Thursday, April 14, 2011

Review & Giveaway: RAGE by Jackie Morse Kessler

Ready to talk a little YA today? A little Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Read on for guest reviewer Lynn Rush's take on Rage, the new book by Jackie Morse Kessler, and check out the contest at the end of the post!

ABOUT THE BOOK: Missy didn’t mean to cut so deep. But after the party where she was humiliated in front of practically everyone in school, who could blame her for wanting some comfort? Sure, most people don’t find comfort in the touch of a razor blade, but Missy always was . . . different. That’s why she was chosen to become one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War. Now Missy wields a new kind of blade—a big, brutal sword that can cut down anyone and anything in her path. But it’s with this weapon in her hand that Missy learns something that could help her triumph over her own pain: control. A unique approach to the topic of self-mutilation, Rage is the story of a young woman who discovers her own power and refuses to be defeated by the world.
LYNN'S REVIEW:
Now, I’m not a fan of books that have heavy themes, but this book had a really unique twist on the concept of self-mutilation. While keeping to the seriousness of the behavior, it threw in a touch of dark humor and realism that kept me interested.
     The paranormal part was intriguing, too. The Four Horsemen concept was a creative twist. And boy, I loved Death. He was a great character. Just a hint of a possible romance between him and Missy kept me hanging on.
     I’ve never read anything by Jackie Morse Kessler, but I enjoyed her writing. With painful clarity I was able to understand the main character, Missy. I felt the agony and rolled with the anger, sadness, love, and hurt Missy experienced. Sometimes I wanted to put the book down because of it, but that’s a sign of great writing as far as I’m concerned. I love complex characters like Missy.
     It’s a difficult read, though, that touches on a tough topic facing many young adults, so it might not be for everyone. I think the fact that the story started out with action right away helped me overlook my hesitations on reading a book about such a heavy topic. Not to mention the wicked-cool sword.

Thanks, Lynn! Kessler's first Apocalypse book, Hunger, dealt with eating disorders, with a portion of the proceeds going to the National Eating Disorders Association. A portion of the proceeds from Rage will be donated to the organization called To Write Love On Her Arms.

ABOUT LYNN RUSH: Lynn writes paranormal romance and is an active member of Romance Writers of America and its Futuristic, Fantasy & Paranormal chapter.You can read more about Lynn and her writing at her website, or catch up with her on Facebook or Twitter.

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34 comments:

  1. I loved "Hunger"! Can't wait to read "Rage". Thank you for the chance to win!
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  2. I love how she gives proceeds to great causes to help people struggling with life issues such as the ones she writes about. It's inspiring!!

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  3. Great review, Lynn. Thanks for posting this, Suzanne. Rage sounds like a real emotional story.

    Dawn

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  4. I like everything that has to do with The Four Horsemen. It's all so very interesting. It's also very nice of the author to donate part of the proceeds to organizations that have to do with the stories. :)
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  5. Now THAT'S a cover! Wow! And the review got me hooked! What an interesting main character, filled with angst. I never read a book with the topic of self-mutilation. Would love to try it.
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  6. I'm not sure if I'd like a book this heavy but all of the reviews I've read have been good.

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  7. I'm not sure if I'd like a book this heavy but all of the reviews I've read have been good.

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  8. Great giveaway! I have heard great things about this book!
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  9. I'm in the mood for something dark.

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  10. I've been hearing aot about this one, can't wait to read it! tWarner419@aol.com

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  11. Ohhh I loved Hunger and this book is all the Rage. Cannot wait to read it thank you

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  12. YES! This author is amazing. I have been awaiting this release.
    Thank you!

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  13. Cool. I might give it a try.
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  14. Thanks for this review...I don't normally ready YA, but I think I'll have to get this one, read it, and pass it on to my own young adults, it seems like it just might be relevant!

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  15. I would love to win a copy of this book!

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  16. would love to read to win this!

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  17. Hunger was just GREAT and I'd love to read this! I find the whole idea realle awesome

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  18. I really want to read this series.

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  19. I've only read this one, not the first book, and it worked well. She did a great job with it!

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  20. I would LOVE to read this, it looks awesome!!! Thanks for the great giveaway :)

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  21. I am always interested in books that use the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse as a theme. Rage sounds good but looks like I need to start with Hunger. Oh, how I wish my local book store was still open.

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  22. Truthfully, I wasn't real sure I wanted to read a book on self mutilation but everyone has been raving about this series so i must at least give it a try.

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  23. I'd love to play please :D

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  24. Yes, I Want to win a copy of Rage, please :)

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  25. Sounds great. Thanks for the chance!

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  26. I find that those kind of books are a great way to talk about serious topic/issue.

    I would love to read this one!!!!

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  27. I enjoyed Hunger and would like to read this.
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  28. I'm very interested to read this book so i hope you'll let me win it! :))

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  29. Lynn, I loved your review and now have a new book to check out.

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  30. This sounds really interesting. I would love to win it!

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  31. Sounds really interesting. I'd love to win a copy.

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  32. I've really wanted to read Rage. I know what a difficult subject this is, but I've heard such great reviews...and want to check this out. Plus, I love that money is going to help others.

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  33. I'm new to this series... is this good? would really love to read this but will read the first one first.

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  34. I'd love to win this!

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