Saturday, November 15, 2014

Review: "Femme Fatale" by Kirsty-Anne Still

Title: Femme Fatale

Author: Kirsty-Anne Still
Release Date: Nov 7, 2014
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They call me the Femme Fatale.
But only because they don’t know me.
My job - seduce men to the climatic point of falling in love with me and then deliver their death sentence.
I work for my father’s business. I’m his secret weapon. I’m the one that gets away with murder.
For years, I’ve given in to my father’s demands, lived the life of a mob princess, fell into this merciless realm where he presents me with a man and one goal – to kill. 
When it’s to keep the Abbiati name from ruins, I’ll run with the wolves and protect it fiercely.
However, when he brings a new name to the table, I know my newest mission could well be the one that breaks me - Don’t feel, don’t deviate, kill Zane Maverick. 
It should be simple, but how am I supposed to choose between the man who raised me to be this heartlessly strong female and the man I could only ever love to death?


This book is the Black Widow meets The Godfather, with a bit of Le Femme Nikita for fun.

The Abbiati's are a powerful family, one to not be crossed. They have a secret weapon, a affascinante assassino. Amelia's job is to seduce then kill. Her latest assignment is the man who walked away, Zane. He was her first and only love. The man who helped create a monster. When the feelings all come flooding back with the sound of his name, she knows she's in trouble.

Amelia is a strong character with severe flaws. She's beautiful, cunning, and ruthless to a fault. Her father is the puppet master and she plays the doll. The toll for speaking one's mind in this family can be death and she is constantly reminded of that. Zane is her kryptonite and her family knows it. It doesn't take much to fall from Sal's graces and this newest assignment just may be what does it.

This book is emotionally draining at some points. Amelia dreams of a normal life and being a decent person and while fighting to get their she has the natural genes of a killer. She's has so many highs and lows in this book that you can't help but be attached to her. I didn't like Zane at first and it took a good portion of the book for me to come to terms with him. 

I will warn you that there will be tears. This book is gruesome, heart wrenching, heart touching, frustrating, and enthralling all at once. It's a full fledged story and an amazing length. This isn't your typical fly through time to big events and skip everything in between book. It's a detailed story of a woman's struggle with who she's become and who she wants to be. It's not at all the story I was expecting and I am so glad! This book put me on my ass at the end and had me clutching my tablet the whole way through. You truly have no clue what is going to happen with each page and each chapter. I very truly hope this series releases at a rapid pace because I want to know what is in store for Amelia. She is a character that is hard to let go of and will leave me with a book hangover for a while I'm sure. It's hard to evoke tears from me and this book managed well. I can easily see this on the Must Read lists for 2014. I know that it's definitely in my top 10 books for the year.

“You’re fucking insane,” I cuss at him and push him away but his stance is too heavy, and he doesn’t budge.
“I know you, Amelia. I know how you loved him once. You’re so fickle as it is, why wouldn’t you be fucking him to bide some time. The way you walk around here like you’re queen bee too, sickens me. You will never run this place, and soon, everyone will look down on you like me and PapĂ  do. Everyone sees this strong, beautiful woman, but maybe we should let them see the real you. The weak victim you hide from everyone.” He leans in close to me to a suffocating degree. “What would happen if I were to run this down your face?” he asks and presents his infamous switchblade. The knife shoots from its hilt, the light glistening from its metal edge. “I didn’t get you a gift, but I have a perfect one for you now,” he says and begins to lower it to my face. “A scar right down your face would be a perfect reminder to keep you in line. Even Maverick wouldn’t want a butchered bitch.”
I close my eyes as I prepare for that piercing bite on my skin, but Giovanni’s weight suddenly disappears, and I’m left cowering to an empty space. Once I pry them open, I see why. Bruno has arrived and has Giovanni thrown over the pool table by the collar of his shirt and blazer.
“You are one sadistic bastard, Giovanni,” Bruno spits and releases Giovanni enough to allow him to turn to face his brother. “I knew there was reason I fucking despised you. If I didn’t have cause before, what I just witnessed was a real clincher.”
“Get the fuck away from me,” Giovanni grunts, straightening his shirt and jacket back.
That ignites more hate in my brother. “One day you are going to wake up with your balls shoved down your throat, Gio.” Bruno terrorizes Giovanni while we all stand and watch. Bruno towers over our brother when he is riled up, and I have to admit, that look of fear on Giovanni’s face is too fucking good to miss. “And I’ll be the one holding the knife. Threaten our little sister again, and I will make your biggest nightmares come true. Capisci?”
Clapping resounds after Bruno’s warning, and we all turn to see our father standing in the doorway. I sense Giovanni stand up, straightening himself and regaining his composure.
“I knew you still had that Abbiati fight still left in you, Figlio Mio.”
“Cut the fatherly duty, Salvatore. I am far from your son.” Bruno’s demeanor doesn’t relinquish its hardened stance. If anything, our father’s sudden appearance only bristles Bruno furthermore. “I’m here to celebrate my sister’s birthday, not tear away psychopaths from permanently scarring her.”

I used to be just another Fanfiction writer! That was until one person showed real interest in my work. And then another, and then another, until I had this whole group of people reviewing like crazy and wanting original work from me. I’d spent years writing for free online, I didn’t believe I had it in me to publish something!
But I’m glad I did!! I never imagined pushing my work and striving to reach my ultimate. I never imagined I’d be the girl who started The Viper Rooms! But who am I to deny the inspiration when it hits?
I love writing, it’s a lifeline. I love creating a world that others fall into. I love having the control to make a whole new world. It’s like a dependency, an addictive one. It’s one of the things I’m extremely proud of.
As much as I complain, I love the mini dialogues that go on in my head, the plotlines that attack me when I least expect them to. The ones that jump to life at the most inappropriate times and drive me totally crazy!!
For now I split my life between writing, dreaming, working, and volunteering with children.