Reni's Review: ZARYK (Twisted Epiphany, #1) by C.A. Jonelle

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**Not intended for those under 18. Contains mature content.** 

One fatal moment tears Zaryk’s life apart and he struggles to cope with his loss and grief. Years later, with his band ‘Twisted Epiphany’ on the cusp of success, Zaryk is finding the answers in partying and alcohol. Enter Lyndsay, a shy college girl who gives Zaryk hope that there can be happy endings in life. But one night of passion ruins his dreams of something more meaningful and spoils their friendship. Misunderstandings drive them apart and Zaryk is soon lost in a different world as ‘Twisted Epiphany’ become ever more famous. Will he get the chance to tell Lyndsay how he feels? Or will Zaryk’s stardom and Lyndsay’s insecurities keep them apart?

A story of passion, love, loss and the pressures of fame, ‘Zaryk’ is the first in the ‘Twisted Epiphany’ series that follows Zaryk, Zayne, Zayden, Deklan and Kreed as they take their band from small town success to world-wide phenomenon.

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Into rock star romance? This may be a series you’d enjoy. Zaryk is one of three brothers (triplets actually) that rock out in their band (Twisted Epiphany). They live together, along with two other bandmates. A terrible accident haunts Zaryk’s past causing him to spend a good portion of his time lost in the bottom of a bottle. One night, while trashed out of his mind, Zaryk sleeps with his best friend Lyndsay. Everything would have worked out fine if Lyndsay hadn’t booked it out of his bedroom the next morning.

After Lyndsay’s departure, things take a strange turn for Zaryk, ultimately leading him down a pretty bumpy road.

“He loves you, Lynds. You are sending him some serious mixed signals and it’s wrong, so wrong. Call Zayne if you want a booty call. Zaryk’s the sweet, sensitive type and you’re playing a cruel game with him, girl.”

Zaryk was a rough one for me. Not only did I hate, hate, hate the main characters name (then again, so did Zaryk…) but his actions drove me absolutely insane. He’s this odd combination of alcoholic man-whore and sweet monogamous lover.  One moment I’d swoon and the next want to flick him in the junk. His choices were off the wall, yet somehow believable. And Lyndsay… God, that girl infuriated me. She got what she wanted and then ran from it. Then almost blamed herself for what happened to Zaryk while she was gone. Erm, no. He made his bed, now he has to lay in it. Honest to God... She needed a shot of self-esteem and a backbone implantation. Her personality does not match the author’s description of her physical features at all. I would have thought she’d be this bad ass chick, when in actuality she was more of a pushover.

The book ends on somewhat of a cliffhanger. It’s not exactly the “oh no you didn’t” kind of ending you’d expect. It definitely sets up the next book in the series.

While I took issue with some of Zaryk’s choices and wanted to throw jellybeans at Lyndsay’s head, I am looking forward to seeing where C.A. Jonelle takes this unconventional series. There are four more bandmates that have stories to tell. I’m looking forward to reading them all. 

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