Title: Ren: The Man Behind the Monster
Author: Sarah Noffke
Published Date: November 15th 2015
Genre: Paranormal & Urban
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Born with the power to control minds, hypnotize others, and read thoughts, Ren Lewis, is certain of one thing: God made a mistake. No one should be born with so much power. A monster awoke in him the same year he received his gifts. At ten years old. A prepubescent boy with the ability to control others might merely abuse his powers, but Ren allowed it to corrupt him. And since he can have and do anything he wants, Ren should be happy. However, his journey teaches him that harboring so much power doesn’t bring happiness, it steals it. Once this realization sets in, Ren makes up his mind to do the one thing that can bring his tortured soul some peace. He must kill the monster.
Having read Sarah Noffke’s The Reverians series, I was quite fond of the character of Ren. He was crass and snarky. He didn’t care what people thought. I was hoping for Ren to have a story all his own. One that gave background into his life, how he ended up the man he was in the series and what made him that way. So I was quite pleased when I learned he had a book all his own out and that I had been requested to review said book.
In the Reverians, we meet Ren through his niece. He is a hard man to like, even love. He has absolutely no people skills,nor does he want any. He leads a solitary life and he likes it that way. In Ren: The Man Behind the Monster, we learn about Ren’s childhood with a Dream Traveler father, Middling mother and a sister who is resentful of having Middling blood. Ren doesn’t care for people. He swindles them out of money to make his way. Why get a job when you have awesome skills like mind control and hypnotism?
Ren grows up with his parents and sister in a small village. His father works to provide for his family. But Ren has big dreams of moving to London. He doesn’t need anyone. Then he meets Dahlia, the only person he has ever met who he can’t influence or control. Ren loves her. Until a tragic event makes him see that love as a weakness. He walks away from Dahlia and vows to never need anyone again.
Ren gets caught up with the wrong people. He commits an act so horrendous that he can’t live with himself. Given a chance to redeem himself, he retreats from society and tries to forget Dahlia and the horrible things he has done.
Emerging later on in life, he forsakes his gifts, until he is provoked into action to save the world. Again. He sees things differently. He wants to make things right. With the world he lives in and with Dahlia. But can he?
Ren is an insightful look into what makes him tick and why he lives the way he does. A great addition to The Reverians series.
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