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Turning Grace (The Turning Series, Book 1) by [Davis, J.Q.]
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About the Author

J.Q. Davis is from New Orleans, Louisiana. She and her husband, an active duty Marine, have no children but consider their pooches, Lucy and Bella, their daughters. When she was little girl, she aspired to become a writer. But then one day, she learned about zombies...and now she wants to be a Zombrid.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 803 KB
  • Print Length: 197 pages
  • Publisher: J.Q. Davis (10 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KWP2B00
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,966 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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I'm a free book addict, so downloaded this when it was gratis. I think it's worth paying for in retrospect and would definitely look forward to a sequel. It's well written with few grammatical errors (tends to spell pores as pours and that's about it). The easily to relate to characters are engaging and the plot is mostly innovative for the genre. I've only knocked one star off because the main male character made me realize how cliched and sexist many modern romances of any genre/age group tend to be. This geeky outsider girl meets perfectly chiselled adonis who every girl in school would give their right arm to be with that suddenly notices her and thenceforth hangs on her every word. That and this particular one is a combination of an easily led doormat and a closet psychopath. Mind you, that could make for a rather interesting plot twist or two if this book is part of a series. And there's plenty more to the story than just the main character's love interest. There's mystery, tragedy and school bully divas getting what they deserve. Definitely a worthwhile read for teenagers and us old fogies who like a light read in the dead of night.
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I do not want to make any comparisons to other novels involving this kind of teen romance/fantasy like twilight or the hunger games as this book stands on it's own without such lazy comparisons. BUT as a guide, if you have kids who liked those, they will love this.

My daughter read this book in less than a week, every opportunity she was reading. This could easily be the start of a great series of teen fiction books that cross over nicely into the adult genre for those like me that just enjoy a well written story and interesting plot.

It is written from the perspective of a main character who was experiencing more that normal teenage changes which was nice view point for the reader. Throughout the book there are some interesting metaphors for real life teenage/coming of age transitions which are cleverly intertwined with the story.

Overall a great, fun, well written read.
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good book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Turning Grace is unlike anything I have read before 22 Jun. 2016
By Nancy Allen (The Avid Reader) - Published on Amazon.com
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Grace is your typical teenager who wants the same things as every other teenager to be popular and have a boyfriend well maybe not exactly. Well she definitely doesn’t want to be popular but she would like it if she were not on some people’s radar all the time. Like that was their life’s only objective was to pick on Grace. She walks the halls of school trying to be invisible hoping no one will notice her but that hardly ever happens.

Oh and she wants a boyfriend alright and she knows exactly who and that is the hot, popular jock Tristen Miles but there is just one problem and that is Tristen just happens to be with the popular girl and the one person that Grace is always trying to avoid. But this is only a minor thing for Grace. She wants Tristen and is determined to have him. She is a woman with a plan and that plan comes into effect after Tristen ask her to tutor him and she mentions her plans with her best friend Phoebe to go haunted house hoping on Halloween. Halloween is Grace and Phoebe’s favorite holiday.

Something is wrong with Grace she doesn’t know what it is and her mother is not talking. Grace is always hungry and can eat you out of house and home as they say. Grace’s mother is a nurse but Grace thinks she missed her calling and should have been a chef. Her mother always makes sure that Grace has food to eat. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and always plenty of snacks. Grace has been doing great with dealing with her hunger all these years but something is changing within Grace is starting to get hungry sooner and it takes more to fill her up.

Her body is also going through some changes as well. Grace knows something is wrong with her and is determined to find out what it is and her mother is going to talk. She makes this decision after something goes terribly wrong on Halloween night. Grace does something she never thought she was capable of doing. Now her life is changed forever and she has lost something very close and dear to heart. She has hurt someone that she never wanted to hurt. Grace has become something that she never wanted to be.

Can she get the help that she needs to make her better? Will she find the answers she needs? Will she ever be able to live a normal life? What is a normal life for Grace? Will her plans work out for getting the most popular guy in school? Pick up your copy today to find out. You won’t regret it.

Turning Grace is unlike anything I have read before. I love the world that the author created for Grace and all the changes that was going on in her body and the way Grace dealt with them. I liked the way Grace just dealt with life itself. I can’t wait to see what roads Grace takes us on next. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in The Turning Series.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A innovative twist in a genre that is in dire need of one. 22 Jun. 2014
By D. Wimmer - Published on Amazon.com
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Turning Grace is a well-written, entertaining little book that takes the zombie lit genre in a refreshing new direction. A popular genre, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find something that isn't the same tired old retread of the zombie fiction that has come before it. So when I come across something that takes the initiative to be different, I take note.

Turning Grace author J.Q. Davis manages to do so in her début novel about a teenage girl who discovers her body changing in ways that are different than the changes most girls her age experience. Despite her being like a regular teenage girl in many ways (crushing on boys, dealing with peer pressure, jealousy, etc.) she finds herself dealing with much more.

Possible SPOILERS follow

The book is written from the perspective of Grace as she finds herself in a slow and seemingly unstoppable descent from relatively carefree teenager to unthinking, bloodthirsty eating machine. The way the internal struggle is depicted in Turning Grace is fascinating and really allows the reader to feel sorry for the protagonist despite her eventually doing some horrifying things. She does do some things that are horrible while sating her hunger but she also feels remorse and sadness once she regains her senses, a feeling to which most of us could relate to some degree when looking back on our past actions.


The overall tone of the book is light and fun for fans of zombie fiction, but occasionally swerves a little too far into cliché teen romance territory for my personal tastes, although I am sure the target demographic will eat it up (pun intended.) However, when the focus of the story went from crushing on boys to snacking on raw meat, I was in. The writing is fluid and it flows well, with only a handful of proofing errors, which is forgivable given the overall quality of the prose.

This début novel is a good start to what will surely grow to be a great franchise given some finesse and further innovation by the author, J.Q. Davis.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a good zombie story 28 Aug. 2016
By laurathomas61 - Published on Amazon.com
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I love a good zombie story. This isn’t a zombie apocalypse. It’s the story of one teenage girl, struggling with odd cravings and an escalating urge to commit violence.

I found some scenes disturbing on so many levels. And I loved it. I know, I’m twisted. But what’s a good zombie story without some truly ghastly scenes. Like when she eats the neighbor’s cat. Yuck.

I liked Grace. Felt sorry for her. And she scared the bejesus out of me. This made me wonder if I’d stand by her, best friend or not.

There’s a sweet romance beginning, but it doesn’t take over the whole story. It does add an important character to the mix and some lighter moments in between the gnashing and blood.

I was into this book from the opening to the finish. While there is an ending, there’s more to come. And I plan to see where this series goes.

A good one for zombie fans who want a more personal story, not an apocalypse.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars She was so obsessed by Tristen and now she was playing a tough card letting him go out of love or something like that 25 Feb. 2016
By NatashaMay - Published on Amazon.com
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This was an enticing read but it got a bit gross toward the end. Grace was somewhat relatable character although she did have an obsession with Tristen who didn’t know she existed for years until he needed a tutor.
I was a bit baffled by Tristen’s loyalty to a girl he barely knew. I mean we find out she eats human flesh and he’s still around apparently because he’s falling for her. When I found out Grace is somewhat of a functional zombie I couldn’t relate to her anymore. And it was a bit hard to believe that Dr. Mark could sweep under the rug all the things she did on Halloween. Ok, maybe Phoebe’s death but Sony’s chewed off arm in front of a crowd of witnesses would be hard to hide. Her goodbye was a bit out of character in my opinion. She was so obsessed by Tristen and now she was playing a tough card letting him go out of love or something like that.

I’m not going to read the sequel even though I am a bit intrigued but I’m put off by Grace’s human flesh eating. Until now she was eating corpses but now she requires fresh meat. How this will be achieved in the sequel is beyond me and I don’t want to find out.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This one was definitely a fun read. I was hooked from the first chapter ... 8 Jun. 2015
By Candace (Literary Dust) - Published on Amazon.com
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This one was definitely a fun read. I was hooked from the first chapter and there were some scenes that were hard for me to stomach but were so good. Some of the way people reacted to things I am not sure if that is how they would react in real life, but it doesn't matter I still really liked this book. If you want something fun with some gore read this for sure.
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