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review 2017-03-21 04:45
Review: The Leaving by Tara Altebrando
The Leaving - Tara Altebrando

Quick review for quite a strenuous read. I think "The Leaving" had good ideas and intentions, but in the end, none of it worked for me. I'll admit I really had to push myself in a marathon just to get through this book. It was very sluggishly paced (for little to no reason at all), the characters were lacking (you have three perspectives: two of the abducted kids and one who's the sister, and there seems to be a mismatch with the gravity of the emotional events with the voices of the characters, who seemed very removed from it all despite having gaping holes in their memory and a potential missing kid that they don't even remember who might still be out there somewhere), and the mystery had little to no buildup. Matter in point, the story ends with such a telegraphed ending with very little expansion that I just felt underwhelmed at the whole deal despite this being in a genre I usually like. I spent more than 3 hours in spurts just to get that ending? *sighs*

The variant font stylistics also added nothing to the story, so don't think you're missing much if you don't get the inclusion or why it was done that way.

In the end, not my cuppa and not really worth the time I spent on it. A shame since the premise and certain reveals in the book had potential, but the cast of characters, pacing and narrative focus just weren't there.

Overall score: 1.5/5 stars.

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review 2016-12-23 20:06
The Leaving Book Review
The Leaving - Tara Altebrando

For a book about a kidnapping and missing children, The Leaving was so boring. The ending is anticlimactic and the characters are bland. The third person writing style really drags the book down as well. If you're looking for an exciting thriller, this is not it.

 

Six kids went missing and five have returned. Only Max remains missing. Intertwined between different characters we slowly piece together some of what happened to these children. The question remains, what happened to them and where is Max?

 

Two mysteries in one but both weren't exciting enough to really have me jumping up and down for this one. I honestly skimmed a lot because the writing is very cringe worthy. Like I said, the third person style just didn't work for this book. 

 

I'd probably tell folks this one isn't worth the time reading especially since its longer than 400 pages and will barely keep you entertained. Find a more exciting thriller like the Naturals or even With Malice. 

 

 

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review 2016-09-03 13:16
Author clearly loves the subject. And Norman Mailer.
Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight - Margaret Lazarus Dean

However, it didn't fully work as a book. Author Dean looks at the final three space shuttle launches with NASA (literally) and takes the reader back on the history of the shuttle, the space program, and the men (and women!) who have contributed to it. People who share their experiences and/or are depicted include her friend Omar to famous people like Buzz Aldrin. But it's really a memoir of the author's experiences and the launches from the author.

 

That's it in a nutshell. Initially I loved it. I enjoyed reading a bit about why she followed the program and how she got into it, plus really loved her hilarious re-telling of her time with Buzz Aldrin. Sadly, the book is very uneven. There's some great history and very insightful information from the people who have been somehow directly involved with the space shuttle program.

 

But as many note, sometimes the author gets too descriptive. She goes on and on about Normal Mailer FAR too often. A mention of him here or there would have been fine but he pops up in the text repeatedly and it was a bit much. I'm not extremely familiar with him but a quick Google search only reinforced that Mailer gets way too much focus.

 

In retrospect the book started off really well but steadily becomes uneven as it moves along. It's a pity because with a stronger editor to take out so many mentions of Mailer (among other things) this would have been a much better and readable book all the way through.

 

I bought it on a whim and would have heartily recommended it at first. I think if you have a specific interest in this subject it's not a bad read. But I'd recommend borrowing it from the library, reading it all the way through and seeing if it's something you'd really want to add to your collection.

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review 2016-06-29 12:01
Good Story and Characters
Leaving Eva (The Eva Series Book 1) - Jennifer Sivec

Eva/Brynn was born to a drug addicted runaway mother who father left her at the side of the road . then she is adopted and her name is changed to Brynn but her adopted father abuses her also. Brynn started to cut herself  when she was younger at least she could control that. Then she finds comfort and love in Adam and marries him. But Brynn must face her past or possibly lose Adam.

This was some story. It was an absolute roller coaster ride and so realistic it was scary. It did go back and forth a lot from past to present and normally I really don’t like that but this was so well written The story riveted you in and you got through it. Also having the point of view change from Brynn to her birth mother got a little confusing at times but the story was that good that once again you got through it. But then to my absolute horror it was a cliffhanger. One thing I really can’t stand but I will have to wait for the next book. That is why this is a four instead of a five, But I do definitely recommend.

I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.

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review 2016-05-22 00:00
Leaving Eva (The Eva Series Book 1)
Leaving Eva (The Eva Series Book 1) - Jennifer Sivec ***** April's 5 Star Review ***** 5 Dreams and Screams

There is a secret pain lurking within all of us, waiting to consume us if we allow it.

On the outside, Brynn Michael seems to be living the perfect life. She’s a successful businesswoman married to a handsome and devoted husband. But nobody, not even her husband and childhood sweetheart, Adam, knows the true depth of Brynn’s horror. Abandoned on the side of the road by her young drug addicted mother, then abused by her adoptive father, teenage Brynn turns to the only solace she can find in the sharp end of a razor. She spends her lifetime hiding the scars, both physical and emotional, until she has no choice but to face what she has been running from her entire life.

Brynn must figure out a way to confront her past or risk losing Adam, the only true love she’s ever known, forever. But in spite of it all, Brynn may not have the ultimate choice, as the past eventually seeks her out.

Leaving Eva is the heartrending story of one woman’s battle to overcome her tragic childhood and the abandonment and abuse that haunt her. Caution: Eva’s story it contains graphic violence, strong language, drug abuse, domestic abuse, and child abuse.

In this dramatically dark novel, Jennifer Sivec, author of women’s fiction, delves into the selfishness and depravity of human nature, and begs you to question whether happiness can ever truly be attained once you have been deeply scarred.

Leaving Eva is not an easy story to read, it is the kind of dark story that draws the reader in and takes them on an roller coaster ride where they will experience the gamut of emotions as Eva/Brynn's life story unfolds. What an emotion read. I can’t put into words how I felt for Bryann. Growing up and going through what she did no woman or child should have to go through that. Leaving Eva tugs at the heart strings and stirs the soul as it explores the depths of the human spirit. It is a riveting story that will easily captivate the reader's attention and make them become emotionally invested. Leaving Eva is a moving story that will make you hold your breath with what Eva/Brynn endures in her life and yes there is a cliffhanger. Which will make you want to read more.
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