Ivy's Envy

Want & Decay Book 1

Fiction - Thriller - General
82 Pages
Reviewed on 10/15/2015
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Author Biography

Latashia Figueroa gives two good reasons for her love of horror: her childhood home was believed to be haunted and Stephen King often told her bedtime stories. Pet Sematary was the first.

She began a career in New York City’s fast paced fashion industry, ignoring the voice in her head that whispered, Writer. Though the job was exciting, it was not fulfilling, and when the company downsized she used the opportunity to return to her childhood love.

Latashia embraces her peculiar fascination of the dark and macabre through her writing. Her stories have been described as “psychological thrillers with a dash of horror.”

She attends writing classes often, adores music and the arts, and is a self-proclaimed wine snob. Latashia is also addicted to riding roller coasters. She lives on the east coast with her very supportive husband.

Latashia Figueroa is the author of THIS WAY DARKNESS, and IVY’S ENVY(Want & Decay Trilogy,#1) Her short story, OUT FOR A HUNT, is featured in Dark Futures Annual 1 Anthology .

    Book Review

Reviewed by Marta Tandori for Readers' Favorite

Dark…horrifying…utterly and magnificently twisted – so much so that Ivy’s Envy would surely make the Scaremeister himself, Stephen King, tear up with pride. Ivy James isn’t like most young women her age. What Ivy’s wanted all her life, Ivy’s ruthlessly taken – and if she couldn’t have it, then she’s made damn well sure nobody else could either. Beautiful and sexy, she sets her sights on Thomas Miles, her handsome new boss. Manipulative and narcissistic Ivy convinces herself that he’s attracted to her, that he wants her as much as she wants him. There’s only one problem and that problem has blond hair and is memorialized in a beautiful picture frame in Thomas’ office. Any decent woman would back off at that point, but Ivy certainly isn’t like most women – not even by a long shot.

The author, Latashia Figueroa, effortlessly ties an imaginary rope around her readers’ necks and in one fell swoop, ruthlessly drops them into a disturbing scene; one in which Ivy is bound and held captive in someone’s basement – and she’s not alone. However, it quickly becomes apparent that things aren’t exactly as they seem – but then nothing really is in Ivy’s Envy. The prose is tight and the plot well-paced as Ivy schemes and manipulates; all in order to get what she wants. She uses, she hurts and she discards with no remorse, fixated by her mission to have Thomas at all costs. As Ivy’s lust for her boss increases, her sanity slowly begins to unravel, forcing all who read Ivy’s Envy to hunker down a little further and read just that much faster in order to find out how Ivy’s twisted path will end. Believe me when I tell you that the ending isn't what you'd expect it to be - but then again, don't take my word for it. Read the book and see for yourself. You won't be sorry you did.