The Caterpillar – Prologue

So, this is the prologue of a story that I’m working on right now! Honestly, I’m not so sure in which direction this idea is headed! But I wanted to put it out there for reviews and stuff! So, yea..


The moment I regained consciousness, I made sure to stay very still. I desperately tried to recall how I got myself in this situation to begin with, but all my mind seemed to register was a throbbing headache. I kept my eyes shut and tried to focus all my energy on my surroundings. I noticed that even though all my body parts were intact, my hands and feet were tied and I couldn’t move. The floor beneath me was cold and wet. As if that wasn’t enough, I’m sure there was a window slightly open somewhere behind me, as I felt the whisper of an icy breeze brush quietly against my lower back. My entire body shuddered as I shifted uncomfortably in my pitiful state. I tried to listen for any signs of movement around me, but there was only a faint sound somewhere in the distance, like a motor of some sort. The haze in my head began to clear and as my focus became sharper, it slowly began to register— the stench.

There could only be one way to describe it, whatever it was, it smelled like death or worse.

With an effort to try and locate the source of the smell, I opened my eyes slowly and came face to face with nothing. Pitch black. My heart started racing as fears of being blind and unable to see started infiltrating my thoughts. I blinked a few times and my eyes started making out shapes in the darkness, a table, a chair, and a ladder?

Ok ok… relief! I can see! I’m not blind! Now, the nasty smell!

I looked around, searching and hoping it really wasn’t a dead body or anything. Then, my eyes rested on a pair of stinky socks lying a few inches away from my head.

Great! That’s just what I needed!, I thought sarcastically.

I held my breath and scooted, or more like wiggled, away from the socks, and that was when I heard it:

A low chuckle from the corner of the room.

The fact that it was dark and I couldn’t see my surroundings very well didn’t help at all. My body tensed and I froze. Someone was in the room watching me. My heart started pounding and my mind started going crazy with thoughts about how I’m going to get raped, tortured, killed, and get dumped somewhere.

This cannot be happening to me! 

These things don’t happen to normal boring people like me! 

I’m going to die! I’m going to di—

The sound of footsteps approaching pulled me out of my panicked state. The moment a pair of shiny polished shoes came into view, I think I stopped breathing all together. The man wore a suit and from my vantage point, I could see that he was indeed, very tall. As he knelt in front of me, I got a better view of his face. The first thing I noticed was that he wore no mask to conceal his identity.

Does that mean I won’t be leaving this place alive? Is that why he’s not worried I might be able to identify him? 

He was bald and wore an earring in his left ear. He was watching me with intent concentration and then he grimaced.

Not a good sign!

He, then, slowly moved his hand into his suit jacket and from my view, I could see a holster. I gulped. He pulled a handkerchief from his pocket, picked up the socks, and threw the nasty things away.

To be honest, I was a bit relieved! At least the stench was gone!

“You’re finally awake. You were unconscious for a while and I was getting bored waiting for you,” he said, in a calm and collected voice.

He had a thick and heavy accent. Scandinavian, maybe? I couldn’t tell since I was horrible with accents. God! I was lame. I had a terrible feeling about this whole ordeal.

He continued, “I knew the socks would do the trick. I’m really not into torture.”

Was this guy for real? I gave him my death glare but he just smiled, with teeth and all. He had a diamond thing on one of his canines. What do you call them? Twinkle tooth piercings or something? I was momentarily stunned. Was this how criminals looked like? All polished and shiny?

I took a deep breath and said,

“w-w-who are you?” I stammered and my voice came out more like a squeak.

He laughed and said slowly,

“Oh! I think you know exactly who I am Ms. Dean! Let’s cut the crap, shall we?”

His smile faded and his eyes lost all signs of humor. His face was blank as he murmured, “Your brother ran out on me and I want my money back. So, he pays or I kill you!”

I stared up at him in horror unable to process what he just said.

An expression of pity washed over his face as he looked at me.

“It’s only fair,” he said in a calm voice devoid of all emotions.

Book Review: Withering Hope by Layla Hagen

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Title: Withering Hope
Author: Layla Hagen
Goodreads Link:  Withering Hope – Layla Hagen

Type: Fiction
Genre: Contemporary Romance | New Adult | Adventure | Survival

Withering Hope is a sensational love story about Amie (bride-to-be) & Tristan (private jet pilot) who crash landed in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest. Layla Hagen takes us through a journey of tears and hope, as Amie & Tristan struggle to survive and make it through until they’re rescued!

This is my first Layla Hagen book and I have to say, I’m more than just impressed! This book broke my heart! It’s definitely one of my favorites! I have to say that not many books make me cry, and this book was so well written and it was so sensational and breathtaking that I found myself crying more than once (and they were ugly tears)! It’s definitely one of those books you wish would never end!

I loved Amie & Tristan! I loved how they worked together in order to survive! I’ve read a lot of survival kinda books, it’s always the alpha male who takes control and protects the heroine! Amie was a strong heroine and definitely one of my favorites!

“Tristan slipped into my soul the way mist travels in the forest after the rain: Unseen, unstoppable, and ubiquitous.”

There’s something very addictive about this book, I just couldn’t stop.. I just needed to finish it and see what happens in the end! There’s nothing usual about this book! It’s very unique and it just pushes it’s way into your heart! It’s a must read! 

What I found unfortunate was the second epilogue! I just had to say this! I felt that the second epilogue was quite unnecessary really! I felt that it just took away a bit of this book’s perfection! However, that’s just a matter of personal taste! I still am very much in love with this book!

“My peace carries her smell and sounds like her voice.”

Book Review: Asylum by Lily White

 

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Title: Asylum
Author: Lily White
Goodreads Link:  Asylum – Lily White

Type: Fiction
Genre: Mental Illness | Dark | Abuse | Suspense | Romance | New Adult

Asylum is the story of the young women, Alexandra Sutton, who is the prime suspect in the murder case of her former lovers. The story begins when Alex wakes up confused and lost in an Asylum with no recollection of the past four years of her life. She doesn’t understand why the staff and the nurses fear her or why they accuse her of being a murderer. Dr. Jeremy Hutchins is the Psychiatrist responsible for aiding Alex through her journey of remembering her horrible past…… annnddd that’s enough about the plot I guess, I don’t wanna spoil it!!!

So…

This story is not a lovey-dovey romance, since it is a bit disturbing and dark. This book tackles issues such as deception, brainwashing, manipulation, abuse, and rape.

You have been warned…

The reason I decided to review this book is because I believe that its one of a kind. This book was a lucky encounter for me since I came across it while surfing the internet and I think it should be given more credit because of the fascinating subject it tackles.
So, this book is narrated from Alex’s point of view and it very much introduces the readers to the abuse and mistreatment that patients of Asylums/mental institutes are exposed to. I think this is a very interesting subject that isn’t usually addressed in many fiction books and it kind of paints a picture of the type of inhumane treatments that were inflicted in mental institutions in the past! So, you get to learn a bit more about the history of psychology and all (Don’t worry, now its much better, and mental institutions are governed by laws and stuff).
Without delving much into details, this was a very interesting read! I loved the twists and turns and how the author keeps you guessing till the very end! However, it didn’t meet my high expectations since I found myself a bit disappointed towards the end.
This is not a medical book and its a bit stretched here and there and that’s fine since its for the sake of entertainment and all.

Honestly, my favorite parts of the book were the quotes at the beginning of each chapter and the writing style… very deep and very nicely written!

“The healthy man does not torture others – generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers.” -Carl Jung