Read: April 12-22, 2015
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L.L. Akers is a married mother of: one very intelligent and handsome tween, a chubby beagle who looks like a mini-cow, and a deranged terrier, as well as five very elegant Koi fish, a herd of tiny but boastful lizards and dozens of obnoxiously loud, but beautiful frogs. She left a twelve-year career in the human resource arena—and eventually dipped her toes into the world of writing: beginning with proofreading/beta-reading, and content-editing while contemplating writing her own novel. She has made huge efforts (and progress) at becoming a professional recluse; happy to hang out in her pajamas all day with just her laptop, iPad, Burt’s Bees lip balm and posse of creatures. Regardless of her recent self-isolation from the world, she can still be lured outside for brief moments by the scent of freshly mowed grass and a bowl full of cherries. Let Me Go is her first novel.
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Series: Let Me Go 1
Format: eBook ARC
Debut: July 5, 2013
Snuck from: Shane @ Itching For Books
Read: September 7-12, 2013
A scarlet dragonfly tattoo—meant to be a beautiful, family mark of freedom, but instead becomes a prophetic brand for those who wear it, to forever be suffering. Wounded and broken, they find themselves flittering back into the cycle of abuse that relentlessly clings to their family, a reality they can never seem to escape.
One mother and her daughters, bound by blood—torn apart by abuse. They begin their lives intertwined but are forced to fight for their survivals separately, struggling to hide their fear and undeserved shame from each other and the world. One of these women finds herself trapped—alone—and she battles to survive the terrifying darkness. With long hours of nothing to do but wait in fear, she grapples through her obscure dreams and memories of the past, sorting which memory belongs to whom: physically harmed, mentally damaged, raped, sexually abused, an unwanted pregnancy… and even the vivid memory of a dangerous dance with death in a last attempt to escape the shambles and horrors of a seemingly unchangeable situation.
Twin sisters, Gabriella and Olivia, dive blindly—and much too early—into adulthood. They are soon followed by their younger sister, Emma, all running from a not-so-idyllic past; chasing the happiness they believe they will find, by abandoning their childhoods to be "grown-up" and start their own lives.
This book contains material not intended for readers under the age of 17.
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Emma was born and raised in Manchester. Blackbrooke is her debut young adult horror novel after spending many years honing her skills drafting short stories and devouring horror through the ages from R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps collection through to Stephen King. Outside of her day job in public relations, Emma has worked for a Manchester entertainment magazine, reviewing theatre shows gigs and movies. She gets most of her ideas and is inspired by music and also the fighting spirit of young people who aren’t afraid to challenge the norm and stand up for what they believe in. This fleeting ‘moment’ in life is what she tries to capture in her writing.
Series: Blackbrooke 2
Format: eBook ARC
Debut: June 7, 2013
Read: June 10-15, 2013
Liberty’s fight continues.
After she had discovered the truth behind ‘walk outs’ in her hometown of Blackbrooke and forced to sacrifice her best friend, Liberty Connor thought she was finally free.
But her nightmare was only just beginning.
Taken to the Institute, a research facility dedicated to Blackbrooke, Liberty finds herself under the watchful eye of sinister Blackbrooke guardian, Mr Jones. Things aren’t as they seem. Familiar faces provide little comfort, and she soon realises the Crits aren’t the only specimens under the microscope.
Determined to escape, Liberty is once again plunged into a world beyond her comprehension. The one thing she knows for certain is: trust no one.
Friends become strangers, but help is at hand from unexpected quarters. Forced to confront her real enemy, Liberty is left with one familiar choice.
Year: March 2011
Length: 110 min
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Starring: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Scott Glenn
Babydoll is sent to a mental hospital by her own father after he (more or less accidentially) kills her younger sister, and now the older needs to be silenced as well -- through a lobotomy. Yet, as she arrives, she takes note of four items she needs to escape, and then retreats into an alternate reality inside her head where the facility becomes a brothel, and Babydoll is the new dancer. She convinces four fellow inmates, who become her friends, to help her with her escape plans. And everytime Babydoll dances, so the group can receive one of the items, she envisions the women as soldiers on a mission.
This was one awesome ride. If I'd watched it without reading the summary first, it would've totally confused me, because there's not just two, but three layers to reality. I think it could've been interesting on the first level, the mental facility, because I would've loved to see the sessions and dynamic among inmates and docters happen. But I doubt it would've been much fun if it had been purely in Babydoll's brothel layer. The best parts were the all out full screen missions, that was just awesome, I especially loved Babydoll's katanas *drools* and The Wise Man in general (or as general ^.^). It was also cool to see which parts exactly ended up in the top level reality.
And it was tragic! Oh, I loved that ending! I got very emotional while watching the good guys not just fail, but fall. Although it was already hinted in the beginning, I would've never bet on that outcome.
Area Scan: Plot: 5/5 -- Cast: 3.5/5 -- Drama: 4/5 -- Action: 5/5 -- Thrill: 3/5
Overall Rating: 5/5