Review – Vacant and Deadly – Ker Dukey


Vacant Synopsis:


When two dark souls connect the draw is too dominant to ignore and the obsession of owning the only color to brighten my dark world too unrelenting to not obey. I left her alone so she could live a normal life but I was weak, how can she live a normal life after so much sinister chaos invaded her world, summoning her own darkness to the surface?
The depraved devil that is me now had an anchor, someone to venture into the black abyss with.
Normal wasn’t a path ever set for Cereus.
She was her Father’s daughter but my soul mate, even if I disputed ever owning one.
She was struggling without me in her life, the vacant ache inside her leaking out. I can’t not go to her, the need is too strong and like with all of my urges I embrace it.



I picked this book (and Vacant) up not realising they were novellas, but that didn’t bother me as I’ve really enjoyed this series by Ker Dukey. yet, this book left me wanting . . . I don’t know. It’s not quite more, but ‘something’. It’s hard to explain.

We meet up with Cererus at college where she’s plodding along. She’s not exactly happy, but moving on with her life after Ryan’s death. Yet, he’s not dead. And he’s watching her from a safe distance. All that changes when she gets into trouble, and he ends up taking her on the road (after letting Blake know the truth) to keep her ‘under control’.

In all honesty, I think this story would have worked better as a full novel as quite a lot is left unexplained, such as Cererus’ descent into . . . the way she is when she’s with Ryan, and the ending is a bit of a cliffhanger which leaves more things open-ended.

I didn’t dislike the book, but it wasn’t quite enough to quench my thirst for this series.


Deadly Synopsis:

Normal is not something Ryan and Cereus have ever been, where’s the fun in normal?

When Cereus’s dreams follow her into the waking hours, she has to come to terms with the fact, Ryan is not the only monster in her madness.
That she herself… can be just as deadly.



Red Stars 3

This book . . . not the ending I expected to the series, and if I’m honest, it was a bit of a let down.

While the readers know what kind of person Cererus now is, the things she does in this book never felt right for me. It wasn’t ‘her’. She’s delved a little too far into the darkness and for some reason, it never felt in character.

Ryan redeems himself a little in this book, much as he did in Deadly, but not overly. It starts to border upon ‘weird’ and incestuous which is something I don’t enjoy reading, regardless how much I love an author and their books.

I liked reading about Blake and melody once more, and their acceptance of what Cererus has become, but for some reason, I was unable to accept her like that.

I’ll give this series a re read in the future, but for me, this is the weakest book out of the lot.

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