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About Georgia McBride — Georgia loves a good story. Whether it's writing her own, or publishing someone else's, story is at the heart of everything Georgia does. Founder of Month9Books, yalitchat.org, and the weekly #yalitchat on Twitter, Georgia spends most of her days writing, editing, or talking about books. That is, of course, when she is not blasting really loud music or reading. Born and raised in NYC, she now lives in North Carolina with four dogs, a parrot, 2 kids, parents, and a husband. Praefatio is her first novel.
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And finally, I got to read Praefatio, and it was great! No, really, read the synopsis and my review below!
Seventeen-year-old Grace Ann Miller is no ordinary runaway...
After having been missing for weeks, Grace is found on the estate of international rock star Gavin Vault, half-dressed and yelling for help. Over the course of twenty-four hours Grace holds an entire police force captive with incredulous tales of angels, demons, and war; intent on saving Gavin from lockup and her family from worry over her safety.
Authorities believe that Grace is ill, suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, the victim of assault and a severely fractured mind. Undeterred, Grace reveals the secret existence of dark angels on earth, and ancient prophecy and a wretched curse steeped in Biblical myth. Grace's claims set into motion an ages-old war, resulting in blood, death and the loss of everything that matters. But are these the delusions of an immensely sick girl, or could Grace's story actually be true?
Praefatio is Grace's account of weeks on the run, falling in love, and losing everything but her faith. When it's sister against brother, light versus darkness, corrupt police officers, eager doctors, and accusing journalists, against one girl with nothing but her word as proof: who do you believe?
In the beginning, this book felt like one of those "Game of Thrones" type scenario where I was very confused at what all was going on, and making a diagram and a timeline seemed like a good way to help everything out. So I slowed down, and managed to tackle it. And I'm extremely glad I did. Once you get past figuring out what's a flashback to interrogation scenes and what's the present, it's much easier to follow. The story is constantly twisting and turning, but after the first few times, it begins to flow together with ease, so I didn't have trouble following once I was hooked on the story. The fact that the whole thing covered only 24 hours was fascinating as well. It's such a short amount of time to cover, but with the flashbacks and the detail, the reader is really taken through every minute of those hours.
Another standout quality for this book was a stellar main character. She was brash, courageous, and just crazy enough to be interesting but not insane. She always pursued what she wanted, regardless of other people's thoughts or judgements. I was skeptical of the whole Gavin situation developing, since he seemed a lot like a Mr. Rochester to me (lots of mood swings and a weird relationship with her where I just didn't quite trust him, but Jane Eyre did and it was irritating). But that's okay. Grace's dynamic qualities made up for it.
Between the characters, the myths, the intriguing weird war-angel-demon backstory madness going on, and the general awesomeness of starting off in an interrogation room (immediately upping the intensity), this book just kicked some major ass. It was a little confusing for about the first two chapters, but push through, my friends. You're in for a wild ride. This was worth the time, for sure.
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