Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hostage - Amber's Review of DELINQUENTS (DUSTY #2) by Mary Elizabeth & Sarah Elizabeth

Title: Dusty: Delinguents
Authors: Mary Elizabeth & Sarah Elizabeth
Publication Date: 10/22/2014

The innocent girl with a delinquent heart has to live with her bad choices. Secret hope and hurt feel like falling while she learns how to breathe again, but there's still freedom in trouble. 

The runaway with blacked-out eyes is losing his grip. Crushing two hearts in one fist, his addiction bends rules and breaks deals, but the boy born for bliss isn't going anywhere without a fight. 

Love is knowing they should stay away, but love is illogical at best. 

She's afraid to let go. 

He won't let her. 

This is how silliness and foolishness grow up. 

Here, forever is a lie.

Mary Elizabeth is an up and coming author who finds words in chaos, writing stories about the skeletons hanging in your closets. Known as The Realist, she is one half of The Elizabeths—a duo brave enough to never hide the truth. Born and raised in Southern California, she’s a wife, mother of four beautiful children, and dog tamer to one enthusiastic Pit Bull and a prissy Chihuahua. She’s a hairstylist by day but contemporary fiction, new adult author by night. Mary can often be found finger twirling her hair and chewing on a stick of licorice while writing and rewriting a sentence over and over until it’s perfect. She discovered her talent for tale-telling accidentally, but literature is in her stranglehold. And she’s not letting go until every story is told. 

To follow Mary’s upcoming solo and collaborative projects, she can be found at her website

Listener, messenger, secret keeper, Elizabeth, and TrueLove, Sarah works two jobs by day so that she's able to really work by night. She's written since she was old enough to hold a marker, and her writing bridges the sacred and profane, from first love to forbidden, with a longing for truth and a passion for hearts. She is currently based in Kansas City where her army is comprised of one little buffalo. Her best friends are girls named Moses and Bunny. Her hero is a boy named Bishop, and the one she loves has ocean eyes. In addition to Dusty, Sarah also has a collaborative novella, Light and Wine , and her solo work will be featured in the anthology Branded, this August.

Brought together by their love of storytelling, Mary and Sarah Elizabeth are a pair of dedicated writers with complementary strengths who’ve cultivated a literary style that captures a Realist’s brutality with a Poet’s grace, uncovering the self-seeking side of tenderness and the undisguised truth of honesty. Inspired by the lyrics of a song, Dusty was born between emails and long G-chats before a single chapter was ever typed. A short story turned into a monster, and more than four years and several edits later, the first half of their collaboration, Innocents.

If you’d like to contact The Elizabeths, they can be located on Facebook at

Please remember that this review is of a sequel so it may contain spoiler for those who haven't read INNOCENTS (DUSTY #1).  You can check out Amber's review of INNOCENTS (DUSTY #1) HERE.

What can be said about Dusty and Bliss?

First of all, you'll have to read Innocents before this book to completely understand the totally messed up, but wholly addictive love between the two.

In Innocents you got to meet Dusty and Bliss. Go on the journey of them falling in love. In Delinquents, you see the love they have for one another grow and shrivel all in 385 pages. You see Dusty fall deeper and deeper out of his world with Bliss and farther and farther into his world with Her. The whore that's constantly in his pocket calling for him, taunting him. The whore that keeps him away for days, weeks at a time. All while Bliss sits and waits. I never understood why she would put herself through the stress and worry about where Dusty was and what he was doing. Why she would take all of the bullshit from him, and heartache? Then I realized.

Dusty wasn't the only addict.

He might have been nose first in cocaine, but Bliss, Bliss was wholly consumed and completely addicted to Dusty. He was her vice. He was her drug.

Bliss knew.

She knew, that no matter what he said, she was his second choice. His first choice e would always be Her.

I don't know what it is about this book, I love and cannot stand it at the same time. There were so many times that I just wanted to shake Bliss. Shake her until she understood that he was going to take her down. Suck her soul out. She is such a young naive girl. But then....she's not.

There were so many elements I loved about this book. The writing, it flowed so nicely, almost lyrical. It was beautiful and haunting and sad. Heartbreaking.

I just hated the ending. I hate it so much.

I need to know. I mean, you know it was Thomas. It has to be right?!

That's what pisses me off. Even weeks after I've finished the book. All the questions.

I know this is the last book, which again, pisses me off because all the questions aren't going to be answered.

Was it for sure Dusty that called?
What happened to Becka?
What happened to Val that made her straighten her life out?
Did Dusty get help?
Is he sober?
What happened to Dusty and Bliss as a couple after "Hello?"

I need these answers, Mary, and Sarah!!
It's like an itch you can't scratch. It's annoying as Hell, but you know once you get the relief, it going to feel so so good!

Even though the ending pissed me off (as I've said once or twice) this book was fantastic. I love it. Absolutely love it. 5 Stars!!

Sia - Hostage

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