almost hate the story because of the hatred it carried. Hell, there was so much hatred to pass around and make a reader´s life misrable. Then that ending…. I better not get into that because I´m afraid I might choke on my cornflakes
Bah. I´m going to let my inner 85 year old out and say: My life is too short to waste it on reading about characters who´re bored little shits.
Would I recommend this read? The 85 yr old in me says: “Not in this lifetime.”. 36 yr old me says… “Nope.”.
Would I reread this book? Definitely not. I´ve also decided I won´t be reading the second installment.
The Cover – 3 stars ( Not the style I prefer to see on a book cover )
The Story – 1 star ( I´m actually surprised I didn´t DNF this book.)
The Characters – 2 stars ( Lots and lots of potential for both MCs. But somehow they turne out horrible and… bla.)
My emotional state after finishing this read – Utterly pissed off.