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Read on for the December 2014 #k8approved books and reviews plus a new giveaway!
I loved First Death. As I have not yet read Soul Meaning (book one in the series) I wasn’t sure if reading First Death first was the right choice, but I am glad I did. First Death tells the story of Lucus’ first death, his origin story. Beautifully written and heartbreaking First Death is the perfect introduction into the world of Seventeen.
A brilliant tale from the Vicious world. Now all I want is more Vicious for Christmas. Need I say more?
Hellhole was a delightful book in the twisted humor sort of way. Our main character Max is geeky and squeaky-clean until he accidentally unleashes a devil, literally. If you are a fan of humor with a dark twist Hellhole is certainly a book for you. Gina nails down that geeky quirks that make Max such a fun and loveable character while delivering a compelling read that kept me entertained throughout. Cute, evil, and hilarious Hellhole is a real winner.
Broken Pieces is like nothing I have ever read before. Broken Pieces is fragments of a life filled with unspeakable trauma and yet at the end has produced such an amazing person. My mother and I actually had a discussion about this book. The topics in this story are harsh, childhood sexual abuse, abusive relationships, anxiety, and suicide to name a few. The question of our conversation was this: can reading about these trials bring healing? Writing has proven to be therapeutic for many, but can reading something help heal others who have gone through the same trials? Or would reading such a book be a trigger and cause more pain? I believe it is up to each person to decide that for themselves. If you are easily triggered, don’t read something that will cause you more pain. If you find healing in connecting with others who have persevered then this is a book for you. And if you are like me, and have been blessed to have a very protected life, consider opening up to understanding. Listen to the struggles of others and the victory they have earned today. Broken Pieces is raw and human. Even as someone who has not faced half the struggles Rachel has, this book connected to a part of me. “Life is hard. Living it doesn’t have to be.” – Rachel Thompson.