Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Book Review of Heartless: Rainbow Book Reviews

Hello World!

A lovely review of Heartless by Jessica Chambers from the Rainbow Book Reviews.

Book Review:

No matter how hard we try to hide them, secrets nearly always come out in the end. Seventeen-year-old Jason Strummer learns as much in Heartless, this edgy debut by J. Roman. As well as following the ups and downs of a newly blossoming romance, it shows the horrific effects on a teenage boy of sexual abuse and his desperate struggle to conceal the truth from the outside world.

Jason is a bully. He has a spiteful putdown for anyone unfortunate enough to cross his path, while his good looks and cocky attitude can get him any boy he wants … and he wants a lot of them. It’s common knowledge that he’s never seen with the same boyfriend for more than a couple of weeks at a time. Eventually, Jason’s disregard for the feelings of others catches up with him when he’s attacked by a discarded ex-lover, and only the intervention of his arch enemy, Tommy Johnson, saves him.

Jason was in love with Tommy once, several years ago. In typical Jason fashion, however, he lashed out at Tommy in retaliation for some homophobic taunts, humiliating him in the worst way possible. Since then, the two boys have barely spoken. Yet, when Tommy steps in to rescue him, old feelings are stirred up and the beginnings of a fragile romance spark between them. What Jason doesn’t bargain on is that Tommy will quickly start to see through the callous exterior he wears in public and reveal the real person beneath. Before long he has to make a tough choice: let Tommy know the shocking truth about his home life or risk losing him for a second time.

I found Jason to be an intriguing character, who I both felt deeply sorry for and longed to shake some sense into, and Tommy’s patience in helping him rediscover his self-respect was immensely moving. There are some difficult issues covered in this novel—sexual abuse, bullying, self-acceptance—but the author tackles them with sensitivity and compassion. The romance too has a nice balance of sweetness and angst, and with this being the first instalment in a four-part series, I anticipate a good deal more to come.   

For anyone wanting a quick read that combines some tender moments with brutal realism, I would certainly recommend this book. 

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Keeping Secrets Saga: The Break Down

Hello World! 

For those of you who are interested, here is a break down of how the Keeping Secrets series is going to be broken up. I've received some concerned feedback that I left Jason hanging and I wasn't tying up loose threads. Here is my disclaimer: what happens in each book, happens for a reason. By the end, everything will be tied up. Promise. 

The books span the time period of 2 years, from the fall of Jason and Tommy's junior year through the spring of their senior year and graduation.  

Book 1: Well, if you're reading this, you've probably already read book 1. It's from Jason's POV and starts a chain reaction that will influence and warp all events that are to come.

Book 2: You get to hear from Tommy in this book, his issues and his internal understanding of Jason. All from his POV. 

Book 3: Jason's POV. (detecting a pattern yet?) Summer/fall of Senior year. 

Book 4: Tommy's POV. Spring semester and the end of high school. By the time this book ends, you will know everything about Jason and Tommy. 

So there is a basic breakdown of how the books are going to go. Book 2 will be submitted within the week and production on book 3 starts right after. ^-^ I hope that clarifies things for those of you who were wondering.