Provenance of Bondage (Deadly Veils Book 1)
by Kyrian Lyndon
Genre: YA Dark Suspense
Release Date: January 6th 2016
Summary from Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Danielle DeCorso watches in fear for two men in a dusty black sedan who keep circling the house and harassing her with phone calls.
The old house in Glastonbury was an eerie place to grow up. Danielle would lie in her bed at night, listening to the sounds of darkness. But those predators in the black sedan—they had drugged her, along with her cousin, Angie, and held them captive in their home for hours.
Angie will not share her truth of that horrendous day, and Danielle’s credibility is in question. Danielle remains guarded, obsessed, and withdrawn in her now tumultuous world. She finds herself in a position of needing to sort out her confusion while dealing with her troubled family. She craves normalcy in an ongoing fight for her sanity. Grief and guilt spiral her to an even darker place until startling revelations awaken her newfound spirit, inspiring a once naive girl to grow into a woman of defiance and courage.
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About the Author
Kyrian Lyndon is the author of Provenance of Bondage, the first book in her Deadly Veils series. She has also published two poetry collections, A Dark Rose Blooms, andRemnants of Severed Chains. Kyrian began writing short stories and fairy tales when she was just eight years old. In her adolescence, she moved on to poetry. At sixteen, while working as an editor for her high school newspaper, she wrote her first novel, and then completed two more novels at the ages of nineteen and twenty-five.
Born and raised in Woodside, Queens, New York, Kyrian was the middle of three daughters born to immigrants —her father from Campochiaro, Italy; her mother from Havana, Cuba. She has worked primarily in executive-level administrative positions with major New York publishing companies. She resides on Long Island in New York.
This book has some interesting subjects and themes. It’s very strong and emotional at times, still for me it is not enough. It has several issues that I cannot ignore and even if I would have liked to give it at least 4 stars, I lowered my rating to three.
Starting with the good items: I loved the multitude of themes present in the book and even the lessons learned. Danielle has a complicated family. Having a father who I think has some kind of PTSD after his days in the Army, a mother who was devoted to her children and husband and brothers who both had alcohol and drug problems, she has had to make good for herself. She has decided to pursue a career in writing, even though she did not have their support. She also had to face many burdens at a very young age, like helping her brother overcoming an overdose or resisting her father’s temper. So I fell for her and I admire the way she still stays strong
Danielle and her friend Angie have been drugged by two men and as a result they both have a trauma. This is a common problem for teenage girls, so I do appreciate the author has included this aspect. Danielle gave me the impression she was a matured girl, but she proves to be very naïve when it comes to the incidents with those men. More so since they keep calling her.
While I appreciated the inside to her childhood, the constant recap of past events made me tired at times. There may be a chapter staring from present day, but will soon contain a memory from their childhood. I think by including so many scenes like that we are getting far from the subject.
One other aspect that was not to my taste was how Danielle, Angie and their other friends seemed to be attracted to older guys. I can understand Danielle, as she lacks a father figure. But regardless, all those guys were taken, one even married.
As a summary, I did like the idea of the book, I liked how the author presented Danielle and Angie’s reactions after realizing what had really happened on their date. However, there were other items that constantly put distance from the actual story.
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