Saturday, August 27, 2011

Book Review: Exposed

Hi Everyone!

I hope you're having a lovely weekend! I'm finally getting a little time off to relax, after working 12 straight days. Woot woot!

I've snuck in the slightest bit of reading time here and there when I can. I've won three novels through Goodreads' First Reads program, and accidentally purchased around 30 new books this month. One of our local used bookstores is going out of business because the owner is moving. She had marked down all books in the store to be 75% off the publisher's price, so just a couple of dollars here and there. I bought 14. Because the store closes at the end of the month, she's slashed prices again. All books are $1. A dollar!!! I can't not stock up! This is the perfect time to be purchasing those "junk food" novels that I run through so quickly. So, I purchased 20-something. Terrible... I also bought a bookshelf. I have a cheap bookshelf from Wal Mart that is trying really hard to fall apart on me after only having it for a year and being moved once. The bookshelf I bought is the same size as my old one, but much sturdier.

Anyway, below is my review for Exposed:

The Goodreads Summary for Exposed by Ashely Weis:

Allyson Graham, marriage counselor and lover of love, lived a life of romance few could imagine. Until her husband's secret addiction stared at her from the computer screen. Will she be able to forgive the man who lied to her all of those precious years?

Follow her painful story alongside the heartbreaking story of Taylor Adams, a young girl searching for her worth in the world. As Allyson struggles to forgive her husband for lying about his addiction, Taylor naively falls into the same self-destructive industry and discovers that the attention and fun is nothing like she thought it would be.

Take a journey with these two women as they find out that God really does have a purpose in every storm.

Exposed: A NovelAshley Weis' novel Exposed is a well-written, fast-paced novel. Weis examines the fictional lives of two women: Allyson Graham and Taylor Adams. Allyson's character, although somewhat of a drama queen, reacts to her husband's addiction in the way I imagine most women would. Taylor is very much a predictable, cliche character. Her daddy issues have lead her to working in the porn industry, and she has dismissed all religion from her life. The novel was tastefully written, and minimally graphic.

The pace of the book kept me thinking about it whenever I couldn't read it. I was definitely "hooked". I did find it to be predictable and, at times, super cliche. The ending was a bit of a disappointment, because I feel there should have been a few more pages of development.

The surprising part of the novel for me was that this is Christian Fiction. I had not expected that, based on the description on the back. Weis does a wonderful job of incorporating Christianity without making it consume the storyline in the novel.

I recommend this novel for anyone interested in reading a racier Christian Fiction novel, or anyone who is going through the same situations as the two main characters.

Here are my stats:

Exposed by Ashley Weis
Rating: 3/5
Pages: 318
2011 Reading Goal: 8374/12500

Have a happy Saturday, everyone! :)

FTC disclosure: Through Goodreads' First Reads Program, I received a free copy of Exposed from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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