#SegueSaturday Leverage by Joshua C. Cohen #bookreview #bullying #sports #yafiction

I started my book review blog in 2009 and I have read so many outstanding books that I wanted to share them again with my followers on #SegueSaturday.  I first posted this review in June 2012.  Leverage‘s message of tragedy, courage, and justice sticks with me almost 7 years after discovering this amazing story.  A must read that you most likely will never forget.

From Fantastic Fiction:

Joshua C. Cohen began writing “Leverage” after reading a news account of a horrific attack by a group of high school seniors on their fellow underclassmen. When the victims reluctantly came forward, instead of receiving offers of help, they were ostracized by the surrounding community for sullying the reputation of the school and causing a cancellation of the football season. Joshua’s fascination with that part of human nature–the need to keep quiet when awful things occur and how that leads to victims getting wronged twice–is what started the whole story that eventually led to “Leverage.”

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#BlogTourReview: No Ordinary Girl by Cheryl Elaine @CherylElaine15 @rararesources

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What started out as a night of celebration for Aimee soon turned into a nightmare. Snatched by cruel, sadistic monsters – the worst creatures mankind has ever produced – she’s thrown into a metal container, among other victims too frightened to make a single sound.

The game-keepers force everyone to play. They deliver torment and pain in equal measure. Every hunter has their own agenda and reasons to maim and torture.

Detective Johnson is one step away from catching the killers. Wrestling with his instincts as a father to serve justice his own way, this is no ordinary case for him. Can he stop the vile sadists before they damage more young girls, as well as his own daughter?

Aimee’s ordeal within the compound brings her to the conclusion that she’s no ordinary girl. But can she hang onto her sanity long enough to escape? And will she find a different way to play?

This crime thriller will keep you riveted. It’s no ordinary story.

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Book Review: Violated-Exposing Rape at Baylor University Amid College Football’s Sexual Assault Crisis by Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach (9781478974086)

cover117931-mediumAccording to national statistics, at least one in five college women experience some type of sexual assault. 

Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach are ESPN reporters who have done a comprehensive investigation into injustices and cover ups of a prominent Christian college, Baylor University, in Waco, Texas.

The book contains many stories of Baylor female students who reported sexual assaults by athletes to their university over a period of several years which went unanswered until the administration had to confront the realities happening on its campus.  Not only did the university ignore the victims’ cries, but the city police department was inconsistent in their investigations and withheld police reports involving students and student athletes.  One case included five victim reports involving the same male football player, a serial rapist.  Once this sexual assault case came out, other cases (old and new) started surfacing.

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Book review: Modesty (Excuse Me, Miss Series #2) by Phillip Thomas Duck (E-book)

The second book in Phillip Thomas Duck’s Excuse Me, Miss series follows Terri Welker who photographs philandering men in the act for James Boston Investigations.  One day she finds out that the man who raped her several years ago is dead and the life and the man she left behind on that terrible day have come back to haunt her.

Mr. Duck’s continues his interesting short fiction series in the world of infidelity and suspense.  Another strong, but vulnerable woman with past secrets.

Thank you to Mr. Duck for giving me the opportunity to review his book.

Book review: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (9780142407325)

Melinda has been ostrasized by her peers because she called the cops at a summer party, but no one knows the horrible secret she is hiding. “It” has devastated her life and she feels there is no one to talk to so she keeps silent until “It” rears its ugly head again and she needs to save her former best friend from undergoing the same fate Melinda did.

A truly memorable novel that reaches into a young teenagers anguish and reaches into your soul.

An excellent must read for young teenagers and parents alike.