Posts Categorized: Abuse

Nov 01
Review: Reality Boy by A.S. King

Review: Reality Boy by A.S. King

Reality TV makes a business out of exploiting people.  Sometimes, the people on these shows seem perfectly fine with it.  They’ll happily reveal their messed-up lives for the world to see in their desperate bid for fame.  For the most part, I feel no sympathy for these people.  I have very different feelings, however, for the children on these shows.  They can’t consent to the exploitation, but there are unfortunately parents out there who can and will.  The late Anna… Read more »


Sep 20
Review: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Review: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Leonard Peacock is a high school student on a mission: He brings a gun to his school with the intention to kill a guy named Asher and then himself.  Throughout most of the book, Leonard doesn’t express much emotion.  He approaches his intended date with murder and suicide very methodically.  But before he can complete his final mission, he has a few tasks he must complete.  Leonard seeks out four people to give each a gift to symbolize what that… Read more »


Sep 19
Review: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Review: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Where the Stars Still Shine is set in Tarpon Springs, Florida, and after reading this book, I had to do a bit of research, because I wanted to visit this Gulf Coast town NOW.  Throughout the story, Doller made me feel like I was right there with Callie, viewing this town through her eyes. Callie had a childhood that was unconventional, at best.  Her mother kidnapped her at a young age from her father, and the two spent Callie’s childhood… Read more »


Sep 13
Review and Giveaway: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Review and Giveaway: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

I haven’t yet read Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein’s companion novel to Rose Under Fire, but now I absolutely must.  If you haven’t read CNV, then I’m sure you’ve at least heard the raves, and based on Wein’s writing in Rose Under Fire, the raves are warranted. I feel like I have a decent knowledge of WWII, but I wasn’t aware that American women piloted planes for the Allies during the war.  Rose Justice, the fictional narrator of the story,… Read more »


Jul 29
Review: Gated by Amy Christine Parker

Review: Gated by Amy Christine Parker

I’ve always been fascinated by cults, primarily because I can’t understand what could possibly drive someone to seek some kind of purpose within such a group.  I suppose there are as many reasons to join a cult as there are cult members in the world.  In Gated, a family is drawn into a cult led by a named Pioneer shortly after they suffer the disappearance of one of their daughters.  Pioneer preys on their grief and terror, gaining their trust… Read more »


Jun 17
Review: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Review: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

I kept waiting and waiting to like The Sea of Tranquility.  It has one of the highest ratings on Goodreads I’ve come across, with thousands of reviews, along with an overall 5-star rating on Amazon.  But it never happened.  I slogged through because of all the praise, but I was ultimately disappointed. The main source of my disappointment was one of the two main characters/narrators, Nastya.  Throughout the book, she references a horrible trauma without providing details.  This trauma led… Read more »


Jun 05
Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Dare You To is a companion novel to Pushing the Limits, rather than a sequel.  Some of the secondary characters in PTL are featured here, and while the events take place subsequent to PTL, either book can be read first. Beth was an intriguing character in PTL.  She initially came off as brusque and even rude at times, but it soon became clear that she had unexplored layers.  As one of the two main characters in Dare To You, we… Read more »


May 14
Top Ten Tuesday # 6: Do Not Disturb (OK, please DO disturb.)

Top Ten Tuesday # 6: Do Not Disturb (OK, please DO disturb.)

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and this weeks topic is:  Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch: This book deals with the after-effects of terrible abuse, and you won’t be able to get the main character, Carey, out of your mind.  My review is here. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher: A young girls recounts the reasons she committed suicide. The… Read more »