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Ah, the dreaded profile--right up there with root canals and query letters. Let’s see…
I grew up poor, chubby, and fatherless in a small Pennsylvania town. (Ouch.) But none of this has stopped me from becoming super-wealthy, movie star svelte, and happily married, living in a fabulous area of North Carolina. (Okay, some of this may be exaggerated.)
So what is the truth? What IS truth, for that matter? And how much does it matter for a fiction writer? Despite the deliciousness of these questions, they will have to be answered by greater minds than that of C.J. Graves. But here are a few bits of information that are mostly true:
-I have a B.A. in Interior Architecture and Design from the University of North Carolina.
-I lived in Japan for a couple years. Konnichiwa!
-I started out writing nonfiction, then screenplays, then novels--three different genres. (I may have writing ADD. Is there a support group for that?)
-I like rolling on the floor with sweaty guys and hitting people. (I know what you’re thinking, but before you get all excited, I’m talking about mixed martial arts not BDSM!)
-In my previous life, I was a harried mother of twelve, living during the Victorian era. (I don’t know if this is true, but it seems a reasonable excuse of why I don’t have children and enjoy period movies.)
So this is me--kind of. How about you? If you like mysteries, dark romances, and/or paranormal YA, please try my books--Crossed, Belted, and Antichrist 16. Happy reading!
on Sep. 18, 2012 :
OMG! What can I say about this book! First let me say I received this book from the Author for my honest review. It is a bit out of the norm for me to read a book that's title has ANYTHING at all to do with religion even slightly. I've studied far too many religions to want to read about them in my leisure time. That being said I can say this book was one of the most interesting, fun, intelligently written books I've read in a long time.
First we have young Nathan, who is 16 and finds out quite by accident that he is the antichrist. Okay and if that isn't weird enough his two friends Shayla and Cheeseman are his keepers. I absolutely loved Nathan. He is a fabulously written character. You fall in love with him. His little secret love for Shayla that isn't really all that secret is perfect and exactly what a 16 year old boy would do. Cheeseman has learning disabilities and is such a character. I could picture the three children together perfectly. That says a lot about the Author.
I won't go into any details what-so-ever about the story other than to say it was a delightful read. It kept you on the edge of your seat for the entire book. There is a lot of detail in the book but it never has an info-dump which is very good. The information she wants to give you is done in such a way that it entices you the reader to keep going.
As for the religious aspect of the book. There is none! I mean sure she mentions the antichrist often and religion as in they go to church or how the preacher does his sermons but there is no preaching of hell fire and damnation if you don't believe. I personally hate that sort of thing. I think as the author wrote in her book that "souls cannot be lost and they don't need to be saved. All of that is a construction, a fabrication to gain and maintain control of a larger populace". It's nice to see that other people think the same thing and have the brains and the nerve to put it in writing.
Kudos to C. J. Graves for her book and I wholeheartedly recommend this book to EVERYONE! Young or old alike!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on Sep. 18, 2012 :
I must say this was not at all what I was expecting but a delightful read nonetheless. Everything we've ever heard about the Antichrist is pushed aside in the story and I was completely drawn in from the beginning. The concept that he was neither good or evil and we are all from the same source is one I can relate to. Kudos!! Looking forward to more in this series.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on Sep. 07, 2012 :
I received this book free as part of a read to review programs.
I'd give this 3.5 stars. It's a rather fast reading. I liked the characters and it flowed really well. I really liked that this wasn't a blatant "normal" YA romance threads that seem to pollute other books (the triangles or the "I'll die!" or that ilk.)
I have to also say that I really don't like urban fantasy or fantasy with a male MC and this MC really didn't bother me.
Somethings were, I felt, a little rushed. He's rather calm and collected about being the antichrist (I mean, by 20% in, he's already committed to the cause.) It felt really weird. You'd think it could've been sunken into the story more. I mean, give us some foreshadowing.
I don't really like the names of the "evil" group. I mean, "the Takers"? I wish Graves had put more into the small details.
That's just small, nitpicky stuff on my part. It a decent book.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Aug. 17, 2012 :
What a delightful Anti-Christ story!! Not what I was expecting at all. It was filled with humor, witty banter between the characters, suspense, action, and the Anti-Christ himself!! I even cried. Hmp. Don't judge me.
I hope this will become a series. In fact, when I'm done here, I'm going to check.
Great, fun, quick read. I was reading other books while I read this one, but this one kept my attention and I kept going back to it. Entertaining story for both adults and young adults.
No doubt, 5 stars. Excellent.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)