Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Silenced Blog Tour - Day 22

Day 22:  My Stop On The Silenced Blog Tour By RaeBeth McGee-Buda
Author Spotlight:
RaeBeth McGee-Buda
RaeBeth McGee-Buda was born in southwestern Pennsylvania in 1987.  She's the second daughter of Rachel Yost and Arthur Curtis McGee.  RaeBeth grew up loving to read and write poetry, as well as short stories.  Her childhood dream was to become a teacher.  RaeBeth's dream of writing was created in her eleventh grade literature class where writing became her passion.
ReaBeth married in August 2012 to her husband, Gregory Stephen Buda Jr. and resides in a small Pennsylvania town of Fairchance.  RaeBeth is a full time mother of one and is expecting her second.  She graduated from American Intercontinental University with her associates in business administration.  She enjoys spending her time writing and feels that connecting with readers is her main goal.
RaeBeth published Silenced under her maiden name, but plans to continue writing under her married name with any other works.
Book Spotlight:

Genre: Young Adult/Suspense
Release date: December 13, 2012


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Book Synopsis:
Amber Brown spent her entire existence believing Dave was her father.  When her mother reveals this is untrue, she goes through an emotional spiral with depression.  It's hard for her to believe her mother had lied to her all this time.

A move to a new home and town causes Amber to be consumed by her "darkness" and reverts to cutting to free herself from her pain.
When Casey, her new friend, enters her life, she introduces Amber to parties, drugs, and Amber's new boyfriend Landon.  The secret of cutting begins to take affect on Amber as she tries to hide it from her friends and family. In the mist of everything, Amber has the desire to find out who her biological father is.

Follow Amber trough her trials of depression and cutting, along with the discovery of love.


The following excerpt is taken from Chapter 1.

I grab the razor blade I took from my dad’s garage. It’s tiny, but sharp. I turn it over in my hands, nicking my palm. The blood trickles down my wrist and I smile with grim satisfaction. Yes, this will do the job. I catch one last look in the mirror; the pain makes me want to explode. I can’t take it anymore. I press it lightly against my wrist, tracing a blue vein under my skin. The razor is cold, smooth, and comforting. I press harder, dragging it across my wrist over and over like I’m going to saw it off. Pain comes rushing out. Free at last.

The intensity is too much and I sink to the floor, leaning against the bathroom door while trying to catch my breath. I stay like this for a while, dripping blood onto the tile. Unexpectedly, the front door slams closed. I jump. I scramble for some toilet paper and press it to the wound.

“Amber?” my mother yells up the stairs, “We’re home.”
Yet I can’t move. I'm numb. I can’t even answer her back to tell her something, anything, to make sure she doesn’t come up here and see me like this.
“Do you hear me?” she yells again.
I gather up the energy to fight through the lack of feeling. “I hear you. Sorry. I’ll be down in a minute,” I reply hastily, hoping deep down inside she can’t hear my shaking voice. I hear her shoes tapping on the hardwood floors in the kitchen and I know I'm safe for a short time.
I need to get off the floor, even though the numbness is still lingers throughout my body. I search deep inside for whatever strength I have left and push myself up. My arms are shaking but they’re able to hold me for a brief moment. Standing is a bit harder. I use the bathroom counter for support as I reach for the medicine cabinet to get the first aid kit.
I find the gauze and tape on the top shelf. Then sit back down. Resting on the toilet, I gently wrap my arm where my mom won’t notice, and tape it down. After the tape, I slide the sports band on. Another job well done.

My Review: 

How can I even begin to review this book.  It was amazing....I couldn't even put it down!! I was given this book by the author for an honest review.  I really liked the way Raebeth writes.  She is able to portray a vivid picture with her words and that is a plus for me when reading.  I felt like I was with Amber, while she was at her low points, sitting in her bathroom cutting herself.  I was really happy for Amber when things were going well for her, but I was waiting for something to go wrong. I was totally thinking it wasn't going to happen, and the story would just end happy, but fall flat of the actual message of the story. However, Raebeth pulled it all together at the end and blew me away.  Her writing flowed and it was very addicting.  I loved all her twists and turns and the way different situations come into play. 

I really loved the main character, Amber.  She was a strong lead and she was a really down to earth, real person.  Her life problems were real things and it wasn't overpowering, which is great because it was believable.  I also loved Landon.  I really need a man like that in my life.  He makes my heart melt.  Ladies, trust me, you will be in love.  Romance isn't dead!!  He was a wonderful compliment to Amber and he always made me smile.  As for Casey, I wasn't a huge fan of hers because she reminded me of a friend I use to have and that brings back bad memories.  She wasn't the nicest person and as things progress, I disliked her more and more.  However, she was a great character for the storyline and she makes the progression make perfect sense.


Overall, I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 for a real and emotional storyline, great main characters with perfect side characters, and an awesome cliff hanging ending.  Raebeth, you rock and I can't wait for book 2!!   

Blog Tour Schedule:
1-Book Excerpt & Interview @ The Writing World
2- Feature & Interview @ Lisa Rayns
3- Guest Post & Review @ Readers After Dark
4- Review & Guest Post @ All In One Place
5- Book Feature & Interview @ Justine Vandale
7- Guest Post with Peter Dawes
8- Book Excerpt & Feature @ Flora Bateman
9- Interview @ My Home Away From Home
10- Guest post @ Deb's Daydreams
11- Interview @ Books, Brownies, and Barkers
12- Book Excerpt & Feature @ Paranormal Book Club
13- Review & Interview @
The Curiosity Key
14- Interview @ Vincenzo Bilof
15- Guest Post @ Amanda Fanger
17- Feature & Interview @ Terri Dion
18- Book Excerpt & Feature @
Jason Ellis
19- Review @
Into the Night Reviews
20-Review @ Passionate About Books
21- Book Review @ Brittney Carrigan
22- Book Review @ Book Nerd 101
23- Interview & Excerpt @ Darren Cormier
24- Book Excerpt & Feature @ Sassy Cassie's Reviews
25- Book Review @ Little Book Star

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  1. This book was amazing and I can not wait to read the second part to Ambers story. A must read =)

    1. I agree with you 100%....Thanks for stopping by!! :)

  2. Thank you so much for being part of my first book tour for Silenced. The post looks amazing and the review is awesome. Have a wonderful day.

    1. You are sooo welcome, RaeBeth!! Thank you for letting me be a part of your first book tour!! You are super talented and I can't wait to see what you have coming up!! If you ever need anything, I'll be more than happy to help out!!! P.S. Hope you noticed that you are Book Nerd 101's Author of the Month:)

  3. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Silenced, it truly is amazing!

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my post and review!!! :)

  4. Thank you for telling me about the book. Something that happens all the time but you never hear about it.


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