The Decimation of Mae by DH Sidebottom

September 14, 2015 Elle Book Review ,


This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
The Decimation of Mae by DH SidebottomThe Decimation of Mae by DH Sidebottom
Publication Date: July 13, 2014
Series: The Blue Butterfly series #1
Genres: Romance
Pages: 286
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My Rating : five-stars

The Devil visited me three times in my life; albeit, my short life. Not in the physical sense, you must understand, but very much literally.

He was persistent, resolute and tenacious. His ruthless greed to annihilate me was utterly disturbing. I am sure if he had hierarchy, the man at the top would have dragged his arse into Hell’s prison for his unscrupulous methods.

I was just fifteen when I first became aware of what he was capable of. This initial taste of him set the playing field for how my life was to be lived – for want of a better word.
He mocked me, showed me mercilessly how he played the game and how he liked to cheat at said game. He ridiculed and taunted me until, six months later, he won and took something of so much importance from me that I would never be the same again.

His second visit was, in my eyes, so much more cruel and heartless. I know we’re talking about the Devil here, and yes, you have a right to say he had no heart but even then, even when I was so utterly broken, I begged to differ and hoped – no, prayed – that somewhere deep in the caverns of his black, tortured soul there was something that beat and confused his emotions once in a while.

The third visit was somewhat different than the other two. He tried, and at first succeeded to bring me to my knees once and for all, but then something happened. God finally intervened and altered Satan’s intention; he sent hope and morphed the Devil’s minion into an Angel, hoping to break and shatter the anguish and suffering. He gave the ability for me to feel pleasure in pain, order in the chaos and light in the darkness.
But in giving me a reprieve, he also gave me something that would finally and ultimately obliterate me. He gave me the capability to love, therefore giving me the ability to be destroyed.
And Satan made sure that I was destroyed. Cruelly, viciously and sadistically.

I am Mae Swift, and this is the story of my decimation.

Wow. This book really pulled at my emotions. It is not your typical dark romance. There is so much more to it than that. In typical dark romances the heroine is kidnapped and abused beyond belief yet, they still fall in love with the one that harmed then. In this one though, Mae’s character is more complex. So much more complex that in the end I had tears in my eyes HOPING that what was happening WOULDN’T! I wanted so much for Mae and Daniel to live a life together and be in love. Seems interesting right? You need to read it to see what I mean. I highly recommend this book to fans of dark romance. It is quite unique, has many twists you won’t see coming, and really pulls at your heartstrings. I was not expecting what I got out of this book and I cannot wait to continue the journey. 

Genre: Dark Romance

Series: Book #1 in the Blue Butterfly Series (out of 3- thus far)

Warning: This book may be bothersome to some readers. It contains scenes of graphic abuse and more. Those easily offended should heed this warning. 

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