Review: Cruel Summer by Quirah Casey

Posted July 25, 2022 by Stephanie in 5 Stars, Dark Romance, Review / 7 Comments

Title: Cruel Summer
Author: Quirah Casey
Series: Brutal Winter #3
Publication: July 1, 2022
Genre: Dark Romance
Rating: 5/5★

I thought I was in hell, then summer came.

I never saw the truth coming.

And when it did, it destroyed the last piece of humanity I had left.

The Costa family have tormented me for months.

They’ve manipulated every shred of the person I once was.

They’ve turned me into their favorite play toy.

And now that I know the truth…

Come death or worse, I’ll destroy the Costa Family.

“𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦 𝐭𝐨 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫 𝐚 𝐦𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐞, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐚 𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐮𝐜𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐢𝐠𝐞𝐫.
𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝐭𝐢𝐠𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐫𝐢𝐩 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐛𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐛𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐝.”

Cruel Summer is the third book in the Brutal Winter series and even though it’s number three already it doesn’t mean that I loved it any less than the first two. If anything these books just keep getting better and I keep being obsessed over them and the characters. Quirah Quinn continues to amaze and keep me hooked with this very dark series and I’m loving every bit of it!

Winter’s character developement grew the most in this book, in my opinion and I’m so here for it. She’s definitely not the same girl we met in the first book and it shows with how she reacts on different situation and to Giovanni, Maximo, Enzo and Vito. And I must say, I absolutely love this Winter!

Aside from Winter the stand-out characters in this book were Maximo and Enzo. Or as the author calls them ‘Enzimo’. I wouldn’t have said it in the first book but I love them, would do anything for them and am obsessed with them. It shows yet again how well Quirah Casey wrote them and how their characterization continues to grow, just like Winter’s. Giovanni and Vito were also great (or disturbing…) in the book but Enzimo just took the cake for me.

There was a huge plot twist at the end. I didn’t see it coming at all and I’m usually pretty good with these kinda twists but yet again I need to praise the author for doing such a good job with this particular twist because I was definitely shook. And it just makes me want the next book all the more. So far all three books have been five star reads which is something rare for me because I can’t remember the last time that happened. Needless to say I’m highly anticipating book four!

 

About the author:

Quirah is still a new author, but not new to writing. She has been writing since the first grade, and has been winning awards since kindergarten, when she told her teacher about her trip to Chicago. Her teacher wrote down the story for her and she won the young authors contest at 5 years old! Quirah plans on working hard in the next couple of years to publish as many books as possible from her chöąts world.

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