{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} Barren by Elizabeth Miceli

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Barren by Elizabeth Miceli

Publication Date October 6th 2015

Publisher Swoon Romance

*** PUBLISHER’S ALERT: MATURE CONTENT WARNING ***

Recommended for ages 16+. Includes scenes that depict drug use, teen sex, and sexual assault.

This book contains mature content and depiction of a seventeen-year-old girl’s rape at the hands of another student. It is a chilling first person point of view account of something that occurs across the country at parties just like the one depicted in this story, and we wanted the fictional account to feel raw and as devastating. We also understand that these scenes may be difficult and uncomfortable for some. We recommend this novel for readers ages sixteen and older.

“I cried, praying for him to finish. I closed my eyes and tried to envision myself somewhere else… somewhere where I was happy. I thought of my family all piled around our tree on Christmas morning. I thought of singing with my band. I thought of Caitlin and me baking cookies and watching movies together. But after just a few seconds of pretending, Mike would hit me or thrust deeper, and I would be back in reality. I was being raped. I was all alone. I was a damsel in distress. And there was no one there to save me.”

Seventeen-year-old Stacey Lorenzo’s poor self-esteem has always consumed her. When her significant weight loss leaves her still feeling powerless- and with an eating disorder- she turns to partying to cope. This only makes matters worse because at a party she is raped, which leaves her psyche at an all-time low. Stacey drugs, cuts, and hooks up with countless guys in an attempt to find herself. But if Stacey doesn’t find a way to face her demons and overcome her fears, she might find herself in a hole so dark, even love won’t be able to pull her out.

Barren is written by debut author Elizabeth Miceli. It is a devastating and dark account of one girl’s plummet to the very bottom of the human experience and the horrific and petrifying road to recovery and self-worth.


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Modern Monsters by Kelley York

22886621Publication June 2nd 2015 by Entangled Teen

Young-Adult, Contemporary

eARC provided by Netgalley

My Rating 4 Stars

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Vic Howard never wanted to go to the party. He’s the Invisible Guy at school, a special kind of hell for quiet, nice guys. But because his best friend is as popular as Vic is ignored, he went…

And wished he hadn’t.

Because something happened to a girl that night. Something terrible, unimaginable, and Callie Wheeler’s life will never be the same. Plus, now Callie has told the police that Vic is responsible. Suddenly, Invisible Vic is painfully visible, on trial both literally, with the police, and figuratively, with the angry kids at school. As the whispers and violence escalate, he becomes determined to clear his name, even if it means an uneasy alliance with Callie’s best friend, the beautiful but aloof Autumn Dixon.

But as Autumn and Vic slowly peel back the layers of what happened at the party, they realize that while the truth can set Vic free, it can also shatter everything he thought he knew about his life…

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DNF Review: Daughters of the Dragon by Bill Andrews


20765579Release Date: 
February 1st 2014

Publisher: Madhouse Press

Genre: Historical Fiction

Format: ebook

Source: copy provided by author

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DURING WORLD WAR II, the Japanese forced 200,000 young Korean women to be sex slaves or “comfort women” for their soldiers. This is one woman’s riveting story of strength, courage and promises kept.

In 1943, the Japanese tear young Ja-hee and her sister from their peaceful family farm to be comfort women for the Imperial Army. Before they leave home, their mother gives them a magnificent antique comb with an ivory inlay of a two-headed dragon, saying it will protect them. The sisters suffer terribly at the hands of the Japanese, and by the end of the war, Ja-hee must flee while her sister lies dying. Ja-hee keeps her time as a comfort woman a secret while she struggles to rebuild her life. She meets a man in North Korea who shows her what true love is. But the communists take him away in the middle of the night, and she escapes to the South. There, she finally finds success as the country rebuilds after the Korean War. However when her terrible secret is revealed, she’s thrown into poverty. In the depths of despair, she’s tempted to sell the comb with the two-headed dragon that she believes has no magic for her. Then one day she discovers its true meaning and her surprising heredity. And now she must find the only person who can carry on the legacy of the two-headed dragon… someone she abandoned years ago.

Set within the tumultuous backdrop of 20th century Korea, Daughters of the Dragon by award-winning author William Andrews will make you cry and cheer for Ja-hee. And in the end, you’ll have a better understanding of the Land of the Morning Calm.

Daughters of the Dragon is inspired by The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, Memiors of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, the books of Amy Tan and Lisa See.

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First off, my decision to not finish this book shouldn’t hinder anyone from reading it themselves. I love historical fiction. I, however, could not get into this story no matter how hard I tried. In a month’s time, I only read 75 pages. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t say that it’s a boring read. I just could not keep reading this book without getting angry. This is me trying to brave past my own personal demons, but I just couldn’t do it. 

It started out with a young Korean-American woman, dealing with the death of her adoptive mother, and her going to Korea to meet her birth mother. Mind you, she never really cared about meeting her until recently, so she and her adoptive father travel to meet the woman who gave her life. When she arrives at the place to meet her, she is informed that her birth mother passed away, and she wants to know why that information wasn’t provided before she flew all those miles to meet her. As she is leaving, she is accosted by an older Korean woman who gives her a package and a cryptic message to meet the following day, alone. From there, I gathered who the mystery woman is and the beginning of a long and painful story that lies behind an old family heirloom. As the story slowly unfolded, I just could not go any further. It was too much to take, and I tried daily to keep reading but failed miserably. 

I have no clue how the rest of this story played out. I’m hoping sometime in the near future that I will be able to sit down and finish this book. Don’t let my thoughts keep you from this story. Everyone has different reactions to stories, mine just happened to be a negative one that has no bearing on the rest of this book. If you enjoy historical fiction then I say go for it. There are a myriad of Korean and Japanese proverbs within just those 75 pages that I read, so that was insightful. As I didn’t finish this book, I can’t rate it appropriately.