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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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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.
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.
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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.
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.