You know that feeling in the pit of your stomach that stays with you, then tears you apart slowly at first, and all at once shreds every fiber of your being?
It’s because you’re contradicting the universe.
Everything lines up so perfectly that you couldn’t have imagined it to work out better, but then you have to go and do everything humanly possible to ruin it because you can’t stand to have it go right?
That’s what I did.
I did it because there’s a darkness that surrounds me, and I think I want it there.
My name is Tate McKenna, and my soul is blacker than my heart.
Special thanks to Empire Books for providing me with an advance copy of the book for review!
I want to start this review by saying this: my review will be pretty vague in that it’s just one of those books you can’t really talk about, but have to read it for yourself to really understand. I also know that both the author and the publisher wanted everyone that decided to pick up Volition to go in pretty blind, so for those two reasons, this review will most likely be me telling you to go and read this book NOW.
I know author’s notes don’t really count as a part of the story, but I urge you to read the note from Lily Paradis to us, her readers, at the beginning of Volition. She sets you up for what’s to come, and I think it really affected my reading of the story.
So, Volition. It’s twisted, emotional, different, and will tear your soul out. It’s extremely addicting, and I put it down for only necessary functions such as eating and sleep. When I wasn’t reading this book it was consuming my thoughts. Not only is the story a beautiful one of love, soul-mates, relationships, and self-discovery, but the writing is darkly poetic.
I’ll say this flat out before I say any more: This isn’t a book for everyone. There’s a love triangle, but not your typical one. Everything about Volition is so much in the gray areas you just have to read it for yourself.
Being inside Tate’s mind is like being inside no other character I’ve ever read before. She’s not a character that you fall in love with because of her personality. She’s dark and negative, but being that Volition is written for the most part from her perspective you understand why she’s this way. You better understand the love triangle, and if you’re like me, you’ll be okay with it. (Not going to lie I was rooting for the other guy to be with Tate, though).
All in all, Volition was like no other book I had experienced before. It was so different and intense and I hurt while I was reading it. As Tate would say, my soul ached.
(I give this book all the stars in the world.)