Thursday, May 31, 2012

Review/Giveaway Skewered Halo

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Skewered Halo
Brenda Youngerman
Strategic Book Publishing
February 14th, 2012
230 Pages

Skewered Halo is like no other story you have ever read! Diane Montrose wakes up one morning to find out that her entire life has been based upon lies and treachery. Everything she thought she knows… she doesn’t!

It’s bad enough that as a young girl her older sister informed Diane that she was placed on her parents’ doorstep and that she was nothing better than garbage. But when, at the age of eighteen, she finally informed her parents of the story they denied the whole thing, yet still sided with the treacherous sister. To make matters worse her sister managed to dictate everything in Diane’s life even though she didn’t know it!

Follow along as the lies, treachery and mystery surrounding Diane are uncovered….. or are they??

She slowly wound herself down the hall to the bedrooms. The first door on the right was her son’s room. Tyler had been an angel from the moment he was born. Nothing and no one could ever put out his light. Just watching his wonderment at life could crack even the hardest of shells. No one ever walked away from Tyler without a smile on their face.
When Kyle came along a year later, Tyler welcomed him with open arms, and the boys were inseparable. The room for one immediately became a room for two. Bath time became playtime. She crossed the hall to the tiny bathroom and could picture the two of them playing in the tub. Tears crept into her eyes, and she just let them fall.
She continued her journey to the next bedroom. The bed was made with a pink-ruffled spread, and there were animals waiting on the pillow. Those animals were going to have to wait for a very long time. Diane could see the tiny silhouette of her daughter drawing. “Look, Mommy, I made a pretty picture for you!” She had just smiled at her and said it was nice; she was too busy to take notice. Tears streamed down her cheeks as she went into the master bedroom and reminisced about the day they’d bought the house.
“I hate this bathroom, Gary,” she’d told him. “It’s ridiculous.”
“I know, hon, we’ll get it fixed right away,” he’d promised. That never happened.
Not for the first time, and certainly not for the last, she said, “Gary Montrose! I hope you’re rotting in hell!”

This book was very well written but not really my cup of tea. I found that there was just too many things happening to Diane for it all to be believable. Having raised children of my own I don't see how the parents in this story could have been so blind to what was going on because for all intents and purposes they seemed normal about everything else except Diane. 
I was kind of surprised when the book ended, I was thinking I must have missed some pages. 
If you like women's fiction you will like this book, it gives 'dysfunctional family' a whole new meaning!

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Author Bio
Brenda Youngerman writes about stories that matter. A southern California native coming from a very large family where she never felt like she fit in. “I was the youngest member of a huge family and I never really felt like I belonged there.”

Her first novel, Private Scars, was an expose of what happens to a victim of domestic abuse when they have never been exposed to it. From the moment the first review came out Youngerman realized her calling… that of the voice of the victims.. those who don’t have the strength to speak for themselves. Since Private Scars (2006), Youngerman has published a novel a year, each one exposing another social issue that those in power choose not to discuss. “If one person is helped by one of my novels, that is a good day.”

Skewered Halo takes a look at the filth behind sibling rivalry that goes unnoticed by inattentive parents. Brenda is currently at work at her eighth and ninth novel (simultaneously).



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  1. Hi and thank you for the honest review....
    I can see where this book is not some people's cup of tea -- I try to bring to light some dark sides of life and truth and unfortunately there are some families that really operate this way...

    Sad, when you realize, as a parent, how wrong it is!

    Have a great weekend

    1. Hi Brenda,
      thanks for stopping by! I love when authors stop by to say hi.
      I totally agree with your comment, I guess I grew up in a different generation, my parents and sister were always wonderful and still are, I'm so lucky! I can't imagine as a parent not loving either one of my boys (men now) equally, they are both awesome, at least to me!
      Again thanks for stopping by!

  2. Not yet having read Skewered Halo (although I have read and reviewed several of Youngerman's novels) I cannot comment on the believability of the events in the book. As the oldest child of a large family, one where bullying a sibling was a daily event, unfortunately encouraged by a parent... let me just say that under the darkness of family violence... anything is possible... Believe!

  3. This sounds like an interesting book.

  4. Cant Wait To Read This Book Its Really So Interesting.