By: Monique Orgeron
Published: August 23rd 2018
Length: 286 Pages
You think you know me? You think you know what I have been through?
My life, like I said before, has been written through my sons’ lives.
But not all.
Once, there was a girl, who was left alone in this world to fight and defend herself.
She did exactly that and became,
Becoming someone, I wasn’t, was not easy.
It came with strings that strangled every part of my old self out.
The girl I once was would have to be destroyed and replaced with a woman who would rule.
A woman who was a fighter and a survivor.
The problem is, I’m not sure I have what it takes to fight anymore battles and endure what is to come.
While I enjoyed the series this far this one, Art of Survival is my least favorite of the bunch and also my lowest ranking.
I knew that this would not fall in the same path as the Stern men books and yet I still think it just didn’t reach the same level for me.
I did however find it to be a somewhat of quick read and am pleased the Orgeron has decide to break Catherine’s story into two parts. While I wasn’t a huge fan of book one I have high hopes for book two.
I think it was the flashback scenes that just seems to be a tad overbearing for my taste. That vast majority of the book seemed to be set in the past. I think I would have much rather of hear the story from here POV as oppose to her memories. Although I applaud Orgeron for tackling tough issues that had occurred in our young Mafia queens life. There are many triggers within this story, rape being one of them.
Reading about Catherine’s challenge it felt a bit over dramatic and a naive on our heroines behalf. But then I guess that because I have come to know her a strong systemic woman always with a plan. And witnessing her nativity just stole some of her thunder away from me.
I also felt that throughout the series Catherine has been shown as softer in each book and with this book really topped the cake. For a woman who never gave up her decision through me loop even though it was thoroughly explained why she had come to such a conclusions.
I just was not satisfied with the dramatic turn of events and how it played out.