Horror, Reviews

Review: White Out – A.A. Dark

white-outWhite Out by A.A. Dark
Series: 24690 #2
Genre: splatter horror
Themes: revenge, (psychotic) love triangle
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For the briefest moment, revenge was sweet. My husband was suffering before my very eyes, and Bram … he was alive.

But happiness didn’t last.

The man who claimed he wasn’t my savior held true to his word. Bram didn’t rush in and save me from the cruel fate of the White Room. No one did. Now I’m tortured with red light massacres and a hell I could have never imagined. Surviving will take everything I have, but I’m determined to get answers from the man who turned his back on me.

When I think it can’t get worse … it does. Slave 24690 is all but gone. The evil woman reborn is what nightmares are made of. Insanity beckons, but even my madness won’t derail the plans I’ve set in motion.

Masters will fall. Conspiracies will reign. But will I be strong enough to let go of the one thing that could ultimately destroy me?

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Review

Heat: ★
Rating: ★★★★

Reviewer’s note: this book follows on directly from the climax of 24690. You must read that first.

I was the forgotten. The discarded. The pawn in a game bigger than myself.

Christ, that was a ride and a half. The climax of the 24690 duet, White Out takes more of a delve into the psychological breakdown of Everleigh and West from the horrific ending of the first instalment. If it is even possible, this became more complex, in some cases quite difficult to follow, but absolutely engrossing nonetheless. Whitlock is a nightmare setting, and the entire premise of this duet is nothing but original. If you’d asked me where I thought this would go when I first picked up this sequel, I would have been totally and utterly wrong.

In truth, we were living our own violent, little fairytale. Two monsters, loving each other the only way they knew how in such an environment.

Not only do we deal with the psychological defects and cruelty of the characters, but we also go further into physical depravity through the absolute bloodlust of the same characters. If you’re after some erotic content like the previous instalment, you’re going to be disappointed; this is unadulterated bloody, brutal chaos (but fortunately it prevents me from worrying about my own mental health when I enjoy them!). We deal with more of the same – skinning, cannibalism, blood and guts, and death. Lots and lots of death.

I have to say that, although I found Everleigh’s descent into madness, and her relationships with West, Bram and herself grimly fascinating, I struggled to like any of the characters within these pages in any way, shape or form. They were all vile, with no redeeming features to be found at all. This made it a little difficult to get emotionally invested in the story, and I would perhaps have liked a little more transparency as to their plans and motives; in places, I found myself lost and confused as to who was playing whom, and it felt as if some aspects were plucked out of thin air at the right time to allow the story to continue, when there could have been some more buildup (a particular dinner scene comes to mind).

“There is no hope when you’ve been cast this far into hell.”

I wonder also how many people live in Whitlock, and how many were in the white rooms. The red lights, blood and death seemed constant, as were some gory plot devices, feeling as if some decisions from Everleigh and West were purely for shock value, with very little reason behind them.

Regardless, this is a highly intense, satisfying (and, frankly, terrifying) conclusion – that couldn’t have ended a better way.

Dark, Erotica, Horror, Reviews

Review: 24690 – A.A. Dark

2469024690 by A.A. Dark
Series: 24690 #1
Genre: pitch black erotic horror
Themes: forced slavery, kidnapping
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Buried deep below the everyday life of our society lives an underground world of nightmares—of violence and murder no one dares speak about. Contracts and laws weave the web of our culture together. Our Masters walk amongst us. They can be our friends, or the ones to make us disappear forever.

Where I once had found peace within my existence, it all ended with the death of my cruel, yet caring owner. My world shattered and I was taken back to the one place I had hoped to never see again—the cells of Whitlock—a subterranean fortress for slaves who await their new placement.

Now I have no rights. I have no say. My feelings and wellbeing are meaningless. Escape is impossible, but I have nothing left to lose.

To stand any chance of survival, I must give my life as collateral to the highest bidder: Soul for Sale.

slave 24690

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Review

Heat: ★★★★
Rating: ★★★★

Reviewer’s note: I’m a huge fan of dark erotica but even I felt a little ill at some stages here. Do not read this if you’re not drawn in by the dark.

Crikey. Where do I start? This is basically torture porn, a vast blood bath that just gets more and more extreme as the story progresses. And it’s pretty brilliant. It took me longer than usual to read as the plot was somewhat complex, with quite a few characters and potentialities to keep track of. In fact, it was, by and large, absolutely chaotic.

“You’d use me as your whore when you know it’s your love and my freedom that I want.”

I didn’t like any of the characters. But I also secretly adored them all. 24690 was strong, if not absolutely psychotic, as were West and Bram. The sex scenes pushed my limits to the extreme, involving brutal rape, impact play, blood and strangulation – and yet I somehow still found it strangely (and ashamedly) erotic, something A.A. Dark has been very, very clever with.

Bram once said I’d been hidden from the horrors of Whitlock for too long. I knew he had been telling the truth, but never once did I see myself turning into one of them. And wasn’t I? I craved to spill their blood. To massacre their bodies and end their lives for what they’d done to me.

I do, however, have a few criticisms. The editing was not up to scratch. This could do with a thorough proof read to get rid of the many spelling and grammatical errors. It really, really frustrated me because I would keep getting drawn into the plot and then there would be a flurry of mistakes and it would break the spell.

Otherwise, some of this felt like brutality with the sole purpose to shock. It succeeded. But there were some occasions where I just felt it went a little too far. I wouldn’t have minded had it been relevant to the plot, but some of it just wasn’t.

I wanted my slave’s love, but the true me wanted to hurt her for knowing she’d never give it.

An interesting journey into morality and depravity, this is not a book for the faint hearted. And yet, the world was so well-constructed and detailed that I loved it as well as being disgusted by it. My own reactions made me uncomfortable reading this, and believe me when I say it is rare that that happens. I’m looking forward to the sequel. And that ending…brutally satisfying.

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Cover: White Out – A.A. Dark

white-outWhite Out by A.A. Dark
Series: 24690 #2
Genre: dark
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For the briefest moment, revenge was sweet. My husband was suffering before my very eyes, and Bram … he was alive.
But happiness didn’t last.

The man who claimed he wasn’t my savior held true to his word. Bram didn’t rush in and save me from the cruel fate of the White Room. No one did. Now I’m tortured with red light massacres and a hell I could have never imagined. Surviving will take everything I have, but I’m determined to get answers from the man who turned his back on me.

When I think it can’t get worse … it does. Slave 24690 is all but gone. The evil woman reborn is what nightmares are made of. Insanity beckons, but even my madness won’t derail the plans I’ve set in motion.

Masters will fall. Conspiracies will reign. But will I be strong enough to let go of the one thing that could ultimately destroy me?