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  1. says:

    Growing up I believed in miracles I guess I don’t any This book seems to have appeared out of nowhere I haven't heard much hype about it haven't seen many advance reviews in my feed and yet from the very first chapter I was hooked into this dark horrifying and atmospheric novel It gripped me from the start and I couldn't stop readingFrom the very opening line of I am a blood soaked girl I had a feeling that this was going to be one of those books that sucks me in completely I was right Not only am I fascinated about the subject matter but this happens to be one of the most moving painful and well written books about a religious cult existing outside the rules and laws of society as we know itI think this novel is so well balanced by many fantastic things It offers us a horrifying portrait of life inside the Community It's seemingly sensational enough to have us outraged and emotionally affected but a uick Google search will tell you how closely this resembles the reality of real life cults I want to tell him that these are the people who lashed their children with switches thick as forearms when the Prophet commanded married their daughters off at sixteen to men generations older These are the people who beat Jude until there was nothing left but a mess of blood and bone They had to cover him in a sheet because it made the women sick to look at But that's not all Almost all books about religious cults are disturbing shocking even gory sometimes but The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is much powerful because of everything else it does For one it is extremely well written and atmospheric The author uses a combination of horrific and beautiful imagery to paint each scene in our minds For another thing Minnow Bly having escaped the Community muses on the notion of religion freedom of choice and the reality of justice in between recounting her tale of the time she spent under the rule of the Prophet The book raises uestions that made me stop and think for a while I love it when a book can do thatThe story starts in the present where Minnow is being sent to juvenile detention for assault We know a few things 1 Her hands have been cut off 2 She has escaped something horrific 3 She viciously attacked someone and 4 The Prophet is dead Who killed him is a mystery; the details of how she lost her hands are also a mystery Through flashbacks and her present time in prison Minnow's story emergesIt's the kind of book that has you on the edge of your seat angry and scared for the protagonist It's a heart pounding kind of book But it also contains moments of humour lightness and friendship between Minnow and the other girls in juvenile detention especially the hilarious Angel As I said it balances so many things and I personally think it leaves us with a lingering and unsettling message not about religious cults but about the way in which our laws can punish victims It really affected me and I hope you read it too I'm going to leave you with this final uote that I believe to be a lovely little nod towards us book nerds When I remember her I picture that expression like behind her eyes she had entire rooms that she didn’t let anyone see And I realize now it was the book in her hands that’d made them Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr


  2. says:

    I had a feeling five pages into this book that it was going to make my Top 10 list for the year I was right because it's also my first 5 star book of 2015 Freaking looooved this it's unlike anything I've ever read before You will enjoy this if you liked elements of ALL THE TRUTH THAT'S IN ME THE HALLOWED ONES and ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE You'll also love it if you appreciate the bizarrely perfect combination of hard prison violence and deadpan humor of the show ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK To write a contemporary psychological thriller that keeps you guessing is already an achievement particularly with careful plotting view spoilerthere are only a couple of things I uestion but they don't detract from the power of the story at all hide spoiler


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    Believe me Minnow Bly truly is a liar She’s also very good at making stories sound true so you won’t realize you’re in the presence of a skilled storyteller who weaves lies seamlessly in her scenarios until she decides to come cleanAnd yet I stand in awe of her What happened to her at the Community was atrocious and I couldn’t imagine life without at least one hand Minnow Bly has none I couldn’t imagine it because if someone takes my ability to write away from me I might go crazy But this story is also proof that our species can get used to anything At some point the ones who worshiped the Prophet did uestion him and his ways of dealing with insubordination but them too eventually turned a blind eye or accepted what they saw in front of them nonplussed This reminds me of that time when I was in high school I was in my art class and I needed scissors for a project When I went to choose my scissors I noticed two different types and I couldn’t understand why there were two so I asked my teacher and she said to me that the other sort was for left handed people In middle school we didn’t have thoseI am left handed But until then I’d been using right handed scissors and while supposedly left handed people can’t use those scissors I could because I’d gotten used to shaping my hand a certain way when I picked them up No one ever told me – my family included – that I didn’t have to struggle with right handed scissors which gave me blisters very uickly although I could cut with them perfectly Maybe they didn’t take my left handedness into account when they purchased school supplies Or maybe it’s my fault since I never thought to complain assuming everyone hurt like I did So I didn’t know there was a better option for me before These two situations are obviously extremely different but it explains why the Community let the Prophet hurt so many and of course take Minnow Bly’s hands He brainwashed everyone even Minnow Bly to some extent I couldn’t be shocked by this since over the course of history human beings have ravaged cities in the name of God though I was fascinated to learn about the heroine’s experience at camp and the mystery surrounding the Prophet’s death I read this 400 page book in one day and two sittings Yes it’s that captivating and well written Normally I don’t like to read books with religious themes but this came recommended to me by friends and my friends know what will catch my fancy especially when I am sceptical myself Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google | Bloglovin’


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    This book’s first line “I am a blood soaked girl” Judging from this short opening line I knew I was going to be in for a gripping dark and guaranteed provoking read and I wasn’t wrong From the very first line up to the last page of the story I just kept reading and reading until I felt like my eyes were going to pop out of their sockets Thankfully the book was over before that happened Phew Minnow Bly is a 17 year old girl accused of almost killing a boy by remorselessly beating him and also seems to be a suspect in killing the prophet of the “Un pleasantville Community” a sort of cult and is now detained at a juvenile detention How could she possibly do such things though when she does not have hands? Uncover her story with Detective Wilson and Angel a fellow juvie who committed the most heinous crime among the girls love the irony of her name as Minnow relates to them her dark horrific past while she struggles to live the life for the first time out of the Community with girls who may not have suffered at the hands of a delusional Prophet but who lived with their own version of “evil prophets” Witness how she finds the meaning of friendship freedom and hope despite her grim past and bleak future “Anybody is capable of enormous harm anyone with a mouth or a hand to write with” Even though there are some parts that felt a bit unrealistic to me the narrative is brilliantly and emotionally written as this story effectively addresses the conseuences of believing at the cost of reason or what we call blind faith and tackles the importance of faith in oneself With mystery blanketing the plot of the story and sarcastic humor coloring the narrations and dialogue the reader will be riveted to every page of the bookThanks to Neil's brilliant review


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    “I guess people can't be content without answers even if they're wrong We'd rather have a lie than a uestion that we can never know the answer to” This book is deeply psychologically terrifying There aren't any jump scares; this book plays on your deepest fears the fears hiding below getting your hands brutally chopped off There are worse things; being trapped being abused seeing your parents turn against you as you are the only one who can seem to see reason The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly follows Minnow a girl who has just escaped from a cult and panicked from her experiences brutally kicked a drunk man she didn't know She's told that if she tells the truth of what she's seen she'll be allowed to go free And it's also vaguely according to the glorious Cait a retelling of The Girl Without Hands by the Brothers Grimm And that's all I'm going to say because this is a book that you need to go into mostly blind It's a weird and enrapturing and terrifying book Besides the deep psychological terror what stood out to me about this book was Minnow Abused lying manipulative desperate Minnow Needless to say I adored her; I was so invested in her struggle by the end of my journey that I couldn't let go “I think you should be angry if you're angry But it's also true that hate has a way of hurting you than the person you're hating” It's interesting; I don't feel there was any huge twist or shocking reveal It's just slow burn terror leading to an ending that may not shock you but will definitely leave you emotional At its heart this book is a claustrophobic journey of trauma and healing and one that will stay with me for a very long timeBlog | Goodreads | Twitter | Youtube


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    Find all of my reviews at “Everyone always assumes it’s with hands that people disobey The Prophet thought so too If only he know if only everyone knew my hands were never the source of my disobedience” This book proves once again that Many thanks to Paige for the recommendation To be completely honest I had written this one off as a “no thank you” due to the blurb Even though it was recommended for fans of Speak the name Ellen Hopkins was also thrown into the mix Ugh Good thing I trust my Goodreads friends than the publicists because this one was pretty dang good The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is the story of – you guessed it Minnow Bly Minnow’s family became part of the Kevinian cult when she was 5 years old It was there she learned to follow the teachings of a super creepy prophet Well since you mention it – YES No one should have a tooth in the center of their face But in actuality the Kevinians were followers of a REAL super creepy religious zealot Minnow’s life has revolved around strict obedience The word of the Prophet was never to be uestioned girls were to remain uneducated and always maintain their modesty until chosen by one of the deacons or the Prophet himself for marriage You know kind of like the Duggars When Minnow decided to rebel against the cult things didn’t go well And when she finally took the opportunity to escape she found herself living in juvenile detention for one crime and being uestioned by the FBI about exactly what happened to the Prophet and the compound after she fled I love YA that packs a punch and this one was a whopper Especially when the plot is so plausible Seriously if the Branch Davidians and Girl Interrupted had a baby you might end up with something close to The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly A completely uniue coming of age story about a girl who learns her entire life was a lie and that just maybe hope for the future can come from somewhere as dismal as a jail cell “Here my scars are the only part of me that could be called normal It seems like every girl here has had their own personal Prophet”


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    Okay um WOW I did not expect to be terrified absolutely witless while reading this BUT I WAS THIS BOOK IS NOT OKAY But it is wonderful WONDERFUL BUT UNOKAY If you need me I shall be the one rocking in the corner giving random pterodactyl screeches from the trauma True storySO I ridiculously put off reading this because a it's about cults and I hate cults and b I didn't know what it was about But it's about MORE than cults It's about juvie and a girl with no hands and it's about thinking for yourself I don't usually pay attention the messages of books but OMG LET ME FLAIL A MOMENT HERE I love anyone or anything that promotes thinking for yourself Also it's a retelling of The Girl Without Hands by the Brothers Grimm Now I AM A NERD So I didn't know this fairy tale very well so I went to google it hello wikipedia and zomg there are SO MANY CLEVER REFERENCES TO THE ORIGINAL TALE Including pears an angel living in the forest turning hands silver father doing the cutting of the hands So it truly is a clever retelling with so many parallels but it also stands 100% on its own if you DON'T know the original taleI won't tell you too much but basically Minnow Bly escapes her cult after her hands are cut off and then ends up kicking someone half to death and getting sent to Juvie Her room mate is Angel WHO IS SASSY AND SCARY AND INCREDIBLE and Minnow learns how to read and swear properly and sheds her naivety and just grows and changes into this mega strong character who endlessly impressed me There's LOADS of emphasis on family good and negative on conseuences and actions on murder vs revenge vs self defence It picks at the justice system It asks really HARD uestions like can self defence be an okay reason for murder? and it explores friendship between unlikely people It melted my heart SEVERAL HUNDRED TIMES I just wanted to hug Minnow but at the same time she was strong and resilient and I just admired her 10000% She'd been through psychological and physical torture HER HANDS GOT CUT OFF OMG and yet she could still stand and fight at the end?? She still had hopes and dreams and wanted things Also it's uite creepy and bloody and gory The cult has a TON of horrific punishments and we get to hear about them IT'S HORRIFYING After the first 100 pages I was sooo creeped out whispers And I couldn't stop readingAnd the writing? I LOVED THE WRITING There was a bit about 34 in where I think the plot slowed and I was a bit bored Minnow was thinking a lot about stars and things and bah I just wanted ANSWERS I think if that bit hadn't been there the book would've moved along a bit faster It wasn't slow per se but it was definitely long But MOSTLY it just kept up the tension and was written in a sort of thriller style where you know the end result and the beginning BUT WHAT HAPPENED IN THE MIDDLE TO MAKE IT LIKE THIS GAH SOMEONE GIVE ME ANSWERS NOOOOOWOkay and apart from a bit of draggy there nearer the end there were a few other things I suinted at At one point Minnow and Angel go to the roof of Juvie to look at the stars Pfft As if that could happen Juvie actually wasn't THAT scary and compared to other books I'd readlike Juvie Minnow's version seemed really soft Like it was just a home for delinuents instead of a prison for murderers When they're out doing community service and picking pears something super unrealistic happens I just didn't buy itview spoilerWhen she randomly sees Jude there I was SURE it was an illusion but no?? He was apparently there?? Like how could THAT happen?? He wouldn't have known she would be there she wouldn't have known HE would be therenope nope nope I don't buy it hide spoiler


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    I AM DAMAGEDThis is one of those times when I need a shot of something Someone call a doctor Or a veterinarian Any of the two would doThis book is proof that✔ RECOMMENDED TO ALL THOSE WHO ARE NOT AFRAID OF THE DARK Before I go any further I just want to take a moment to thank the book gods so far all my reads this year have ranged from good to splendid I'm especially happy about itAnd all you enemies of progress murmur and stage whisper Well it's only the beginning of the year What can I say?▶ THE STORY LINE Goodreads says it a lot better but here GOES▶ YOUR PACKAGE COMES COMPLETE WITH ✔ A bunch of crazy people displaying their madness in the name of religion A religious community known as the Kevinians✔ A nutjob fraudster and puppet master with a perverse obsession with the hatchet A mental priest✔ A handless rebel who actually rebelled A seventeen year old brave and defiant girl by the name of Minnow Bly✔ A big bad dragon that swallowed the community whole and killed the priest A fire that destroyed the community and left the priest dead✔ A rebel turned convict Minnow Bly is found guilty of another crime becomes a suspect in arson homicide and gets sent to the juvenile centre✔ Would you just let the dead be? A search for the truth✔ A STORY SO SICK AND MADDENING THAT I COULDN'T FIND IT IN ME TO EAT CHIPS WITH COLA WHILE READING IT A poignant and Inspiring tale▶ TO THOSE WHO SUCCEEDED IN BLISSFULLY DELUDING THEMSELVES LIKE ME So if you somehow read the blurb for the book and managed to convince yourself that this bit from it And when she rebelled they took away her hands too is really a metaphor and not literal Ahaha Let me break it to you the blurb don't kid my friend The blurb is not kidding neither is it being metaphorical But I told myself it was Even after reading reviews of the book And you don't even want to know what I looked like after I realized it wasn't a metaphorI said you didn't want to know not that I wouldn't show youThis is one of those stories that starts haunting you from the very first chapter from the very first line You'll wonder how you'll wonder why images will harass your mind and sadly if you're very imaginative like me the better part of them will be horrific and daunting But it only serves to build the intrigue so just embrace the torture You know there are stories that feel like the very beginning when you start reading the first chapter you feel like you're actually starting out the story with the characters and you expect everything to build as you all move along the pages There are some stories that offer such illusions This is not one of those stories this one that starts out uite heavy from the onset It's like the story's been building in unseen pages and has condensed and grown to become what we start out with what is presented to us as the beginning in the first chapter Yes it's that absorbing from the start▶ A VOICE LIKE MINNOW'S Minnow's voice is like a siren's call It's so arresting and so very mature or rather put world weary It's the kind of voice that leaps at you over and across the table grabs you by the collar and orders you to listen And boy does she have lots to say But I don't know just to be sure let me ask again was it really a 17 year old girl I just read about? Somebody please tell me I read wrong so everything can make sense again Because skeptical me refuses to believe it I mean what did I sound like at 17? It wasn't that long ago I know but surely there has to be some marked differences a bunch of distinctive markers shrouded somewhere in the months between 17 and 18 and 19 and 20 Minnow's voice was one of the best parts of this book for me Maybe not everyone will take to her voice as passionately as I did but it doesn't change the truth Her voice is so bold so brave so striking and so very vibrant and honest I hurt for Minnow Can you imagine it? A life without your hands? And living with the ever present memory of how they were so brutally taken away from you The cruelty of such deprivation of normalcy the cruelty and gruesomeness of it is just maddening I swear There are so many people here that it seems like every mealtime someone is glimpsing me for the first time gaping as though they’ve never seen anything as bizarre As though we’re not all missing some pieces Yes we are Minnow▶ THE WRITING AND EVERYTHING ACCOMPANYING Trust me when I tell you I was overjoyed to see that the writing style uses the first person narrative in it's narration ⬅ And this was probably the only reason I had to smile while reading this book I can't help it it's one of the little things that make me happy I can't help but feel a bit involved in the story and attuned to the characters' feelings when a writing employs the aforementioned narrative style The chapters in this book were refreshingly short I don't think I've read a book with chapters as short as this book's And I'm happy to say I enjoyed the briefness of each one because though they were really short they managed to be very potent and meaningful It made this feel like a fast paced read without it becoming some kind of weird disorderly sprint Another thing I really liked was how Minnow narrated the story through a series of flashbacks and reports to officials and people who cared to listen So bits and pieces of information from the time before the fire were dropped into the story here and there drawing us a picture of what life was like as a member of the Community▶ SOMETIMES YOU DON'T NEED ADRENALINE FOR IT TO FEEL LIKE A RUSH I'd like to point out that there was not one definitive moment of climax that had me pumping gallons of adrenaline into my bloodstream This story was a gradual and painful series of revelations which built up and aggregated to make it the resonating tale it was And I was sick to my stomach The stark reality of the world Oakes painted the horror of the world she captured is just that horrible I mean to think that there are people who think like this people who do such things I won't lie to you I had to skip some parts I couldn't do it Call me chicken but it was too unbearable for me And it didn't help that the writing was so poetic so evocative and dreadfully graphic I shivered with disgust everytime I pictured something horrible out of the book Yes I know When it's not evocative I complain And when it's evocative I do the same Readers are insatiable creatures what to do about it? But seriously it was just too much for me to digest and on an empty stomach mind you because like i said chips and cola were not part of the euation So yeah something was rushing alright And it's called bile If you read through everything stoically I present you with a golden star You are brave my friend It got to a point where I just wanted to know I was dying of curiosity And to Hades with gradualism and whatnot I was sick with apprehension and when I wasn't sick I was tired I wanted that final blow to come I was practically begging for that moment to arriveWell obviously Sirius had ita lot rougher than I did▶ IF YOU CAN CALL IT ROMANCE People who have read this book we need to gather together and form a new word for the something that went on in it I could feel the window through which I viewed the world—no larger than a pinhole back then—broadening somewhere at the back of my mind just by looking at him I couldn’t open my eyes wide enough I wanted to stare at him for lifetimes the perfect pores of him his high eyebrows serene like he’d never seen how angry God could be Jude taught me what love was to be willing to hold on to another person’s pain That’s it The romance in here isn't sappy it's not even romantic or swoon worthy at all It didn't give me the warm fuzzies But it just felt sovital and sweet▶ EVERYONE NEEDS FRIENDS WHO BELIEVE IN THEIR POTENTIAL BADASS BITCHERY “It’s different for you” I say “You make them scared” “Then give them something to be afraid of” she says “You’re a badass bitch You’ve done way worse than half these girls” That's all I'm going to say on the subject True friends rock And the portrait of friendship in this story is absolutely beautiful and amazing I cast my eyes at the other bodies I see skin tarnished with small holes of cigarette burns and pink puckered knife wounds and white lines like hash marks on forearms Here my scars are the only part of me that could be called normal It seems like every girl here has had their own personal Prophet I can't tell you how much I loved reading about how Minnow and the girls in the Juvenile centre found healing together It was heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time▶ THEMES IN THIS STORY AKA THE THINGS THAT CUT AND THOSE THAT BITE God is always both alive and dead His great sorrow is dying always dying” “Who is God’s mother?” asked Deacon Sean “Her identity is inconseuential Her only purpose is the duty her womb performs in growing the body of God That is truly the highest calling of womankind Any of you should be lucky enough to birth God” the fraudster the priest MEYou are mad my friendIf you will believe it I was a bit frightened while reading this book The way Oakes broached the subjects of religious fanaticism and blind faith was so raw it only made the truth of it so much unsettling and deeply so I read somewhere that religious fanaticism is not a result of deep faith but rather a haunting lack of it And I couldn't agree “I guess people can’t be content without answers even if they’re wrong We’d rather have a lie than a uestion that we can never know the answer to” That need to believe in something to have an explanation and reason for everything is normal But the fact that it can become a disease eating away at the mind of the afflicted and poisoning anyone else in close proximity man that's scary And the conseuences and manifestations of it are even scarier That's why I say this book is so brave it inspires me so I'm amazed by how aptly it captured the horrors of reality I mean it's here It's everywhere Followers following leaders blindly people demonstrating their faith so perversely people so fearful of life that they seek solace in inhumanity burying themselves in the unsavory And at times I just wonder about such extreme demonstrations are you trying to convince me or are you trying to convince yourself? I honestly think I'm going to be thinking about this book for years to come I'm scarred for life▶ SEXISM AT IT'S FINEST Earlier that night I’d fought with Vivienne my father’s third wife I’d dropped a dish during washing and she stuck out her rigid finger and gave me that tired old lecture about how it was almost time for me to marry and no man would want me if I didn’t arrange myself into the shape of a good woman “Fine then I won’t marry” I said and she reminded me that the job of a Kevinian woman was to marry If a woman doesn’t marry what’s the purpose of her? I threw down my dishrag right then because I knew everybody else agreed with her THESE PEOPLE ARE BLOODY HYPOCRITES AND RETARDS A BUNCH OF NINCOMPOOPS AND SCALLYWAGSHow about you transport yourselves back to the dinosaur age▶ ALL I'M SAYING IS THE PROPHETTHE COMMUNITY This is by far the most difficult review I've had to write I had to slave not work hard I get to eat cheese balls and drink cola when I work hard not this time to find the words and string them up together to form sentences that truly capture everything this book is and everything it made me feel But somehow I don't think words will ever be enoughI don't think my hands can do any so I'll just go stuff myself with ice cream and eat myself sick and silly I need itRead this book my friends


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    I honestly wasn't sure what to expect from this book The premise was really intriguing Minnow Bly escapes from the religious cult community she grew up in and is arrested for assault The Prophet of her cult is dead and the community burned to the ground Oh and Minnow's hands have been cut off That's right the main character has NO HANDS What? The story is pieced together by alternating between past and present Minnow adjusts to life outside of the cult and in juvenile hall and without hands but she's still remembering and trying to make sense of what led her and her family to following The Prophet and how it all went so wrong What ultimately results is a beautiful and tragic story of a girl who has endured so much and finally learns to think for herself and about what she truly believes I knew the pain was unbearable and yet I kept continuing to bear it Minnow's experience inside the religious cult was fascinating and horrifying Isolated from the world in the middle of a forest the women and girls suffer so much abuse they are not taught to read married off at a young age to old men with many wives forced to labor all day long cleaning cooking ect and with the slightest infraction or misbehavior they are beaten senselessly sometimes to the point of death The descriptions of physical and emotional pain that Minnow endured were harrowing I mean having your hands chopped off? I can't even imagine By the time she arrives in juvie she harbors so much anger and hurt Revisiting her memories becomes an excruciating healing process “Anger is a kind of murder you commit in your heart” If this is true I’m a daily murderer My heart is full of blood than I ever imagined” Minnow's cell mate and eventual best friend Angel has also obviously suffered abuse at the hands of her family The book raises uestions about the morality of their crimes were these girls justified? Is assault or murder ever justified? Who is the true victim in a crime of self defense or even revenge? And is it fair that these girls end up locked up when their abusers would spend their whole lives living freely and continuing to hurt people? Fuck she whispers back a smile creeping onto her face And inside that smile is the knowledge that some things are just too sad too screwed up Sometimes there's nothing for it but shouting Fuck with your best friend at the top of your lungs I loved loved loved seeing Minnow's character development and growth through the book As Minnow lives outside of the cult everything she's ever known and been taught is called into uestion For the first time in her life she's making decisions on her own about what she believes and about what her life means to her She finds the strength to confront her past and face the truth of all I am deserving because even after everything I'm still hopeful The people who hurt me couldn't kill my spirit I'm dreaming still See me right now? Dreaming And given everything that's pretty wonderful This book was so beautifully written but if I'm being honest it's not a perfect book There were some really unrealistic situations and little things that bothered me Like the fact that juvenile hall was depicted like a girls summer camp than a prison Other spoilery things I won't mention I felt like not everything was answered and there were some loose ends But despite those things this was still a five star book for me This is not a book that ties up everything conveniently and pretty with a bow on top and I like that I've never read anything like this It was honestly so beautiful and emotional and if you are even thinking about reading this just do it


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    Oh my god this book is everything I don't like but also everything that I need This is my 2nd 5 star read this year YAYYY Once in a while you'll read a book and it will completely blow your mind and you'll be helpless and just recommend it to EVERYONE The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly just took my breath away Literally This book is everything I've been looking for this year I don't give my 5 stars that easy in fact I only gave one book a five star this year so far not counting this book But in here its like five star is not enough Stephanie Oakes' writing is stunning It's powerful and gripping I found myself holding my breath in every revelation every secret every word that Minnow drops I was enthralled and hypnotized the whole time I was reading like Stephanie has a very powerful hold on me and I'm not even complaining There's a lot of things that made this book a success and one of them is our intriguing main character Minnow Bly From the very first chapter I know she's gonna challenge me And yes she did The whole time I was not sure if she's telling the truth or if she was just playing me She really made me think and my whole body and mind was invested to this story because of her voice She's handless but she's not a victim She definitely has secrets but does that mean she's the villain? Minnow wasn't the only memorable character that Stephanie Oakes created My heart is still mourning and aching for Jude Every character every person that Minnow interacted with they leave something in you They matter They're authentic The plot of this book is obviously created by a brilliant mind And you will agree with me once you read it The writing the atmosphere the whole construction of the story I couldn't think of any word but BRILLIANT orand perfect I don't even know if this review made some sense to you or if it convinced you in any way so I'll just sum it up in here THIS BOOK IS EPIC AND I KNOW YOU'LL LOVE IT SO DO YOURSELF A FAVOR A READ IT That is all


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With a harrowing poetic voice this contemporary page turner is perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak Julie Berry's All The Truth That's in Me and the works of Ellen HopkinsThe Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen year old Minnow twelve years of her life her family her ability to trustAnd when she rebelled they I had a feeling five pages into this book that it was going to make my Top 10 list for the year I was right because it's also my first 5 star book of 2015 Freaking looooved this it's unlike anything I've ever read before You will enjoy this if you liked elements of ALL THE TRUTH THAT'S IN ME THE HALLOWED ONES and ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE You'll also love it if you appreciate the bizarrely perfect combination of hard prison violence and deadpan humor of the show ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK To write a contemporary psychological thriller that keeps you guessing is already an achievement particularly with careful plotting view spoilerthere are only a couple of things I uestion but they don't detract from the power of the story at all hide spoiler Always and Forever (Blood Brothers MC year old Minnow twelve My Coyote Ugly Life (My Life, years of her life her family her ability to trustAnd when she rebelled they I had a feeling five pages into this book that it was going to make my Top 10 list for the Mayday (Lovestruck Librarians, year I was right because it's also my first 5 star book of 2015 Freaking looooved this it's unlike anything I've ever read before You will enjoy this if Panic you liked elements of ALL THE TRUTH THAT'S IN ME THE HALLOWED ONES and ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE You'll also love it if Faction Man (Quarterly Essay you appreciate the bizarrely perfect combination of hard prison violence and deadpan humor of the show ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK To write a contemporary psychological thriller that keeps Walking Free you guessing is already an achievement particularly with careful plotting view spoilerthere are only a couple of things I uestion but they don't detract from the power of the story at all hide spoiler

Summary The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

Took away her hands tooNow their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame and it's clear that Minnow knows something but she's not talking As she languishes in juvenile detention she struggles to un learn everything she has been taught to believe adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her “I guess people can't be content without answers even if they're wrong We'd rather have a lie than a uestion that we can never know the answer to” This book is deeply psychologically terrifying There aren't any jump scares; this book plays on your deepest fears the fears hiding below getting your hands brutally chopped off There are worse things; being trapped being abused seeing your parents turn against you as you are the only one who can seem to see reason The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly follows Minnow a girl who has just escaped from a cult and panicked from her experiences brutally kicked a drunk man she didn't know She's told that if she tells the truth of what she's seen she'll be allowed to go free And it's also vaguely according to the glorious Cait a retelling of The Girl Without Hands by the Brothers Grimm And that's all I'm going to say because this is a book that you need to go into mostly blind It's a weird and enrapturing and terrifying book Besides the deep psychological terror what stood out to me about this book was Minnow Abused lying manipulative desperate Minnow Needless to say I adored her; I was so invested in her struggle by the end of my journey that I couldn't let go “I think you should be angry if you're angry But it's also true that hate has a way of hurting you than the person you're hating” It's interesting; I don't feel there was any huge twist or shocking reveal It's just slow burn terror leading to an ending that may not shock you but will definitely leave you emotional At its heart this book is a claustrophobic journey of trauma and healing and one that will stay with me for a very long timeBlog | Goodreads | Twitter | Youtube Country Cousin your deepest fears the fears hiding below getting The Dont Go Hungry Diet your hands brutally chopped off There are worse things; being trapped being abused seeing Who Owns the Future? your parents turn against A Monster Wrote Me A Letter you as Restore Me (Wrecked, you are the only one who can seem to see reason The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly follows Minnow a girl who has just escaped from a cult and panicked from her experiences brutally kicked a drunk man she didn't know She's told that if she tells the truth of what she's seen she'll be allowed to go free And it's also vaguely according to the glorious Cait a retelling of The Girl Without Hands by the Brothers Grimm And that's all I'm going to say because this is a book that Eucalyptus you need to go into mostly blind It's a weird and enrapturing and terrifying book Besides the deep psychological terror what stood out to me about this book was Minnow Abused lying manipulative desperate Minnow Needless to say I adored her; I was so invested in her struggle by the end of my journey that I couldn't let go “I think Rolling in the Deep (Rolling in the Deep, you should be angry if Garland Around My Neck you're angry But it's also true that hate has a way of hurting The Listmaker you than the person Smoke and Mirrors you're hating” It's interesting; I don't feel there was any huge twist or shocking reveal It's just slow burn terror leading to an ending that may not shock Hungry Ghost (Tales of the Pack, you but will definitely leave The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up you emotional At its heart this book is a claustrophobic journey of trauma and healing and one that will stay with me for a very long timeBlog | Goodreads | Twitter | Youtube

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Incarceration But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her pastThe Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is a hard hitting and hopeful story about the dangers of blind faith and the power of having faith in onesel Okay um WOW I did not expect to be terrified absolutely witless while reading this BUT I WAS THIS BOOK IS NOT OKAY But it is wonderful WONDERFUL BUT UNOKAY If you need me I shall be the one rocking in the corner giving random pterodactyl screeches from the trauma True storySO I ridiculously put off reading this because a it's about cults and I hate cults and b I didn't know what it was about But it's about MORE than cults It's about juvie and a girl with no hands and it's about thinking for yourself I don't usually pay attention the messages of books but OMG LET ME FLAIL A MOMENT HERE I love anyone or anything that promotes thinking for yourself Also it's a retelling of The Girl Without Hands by the Brothers Grimm Now I AM A NERD So I didn't know this fairy tale very well so I went to google it hello wikipedia and zomg there are SO MANY CLEVER REFERENCES TO THE ORIGINAL TALE Including pears an angel living in the forest turning hands silver father doing the cutting of the hands So it truly is a clever retelling with so many parallels but it also stands 100% on its own if you DON'T know the original taleI won't tell you too much but basically Minnow Bly escapes her cult after her hands are cut off and then ends up kicking someone half to death and getting sent to Juvie Her room mate is Angel WHO IS SASSY AND SCARY AND INCREDIBLE and Minnow learns how to read and swear properly and sheds her naivety and just grows and changes into this mega strong character who endlessly impressed me There's LOADS of emphasis on family good and negative on conseuences and actions on murder vs revenge vs self defence It picks at the justice system It asks really HARD uestions like can self defence be an okay reason for murder? and it explores friendship between unlikely people It melted my heart SEVERAL HUNDRED TIMES I just wanted to hug Minnow but at the same time she was strong and resilient and I just admired her 10000% She'd been through psychological and physical torture HER HANDS GOT CUT OFF OMG and yet she could still stand and fight at the end?? She still had hopes and dreams and wanted things Also it's uite creepy and bloody and gory The cult has a TON of horrific punishments and we get to hear about them IT'S HORRIFYING After the first 100 pages I was sooo creeped out whispers And I couldn't stop readingAnd the writing? I LOVED THE WRITING There was a bit about 34 in where I think the plot slowed and I was a bit bored Minnow was thinking a lot about stars and things and bah I just wanted ANSWERS I think if that bit hadn't been there the book would've moved along a bit faster It wasn't slow per se but it was definitely long But MOSTLY it just kept up the tension and was written in a sort of thriller style where you know the end result and the beginning BUT WHAT HAPPENED IN THE MIDDLE TO MAKE IT LIKE THIS GAH SOMEONE GIVE ME ANSWERS NOOOOOWOkay and apart from a bit of draggy there nearer the end there were a few other things I suinted at At one point Minnow and Angel go to the roof of Juvie to look at the stars Pfft As if that could happen Juvie actually wasn't THAT scary and compared to other books I'd readlike Juvie Minnow's version seemed really soft Like it was just a home for delinuents instead of a prison for murderers When they're out doing community service and picking pears something super unrealistic happens I just didn't buy itview spoilerWhen she randomly sees Jude there I was SURE it was an illusion but no?? He was apparently there?? Like how could THAT happen?? He wouldn't have known she would be there she wouldn't have known HE would be therenope nope nope I don't buy it hide spoiler