Acclamation: Volume 1 Paperback – 8 Oct 2012
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About the Author
Vee Hoffman, thrift store fashion enthusiast and unapologetic crazy cat lady, has been creating fictional worlds since her teens. She has lovingly honed her unique style of character study over ten years of writing in the online community, learning (eagerly, and sometimes embarrassingly) from the school of slash fanfiction in the early Internet Age. Putting those lessons to work, she debuts with "Acclamation," part one of a four part series, at age 31. A sometime music journalist, she indulges her critical side with the occasional vlog or guest article on Japanese pop music, hoping the day will come when someone actually asks for her opinion on AKB48. When not writing, Vee can usually be found browsing Tumblr at 3:00AM, getting emotional over posts about Doctor Who with red wine in hand.
Top Customer Reviews
Do yourself a favour and buy a copy right now. You won't regret it.
I found the story line actual and very realistic. Michael Cassidy, a teacher, stumbles into his new life, in an inherited house, in an unknown town and with no other expectations, than to live a quiet life. The fact that the neighbours' son Dominic becomes his lover, surprises him more than anyone, and Michael's agony in trying to justify the reciprocation of feelings is quite palpable. In Acclamation, love is never easy and needs to be earned, lust doesn't come without guilt, and neither Michael or Dominic are handed anything on a platter.
This is where Acclamation excels though. It's a portrayal of their life - it's tender, without being sappy, it's punchy, it's melancholic and then of course it's hot. Very hot.
I want more.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
To say that I was conflicted by this story would be an understatement. As a mother, could I condone the relationship between a teacher and his student? Do I take everything presented to me as a whole or in bits and pieces? As a reader, do I just discard my apprehension merely because this is fiction? Should I go with what my emotions are telling me or with the thoughts running around in my head? These were some of the questions I asked myself.
From the start, Michael won my heart. His story is one filled with both pain and hope and I really wanted him to find that happiness he had lost but still deserved. He was funny, self-deprecating and adorable as can be. I was immediately drawn to him. Connecting and embracing Dominic was not even an option. He was amazing in his own right. So mature and understanding, but yet so insecure and inexperienced. I wanted to take them both and give them a private place to be together but on the other hand I wanted to scold them. Ask them what the hell they were thinking and shake some sense into them. In the end, my heart won out and this I contribute to the author, Vee Hoffman.
She lured me with the first passages in the book, kept me enraptured throughout Michael's narration, renewed my interest with every piece of dialog that was exchanged, melted me each and every time they came together and just about broke my heart with the last line. The answers to my questions changed throughout the book and after I finished reading they were still haunting me.
It was brilliant.
But I confess that as a reader whose English is a second language, the writing was at times overwhelming. I also admit that I thought I would not like the single point of view element in this book. I was surprised that I did not miss Dominic's account of the story and I very much enjoyed getting to know Dominic mainly through Michael's eyes.
Vee Hoffman played it out perfectly. I appreciated Michael's apprehension and his efforts to fight this connection with Dominic and vice versa. I would have been disappointed if it would have been easily accepted by both characters - the outcome of my rating would have been very different to say the least. Another element that really affected my rating was the range of emotions presented in this book. There was passion, pain, love and happiness. But this was mixed up with grief, trepidation, bravery and acceptance. All of this, in addition to well developed and complex characters, realistic dialog, great humor and an array of well placed events, made Acclamation an amazing and very touching read.
I was lucky to have been chosen to read and review this book in exchange of an honest opinion and I am very much looking forward to the next book with an eagerness that surprises even myself.
A few "reviewers" complain that the protagonist is "too wordy", "too introspective". These people probably also think that Twilight & 50 Shades of Grey are acceptable pieces of "literature." (Go Read This Book!)
I hesitated at the "taboo" topic of teacher/student. That got blown to smithereens within a few chapters. The author truly has an amazing gift and this thought provoking, (gut wrenching, heart melting, mind blowing) series is of so much more value artistically than it's paltry cost.
You can go read light, fluffy and poorly written later. This "genre" is saturated with it.
Take a step out of your comfort zone and come meet Michael & Dominic. Read this NOW.
Not to leave out Dominic Butler, who I fell in love with as well after seeing how complex his views of the world are, and how assertive yet quiet he is. His mother, Renee Butler, was a delight to read about as well. She completely stole my heart from her first appearance!
But what I loved the most was, of course, the beautiful relationship blooming between Michael and Dominic. It hurts to read at parts, I myself having had to put down my kindle several times before being able to go on.
I would recommend this book to anybody who appreciates beautiful writing paired with a beautiful story.
Cannot wait for the sequel!