Monday, September 16, 2013

Tour Stop ~ Let Me Go by L.L. Akers: Review & Favorite Quotes

Welcome to my stop on the Let Me Go blog tour! This is the first time I've ever reviewed for a book tour and it's the first time I've ever participated in Itching for Books Tours. Also, I have a new review format, so this is a very exciting post for me.

Check out the full tour schedule HERE and enjoy this stop on it!

Series: Let Me Go #1
Release date: July 5th 2013
Publisher: SmArt Group Consulting, LLC
Purchase: Amazon
Average Rating: 4.27
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Book Description: 
A scarlet dragonfly tattoo—meant to be a beautiful, family mark of freedom, but instead becomes a prophetic brand for those who wear it, to forever be suffering. Wounded and broken, they find themselves flittering back into the cycle of abuse that relentlessly clings to their family, a reality they can never seem to escape.

One mother and her daughters, bound by blood—torn apart by abuse. They begin their lives intertwined but are forced to fight for their survivals separately, struggling to hide their fear and undeserved shame from each other and the world. One of these women finds herself trapped—alone—and she battles to survive the terrifying darkness. With long hours of nothing to do but wait in fear, she grapples through her obscure dreams and memories of the past, sorting which memory belongs to whom: physically harmed, mentally damaged, raped, sexually abused, an unwanted pregnancy… and even the vivid memory of a dangerous dance with death in a last attempt to escape the shambles and horrors of a seemingly unchangeable situation.

Twin sisters, Gabriella and Olivia, dive blindly—and much too early—into adulthood. They are soon followed by their younger sister, Emma, all running from a not-so-idyllic past; chasing the happiness they believe they will find, by abandoning their childhoods to be “grown-up” and start their own lives.

Deeply evocative, Let Me Go is a coming-of-age story: the struggles of one mother and her daughters trying to survive life—marred by abuse and misplaced blame—and their need to reach peace, forgiveness, and reconciliation.
Genre: NA Contemporary
Edition: ebook
Source: I received a copy in return for an honest review

This is an NA book, and it isn't a typical NA book. There's no way Let Me Go can be excused as just a "YA book with sex in it". There's no way it can be dismissed because it shares so many similarities with others that the story just feels like a regurgitated form of what has already been written before. This isn't one of those. First of all, there isn't a college setting throughout the novel. Secondly, there is zero swoony and romantic moments in this book. It's not a romancefar from it. Instead, it's about a family of four women where each goes through her own separate and secretive cycle of abuse, trying to deal with or deny as much of it as she can without drawing the support of the others. It is a harsh book, one without the purpose to simply entertain us, but with the purpose to convey a certain message about family, abuse, and survival.

Sometime in the second half of Let Me Go, I suddenly thought of something: it was like an Ellen Hopkin's novel. The writing is not the same and the story isn't the same as any of Hopkins' books, but this book felt like the same type, which includes all of this:

-A harsh topic or issue
-Story consists of of several different character's journeys that were both similar and different from one another
-Each individual story connected with the others
-No fluff and no flowersit wasn't watered down
-Characters weren't built to be super reader-friendlythey weren't too likable and they made many decisions most people wouldn't agree with or understand
-Feels like it was meant to convey some sort of realistic messagelike it was written with a purpose
-Not meant to be "enjoyed" exactly
-Some sort of emotional impact (at least for me)

Ellen Hopkins' stories feel like this, and so did Let Me Go. I absolutely love these types of books.

There were parts (largely in the beginning half) where I felt were underdevelopedlike I wasn't getting to know the characters. I also thought the writing itself could have been more interesting. Overall, though, the story was brilliantly put together. There was great symbolism in the dragonfly tattoos. I absolutely loved it and the messages it sent. I also loved how the girl in the box fit into the storylike a puzzle pieceand how unpredictable it was for me.

I highly recommend this book to all of you seeking a great NA novel. Let Me Go is a fine representation of what the genre is truly about and I am so glad that I got a chance to read it.

Favorite Quotes

This is a long quote, but I have to share it. It captures what the family was going through perfectly. There were a ton of secrets hidden in the book.
"Secrets. It seemed their family was always carrying secrets. And not just little ones that would hurt a few feelings here and there. No, their family harbored big secrets, such large skeleton's in their closets, that if let out were full of power to take a person and break them down into a small dust of nothing. Secrets that must be guarded like Pandora's Box, kept vigil over sleepless night over sleepless night."
This one was during one of the "Girl in the Box" chapters. "They" is concerning the dragonflies flying free from a jar, and . . . it's such a beautiful scene. It's my favorite part of the entire book. If there's any part in the book that made me tear up, it was that chapter.
"They continue stretching their wings, hovering in and out of the grasslands while seemingly waiting for the rest of their friends to join them... and then, glimmering fleetingly against the painted sky, they finally hurry away in abandon." 
L.L. Akers is a married mother of: one very intelligent and handsome tween, a chubby beagle who looks like a mini-cow, and a deranged terrier, as well as five very elegant Koi fish, a herd of tiny but boastful lizards and dozens of obnoxiously loud, but beautiful frogs. She left a twelve-year career in the human resource arena—and eventually dipped her toes into the world of writing: beginning with proofreading/beta-reading, and content-editing while contemplating writing her own novel. She has made huge efforts (and progress) at becoming a professional recluse; happy to hang out in her pajamas all day with just her laptop, iPad, Burt’s Bees lip balm and posse of creatures. Regardless of her recent self-isolation from the world, she can still be lured outside for brief moments by the scent of freshly mowed grass and a bowl full of cherries. Let Me Go is her first novel. | @Akers_ll

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  1. Wow. Thank you so much for participating. It is clear you really 'get' the story. I've never heard of Ellen Hopkins, but I will definitely look for some of her work. Very well-written review! Just... Wow. Thanks so much!

  2. Excellent review and quotes. Thanks so much for participating :)

    1. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to participate. :)

  3. I don't usually read NA novels, but this one does sound different. Your review convinced me it's worth a try. I like that there are no swoony romantic moments and no fluff. It means this is a serious book with a very serious message.

    Oana @All Fantasy Worlds

    1. It is a very serious book, and I'm glad there wasn't fluff in it to get in the way of its message.


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