I admit, I rarely read books that would push me out of my comfort zone. Well to be honest I even use guinea-pigs (Sweet Susi and Christine *g*) to read the books I’m too chicken to try first. Then they tell me if I can safely read them. I think Susi even considered using a ‘Safe-For-Caro’ tag on Goodreads. Heh!
I’ve seen a LOT of reviews about books that left the readers broken and very disturbed. The Siren by Tiffany Reisz for example seems to leave most readers in a state of shock and unease for weeks. Megan Hart‘s books often have that effect on me, they haunt me for weeks and I still want more.
This week I discovered (thank to Mandy @ Smexy Books) a new series (serialized story) that pretty much rocked my world and really pushed my limits. Dark Soul by Aleksandr Voinov is like nothing I’ve ever read. This is a compilation of short stories in 5 volumes all following Silvio Spadaro. Here’s the series synopsis:
A killer’s moral compass rarely points true, and among made men, being gay is a capital crime. But Silvio Spadaro, deadly prodigy and heir to a Family fortune, is determined to find his own way—at the feet of the man he loves or by the barrel of a gun—no matter the dangers or costs.
These books are SO addictive and left me all ‘WOW’. I don’t know how the author does it but he actually made me love things I thought I would never tolerate in my books. Mafia business, Rape (forced seduction? LOL) with objects (no I’m not telling you which!) , Transvestite group sex, pedophilia, incest…the list is long. All of these themes would have made me run far FAR away normally. But here…I don’t know why, it works. The author did something magical and made me actually enjoy (even love) this violent story. It’s hot and addictive and I can’t stop thinking about them. It’s disturbing me to no end and still I want MORE and more and more. Honestly this series is one of my favorite read of 2012. I’m glad I didn’t know what to expect because I might have not given the books a try and I would have missed an AWESOME story.
So here’s my question, are there themes/topics you swore you’d never read about and ended up loving?
Do you read books outside of your comfort zone?
Which book has left you disturbed/shocked/traumatized?