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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Indie Inklings Ltd; 1 edition (8 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095743149X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957431492
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,774,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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This story is everything a book should be; beautifully written -by that I mean it's exquisite, tender, painfuly searing at times, lyrical, thought provoking, erotic in the best possible way, with characters that I absolutely fell in love with. The story has lingered in my mind for a long time now and some scenes I doubt I will ever forget.

Do yourself a favour and buy a copy right now. You won't regret it.
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Such a heartwarming story. Brilliantly written; it had me from happy highs to teary lows in a heartbeat. No review could do this book and the author justice. Certainly worth playing good money for; book at current price is a bargain!
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I don't think words can adequately describe my feelings for this book. Everything about it is simply divine and it takes the reader on an emotional rollercoaster eventually creating a sense of realism and making it impossible to put down. There was a perfect balance of humour and deep contemplation and at times pain that is effectively dealt to the more sensitive reader. Much love for this series am eagerly anticipating the next volume with more longing for that than Christmas.
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From its first words till the last, Acclamation captivates and bewitches, with its wonderful characters and incredible pacing.

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!!! 1 Nov. 2012
By Shirley Quinones - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the story of Michael Cassidy, a 28-year old teacher who has experienced love and loss and it left him scarred. He has made the best of what life has dealt him and has found a routine to his life, accepting that this was the way it would be. Then in comes Dominic Butler, a neighbor, and his whole world is turned on its axis. He starts feeling again, he questions, he ponders, he day-dreams and ultimately tries to resist. But it is to no avail. Dominic is not merely a soon to be 18-year old. He is an old soul. A handsome young man who is open, determined in his beliefs, strong, articulate and vulnerable. He is everything Michael would like in a partner and he is the one person he shouldn't want. A student.

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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't write reviews. 9 Sept. 2013
By Sara Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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You probably have already decided to read this gem, or forgo it, already. If you're anything like me, you skim the reviews to see if anything jarring pops out at you. If you're one of those, just read it already. If you're on the fence, and you are aflutter with hesitation, just read it already. It won't be easy. It won't be light. It might keep you up for a night. Or you might buy every book in the series and read them back-to-back, only going out into the real world and work when you are FORCED to do so. You might cry. You might cry a lot. You might run the gauntlet of human emotions you didn't think was possible from *simply reading a book*, but it will be worth it.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 31 Oct. 2012
By C. Bailey - Published on Amazon.com
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I was hooked from the first page. I literally could not put it down. The language is stunning with just the right amount of detail. The backdrop of how Michael ends up in Ashbrooke is heart-wrenching. Then there's Catholic schoolboy Dominic. What an amazing character the author has created. He's the perfect portrait of someone coming into adulthood. The main characters are so endearing and realistic that you feel like you know these people, and honestly, you probably do to some extent. They could be anyone. They are so extremely likable that you forget that their situation is frowned upon, that you shouldn't want them to succeed. I do, though. I very much do! This is a beautifully crafted piece of work and I honestly can't wait for the next book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely beautiful 10 Oct. 2012
By Npyis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Acclamation is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The forbidden desire and the self-destruction Mr. Cassidy goes through left me turning the pages until I had no more pages left. The entire book is narrated by Michael Cassidy and I found myself forming a sort of bond with his character, and what a beautiful character he is.

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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 15 Oct. 2012
By Bells - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The most beautifully crafted story I've ever read. Vee takes readers into this amazing world where we form connections with these amazing characters, all part of a very unique story. A perfect mix of humour, drama, heart breaking romance and excitement, it's a wonderful love story full of underlying themes, all of these are beautiful challenges. Thank you very much Vee Hoffman :]
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