Thursday, November 30, 2017

Ren: The Man Behind the Monster by Sarah Noffke (Ren, #1)

Ren: The Man Behind the Monster
by Sarah Noffke

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Series: Ren - Book 1
Publisher: One-Twenty-Six Press (November 21, 2015)
Publication Date: November 21, 2015
Genre: NA Fantasy | Suspense
Print Length: 207 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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.

Ren: The Man Behind the Monster by Sarah Noffke (Ren, #1)

Ren: The Man Behind the MonsterHe was born with the power to control minds and he allowed that power to corrupt his very soul. Ren would never fit in, he would suffer the pain of being different, the pain of letting his power control him and the pain of knowing he was a monster. Now he needed to do something about it, but was it too late? Did he have the strength?

REN: THE MAN BEHIND THE MONSTER by Sarah Noffke is dark, filled with moments of emotional bleakness on the part of Ren as he shuts down to survive the deeds he has committed. Could it be that Ren was as much a victim of his life and powers as he was the perpetuator? How did this vile person suddenly come across as human, flawed and in his own pain?

Sarah Noffke has done a remarkable job of created a character seen as pure evil who had another side to himself. Is Ren merely a composite of all who do not fit into life’s little cubbyholes? Incredible powers, clear misuse and a new-found conscience, is Ren the ultimate anti-hero who acts out as a spoiled child?

A great read, taut, atmospheric and most definitely entertaining, who knew evil could have such a tortured side that could evoke our sympathies? Or has he tricked us by controlling our minds, too?

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