All the Rage by T.M. Frazier
Published by Everafter Romance on June 7th 2016
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They call me Rage. My real name is like a shadow, always close behind, but never quite able to catch up to me. I fly under the radar because no one ever suspects I’m capable of the kind of brutal violence I commit each and every day. You see, I’m a girl. I’m nineteen. And I'm a killer. I look like a goddamn cheerleader, but can take out a man three times my size in more than as many ways, without hesitation. This life is all I know. It’s all I want to know. It keeps the shit buried that I need kept buried. It allows me to live without thinking too much. Without dwelling on the past. Until him. It all changes when an ordinary boy becomes my next target.And my first love. I have to choose. The only life I’ve ever known has to die, or he does. Either way, I’ll be the one pulling the trigger...
Book-buzzed! Rage intrigued me from the time she was introduced in Soulless as Thia’s assigned companion. King referred to Rage as ‘That tiny psycho germaphobe…possibly the second deadliest person, without a conscience and who doesn’t take sides.‘ Knowing King, I’m assuming he’s the one that dons the deadliest crown! So it’s no surprise I bumped this book up my TBR list, reading it as soon as I could. All the Rage can be read as a standalone, but why would you? There’s the chance of dampening down your experience and diminishing the pleasure of encountering the cameos linking previous books to this one, which all begins with King.
I love to go into stories blind, rarely reading reviews unless I know the reviewer won’t include spoilers. Apart from favourite authors, I rely on the synopsis or a push from a friend who knows ‘my type’ of book…oh and occasionally the cover (come on, we all do it ‘winks’). If you enjoy suspenseful dark stories and appreciate a woman who side steps gender stereotypes effortlessly, then you are going to want to read this book. From the beginning, I knew I was on to a winner and by 70% I was in a book-buzz.
I counted at least three heroes in this story and they all had their place in Rage’s journey. They were driven by their respect for the fiery young woman who acquired the name Rage early on in her life, based on her dark side which at times defined her. My respect for each of the significant males in her life rose and fell as the story unfolded.
The story begins introducing Rage as an articulate 10 years old moving the timeline quickly to her late teens. No matter what age she was in the story, her mannerisms were incomparable with most people regardless of their age. Age was, therefore, irrelevant. It was all about her focus on the present and her ability to survive. What blew me away was my initial impression of Rage in Soulless. Despite her line of work, she was a quiet person coming out of her shell. There’s no doubt she was bad-ass but her time with Thia in Soulless showed us her feminine side beginning to emerge. Keeping in mind that this story begins well before we meet Rage in Soulless, I was surprised to discover how animated and talkative she was throughout this book.
She was so tiny, so powerless, yet so strong and so powerful. She was anger and beauty and lust wrapped up in one fierce package.
At 19, Rage’s transgressions leave no doubt she is well and truly on the highway to hell. Her thoughts and deeds were straight from the scripts of horror movies. Somehow early on, I connected with Rage and became so caught up in her magnetism, I found myself virtually applauding her rage as it began to build. It was as if Rage had a superpower, attracting others with similar talents. It was beyond bad-ass, she was one of the few heroines who retained her feminine traits while maintaining the ability to emasculate men at will…until she met ‘him’.
“Let me explain this to you,” he said, calmly. Too calmly. He reached out and cupped my cheek in his hand, rubbing over it with the pad of his thumb. “You and I are going to have a coming-to-Jesus moment. You’re gonna tell me your shit. I’m gonna tell you my shit, and then I’m going to fuck you. Long and hard, until you don’t remember your real name or the one you chose to go by because you’ll be too busy screaming mine.”
All the Rage broke through the darkest of dark, embraced the unforgivable and reached dizzy heights of ecstasy as Rage fought to discover her place in the world.
What I struggled with:
- The parents…were they for real? But then again, she was bound to originate from an interesting gene pool
- Forced choices
What I loved:
- Cameos from the King series
- Breaking through normal
- The gift
- Messages on fridges
- Summoning the rage
- Chapters 25 & 26
Lily’s Rating: 5+ Stars
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