Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review Tour: Misdemeanor by C.F. White #Review #Giveaway

Buy Links:  Pride Publishing (Early Download) Amazon US | Amazon UK (Out July 4)

Length: 77,579 words

Publisher: Pride Publishing


After his mother tragically dies and his deadbeat father goes off the rails, nineteen-year-old Micky is left to care for his disabled little brother, Flynn.
Juggling college, a dead end job and Flynn's special needs means Micky has to put his bad boy past behind him and be the responsible adult to keep his brother out of care. He doesn't have time for anything else in his life.

Until he meets Dan.

"Amazingly gritty and raw. This slice of life is so realistic it flays you." - Pride Publishing


I love when authors add elements to stories that are too often ignored. In this case there's a character in this book with a rare genetic disability known as William's Syndrome. Mikey's younger brother, Flynn, suffers from this. My heart ached for both of them. But it's stories like this one that raises awareness. I had never heard of William's Syndrome. Had no idea about it until now.

Mikey and Dan are the MC's of this story. Mikey is thrust into caring for his brother after the sudden death of their mother. He's a bad boy and suddenly he has to get his stuff together and step up. Dan is Mikey's opposite. Dan comes from a good home, great family, a lot of stability, and a great job. He's middle class and already has his stuff together. I love opposites attracting. And these two couldn't be more opposite.

What I loved: 1. Opposites attracting. It's an awesome trope and one I'm always looking for more of. 2. Awareness toward disabilities and explaining it so well. 3. Flynn. He is a fabulous secondary character. He loves everyone and has a heart bigger and stronger than a lot of characters I've read.

There were glaring issues however. I'm not going to count the cliffhanger as an issue because there's no way of knowing when the next book will be released. If it's over a year a way then I'd recommend waiting for that to read this one otherwise you'll be very frustrated. So, not judgement there. I have faith the author knows what they're doing.

One issue was the head hopping. The massive switch of POV's caused a lot of confusion and I was often rereading and going back. This took me out of many scenes and I feel I lost a lot of connection and understanding due to that fact.

Another issue was more of a personal one. Please realize I'm saying it's personal and in no way reflects the writing style. It was concerning the amount of fat-shaming in this book. There's a secondary character in this named Dougie. He's overweight. The shaming surrounded him. As an overweight person myself I was taken aback by a lot of it and wondered if this was a view many saw in overweight people. It was hurtful to see an overweight person perceived this way. Now, I don't know if that was the intention of the author but I can't ignore that's how I read it and I can't pretend it didn't affect my feelings toward the story.

I think there's a lot of fabulous to this story. Flynn alone is reason enough to read it. Dan and Mikey had severe communication issues and tended to run away from a lot of their issues which is a bit irritating. But I encourage you to read this and make your own opinions. If you're a fan of angst then this is a great book for you.

Author Bio

Brought up in a relatively small town in Hertfordshire, C F White managed to do what most other residents try to do and fail—leave.

Studying at a West London university, she realised there was a whole city out there waiting to be discovered, so, much like Dick Whittington before her, she never made it back home and still endlessly searches for the streets paved with gold, slowly coming to the realisation they’re mostly paved with chewing gum. And the odd bit of graffiti. And those little circles of yellow spray paint where the council point out the pot holes to someone who is supposedly meant to fix them instead of staring at them vacantly whilst holding a polystyrene cup of watered-down coffee.

She eventually moved West to East along that vast District Line and settled for pie and mash, cockles and winkles and a bit of Knees Up Mother Brown to live in the East End of London; securing a job and creating a life, a home and a family.

Having worked in Higher Education for most of her career, a life-altering experience brought pen back to paper after she’d written stories as a child but never had the confidence to show them to the world. Having embarked on this writing malarkey, C F White cannot stop. So strap in, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride...


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