Thursday, August 7, 2014

Book Review: WOUNDED by Jasinda Wilder

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: December 16, 2012


War has taken everything from me. My family. My home. My innocence. In a country blasted by war and wracked by economic hardship, a young orphan girl like me has very few options when it comes to survival. Thus, I do what I must to live, to eat, and I try very hard to not consider the cost to my soul. My heart is empty, and my existence brutal. 

The one impossibility in my life is love.

And then I meet HIM.

War is hell. It takes a chunk out of a man's very soul to do the kinds of things war demands of you. You live with fear, you live with guilt, and you live with nightmares. If you haven't been through it, there's no understanding it. War leaves no room for love, no room for tenderness or softness. You gotta be hard, closed off, and ready to fight every moment of every day. Lose focus for a split second, and you're dead.

Now the only thing that can save me is HER.



What a thrill this book was! I have never felt such rush of adrenaline and gut-wrenching sorrow at the same time from one single book. This story poured emotions out of me nonstop; it kept me in suspense from beginning to end, made me cry ugly tears, and had my heart hypnotized with the symbolism, powerlessness, and beautiful tragedy that the plot revolved around. I LOVED IT!!

This is the story of Rania, a fourteen year old Iraqi girl that lost everything due to the war in her country. She had no family, home, food, or money to survive but still she had a strong will to try. The things she goes through are utterly heartbreaking, things no girl should ever have to experience but Rania somehow manages to get by for a while. Until time goes by and her precarious circumstances only get worse and she grows more and more desperate for the food she haven't had in weeks. That's when she's forced to decide to either die or sell the only thing she has left. . . her body.

“My actions reflect a primal, blood-deep need to survive, but in my soul, in my dreams, I am a good girl, a woman who does not give in to lust.”

Yes, Rania becomes a prostitute and she hates it but has no other choice to survive death. Then ten years pass and another war breaks out in Iraq and Hunter, an American soldier, is there to protect his country. They meet during that war in a gunfight where Hunter gets badly injured and there's no one to help him but Rania. . .

“I succumb to the pain, let it wash over me. I drift and float, and then I feel something push me. Pain breaks over me like a wave when I crash to my back, and I force my eyes open. 

Goddamn, she's beautiful.”
Despite their differences, not speaking the same language, and being in such a dangerous environment their connection is instant, real, and so very strongThe emotions that transpire between them captivated me to no end! Omg, every word, interaction, look, or touch between them was so meaningful and symbolic to the story that my heart just kept melting and melting for them. They way they learn to communicate, Hunter's fierce desire to want to protect Rania, and Rania's struggles to feel wanted and protected for the first time in her life touched my heart tremendously. It was absolutely beautiful!!

“Her eyes search me, and I don’t try to hide what I’m feeling. It’s the only way I can communicate what I’m feeling, through my eyes. I can’t help but wonder what she sees. I know what I’m feeling, but I don’t know how that translates, how she interprets it.”

But then there's the war around them and the huge danger their in for being together and the helplessness they both feel for wanting to protect each other. Those parts of the story had me in such suspense that I couldn't put the book down for a minute. It was so thrilling!

“He wants to protect me. He sees me hurt, and there is pain in his eyes, anger for me.”

These characters stole my hear completely. Rania was a remarkable heroine, a total survivor. She never gave up on herself or Hunter and I admired and treasured all of her sacrifices. I loved how she falls for Hunter with such innocence and tenderness. Now Hunter was a hero like no other. I lovooved him so much for his strength and amazing heart but mostly because he was able to see the real Rania even with all of her tragedy. He was able to care, love, and protect her no matter her past and that was so incredibly touching. He was Rania's true hero. And the ending was perfect! These incredible characters get everything I wished for them and a more making the tragedy of this story absolutely mesmerizing.♥

“You belong with me.” 
“I belong to you.”

Just another incredible story by Jasinda Wilder. This book was infused with so many emotions that there wasn't a moment I didn't feel something while reading. And the story was so vivid and descriptive that I felt I was right there with Rania and Hunter, it was enthralling. Wounded is definitely one of my favorite books now and a must read from me. ;)

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