I just had the pleasure of reading a great fantasy story that’s a bit different than any other fantasy I’ve ever read. Here’s my review. If you like fantasy you’ll want to read this book.
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How do you discipline a teenage daughter when she’s more powerful than you? That’s exactly the situation Innocence Cooper’s family must face as they struggle to regain control of their daughter, who is supposed to be next in line as leader of the council. Innocence is born to be a ruler of good, but as she grows older she begins to feel pulled toward the side of evil in the ultimate teenage rebellion. And when she discovers she’s developed dark powers and is told she is the Princess of Darkness, she tries out her powers with devastating consequences. This well-written story has interesting characters and a great story flow with all the necessary ingredients of an action-packed fantasy adventure, including passion, jealousy, and betrayal. This is a great read for fantasy lovers, especially young-adults. Check out for yourself how destructive this good girl turned bad can be.
Fox Emerson delivers a powerful story in his debut novel Monique. When I first picked up the book, I did not realize it was based on a real person, which made the story even more interesting as the situations she must bear are incredible and horrifying. No person, let alone a young girl, should have to live such a life. I became so involved in the story that I didn’t know whether to pity her or be angry with her. One minute I wanted to hug her and tell her she’d be okay and then next minute I wanted to slap her and tell her to wake up and realize what she was doing to her life. Monique’s childhood is less than ideal, and as she swings into adolescence and early adulthood, it plummets even further. The story begins with her life in 1996 with a drug raid on her home. The author tells the story in first person from Monique’s perspective. He does a fabulous job of weaving the story of her life back and forth between 1996 and throughout the years of Monique’s life. The thing I found most touching was the love she showed for her daughter. This is definitely a tale worth reading. Well-done Fox Emerson!
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What a riveting story
I don’t often read non-fiction as I like to escape the ordinary life and dive where my imagination takes me, but when I came across this book, I had to read it.
I listened to the audio version of Repeat offender and was impressed with the narrator’s ability to bring alive the words of author Bradley Nickell as he tells the story of the dedicated team of law enforcement persons in their relentless pursuit of Damon Monroe. Villains like Monroe are dangerous, and I tip my hat (If I wore one that is) to the team that brought him down. My heart went out to his children, who will forever have to bear the scars of his abuse and lifestyle to which he subjected them. The story especially fascinated me as I used to live in Las Vegas. Listening as the narrator describes the author’s words, put me right back in the city. The author tells of the ordeal in the form of a story that is interwoven with facts of the case—which, in my opinion, makes the book interesting to both fiction and non-fiction readers. In this book, the author shares both his trials and triumphs of bringing this man and his accomplices to justice, at the same time showing great empathy for their victims. He ends the story with some thought provoking views and opinions that really get the readers thinking about our society—all of which I heartily agree. I highly recommend this story to both true-life crime enthusiasts and mystery readers. I felt a connection with this author, whether it came from having lived in the same city, our connection on Twitter (which is where I first learned of this novel), our shared faith in God, or the tenderness he showed toward the people he swore to protect-I’m not sure. I only know I hope to see more from this author.