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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Review & Giveaway: No Story to Tell by KJ Steele


No Story to TellNo Story to Tell
by K.J. Steele
Paperback, 388 pages
Published October 16th 2011 by Fiction Std
ISBN 1936558203
Have you ever wondered if you can be born into the wrong life?This is a question Victoria Lackey, a once promising dancer, tries hard not to ask herself as she wanders through her days, tending her secrets and burying her past.It is a question that begins to whisper to her after a chance meeting with Elliot, a sensual artist from the city, who recognizes the dancer’s spirit within her.A question that presses for an answer after softly seductive anonymous telephone calls encourage her forward into a life of her own.A question that demands an answer when the woman she is explodes inside the woman she has become.Buried dreams, anonymous telephone calls, and a heart full of secrets. NO STORY TO TELL is a story that demanded to be told.
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My Thoughts:
No Story to Tell is not my usual type of read but the premises of the story intrigued me from the blurb, and though it was not at all what I expected, it captivated me none the less.

The protagonist of the story, Victoria, was brought to life on the pages with KJ Steele’s fluid and descriptive story telling. This was not a light and happy tale though; Victoria’s life is full of tragic experiences, disappointment, betrayal and little happiness, making for a heart-breaking journey. If you want a book that will truly capture you heart and soul then No Story to Tell is for you but be warned, KJ Steele in no way promises a happily ever after for her characters. This gave the story a capacious breath of realism but also left me quite depressed despite the ray of hope it ended with. I wanted Victoria's tale to continue on just so I can see if anything good finally came her way and what her next chapter in life contained. It takes a truly gifted author to bring out these types of feelings in a reader and endear a character so much to them. And though I usually try to steer clear of not-so-happy reads because real life throws you enough curve balls and I don’t usually like to read about them as well, I’m glad I picked up this novel and did not miss this story that definitely needed to be told. Despite Victoria being a fictional character, I can’t help but wish all the best for her in life.




Rating: 4 Wine Glasses - A hard book to rate but it brought about so many different feelings it cannot be described as anything less than great.

Sexual Content: For adults. This is not a romance; there are three dark sexual encounters but they're glossed over and not detailed. One is only mentioned and is a rape, while another scene is an actual rape though it is not graphic.


~*GIVEAWAY*~
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5 comments:

Karen C said...

I've seen No Story to Tell in the blogoverse and was intrigued; your review only cements my desire to read this story.

kacbooks(at)hotmail(dot)com

Anita Yancey said...

The book sounds very interesting, and I'd enjoy reading it. Thanks for having this giveaway.

Mary @SweepingMe said...

I have to say this book sounds intriguing. I would love to read it. Thanks for the chance.

Mary

Kara said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

Denise Z said...

I have read several books recently that were nothing like I expected and also found them hard to write about. You did a wonderful joy with your review. Thank you for sharing and for the awesome giveaway opportunity.