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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.
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 81
First Glance: I really like this cover. The depressing white/grey in contrast to the red title and dragonflies. And the girls are pretty, especially in those dresses. =)
Framework: A family -- a mother and her three daughters -- story of abuse; of dirfting apart and finding back together, of the strength that ties, that love has if we just let ourselves realize that we're not allowed; and, more than anything else, it's a story of survival.
Plot: There's one, but also several stories. It starts out with the original family, the parents in an unhappy marriage because they had kids too young, with the twin sisters Olivia and Gabby, and the sweet baby sister Emma. Parallel to that, we read about a "Girl In The Box", captured and trapped by her abuser, confusing her memories and losing her mind.
As the parents finally break up for good, the mother gets a dragonfly tattoo, celebrating her freedom. However, as she starts this new life, Olivia stays behind to start her own -- with her boyfriend and soon to be abusive husband, Billy. While she is cut off her family, Gabby is cautious of their mothers new boyfriend, Mark who seems way too good to be true. It's later revealed that Mark is pedophile, and has been mentally abusing young Emma, while Gabby thought to have shot at a little happiness with Gabe. Turns out Gabe, who hooked up with Gabby "thanks" to Mark, only wanted Gabby's viginity.
And as not to spoil anything -- shit just goes south from there, but in the end, all four women have the dragonfly tattooed on there shoulder, after they all have suffered in their own way.
Characters: Olivia and Gabby had one thing very twinish about them: they may have been the exact same on the outside, but they were very different on the inside. Olivia quieter, more serious, more hopeful, but also a bit more naive than her twin Gabby. And Emma was a mini mix version of the two of them, I think. Before Mark, she soaked in the happiness everyone through at her, if not at anyone else, but then she became just like her mother and sisters.
Their main fault was that they didn't stick together, kept the pain and the embarrassement to themselves, even from their closest family. It reminded me of something I read once, "No once could be farther from you than the one you're closest to." It's very sad, but sometimes it's the truth. There's some things you'd rather tell a total stranger than someone you've known all your life.
On a word for sidekicks, I really loved Jake. He was... wow, the beacon of light in this whole thing, I think. He was supportive, non-forcing, forgiving... Everything the cliché of a men would never be. *smootch* Uncle Jackson was, too. He was a cowboy cliché head to toe, western drawl and gentlemanlike. What's not to love about that?
Now, villains! Mark was a total creep, I could picture him really well. He was the type of the guy that would be my worst nightmare. Billy wasn't hard to come up with, either: possessive, jealous without reason, and blinded by rage all the time. At that one point, I really hoped he'd changed, too. *lesigh*
René wasn't that hard to picture, either. Just as creepy as Mark, like bipolar, and just... urgs, creepy jerk, and every career woman's nightmare.
And else: I was curious about this mainly because of the twins. I'm a sucker for twin stories. However, this wasn't at all what I expected, and I felt it was missing real twin stuff. But that wasn't so bad, considering the story turned out a lot more dramatic than I first anticipated.
Thoughout the whole thing, I tried to figure out who of them was in that box, and who was the one who kept her there. I would have never, ever come up with what Akers made of it. Definitvely extra credit for that!
However, although this was clearly an emotional story, I felt like I couldn't really connect to them. Maybe it was the sensory overload, or maybe it was too few pages to tell all their stories.
Area Scan: Flow: 4/5 -- Vocab: 4/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Heroes: 5/5 -- Villains: 4/5 -- Sidekicks: 5/5 --Romance: 3/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Action: 2/5 -- Suspense: 5/5
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