Review: Vanquished by S.E. Green

Vanquished by S.E. Green

Book: Vanquished
Author: S.E. Green
Publication date: November 10th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Thriller

Synopsis: Where society’s elite go to explore their darkest desires. And where promises of freedom are just manipulative lies.
For a price, the world’s most powerful people can have their darkest desires. On a private island hidden in the ocean, they may hunt humans for game, attend gladiator-style fights, participate in elaborate orgies, and freely indulge in all the deadly sins within the cosplay of ancient times.
Abducted from their life in Miami, Valoria and her younger sister wake up in this secret society, wherein Valoria is condemned to the fights and her sister is taken away to become a sex slave.
Now “property” of a sadistic tyrant, Valoria joins other men and women captives who are forced to fight and maim for others’ enjoyment, to run in their hunts, and participate in deviant fantasies. And she’s under the cold, watchful eye of Alexior, a hired trainer with his own agenda for being involved in the twisted decadence.
After surviving several near-death ordeals, a defiant Valoria focuses on her training and against all odds soon becomes a favorite. But she fights for one thing and one thing only—to be reunited with her sister and to be freed.
But promises of freedom are sometimes just manipulative lies . . .

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S. E. Green (aka Shannon Greenland) is the award winning author of several novels including the teen thriller, KILLER INSTINCT, and the spy series, THE SPECIALISTS. She lives off the coast of Florida with her very grouchy dog.

Author links:
Shannon Green’s Website

Blog tour information:
Xpresso Book Tours
Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours for the oppurtunity to review this book. Check out the other bloggers on the tour here. Read on for a giveaway at the end of this post.


I received this book on a read to review basis in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The first thing that caught my eye about this book is it’s unique premise. It’s warning about being for mature audiences also caught my mind. I was also intrigued by the underlying premise of human and sexual trafficking.
Having read the summary and warning, I was excited to read the book, but apprehensive because I was worried it would be too explicit. However, I found the level of description to be just right. I felt that Green balanced the levels of description in such a way that I was able to understand the seriousness and depraved nature of the situation Valoria and the other characters were in while not making the descriptions extremely gruesome.
The pacing throughout the novel was just right for the situation and helped me connect with the characters better. It started out fast paced and kept the pacing consistent during the whole novel.
However, I rated the book four stars because I thought it could have been longer and that more information could have been conveyed. Despite having suspicions of the setting in the book, it took a while for them to be confirmed, which made things a little confusing.
Overall, I really liked Vanquished for its unique plot and sincere exploration of sensitive issues.

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