Release Date: April 5th 2014
Genres: NA, Mystery, Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Summary When reclusive novelist Senna Richards wakes up on her thirty-third birthday, everything has changed. Caged behind an electrical fence, locked in a house in the middle of the snow, Senna is left to decode the clues to find out why she was taken. If she wants her freedom, she has to take a close look at her past. But, her past has a heartbeat…and her kidnapper is nowhere to be found. With her survival hanging by a thread, Senna soon realizes this is a game. A dangerous one. Only the truth can set her free.Tarryn Fisher has been on my autobuy list since i read The Oppurtinist! I loved that book so much and the rest of the series played with my heart strings in a way no other NA book has been able too. I fell head over heels for that series and when people are looking for a real emotional contemporary read i always point them in the direction of the Love Me With Lies series because it’s just so good! So of course when I read Tarryn Fisher had a new book coming out I was exstatic beyond belief to get my hands on it.
I devoured Mud Vein in just a day. Tarryn Fisher knows how to write. She knows how to carve into your head and pull out all the dark thoughts you’ve ever had and phrase them in a way that’s absoutely beautiful and haunting. It’s what I love about her writing. She’s not afraid to take risks and create stories that are just so damn sad and messed up and that just make you want to yell to up there “What the hell is going on? They don’t deserve to get any more s*** thrown their way!” She makes readers feel very protective over her characters. That being said I did enjoy Mud Vein but i did have a few issues with it:
1)The characters reminded me too much of Olivia and Caleb. This kind of sucked because Senna’s darkness resembled too much of Olivia’s and I just couldn’t help making a few comparisons. The male character also reminded me a bit of Caleb in the early days of The Oppurtunist but i was able to differientiate between them both fairly easily later on and got over it. It was mostly Senna’s resemblance to Olivia that kind of nagged me a bit.
2) Senna’s ending. I’m going to be pretty vague here but while I loved the ending for Mud Vein and how dark it was (it definetly was NOT a happily ever after and I LOVE that) I couldnt help but think it kind of reminded me in of the epilogue for Theif with everything that happens to Olivia but with everything vice versa. The ending for Theif was definetly more positive than the ending for Mud Vein. I’ll say that.
I know some people couldn’t look past these things but when I look back at this book those aren’t the things that stand out too me. I enjoyed reading Mud Vein and felt that it was just the right kind of book I needed at that time. There were so many things i did enjoy from it, too:
1) Tarryn Fisher, like always, writes such a realistic crappy story. I like reading about characters who have crappy lives. It’s just my thing. I know crappy things happen. I’m not oblivouis and i like to every once in a while read books where crappy thing after crappy thing happens to characters because I realize that things like that do happen to some people in life. It’s not fair and it’s not pretty but it’s realistic and I love that.
“You breathed life back into me. It was instinct for me to be there with you. I didn’t want to save you, I just didn’t know how to leave you.”
― Tarryn Fisher, Mud Vein
2) The darkness in this book is beautiful. A properly written dark book can be absolutely beautiful and Tarryn Fisher constantly proves that. Mud Vein is deifnetly her darkest book yet but i found so much beauty in it. The symbolize of the tattoo’s, in colours and even in the fall all resonated with me. I wanted to keep highlighting certain quotes in this book because they were so dark and beautiful and I just never wanted to forget them.
“What’s the difference?” I asked him. “Between the love of your life, and your soulmate?”
“One is a choice, and one is not.― Tarryn Fisher, Mud Vein
3)I never saw the twists coming. Sure, there were a few things i sort of had hunches on but a lot of the big twists were very unexpected for me. I was shocked when certain things happened because i just wasn’t expecting for them too. Mud Vein definetly had the whole mindf*ck thing for me which I loved.
“Love is a Godgiven tool, she tells me. It screws things back in place that were loose, and it cleans out all the broken pieces that you don’t need anymore.” ― Tarryn Fisher, Mud Vein
The truth is Mud Vein is not for everybody. it’s dark and twisted but also ashingly beautiful and haunting. It plays with both your mind and your heart strings and I think that really makes this an either love it or hate it book is whether or not you can connect some way or another with Senna and her darkness.
“Tell me a truth, Senna.”
“I don’t know how.”
“Then tell me a lie.”
“I don’t love you.”
“The truth is for the mind,” he says. “Lies are for the heart. So let’s just keep lying.”
― Tarryn Fisher, Mud Vein
“There is a string that connects us that is not visible to the eye. Maybe every person has more than one soul they are connected to, and all over the world there are those invisible strings… Maybe the chances that you’ll find each and every one of your soul mates is slim. But sometimes you’re lucky enough to stumble across one. And you feel a tug. And it’s not so much a choice to love them though their flaws and through your differences, but rather you love them without even trying. You love their flaws.”
― Tarryn Fisher, Mud Vein