Monday, September 24, 2012

SUNNY: BOOK REVIEW "Ruled" by Caragh O'Brien

Leon Gray
Gaia Stone

SUMMARY (From Goodreads):
The bracelet sits in his pocket, patiently waiting to be slipped around Gaia’s wrist. Leon needs to see her again. He finds out that Gaia is delivering a baby in the village, and he makes the trip to visit the sixteen-year-old midwife—only to find that the birth is not going too well. The bracelet—and what it means to the both of them—will have to wait.

This short story takes place during the time between the second book in the Birthmarked trilogy (Prized) and the final book (Promised) and offers a rare glimpse into the mind and heart of Leon Grey.


First, if you haven't read Birthmarked (Birthmarked, #1) or Prized (Birthmarked, #2), you must. It is a dystopian story. The societies in these two books are twisted, but what sets these books apart is the quiet stream of emotion that weaves around the story. Gaia is not your typical kick ass heroine. She doesn't fight with her fists, but rather by the strength of her convictions that gives her purpose and makes her brave and strong. This short is book 2.5. Here we get the POV of Leon Gray after living through the drama of Promised. This story reveals the emotional side of Leon. What we get to understand is his tenderness, insecurities, loneliness, and his need to feel special. Gaia has so many responsibilities, it is easy to see how he might feel like a second priority. Thanks to Caragh O'Brien for sharing this story. It adds another wonderful layer to complicated fellow that is Leon Gray.

For Birthmarked fans, soul-satisfying.

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