Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Minnie Lahongrais

A Review

This is a best book ever!

Sometimes I feel like reading something that skims along the line of darkness. Maybe a story filled with evil intentions, or deviant behavior. I may even want to read something that contains murder, crime, mystery or drama. And sometimes I may not be looking for a happily ever after kind of story where the girl gets the guy or the girl. But, sometimes while on my quest for my next hot read I find what I am looking for in the most interesting ways.

A friend of mine named Jess, who helps me out every now and then, came across someone on Twitter who was looking for someone to review her friend's book (I know, keep up with me, it gets better). Well, To make a longer story shorter, Jess connected us - I read it - and now I present Divergent Lives to you, this book is everything that I mentioned above and more, so much more.

There are characters in this story who reminds me of people I know - it was weirdly familiar. Then there are characteristics of various characters that I never *ever* want to experience with real people - they were just creepy. Although, I have had the opportunity to get to know one sociopath during my journey of life who IMHO was very - very scary. I don't want to know anymore sociopaths.

Divergent Lives starts off tragically then the story slips into that area of "oh wow, did I just read that?". Yeah, you know that feeling when your conscious mind is having that preverbal battle with your subconscious mind? Where that voice in your head is yelling at you to close the book and walk away because this scene is not going to end well - but you can't because you just have to know what's going to happen next? Well, I read it, I couldn't walk away because it was so good.

When I finished reading Divergent Lives the only words that came to mind was damn WTF just happened? I didn't know if I liked it or not. What I did know was that it made an impact - I was first shocked then speechless. Later, at some point while telling my fiancé about the story I realized that I actually liked it. I was explaining the story and characters as if they were real people and the story really happened - now that's when I realized why I was left speechless. The story is very good, the characters are well developed, and I liked it. It made me look at people that I meet throughout my day a bit differently, haha. I am really happy to have read this book and I know that you will like it too. You will see this book on my blog again because it is a good story that shouldn't be missed.

Book Description:

Psych Thriller Adds Deviant Twists to Sociopath Theme

RJ and Adina enter the world as fraternal twins, one raised by old-world, controlling immigrants in El Barrio, the other sold into a religious home filled with lies and scorn. Both are sociopaths.

Turns out, RJ’s got a secret that enrages him with the flip of a switch. Adina uses her sexual power to dominate every man in her life. They are on a mysterious trajectory to cross paths in New York City, where the end of their lives culminates in an apex of horror and carnage.

Worldwide purchase links: Germany/Deutschland







About the author:

Native New Yorker, Minnie Lahongrais unwittingly kick-started her second career when she began writing an urban fantasy tale intended to help her cope with the death of her father. November of that year, she set that story aside to immerse herself in the annual madness of NaNoWriMo, meeting the challenge head on. Her first novel, “Sinner’s Ride” was published Spring of 2011. That summer, she found herself obsessed with the story idea for “Divergent Lives.”

Next on her agenda is the urban fantasy she began at the outset of her journey. She now plans to write that story as a trilogy.

Ms. Lahongrais currently lives in New York City. She finds time to write every day and spends her free time with her family.

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  1. OMG Cloey!

    Thank you so much for such a great review!

    When I sat down to write this story, I never imagined it would get so dark. I had some even darker ideas for it but decided to toe the line. I couldn't even take it, but the muse wants what the muse wants and you gotta give in some.

    It is very gratifying when a reader gets your story and can relate to it in real life. It means you got it right!

    Thank you!!