Don’t Say My Name, by Lacy Carter-Anderson, & Helen Scott | Book Review

Hello hello! Welcome back. Today I have my book review of:

Don’t Say My Name, by Lacy Carter-Anderson, & Helen Scott

Don’t Say My Name is the first book in the Legends Unleashed series.

Link to Don’t Say My Name on Goodreads.

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Pedophilia mention (& also a scene) (pedophile ends up murdered), Physical Abuse mention, Foster family abuse (Adult and Foster sibling towards a character). Adult Sex Scenes, Blood, Blood Mention, Murder, Murder mention, Spousal Abuse, Attempted Stabbing, Stabbing, Death.

Cover of Don’t Say My Name. A drawing of a woman with bright red hair is seen reaching through glass. Text in the same bright red colouring reads “Don’t Say My Name.”

Say my name…

They tell you I bring death and carnage. They believe I’m a curse, one that’s contagious.

But they’re wrong.

I was locked away for protecting the innocent. And while my name does bring violence and bloody destruction, it’s only to those whose very souls are corrupted by the violence and hatred they harbor within.

So say my name if you need my help. I’m Bloody Mary, and I promise I’m more than a legend; I’m a witch with the power to save you.

But when four sinfully sexy men make promises to free me from my prison, for the first time in my life, I need to trust someone else to save me. Because the dark powers that trapped me long ago aren’t about to let me go free, at least not without a fight.

DON’T SAY MY NAME is a paranormal reverse harem with a tough, sarcastic heroine, four unique supernatural men, and steamy scenes that will leave you breathless. So if you’re looking for something with a spooky edge and some humor that will leave your mouth watering, click to grab your copy.

From GoodReads [x]:

“REVERSE HAREM” IS, LITERALLY, THE OPPOSITE OF “HAREM”, WITH A GROUP OF MALES CENTERING ROUND A SINGULAR FEMALE, USUALLY WITH THREE OR MORE MALES. QUITE OFTEN FOUND UNDER THE ROMANCE GENRE

What drew me to Don’t Say My Name was not only the title, but the cover for the book. There were just so many different factors that drew me into the book; though what came down to it was that I couldn’t get Don’t Say My Name out of my head for days before I caved and read it. 

What I LOVE about DSMN is how this story is a new rendition on the Bloody Mary lore. 

In this timeline Bloody Mary isn’t one to kill her caller. Did you get that? Bloody Mary isn’t the one to kill her caller. How awesome is that?! In this rendition Bloody Mary actually acts as a saviour, a hero of sorts. It’s important to remember that Bloody Mary (as seen in DSMN), doesn’t hurt innocents, and instead ends the lives of those who’ve hurt/abused the people(s) whose trust they’ve broken. Example: One woman was being habitually abused by her husband. Mary then hears that someone needs her, and if they call her name 3 times (when they’ve seen her in a reflective surface) she’s brought forth and kicks human/monster ass! 

There are multiple points of view within Don’t Say My Name, and while these individuals are not dissimilar, they have more in common than not. I did, at times, find it hard to distinguish between these male characters.

Something else to not is that Don’t Say My Name ends on a cliffhanger. While I don’t appreciate that (I need to know more of the story!!!) I understand the need for it within this first novel. 

I genuinely LOVE this Bloody Mary, and I’m so freaking excited to read more of the series. I love that Lacy and Helen are breathing new life into legends & folklore. 

I give Don’t Say My Name 3 of 5 stars. 

Have you read Don’t Say My Name? Have you read any other retelling of Bloody Mary?

Thank you for stopping by, and Happy Reading!
Adele

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