Sometimes there is a book that comes along that just completely surprises you and isn’t what you expected it to be. In The Mind of Revenge by Liv Hadden was one of those books for me.
About In the Mind of Revenge from publisher
“Mine is a tale of pain, hate, lies, murder, injustice, vengeance, and love unreturned. It began
much like yours; a hopeful innocent born to a world of endless possibilities. But my journey has
rarely been paved with opportunities of light. Confronted by those who sought to eclipse what
light I had found, the darkness came for me. Wrapped in its intoxicating embrace, I have risen
from the dead to reclaim my dignity and the life that was taken from me. I have begun my
journey into the mind of revenge. Revenge for me. Revenge for those like me. Those who are
In the Mind of Revenge, book one of The Shamed Series, takes a deep look at how monsters
are born. Set in a society that glorifies “normal” and demonizes different, this dark tale takes its
readers on an emotionally wild ride of vengeance, murder, pain and desperation. Though the
reader is warned by its main character, Shame, not to develop an attachment, the first person
narrative combined with Shame’s uninhibited vulnerability makes it nearly impossible not to do
so. Raw, vivid, honest, fastpaced and beautifully vulgar, In the Mind of Revenge is sure to have
you emotionally twisted from beginning to end.
My Thoughts On In The Mind of Revenge
As I stated in the beginning of this, I sure didn’t get what I expected in this book. Though I wasn’t really sure what I’d be getting. I thought I’d just your normal average revenge or a book of woe is me. In The Mind of Revenge is not that all.
You start the book by meeting this person, it’s never stated if it’s a guy or a girl, who is getting majorly bullied. The bullying turns into even more major bullying, an assault actually. Which leads them to be in a long coma. When they wake they found out they are different and from there the revenge starts to unfold.
It’s an interesting adventure following the route of Shame, that is the name they end up giving themselves once they start meeting people. You never know to expect on Shames journey, but you’ll find yourself rooting for them even though they tell you not to and they are not a good person.
The ending left me wanting the second installment of the book, that can tell you just how good it was and the cliff hanger of an ending happened in this first book In the Mind of Revenge by Liv Hadden.
Meet the Author Liv Hadden
In the Mind of Revenge is Liv’s debut novel although she has written since she was a little girl. But it wasn’t until 5th grade when a teacher told her she’d one day write a book that she started taking it seriously.
She started writing this book in college, she used it as an outlet for her feelings while she battled a serious bout of depression. After the first night of writing, she dreamt of a shadowy figure that was tormented and demonized by their own mind and realized that this shadow of pain was what hurting people felt everywhere. After that dream, she woke more energized than she had in months and began to write. “I felt if ever there was a story inside me and a character worth taking the leap, it was Shame and this story,” says Hadden. “This one in particular is personal in nature, and perhaps the very reason it’s so close to my heart.”
Hadden has her roots in Burlington, Vermont and has lived in upstate New York and Oklahoma, where she went to college at the University of Oklahoma and earned her degree in Environmental Sustainability Planning & Management. She now resides in Austin, TX with her husband and two dogs, Madison and Samuel and is an active member of the Writer’s League of Texas.
A little Q&A with Liv Hadden
You hit your readers hard with some pretty shocking topics. What do you think they’ll find the most surprising about In the Mind of Revenge?
I think the blunt nature of the writing will be jarring and/or refreshing, depending on who the reader is. I’d like to think the most surprising thing will be the lack of certainty of the gender of the character, ultimately leading to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter. Because it doesn’t!
Does any of the book come from personal experience?
There are definitely bits & pieces of the story that are inspired by things I have experienced. I find that true of all my writing. However, I was never bullied the way Shame was, nor have I ever been on a bloody, selfdestructive vengeance rampage. Four of the primary female characters (Cassie, Anna, Margaret & Sawyer) are named after my cousins though their likenesses were not used.
Since this is part of a series, did you craft parts of In the Mind of Revenge with other pieces of future books in the series? If so what were they?
Yes and no. When I sit down to write, I just kind of let things happen. Once they’re written, I then create possibilities. So, I keep the future in the mind but didn’t craft a storyline based on where I think it’s going. I let it take me where it needs to go.
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