Saturday, August 8, 2015

Book Review: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

Title The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

Author Stephanie Oakes

Release Date June 9, 2015

The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust.

And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too.

Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it's clear that Minnow knows something—but she's not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of—if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is a hard-hitting and hopeful story about the dangers of blind faith—and the power of having faith in oneself.

People always say that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but I just can't stop. It's a horrible habit that I wish I wouldn't have picked up. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly lacks a spectacular cover (admit it, it's kind of boring) and I almost passed the book over for that simple reason. Ignoring the cover, the blurb does seem interesting, but I feel like even that sells the book short.

Sometimes a good book just sneaks up on you. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly was so good. I was genuinely surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. Without a doubt, this book will be one of my top 10 in 2015. If you're looking for your next 5-star read, this is it.

This book is made of the good stuff. Captivating writing style, interesting story, and intriguing characters. I was thoroughly impressed. And I just want to throw it out there that this is a debut novel!

The only issue that I had (and it's a super tiny one) was the ending. I wanted just a little more. Just a little more story at the end and it would have been perfect. Maybe an epilogue would have satisfied my needs? Or maybe, likely, I'm just greedy.

I'm certainly interested in reading more from Stephanie Oakes.


5 out of 5 stars

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