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Stolen Innocence review

Summery: I don’t know how many people remember the arrest of Warren Jeffs, but I do. Stolen Innocence tells the story of Elissa Wall, a girl that was born into the sect he would end up running. She details what life was like growing up in the sect, her feelings about being forced to marry a first cousin she despised and ending up as a teenage bride at only 14. Then she talks about escaping the church, and testifying against Warren Jeffs, even at the cost of turning her mother against her.

Why I Picked It Up: Unshelved recommended it. I usually enjoy their book recommendations. I also enjoy interesting memoirs.

Why I Finished It: The book very much sucked me almost immediately. Wells doesn’t bad talk the religion she grew up in as much as she tries to explain it, although she still points out questionable parts. Still, it’s horrifying and fascinating the way the church sought to control its members. Scariest of all was Warren Jeffs, and what he did for the sake of feeling in control. He wasn’t a nice person is an understatement, and the bluntest way to put it. Also compelling is the personal struggle of Elissa, and how she makes it through everything she endures, painting the picture of a very strong young woman. In the end, it’s not only a story to explain to the world was what happening, but the story of a girl who walks through hell and survives. It’s simply amazing.

Who Would I Recommend This To: Anyone who likes inspirational stories, or wants to know more about the Warren Jeffs case.

My Rating: 5/5 It was amazing.

Note: It’s currently on sale at Amazon for the bargain book price.

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Crazy Love Review

Summery: A memoir that recalls the story of Leslie Morgan Steiner meeting, dating, marrying, and divorcing Conor. At first he seems liked a fairytale prince, but it turned into an abusive relationship. In her memoir, Steiner describes the horrifying details as the fairytale becomes a nightmare, and her struggle to leave him.

Why I Picked It Up: I’ve been in a abusive relationship, and still trying to figure out and understand all that happened.

Why I Finished It: Steiner is a fantastic writer when it comes to telling her story. Her writing is honest, concise and easy to read, while her story pulled me in. It’s a pretty terrifying tale, but through it, Leslie really grows and matures as a person. She’s also illustrates this issues of control and the psychology behind the abuse, and at one point, even includes an interview with an expert. While her relationship was different then mine—no two are the same—it was comforting. For what must have been a difficult topic for her to talk about, Steiner does an amazing job.

But: I have no buts. It’s a very solid book that delivers the story it sets out to tell.

Who Would I Recommend This To: People who have survived abusive relationships, or are looking to understand them.

Rating: 5/5

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