By- Meka James
Fiendish is a dark and twisted take on Beauty and The Beast. This story contains mature themes meant for readers 18+.
So what would you do if your prince charming turned out to be the worst kind of monster?
Calida Alexander moves from Charlotte to Atlanta after a painful break up. She faced some harsh realities about herself during that breakup and desperately wants to change who she perceives herself to be. When she meets Seth, she is drawn in by his sexy good looks and is won over by his gentlemanly demeanor. On the surface, he's her dream come true.
Seth Jokobi is sexy and charming, the kind of man that women dream of being with. As a master manipulator, he uses his charm and good looks as a lure. His prey never suspect that lurking behind those piercing blue eyes and million dollar smile, lies a sadistic monster. When he meets Calida, her shy nature tempts him into playing a game where the stakes end up being higher than he could have imagined.
Can love really conquer all or is it sometimes just not enough?
Let me just start of this review by saying WOW. James has earned herself a stalker--me!--with her debut novel, Fiendish.
First I want to say I was drawn in by the cover. It is very dark, and I haven't seen a cover like this is a long, long time. I love that it's not naked-people just to draw people in. Then I read the blurb saying it was a twisted take on Beauty & The Beast and I just had to read it. I love that fairy tale, (Disney's version, the ACTUAL story and everything in between) so I was very excited to get my hands on this. Especially seeing the word "dark". I have read so many fluffy stories as of late, I was dying to get my hands on something that made my stomach clench--and well if Seth doesn't do that to you, you need serious mental help.
Fiendish is about Calida Alexander, who moves to Atlanta for a fresh start on life. She wants to break free of the person she has become... You know I have to comment. Don't be thrown off by the idea of the sweet, innocent and naive girl meeting the big bad alpha male dude. James kept it very realistic with her characters and they are developed beautifully, and it's not a total bleh-stereotype relationship. I really liked it! Calida's character was very believable and well-developed, and Seth was amazing. You really KNOW all their struggles and demons and you have no idea what either of them are going to do next. It's amazing.
This is a LOOOONNNNGGGGG book. Seriously. She easily could have cut this up into a trilogy or even a series if she wanted to (though I'm glad she didn't because it just WORKS as one novel). It didn't sound drawn out and it's obvious James didn't just ramble on at points so she could write the epic-novel. You really need to pay attention to this one--it was delicately woven in all the right ways and I love that in a story. If you miss something, you miss the whole novel, and I have missed those kind of stories.
This book is awesomazing and I recommend it highly to all the weirdoes like me who are dying for a book that will make them scream, cry, and a little nauseous, and it even had a few minutes where you fall in love. Worth more than 5 stars, but that's as high as most review sites will let me go. <3
Now do yourself a favor and buy a copy!! You will LOVE it.
About the Author-
Meka James is a stay at home mom to four kids ranging in ages 17-4 and lives in the great state of Georgia. She’s been happily married for 11 years and counting. She is a pet lover and has three dogs: Pixie, Loki, and Thor. The additional pets include a turtle, a bearded dragon, and two snakes that belong solely to her husband and children. When she’s not attending little league games and school functions, she finds time to volunteer with the local Weimaraner Rescue. Her main hobby outside of writing and reading is playing The Sims 3 PC game.