November 11th, 2010

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Event: A Reading with Greg Herren

Date: 11/13/2010
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Place: Giovanni's Room
At 12th & Pine Streets in Philly's "Gayborhood" in Center City
345 South 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Greg Herren is famous for his mysteries set in New Orleans, but this is a new beginning for him and for his publisher, Victoria Brownworth and her new publishing company specializing in children's and young adult lgbtq books, Tiny Satchel Press. Sorceress is Herren's first young adult novel and Tiny Satchel Press' first book.

Other Appointments: Saturday, November 20, 11:30 A.M.-1:00 P.M., Arts Council Of New Orleans, 818 Howard Avenue, Suite 300, New Orleans, LA 70113-1197

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 358 pages
Publisher: Tiny Satchel Press (November 23, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0984531815
ISBN-13: 978-0984531813
Amazon: Sorceress

Laura Pryce, 17, has just completed her junior year of high school when her parents are killed in a car accident and she must go live with her Great Aunt Melisande, whom she has never met. Once at her aunt's huge and rambling house, she discovers a series of paintings. The faces of the women--all from different historical periods--are the same as hers.

Her aunt tells her it's a weird genetic anomaly--that each generation has the face and that it brings with it an exciting future.
But Laura begins to have strange and terrifying dreams. She seeks out friendship in her aunt's assistant--Jake. Jake, however, has secrets of his own. What happened to his family?

As Laura feels increasingly isolated by her surroundings where cell phones fail to work and internet connections easily die, the dreams escalate until Laura cannot discern the difference between what is really a dream and what is happening at the strange, huge house. All she is certain of is that she is in danger...
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Shadows from the Past by Lisa Marie Davis

I was really not expeting this novel, or at least not the development it had. Chase is the son of a serial killer and his father committed suicide in prison before the death sentence could do justice; there is no doubt Chase’s father was guilty even if, a bit, I was expecting some black point, some unclear clue that gave a little of hope to Chase that indeed his father was not a serial killer. And instead no, Chase is the son of a monster and he has to live with this awareness. Moreover, when his father dies and Chase’s brother, Joel, calls him, the reader (me, romantic at heart) reads that scene like a last chance for Chase to rebuild at least a relationship with his brother and mother, now that his father, the killer, is dead. And again, instead no, Joel is maybe even more crazy than his father and almost immediately he becomes a killer himself.

There is no doubt to whom is the killer, there is no doubt that Chase is innocent, that he has no the same deviated gene his brother inherited by their father. That is basically the main point of the novel: Chase is flagellating himself with a sense of guilty that he has not reason to feel. He is his father’s son, that is true, but he has never once condoned his father’s actions, let alone forgive him. He completely changed his life, he detached himself not only from his past, but also from his future, not letting himself being loved by a good man, Kayne, that is a cop and comes from a steady and loving family: Chase has not right, or merit, to have a man like Kayne by his side, Chase is guilty and he has to pay for his father’s sins.

The problem is that no moral jury accused Chase, no one is pointing him like even a little responsible for his father’s actions, not even when his brother starts to kill people around Chase to make him pay for a betrayal Joel feels he has committed towards him and their father, not even then Kayne and public opinion are accusing Chase. And I don’t think that, for Chase to be comfortable with his coscience, is enough he has the remission from someone: Chase needs to condone himself, he needs to understand that he has not right to feel sorry, that he is not his father or brother, that he has no way to make things better on their stance. Only then Chase will be ready to love and being loved back.

Amazon Kindle: Shadows from the Past

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Cover Art by Paul Richmond