Tuesday, December 24, 2013

In Control (City #2) by Crystal Serowka Review

NOTE: In Control is a companion novel. This book is not a continuation from In the Air.

I wasn’t a typical teenager. 
I’d been through more rough patches than a weed eater. 
I didn’t grow up behind a white picket fence. 
I didn’t go to Sunday school. 
My body was no temple, though it was worshiped by many.
Girls kept their boyfriends away from me for good reason. 
I was desired. 
While my friends were following the rules, I was breaking them. 
I’m careless.
I don’t apologize for who I am.
I embrace it.
But all things must come to an end.
He was my new beginning.

*Contains scenes of a graphic nature including abuse and sexual abuse.*

In Control is the second book in Crystal Serowka’s The City Series and is a phenomenal read that takes you on one hell of an emotional roller coaster.

The story is written through the eyes of Kingsley, an independent, unapologetic strong female lead. Kingsley quickly became one of my favorite book females because she’s such an anomaly. This woman comes from an absolutely horrific childhood but has fought like hell to shape herself into a fierce, powerful adult who commands respect and controls her future. As her character reveals pieces of her past against the backdrop of her present, I was able to see the extent of her character’s journey from trauma to acceptance. It was beautiful to see such strength come from such tragedy.

What kept me drawn to Kingsley’s story and engrossed in the book was Crystal Serowka’s unique writing style. She is a master at her craft and approaches her story with such expert technique. Manipulating words, molding sentences, and constructing a story that delivers such joy and heartbreak it’s addictive. Alternating between chapters in the present and past, Crystal weaves subtle clues and foreshadowing that ultimately build to incredibly intense and shocking plot twists. I loved how familiar yet unpredictable this story was. I’ve read plenty of stories about damaged female leads, but Kingsley’s story is one that continues to haunt me long after I’ve finished.

I highly recommend immersing yourself in Crystal Serowka’s In Control. Follow the peaks and valleys of Kingsley’s story and fall in love with her just like I did. This story is an exceptional read you don’t want to miss!

It all began on a New York City sidewalk. It was so surreal. Juilliard, the enormous brick building that held my dreams and the possibilities of my future. I was prepared for the challenges ahead. What I didn’t expect was to lose my focus the second I met him. Living the dance was no longer the only important thing in my life.

The City opened my eyes, but he transformed me.

Two dancers. One big city. He was determined to make a new start. She was ready to make it in the ballet world. Neither expected love to play a part in achieving their dreams. They also didn't expect it to be so destructive. Samson and Natalia took the leap anyway, not worrying about the fall.

I'm proud to call myself a writer. Sharing my work with the world is a blessing and it's one I'll never take for granted.I live for my words, not the possibility of becoming rich off of them.

I love supportive people and have been blessed with meeting so many of them lately. 

Remember to read the books you love, support the authors you love, and do without the negative people in your life.

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