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Venom – Dee Garcia

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Releasing as part of the 2019 Sinister Fairy Tales Collection!

From the moment I befriended him, I set a conspiracy in motion.
A revolution.
Kill Peter Pan.
And I was their ultimate weapon.
I was also none the wiser, falling hopelessly and irrevocably in love with him as the years went by.
Just as they hoped I would.
But their plan comes to a screeching halt when Peter vanishes into thin air, something I’ll learn has nothing to do with Rosewood at all.
You see, Peter never truly loved me…because he loved a wench instead.
He lied to me, he used me, he left me, and he broke me.
Forever altering me in ways that incite revenge when Hook sweeps in with revelations and the ultimate truth.
Peter may have turned his back on me, but in the end, he and his precious little Wendy will choke on every last tear I once shed.
And I’ll have Hook to thank for that.

It’s no secret I always despised Peter Pan.
A common threat amongst the factions, I should’ve killed him when I had the chance, long before he sank his claws deep into Tinksley’s heart.
But his death at my hands wasn’t what the plan called for, despite how I felt for her.
I’d always been drawn to the girl, innocently enough at first…until that vile abomination marked her with his stamp, unleashing a sense of propriety I had no rights to.
Didn’t matter—he had her…and I wanted her.
Then like magic, he disappeared.
I thought my time had come, but the road to owning Tinksley’s heart comes with a price.
A price so dark and depraved it strips her of her purity and awakens the beast within.
All because of the truth.
Sometimes, there is honor in revenge, and it will be my utmost pleasure to watch as Peter Pan finally meets his maker.
His maker who will soon be my Queen. 

I’d like to thank Enticing Journey for sending me an e-arc of this book it is very much appreciated. So let’s start with the first thing this cover is absolutely beautiful I am blown away by how much I love this cover. Even more so I really loved the chapter art, the whole design of this book just blew me away.

The description itself is insanely intriguing. So this is a dark adult fairytale fantasy retelling about you guessed it Hook, Tink and Pan. It’s dark and twisted and I love it. This is the retelling that you didn’t know you needed. I really didn’t know I needed this until I read it, and I’m glad I did.

I have to admit from the first time we are introduced to Captain Hook I was hooked. His character was so intriguing and mysterious I also loved that we saw the more sensitive side of him when it came to how he felt about Tink but also that we got to see him in charge and leading. I liked the added aspect of him being a vampire and that instead of being the villain he was the hero so to speak.

Tinksley she is half fae and she really doesn’t want to be, she fights against every part of her fathers’ side. She starts off being very naive in her relationship with Peter especially until the party where Hook points out that he’s not that great to her. Tinksley makes a massive amount of character development in this book from when she’s with Peter and he then he left her to entering a massive depressiveness until her mother forces her to get out of bed. She tried to commit suicide and we go through a series of changes in Tinksley’s character from where she believes that she needs to die to having fight in her. I loved that change from the naive to the depressed to the fighter. The fighter part of Tinksley was my favourite side of her but also her relationship with Hook, I liked the teasing side of her that we got to see her.

I really enjoyed that we got to see multiple point of views from Hook, Tinksley and Peter. It was especially good being in Hook’s point of view I just found him a really interesting character. I think another thing was that I liked instead of Hook being the villain he is the hero and that it’s Pan that’s the villain. I love that for Tink in her story Peter is the villain and Hook is the hero.

Pan was an interesting character seeing him being the villain where he kills and there’s another reason for him immortality. I like that the author managed a little appearance from Wendy no matter how dark it may have been. Tinksley got her justice on Peter Pan. A really really dark justice and damn it was good! Pan was a very disgusting manipulative person especially doing what he did to Tink when he knew what they were. (Me trying to avoid spoilers.)

Tink and Hook’s relationship holy hot damn it was hot. The sexual tension was off the charts. The sex between them was very slow burn and insanely hot, the way that Hook just wanted to devour Tink and the way she wanted to be devoured. I think all I could have wanted was to see them more as a couple but I liked what we got. The way he was tearing his own heart apart trying to give Tink what she wanted. I loved their relationship I could read so much more of it.

Tink’s parents were interesting, her mum was always there as mums are. I liked that she was present for a certain amount of time in this book when Peter was around and when Peter broke her heart she was there. I also liked when Tink saw her mum after transitioning the little moment they had it was so sweet.

Tink’s dad the fae lord I feel very mixed about his character because he brought Peter into Ravenwood as punishment but he also didn’t think it through when it came to his daughter. I do have to admit when they find out that Hook has Tink both him and Tink’s mum do go and try and see her but he just wasn’t there. If you’ve read this book you’ll see why I’m conflicted.

I really enjoyed this book and it was a brilliant start to the Sinister Fairy Tales Collection. I cannot wait for the next story which is Cold Queen by K Webster and I cannot wait for it! This story kept me hooked and I couldn’t put it down, I love Tink and Hook and I loved the story.

5 stars

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