Saturday, 10 May 2014

Kindle Ninja Review: RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB Edition #6 Good Intentions & Daydream's Daughter

Kindle Ninja Review Edition #6 featuring Good Intentions by Kathryn Biel and Daydream's Daughter, Nightmare's Friend by Nonnie Jules

Good Intentions by Kathryn Biel
5 / 5 ★★★★

Good Intentions by Kathryn Biel starts off in a typical chick lit fashion – the female protagonist (Maggie Miller) going on about the events of the day, gravitating towards a litany about her job, hair, make up, shoes, and men. Normally, this would make me fast forward to the next chapter, but the fumbling Maggie is quite an endearing character (how is she still single?).

The funny parts are actually funny, which really does not prepare you for the chain of events that unfold. She goes through the rough cycle of coupling with her best friend’s mate, Ryan, whose intentions are hazy. They dance around each other, and Ryan goes hot and cold, then pulls away. Then the story takes a different turn, with revelations that change the relationship dynamics (for the worse). And your heart just breaks for Maggie. And it keeps breaking. (You’ll have to read the book to see if it stops.)

Good Intentions is the kind of book that would give you a newfound respect and admiration for the chick lit genre.


Kathryn Biel is a member of Rave Reviews Book Club.


*** 

Daydream's Daughter, Nightmare's Friend by Nonnie Jules
5 / 5 ★★★★

Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend by Nonnie Jules was not an easy read, and yet I finished it in record time. And I think I know why. I wanted it to end so badly because I didn’t know how much more of Maiya’s suffering I could take. I agonized at her helplessness and I was tormented by the vicious cycle of sexual abuse and violence that she had to endure. Part of me was saying, 'if you’re not gonna kill this monster of a stepfather, I would!'

Such is the effect of a well-written dark and haunting novel that mirrors a reality that is largely unnoticed, or worse, ignored.

Maiya’s transformation is the effect of years of abuse and neglect, yet she managed to go on and live a life that has a semblance of order and normalcy, or so we thought.

Jules succeeds in taking you to a dark place rife with uncertainty, yet offers some kind of a reprieve and a faint assurance that there’ll be better days ahead for all the Maiyas of the world.

Nonnie Jules is a member of Rave Reviews Book Club.

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