Wednesday, October 16, 2013

LEANN'S REVIEW: Reverb (J. Cafesin)

Title: Reverb

Author: J. Cafesin

Format: Review copy

Source: Gifted by J. Cafesin

Published June 20th 2011 by J. Cafesin, via Smashwords

ISBN13: 2940011381591


James Micheal Whren is brilliant, beautiful, rich, and taken—with his genius for creating music. He's desired by many, yet commits to no one but his muse. Just twenty-eight, and at the pinnacle of his career, on the eve of his brother's funeral his father shatters his life, and James is left abandoned in hell with no one real to save him.

His odyssey to freedom takes him beyond the looking glass, to the reflection of friends and lovers. Humbled and alone, James escapes to the Greek island of Corfu. But instead of finding solace there, loneliness almost consumes him.

Until Elisabeth, and her son, Cameron.

Reverb is a love story, a psychological thriller paced with romantic suspense. The story chronicles intricately woven characters fraught with frailties that possess us all, and that linger long after the read. It is a tale of redemption—the evolution of a modern man from solipsist to integrated awareness, and the journey that inadvertently awakens his capacity to love.

Spun from The Magus, also about a man who learns to love someone other than himself, and way beyond 50 Shades of Gray, Reverb is told like Crime and Punishment--modern, clean, edgy verging on sharp. Like nothing you've read, guaranteed.

About the Author:
Novelist. Essayist. Realist. Idealist.Taut, edgy, modern fiction with complex, compelling characters that bring story live, and linger long after the reads...
Reverb (2013)
Disconnected (2014)
A Possible Future (2005, Screenplay)

Fractured Fairytales of the Twilight Zone
The Morality Police (2012)
The Activation (2010)
Tales of Finnegus Boggs--Billy and Tyron (2009)

Essays and articles are featured regularly in local and national print publications. Many of the essays from her ongoing blogspot have been translated into multiple languages and distributed globally:
J. Cafesin lives on the eastern slope of the redwood laden Oakland Hills with her husband/best friend, two gorgeous, talented, spectacular kids, and a bratty but cute Shepherd pound hound. Find her on Facebook, Google+, and Goodreads.
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Every so often you read a book that changes you, stays with you always. For me this was one of those books. I was told I hadn't read anything like it... And it's true. I haven't read anything like it. It is one of a kind in that sense. I was captivated from the beginning. I can't really begin to describe how I feel about this book.

What would you do if you had everything going for you? What if you had worked your whole life to achieve greatness? Then it was ripped away in seconds?

I can't even give character descriptions with out giving away some part of this story. The pain and loss is unimaginable. I was honestly in tears at parts! The story was well written and will definitely keep you turning pages if you choose to read it. I read it in one sitting and then couldn't sleep afterward.

The honesty in the description of how one might feel after traumatic events like these is spectacular. It is very rare that you feel the pain and loss along with these character days after you have read a book. I couldn't even get my review written or even put thoughts down on a page for a few days. It was a lot to take in. Gut wrenching at times to read, bringing memories forward that you hope you or no one ever has to experience.

And in all this pain and loss you have this spectacular love that blooms. Slowly at first but beautifully.

At least we get the fairy tale ending in real world terms. A good book, an emotional roller coaster read, and highly recommended! Truly a psychological thriller and romantic suspense.

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