Carved in Scars, a review by Kristin

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Carved in Scars
By: Elle Mitchell

Publication Date: January 8, 2024
Published By: Dark & Stormy Books LLC
391 pages

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“The things that happened to me changed me, but they don’t have to be the sum of who I am. I can be etched in ink instead of carved in scars.”

Wow. This was an amazing 5 star read! Ally’s mom is arrested and she has to go live with her aunt and her uncle. Her home life with them is not so great. She becomes friends with Darci, who has a stepbrother, Devon. Devon has been watching Ally for a while and he’s determined to make her his. But Darci hates Devon and Ally’s aunt and uncle keep her on a short leash. So they keep their relationship secret. Then a body is found. Devon is arrested for the crime and blames Ally and now he wants revenge.

It is so hard for me to put into words how fantastic this book is. I feel like I’m still processing this book and may be for a while. I was as addicted to this book as Ally and Devon were to each other. I wanted to read it so fast but not so fast because I didn’t want it to end.

Mitchell wrote two characters that were each other’s puzzle pieces. Both tortured by the circumstances of their past. Both equally shunned at school. Both with the ability to love and be loved. Both characters relatable in some fashion. I really related to Ally and the way she thought. I may not have ever been in her exact circumstances, but there were thoughts and feelings that were the same.

I felt the emotions of both Devon and Ally. That’s how talented Mitchell is. She made me fall in love with both of these characters, I was happy with them, hurt with them, and sad with them.

I’m seriously at a loss for words in describing this book. The words and thoughts I’ve chosen don’t feel like I’m doing this book justice. This book is beautiful, heartbreaking, gut wrenching, and mysterious. I did never expect the ending to go where it did. At the end of one chapter, my mouth was literally open in shock!

I will forever recommend this book to everyone and this is a book that will stick with me forever.

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