Monday, March 30, 2015

Cut me loose












  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Nan A. Talese (January 21, 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385538091
  • Author: Leah Vincent
  • Cover art: I love the contrast with the torn stockings.
  • Obtained: Purchased
  • Overall rating: *** out of 5 stars









Cut me loose by Leah Vincent
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews





Leah Vincent was born into the Yeshivish community, a fundamentalist sect of ultra-Orthodox Judaism. As the daughter of an influential rabbi, Leah and her ten siblings were raised to worship two things: God and the men who ruled their world. But the tradition-bound future Leah envisioned for herself was cut short when, at sixteen, she was caught exchanging letters with a male friend, a violation of religious law that forbids contact between members of the opposite sex. Leah's parents were unforgiving. Afraid, in part, that her behavior would affect the marriage prospects of their other children, they put her on a plane and cut off ties. Cast out in New York City, without a father or husband tethering her to the Orthodox community, Leah was unprepared to navigate the freedoms of secular life. She spent the next few years using her sexuality as a way of attracting the male approval she had been conditioned to seek out as a child, while becoming increasingly unfaithful to the religious dogma of her past. Fast-paced, mesmerizing, and brutally honest, Cut Me Loose tells the story of one woman's harrowing struggle to define herself as an individual. Through Leah's eyes, we confront not only the oppressive world of religious fundamentalism, but also the broader issues that face even the most secular young women as they grapple with sexuality and identity. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)


After reading Debroah Feldmans book, I wanted to read more stories of women in a different sect of Judaism then I am familiar with. Vincent's book was about the Yeshivish community, that is one I am not familiar with, so I promptly ordered the book and eagerly awaited it's arrival hoping to learn about this sect of Judaism.

I was left wanting more. I wish she would have told the readers more about her childhood and her background and why she was sent away. Honestly, this was more about her sexual experiences after leaving, which at times for me felt a little like over sharing, but that is just me and could be partly due to my upbringing and my own religious views. (It's just not spoken of that bluntly in my circles.)

Yes, I know it's said right in the description about the sexual aspect of the book, but I was not expecting it to be that blunt.

Aside from that, I did enjoy the book well enough, and I felt that she had a unique voice and I did learn a little about a new sect of Judaism.

If you are uncomfortable with blunt speak about sexuality, this book may not be for you, if that doesn't bother you and you want to learn about a lesser known sect of Judaism, then this may be the book for you. I would however pick up another book by Vincent.



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Sunday, March 15, 2015

I'll meet you there










  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (February 3, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 0805097953
  • Author: Heather Demetrios
  • Cover art: Simple, but I like it.
  • Obtained: Purchased.
  • Overall rating: ***** out of 5 stars









I'll meet you there by Heather Demetrios
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews

If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line.

Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.
(Synopsis provided by Goodreads)

I hadn't heard of this book to be honest. I only found out about it from fellow blogger Sarah at Novel Novice. She had a review and author guest post for the book and after reading the guest post I immediately drove to the book store and picked this one up.

I am so glad I did. This book was amazing. And amazing does't even seem to be the right word to describe this book. It was beautiful, it was funny, it was moving it was heart breaking. I actually hugged this book when I was done. It touched me that deeply. The only other book I've ever been moved by in the same way was Personal Effects by E.M Kokie.

I have a love of books about the military. I wish there were more YA novels that told their stories, but sadly at this time there are only a small handful.

During the few days I spent reading this book, I fell in love with Josh. His character is someone who's actions (in how he treats others) honestly if I knew a guy like that I'd probably want to smack him. However, and that is a huge however. His charm more then makes up for it and I know I would end up being friends with him and not smacking him.

The way Demetrios wrote this book was nothing short of phenomenal.  Told mostly through Skylars POV, we do get a few short chapters in Josh's POV. Which were more of him talking in his mind to his friends from the military. It was a unique view into his mind and in a way it explains why he treats people the way he does and I think that is why I can forgive his actions.

I know it's still early in the year, but I think this book is easily going to be my favorite of the year, I honestly don't see another book coming close to this one, if there was a higher rating then five stars this would take it.


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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Purim

It's Purim! Was ill most of the day and the past week. But thankfully I am well enough to read the Megillah and I had a small cup of wine to celebrate Purim. I don't feel well enough to go to the various parties, but I have more time to read a few things and have more posts up soon!
Happy Purim to all who are celebrating!


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