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This is the second (and final) book in the Revenge Games Series, which is a duology featuring Soulless (the book which contains the introduction of the story that is continued & concluded here) & this book, Ruthless.
Now I know that there are books in some duologies that work as standalone reads as well. However, you can't read either of these books as standalones, as the Revenge Games Series is essentially one big story, which has been broken down into two parts/two books - Soulless & Ruthless.
Speaking of which, Ruthless picks up right where Soulless ends, but while Soulless was mostly Sia's story, it's Ajay's POV that takes dominance in Ruthless, while never really veering away from Sia & her tale of revenge either. I have to say that I found it really interesting to see how well the author has integrated the two storylines and POVs.
Much like Soulless, Ruthless is pretty fast paced, with several twists & turns, some of them I saw coming, but many of them took me by surprise, and all of them were leading to the concluding sequence, which I must say was handled very well.
And for that I'm grateful, because after reading 2 books, I was really invested in how things turn out for the protagonists. Moreover, considering what Ajay & Sia had gone through, I knew there was no easy solution. Which is why, I have to commend the author for coming up with such a gratifying conclusion to this saga.
My only grouse with this book, is the same issue I had with Soulless. Both these books really needed one more round of proof-reading.
Nonetheless, I'd still recommend this book (and series) to fans of this genre, as this is a subject that certainly needs more awareness, and it's also a tale very well told.
I read soulless and was so much impressed by the writing and the suspense maintained till the end. But the book2 ruthless could have been better. The story is fast paced, little drag after a while. Totally it's a good book if you are looking for a good storyline with suspense.