by Melissa Brown
Release Date: October 25, 2016
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So many fools. Nothing but fools.
That worm of a detective, my mother, Paul. Fools—all of them. But Aspen, oh Aspen…she was the biggest fool of all.
Aspen Black, a seemingly ordinary woman of the compound, transformed into the utter bane of my existence in just a matter of months. She had the gall to question me, to seek the counsel of an outsider, and to disobey my word.
To add to her list of transgressions, Aspen recruited my own brother in the crusade against me. For this, they must both be punished. And their daughter, Ruthie, is the key to their retribution.
Aspen and Paul will pay for their crimes against the one true prophet. If it’s the very last thing I do.
Each book in Melissa Brown’s The Compound series has been more intriguing and addicting than the last. Each time I start one of these books, I expect it to be a long night because there is no way I’m sleeping until I get answers! These last three books that have mainly focused on Aspen and her family have been my favorite Brown books. I’m sad to see this series end, but at the same time, I’m excited to see how things wrap up and conclude. Towards the end, I was a bit nervous that things would end in a way I wouldn’t be happy with, but I shouldn’t have worried. The ending worked out perfectly for this series.
The last book, Just Keep Sweet left me in a state. That ending made me so anxious and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. When I started this book, my eyes were glued to the pages. I couldn’t put it down. It’s different than some of the other books, in the way that there were quite a few POV’s. Not only did we get the terrible Prophet’s, but we also got Ruthie, Aspen, Paul, and many other side characters.
Clarence was just as awful as I imagined him. Being in his head wasn’t always fun, but it was interesting. To see someone so evil and understand how they’re thinking and feeling. It’s interesting to say the least. Melissa created a heck of a villain with him. I kept waiting and waiting for him to get what was coming to him. I didn’t want him redeemed and I didn’t want anything good to come to him. I’m a bleeding heart, so for me to say that, you know he was pretty evil.
This story moved so quickly, and I loved the many POV’s and the unexpected twists and turns. I was a tad disappointed with the lack of romance and how little we got of Aspen and Paul etc. But I understood why with how the story played out. There were parts that made me anxious and kept me on the edge of my seat. I love books that fully immerse me like this one did. It’s not very often I find a book/series that captivates me this strongly. Especially when romance is not at the forefront. I highly recommend this series and enjoyed the conclusion very much!
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Melissa Brown was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She attended the University of Illinois and is the mother of two fantastic kids. She's an avid reader who enjoys making handmade gifts for her family and friends, as well as baking and painting. Melissa has an unhealthy obsession with pop culture. She speaks fluent movie quotes from the 1980s (John Hughes = genius), reads celebrity gossip magazines and never misses an episode of Scandal. She enjoys writing contemporary romance, romantic suspense and young adult novels.
All of Melissa's books are currently available exclusively through Amazon.com and are part of the Kindle Unlimited Program.