Book Review: Tortured (Birthmarked #1.5) by Caragh M. O'Brien

“But what about Leon?”

Now, in this new story that bridges the gap between Birthmarked and Prized, Caragh M. O’Brien answers her readers’ most common question with a tale of suffering and determination from Leon’s perspective. Be warned. The story is a spoiler for the first book in the award-winning trilogy.

This promotional e-book includes this exclusive bridge story, as well as a teaser chapter for Prized, book two in the Birthmarked trilogy, available wherever e-books are sold November 2011.

Release Date: December 6, 2011
Age Group: YA
Source: Free e-book

Having loved Birthmarked, I knew that I had to read Tortured.  Leon was such an enigmatic character, and having an entire novella just about him really intrigued me.  

But, Tortured was more of a promotional e-book, with a teaser chapter for book two making up the bulk of the book.  Leon's short story was super short.  It was good, and I enjoyed it for the entire 15 minutes it took me to read it, but it left me wanting more.  Which was a good thing because I was able to jump right in to Prized (book two).
My favorite thing about Tortured was seeing a softer side to Myrna.  I also liked getting to know Genevieve a little better.  There seemed to be more to her than Leon thought there was in Birthmarked, and she really shows her strength as well as her love for Leon in Tortured.  

I'm glad I read Tortured, but I'm even more glad that it was free.  I would have been miffed if I'd had to pay for such a short story. 

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