Happy Monday everyone! Before I get to my review of 52 Likes by Medeia Sharif, I have a couple of announcements. Don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card and a Kindle copy of 52 Likes!
First, for the first time, Claudia Must Die will be available for free February 20 through 23. I have some advertisement set up for the sale, but if any of you are willing to help me get the word out, let me know.
Second, the sequel to my first novel, A Woman Lost, is almost ready for publication. A Woman Ignored is in the e-book formatting stage, which means soon I’ll be able to upload it onto Amazon for pre-sale.
I haven’t decided on the actual release date yet, but it will be before March (fingers crossed).
And now for Medeia’s book.
After a brutal rape and near-murder, Valerie wants to get past feelings of victimhood from both the assault and her history of being bullied. She’s plagued by not knowing the identity of her rapist and by the nasty rumors in school about that night. Valerie follows clues from ghostly entities, past victims of the rapist-murderer, contacting her through a social media site—why do all of their eerie photos have 52 likes under them? Their messages are leading her to the mystery man, although he’ll put up a fight to remain hidden.
This is a gut-wrenching read and much different from the other books I’ve read by Sharif.
The book starts off with a rape scene, putting the reader on edge. Sharif handled it well. There’s just enough description without overwhelming the reader with being too graphic. The reader feels for Valerie, but isn’t overly traumatized.
Valerie is a wonderful character: strong, flawed, scared, and a typical teenager many can relate to. And she’s a fighter. She’s made mistakes in the past and has taken responsibility for them. After the rape, she has a much bigger fight on her hands. Without ruining the story, Valerie learns she wasn’t the only victim. And she’s determined to find out who raped her.
There’s a paranormal/mystery twist, adding creative layers to the story. The ghosts are guiding Valerie to the truth she is seeking. This is the type of novel for readers who like YA that is edgy and dark, with a twist. It’s not all dark though. This story is also about surviving and relying on your true friends.
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