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When Nothing Is All You've Got by [Dallas, Kirsty]
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"Mad Max meets Cinderella"

"A lot more than nothing" - History Repeats Book Blog

"Very Intense" - Lilbit Book Blog

"Torturously beautiful dystopian romance!" - Book Nerd Fan Girl Book Blog

“Move like the wind, protect your face, keep your eyes on the target, and don’t get dead.”

I am the daughter of a King,
but I am no princess.
I am loathed by many,
but feared by more.
To one I was nothing,
to another I am everything.
I am a pawn in their game,
a fighter in their ring.
My name is Nada,
and this is life in the underworld.

This book is recommended for readers 18+yrs. It contains violence, sexual content and language which some might find offensive. It is raw, and brutal, but also in so many ways, beautiful. I would describe it as Mad Max meeting Cinderella. I hope you enjoy it!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2246 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1530635098
  • Publisher: KD Publishing (15 April 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #156,686 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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WoW!! I’m not sure I can do this book justice with my little old words. When Nothing Is All You’ve Got sure does pack a punch. This book was gritty and dark, but I never felt smothered in its darkness. I did not feel claustrophobic when I was pushed down into the bowels of the earth where there was no light to be found, I was led by a beacon…Nothing. How can a father call his child Nada, specifically to make her know that she is nothing to him? Why would a man make his daughter feel unloved and disrespected? Even in the end I never understood why the King would hate his daughter so much that he would make pain the one constant in her life. Nada has learnt to be strong, tough and emotionally shut off. If she shows happiness, sadness or love in any way, it is used against her. People she loved were killed or forced against her just to make sure she knew her place in life, being owned by Kingsley…King of the Underworld.

I was mad at Nada’s father and what he forced her to be, but I can see that some of the alternatives were a lot worse. The Underworld is not a nice place to be. It is where all criminals are sent when they have committed a crime. The world is a different place in this story and it is run/ruled only seeing black and white and definitely no grey. If you committed a crime, it didn’t matter if there was a valid reason, you still committed a crime. This means that the Underworld is full of the worst type of criminals and others who may have made bad choices but are not really bad people. They try to identify them and segregate them, but when it comes down to it, they are all there together.

The Underworld is run by Kingsley and his soldiers. Kingsley came to his power because he knew how to kill and abuse his way to the top.
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OMG....what a freaking awesome read! Just FREAKIN A!
I love every aspect of this book. Cover, story line, words that are said, actions that are taken, the names of each character, the list goes on.
It would make an awesome movie and is KD's best work yet. Whilst reading I kept thinking OMG this is amazing...please keep going and don't disappoint. And KD went above and beyond and delivered!
I can't recommend reading this book enough! It's a bucket list must read. The sooner you start the sooner you get to relish in the words of K freakin D. Traveling in the underworld with Nada and Shadow, experiencing the awesomeness of When Nothing is all you've got.
I just wanted to immerse myself within the pages with Nada and Shadow but reality kept knocking on my door with - "Mum, me hungy, Mum, me poo"....Nooooooooooo!
Shadow, I will be right back.
PAUSE - Right...get food, wipe butt, curl back up and PLAY - Helloooo Shadow!
I read, I finished and I freakin Loved, loved, loved!
Now you go read and finish and love, love love too.
That is all!
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By Ang on 23 February 2017
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This book is everything,blood,fighting dark and twisted but beautifully written.I loved this book in 2016 I loved it just as much this year 're reading it
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3.0 out of 5 stars I felt NADA 27 April 2017
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3.5 instead of 5 because I couldn’t connect. The story is good, the detail perfect, sadly Nada has a very dead personality (which is required) and for me it made it impossible to connect. By the time she showed humane qualities I was already too deep in to care much about her. It’s not her fault, her life belongs to Kingsley and he doesn’t’ want anyone to care and he succeeded with me. I love dystopian books and I enjoyed this one but I didn’t throw a fit when I had to sit it down, I didn’t watch the clock till my next break to finish it, I just read it in the free time I had and never tried to “MAKE” time. Ragen was loveable or supposed to be but I felt nothing during the biggest heartbreak of the book. Some may disagree on the biggest heartbreak, there is tons of bad situations thought out the book. Lives lost/limbs cut from body/lashing/verbal abuse things of that nature. The book was done well as I could picture it all as it played out but I was numb, I felt NADA. My favorite if I had to pick would be Dejohn. I pictured him much like Jon Coffee from the Green Mile and loved him throughout the book. I will read other books by this author as I’ve enjoyed them in the past and again I didn’t hate this one I just didn’t get into like I wanted. I almost wonder if this was the goal from the get go with this book though, to make us feel nothing. Like by reading it we have nothing to lose, Nada?!
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulously Outstanding!! 25 May 2016
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This is one of those books that leave you sitting there going WTF?? It is that good and that well written that I cannot recommend it enough.
Nada Is strong, resilient, dependable and she has a plan.
Shadow is her father "The King's" right hand man. Her father ultimately wants her dead.
These two have a undeniable attraction that could prove fatal. You may think this is a predictable story, but it is far from it.

Kirsty Dallas had written a story that is sad, rough, hard and almost poetic.
From the moment I picked it up I was captivated by a world that is dangerous and horrific. Where people are merely fighting to stay alive and with throw their allies under the bus if it means taking that one more breath.

Before I read this I had only read Kirsty's 'Mercy's Angels' series and let me tell you this is very very different from those books!!

I absolutely loved this book & could not help but fall in love with Nada & Shadows characters. My favourite line from this book is the one quoted above: “Move like the wind, protect your face, keep your eyes on the target, and don’t get dead.”

If you like the darker side of romance & like your stories fast paced & full of intrigue & drama, you will love this book. Just make sure you set aside a few hours before you start reading because once you start that 1st page you won't want to put it down until the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best books I've ever read 4 June 2016
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This is one of the best books I've ever read. From the moment I opened it up, I was hooked. So hooked that I only went to bed at 3am because I had to, not because I wanted to. Other reviews will tell you about characters and storyline, so I won't go into that. I could picture the whole book as if it was a movie running through my head, winced at the blows Nada received, cried as her heart broke, felt the loathing towards her 'father'. You cannot go wrong by reading this epic work by Kirsty. She truly has a gift and so generously shares it with all of us. Don't delay; dive into the Underworld and go on a journey with Nada and Shadow, Regan, Dejohn, and the despised Kingsley.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When nothing is all you've got 8 May 2016
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Wow what a book I could not put it down just wow what a read Kristy you deserve 5 stars for this book just bloody wow!!!! Thank you for a great read your imagination is utterly brilliant thanks again
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lot More than Nothing 21 April 2016
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This is a gritty, gratuitously violent novel that allows a seedling of hope to insidiously grow through the horror. I could not put this book down. I was afraid for what would happen to Nada and those few for whom she cared. Being associated with Kingsley's daughter, the Queen of the Cage in a dark, demented prison, puts a target on you for all kinds of twisted reasons. The minute Nada started to care for Shadow, and vice versa, it terrified me. Nobody is safe.

"Sweetheart. Nobody had ever wasted such an endearment on me. The inflection in Shadow's tone suggested the word was laced with sarcasm rather than flattery, but it was still a word I never thought to hear directed at me. That carelessly tossed word dug into my skin and buried itself deep."

Kirsty Dallas has written a book that serves as an homage to all kinds of dystopian and post-apocalyptic movies. Having seen some of these movies, and having witnessed the depraved characters and shocking atmosphere within them, made is easier to envision the kind of world in which Nada existed. For me, the prison culture was reminiscent of the old, classic "Escape From New York", and Rhona Mitra in 2008's "Doomsday" could have been Nada's twin. However, some of the cartoonish aspects of those films get left in the dust when compared to the sheer despair and agony of emotion in Dallas's book. Everyone is a puppet dangling from Kingsley's strings.

Dallas unfolds her underworld gradually, so it really isn't fair to lay out the plot basics in a review. Learning it piece by piece adds to the tension. Suffice it to say that there is a prison, there are cage fights, rebellion is brewing, it is a post-apocalyptic future and falling in love can be a death sentence. Brutal circumstances have forged Nada into the warrior she becomes, struggling to stay alive, and keep others safe, one more day. She endures so much, and the climactic points in this novel are so well written, that my heart was literally pounding in several key scenes.

The story is told from alternating first person points of view from the perspectives of Nada and Shadow. This adds tremendously to the emotion of the story, and gives the reader an inside view of hardened thug Shadow, his complicated view of Nada and how he knows loving her will be hopeless but he is helpless to stop. Due to the violence and the manipulative circumstances seeing inside our two protagonists was essential. Twists and turns and iconic side characters keep the narrative moving at a brisk pace. The pace of this book was also good, with some breathers after the parts where your blood pressure is high for pages at a time.

This book will not be for everyone. There are triggers for violence, rape, torture, coercion and some OM/OW details. However, I would totally classify this book as a dystopian romance. The relationship between Nada and Shadow is central and beautiful and a lot more than nothing.

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