Friday, March 29, 2013

Blog Tour Stop: Bad Apple by Barbara Morgenroth: Review

Welcome to my stop on the Bad Apple blog tour.  This tour is hosted by Around the Universe Tours.  My stop includes my review of this story.

Title: Bad Apple
Author: Barbara Morgenroth
Format: ebook
Genre: Mature Adult


"You tell and next time you won't even be able to crawl away."

Neal Marchal lived with this threat for the next eight years. When she finds her neighbor murdered, she knows who did it. The why is the secret the family has been keeping forever. The reminder to never reveal the secret is her limp.

She rebuilt her life and now Neal has everything to live for--music, performing and a growing affection for the young man who pulled her to safety.

Then Joe comes home. Neal knows Joe's going to finish what he started 8 years ago because she told. But this time Neal vows the outcome will be different.

My Review

This book took me completely by surprise.  Bad Apple captivated me from the very first page to the end.  I was completely shocked how much time went past when I realized I was almost finished.  I was completely enthralled with the story that I had no clue what was going on around me.  This story was beautifully written and well crafted.  Barbara definitely has a way of creating a story that feels so real and raw.  I was able to feel this as I was reading. It felt as if I were there with the characters.  I wanted to make sure Neal was going to be okay.  The characters did show growth in this story.  Neal was a fighter and I loved that about her.  No matter what, she never gave up.  A lot of the stories, the characters are written and they are just so perfect.  No one is perfect.  I love how Neal has a limp.  She has flaws as does everyone.  This makes her one of the reasons I was able to relate to her easily.  Truly comes in the picture and I just adored him.  He became the one person that Neal could trust.  When Joe comes back to town, she even moves in with Truly and his parents.  

This story is not one of those happily ever after stories.  The events that happen in this story are real and tragic.  Bad Apple had a few twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat.  I was really scared for Neal, but like I said, she is a fighter.  The only issue I had with the story was that I had trouble with the whole switching POVs.  I could not tell who was narrating the story until I was almost finished with the chapter.  Other than that, I really enjoyed the story.  The ending of the book did end quickly, but it definitely left me wanting more.  I will definitely be reading the sequel whenever it releases.  This is a book that I do recommend everyone to read.  


Barbara was born in New York City and but now lives somewhere else.  Starting her career by writing tweens and YA books, she wound up in television writing soap operas for some years.  Barbara then wrote a couple cookbooks and a nonfiction book on knitting.  She returned to fiction and wrote romantic comedies.
When digital publishing became a possibility, Barbara leaped at the opportunity and has never looked back.  In addition to the 15 traditionally published books she wrote, in digital format Barbara has something to appeal to almost every reader from Mature YAs like the Bad Apple series and the Flash series, to contemporary romances like Love in the Air published by Amazon/Montlake, and Unspeakably Desirable, Nothing Serious and Almost Breathing.


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