Author: Patricia Lynne
My name is Cyclop Blaine and I am a real person.
“You are mine.”
I am a real person: heedless of a childhood spent under the supervision of an old man I only know as Master.
“You belong to me.”
I am a real person: regardless of my teenage years bound by violence as the adoptive son of the Victory Street Gang's leader.
“You will obey me.”
I am a real person: despite the visions I see in others' eyes. Snapshots of their futures.
“You will cower before me.”
I am a real person: my life will be my own. I belong to no one.
“You. Are. MINE.”
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This book was perfect for my cover lust, I love the very light blue eye! The title hadn't sounded bad either, and well, the synopsis was amazing as well, the combination is what led me to join this tour to be honest, it looked - and sounded - very promising and I couldn't wait to start reading it. Later on, as I read, I started appreciating the title more and more, it did go well with Cyclop's gift. How seeing into someone's head went on in snapshots, which was a very creative choice.
Cyclop Blaine has no family. At least, none that are biologically related to him. Found in a dumpster at the age of five by Tyler Blaine, the leader of the Victory Street Gang, and adopted by him, he finds the only family that matters. Even though the fact that he has eyes two different colours, and a gift that makes him feel like a freak that has everyone thinking of him as some sort of sideshow, he thinks of it as a little price to pay in return for shelter, a home and family. Even if it hurt like hell when doing so. Along with a number of issues he's going through - which included the death of Tyler and getting kicked out of the gang - Cyclop keeps hearing whispers in his mind, 'Mine', over and over again. What are these voices? And what's going to happen?
I have read a few books in the first person lately, and not all were good, this one on the other hand seemed quite real and I was hooked onto the character's background story and life. The prologue had interested me a lot actually, I remember reading on just to figure out more about the widow and the two kids. The name, Cyclop was awesome. I seriously love it when unusual names are used in books. It adds to the creativity of the author, and their originality I guess in not following the normal patterns. In this case, the unusual name matched the character's unusual personality and his 'gift'.
To be honest I try to steer away from books with homosexuality, because they're not usually my cup of tea. But I guess I am not completely against them since I saw this one through, as well as another book I am actually looking forward to reading when it comes out. So I was a bit hesitant when Cyclop and Darryl's attraction was announced, though he's apparently not gay but bisexual. Though I guess I did feel for him, especially since he'd been locked away for no one to see him and struggling with who or what he is, including his sexuality.
The writing was good, flowing, and easy to follow through with. It also happened to be a quick read, I was done before I realized it and wanted to read some more. I hate books that end with a cliffhanger. Or well, I sort of love/hate books that end with cliffhangers would be more accurate. I hate it because it's over, but also because I loved the book so much that it only fed for my excitement to know more about the goings on.
Patricia Lynne never set out to become a writer, and in fact, never gave it any thought during high school and college. But now she can't stop writing. Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow.
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