Tuesday, January 28, 2014

REVIEW: A New Life: Life of Recovery

Kelly's Review of A New Life: Life of Recovery By Samantha Jacoby

This is a coarse, gritty look at the making of a serial killer. The young girl, she doesn’t even know her age, tells her story in flashbacks and testimony. This is definitely NOT a romance book, as some have suggested. There is absolutely noting romantic about the physical, sexual and psychological abuse that was systematically used to train her to be the ultimate cold-blooded killer. No spoilers, that is revealed very early in the book. Be forewarned, this book may not be suitable for someone who has endured traumatic abuse.
This is more of a background piece than a novel. The flashbacks take place over a period of at least ten years while the current events takes just a few days and are not really resolved. The main character, Tori, doesn’t seem to even try to overcome her conditioning. Although the horrific abuse she suffered is simply stated mater-of-factually, I quickly realized that emotionally cutting herself off completely was her coping mechanism. I would like to see how she deals with it and if she realizes that the (Nope! No spoilers!) in the next book: Life of Doubt.
I was torn between giving this book 3 or 4 stars simply because it is only a background piece. However, the writing is very well done and the characters were compelling. So considering that it is an introduction to a series, I give this book 4 stars.

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The Dragons, a ruthless gang, raised her to be strong. They taught her how to kill. They got more than they bargained for... Now she is free, or so she thinks, but can she truly escape her brutal past, finding true love amidst the sex and intrigue? Tori Farrell is on a mission to find her true identity, to break the ties to a dark underworld for good, and to save the people she cares about most - the family she has never known. She wants a new life, but first she must lay to rest the demons of her past.

This is the first in a series that chronicles the life of a young woman who is raised by a group of men who work as freelance mercenaries in the dark world of drug trafficking and murder for hire. They acquired the young woman at a very young age, as she has no memory of life before them. The book opens as she has broken free and moves through a series of current events and flashbacks that explain the beginning of her story. It is very dark with an unfinished feel, because in the end, the past is not the real story - the real story is what happens from here.

Quietly, he explained to her that he was going to arrange for another group to kill the Dragons and send her to live with someone who would take care of her. Not understanding, she asked why she would have to go with someone else. If the Dragons were dead, why couldn't she just go with him? He refused to explain, and simply said, "You are going to have a different life, baby girl. A life I cannot give you. You must be strong and willing to do whatever it takes to make this happen. Promise me you will do this...."

The Author Says:
"This is the first book in the series, A New Life, and lays out all of the background. Book 2 - Life of Doubt continues Tori's story as she begins to learn about what living a normal life means. It is also full of intrigue, sex, love and romance you will not want to miss - coming in December 2013.

"I thoroughly enjoyed writing these books, as they are full of hot sex, crazy love, and passionate romance as well as action and suspense. They are not a contemporary romance, as there is a great deal of mystery and excitement involved with Tori's new life rebuilt from the ashes of her past, and working her way through her stages of recovery are vital to the story. Life of Recovery is not a self-help book, nor is it any type of Christian romance or fiction - far from it.

"I love adventure and reading about strong women who are capable of taking care of themselves and those around them, and although the book opens when the chips are down, Tori is fast to get back on her feet and show her inner strength and ability to grow, learn and move forward. Her search for inner truth and love are inspirational and I hope that you will enjoy reading about her as much as I enjoyed creating her."

This review was written by Kelly. It is her own opinion and does not necessarily reflect the views of others at Ravenz Reviews.

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