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Ómorphi (Elpida #1)

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4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  524 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
High school senior Michael Sattler leads a charmed life. He’s a star athlete, has great friends, and parents who love him just the way he is. What’s missing from his life is a boyfriend. That’s a problem because he’s out only to his parents and best friend. When Michael accidentally bumps into Christy Castle at school, his life changes in ways he never imagined. Christy is ...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 480 pages
Published September 19th 2013 by Harmony Ink Press
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Mandy*reads obsessively*
The blurb and the cover grabbed my attention, I kept going back to the book on the DSP site and looking and thinking.
I read some friends reviews and another friend on twitter raved about it, so I bought this book.

Now I'm sort of in a difficult spot.
There are parts of this book I love. They are beautiful the touching and powerful and hopeful.
I love Christy, despite all he has endured he is a strong and determined young man. I loved seeing the hope blossom in him the love for Michael, but more
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Sandra
Please heed the trigger warnings. The abuse in this book gave me nightmares. Still, I'm a better person for having read this.

I raged, I cried hot tears. But I also smiled and laughed and cheered.

I know it's going to be quite difficult to review a book of this magnitude, but I'll give it my best shot.

The book opens with a prologue of sorts (which it needs, to set the tone), in which a Greek police general more or less rescues a young male on the verge of death. Phone calls are made, hints are g
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Deeze
Don't be mislead into thinking this is just another YA story, this is so much more.

This book deals with a very horrifying crime. Sadly while the book is fiction too many elements of the crime are all too real.


This story will have you laughing, crying, and on the edge of your seat in anticipation. But mostly it will leave you in awe of the strength some people have.

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.Lili.
Oct 16, 2014 .Lili. rated it it was amazing
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Omorphi is a story of healing. Christy has been abused from a young age- to the point that the abuse is normal to him. Choices and the ability to say no are foreign to him. After he is rescued and relocated to the United States from Greece, he meets Michael. His knight in shining armor. Once the two begin their relationship, Michael is determined to be there for Christy and help him heal- both physically and emotionally.

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What I found very refreshing about this story, is that even though it is abo
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AnnaLund
**4.5 stars, rounding up, for this intelligent and gently handled story on very, very difficult themes.**

As you know, I don't write recaps of the story (read the blurb), nor do I fill my reviews with spoilers. This is my experience of the story. My connection to it.

AND WHAT A STORY IT IS.

Christy. You had me, hook, line, and sinker, already when you were sitting up on the bleachers, watching Michael from afar. His #1 Fan.

How somebody can take this subject matter and gently turn it into something
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Serith
May 03, 2015 Serith rated it it was amazing
So much love it gets Disney style fan art!


What an exciting, heartbreaking, powerful, and motivating story this turned out to be! Omorphi a long one, but it’s so consumable and I’d happily read hundreds of pages more if given the opportunity. This story is guaranteed to pull at your emotions while it boldly tackles the heavy topic of abuse ...yet is surprisingly hopeful, despite this.

The tension and drama build up as details are revealed. It sort of plays out like a mystery in a way. ...It certai
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Mel
Nov 10, 2013 Mel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-omg-books, ya, p-dsp
Since I review both adult and YA content, I think it is important to point out that I use different standards for the two very different genres. When reading YA, I look for a couple of very key points:

(1) The appropriateness of the material for the target audience. Although online sources have differing definitions for the YA audience, I tend to place the audience at the 14-to-21-age range. So it’s important (to me) that the sexual content is realistic yet not graphic, gratuitous, in-your-face a
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Eli Easton
Sep 28, 2013 Eli Easton rated it really liked it
I can hardly believe I read this book -- at 750 pages, it's WAY longer than I normally prefer. But I was intrigued by the blurb and the cover and the reviews, so I went for it.

Overall, the book kept me engaged and I really liked the MCs and the hurt/comfort romance plotline. I enjoyed the femininity of Christy's character and how Michael accepted that (I'm also a huge fan of Andrej Pejic!) The UST and sexual elements were nicely done. I liked the friends at school -- Jake and Lisa etc. For the f
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Lauraadriana
Sep 23, 2013 Lauraadriana marked it as put-down-for-a-bit
I stopped reading at about 22%. This book I think could have been a lot better for me if any editing would have actually happened. There was way too much going, of going on and on and on... The subject matter at the heart of this book is very very delicate, and the tone of the book seemed almost counterintuitive. Like I was being "told" that it was serious, but what has happenening didn't make me "feel" like it was.

The characters' voices where also hard for me to connect with, and I was having a
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James
Oct 01, 2013 James rated it it was amazing
I think I read somewhere that this is Mr. Kennedy's first novel. That surprises me as the characterizations and plot twists are most certainly within the class of an accomplished novelist.

I fell in love with Christy as quickly and as easily as did Michael, who himself is someone to be admired. And the correlations between the feelings of father to father and son to son in the relationship of Michael and Jacob is pure genius.

In a lot of stories you have a major theme and it pretty much stops ther
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Sheziss


"Que pasa, Lisa?"

"We got a serious problem, Jorge, and we were wondering if you could help us out," she said calmly.

"Que problème?"



First of all, I'm not sure at all the author uses Greek words correctly, because he definitely doesn't use Spanish words correctly. Jorge is a Spanish speaker. I guess, from some of the South American countries. But he mixes French and Spanish. Apart from that, the Spanish is not well written, there are accents in the French words but not in the Spanish ones, and f
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amomentsilence
May 02, 2015 amomentsilence rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give this book a million, trillion stars, but five will have to do here.

I.... I just.... I need a moment. A LONG moment.

Expect my review at a later date when I've composed myself to actually write one. For now, I will simply say... this was one heck of a powerful and emotional read that I shall NEVER, EVER forget.
Dragonrouge57 - Bénédicte Girault
Elève de terminale, Michael Sattler mène une vie facile. Il est l'un des athlètes vedettes de son école, a de très bons amis et des parents qui l'aiment juste pour celui qu'il est. Ce qui manque à sa vie est un petit-ami. C'est un problème parce qu'il n'a avoué son homosexualité qu'à ses parents et à son meilleur ami. Quand Michael rencontre accidentellement Christy Castle à l'école, sa vie change d'une façon qu'il n'aurait jamais pu imaginer. Christy incarne le l'homme idéal pour Michael: ...more
Birte
Sep 23, 2013 Birte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: xx
3.5 stars rounded up.

Ok, first of, this book is epic, I was reading and reading and reading and wow ... only 50% done? Ok, on to the rest ... lol

I'm a bit ambivalent about this book. I liked it a lot, yet often I had to roll my eyes when another thing happened that reminded me a bit of a soap opera. What can happen to the MCs, eventually happened: bullies at school, shootings, exploding cars, larger than life (boy)friends, you name it, you get it.
All that unfortunately made the story unrealist
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Sammy Goode
Oct 05, 2013 Sammy Goode rated it it was amazing
Omorphi by Cody Kennedy. Goodness me, where to begin. First the scope of this story (over 400 pages) and breadth of the emotional highs and lows left me shaking at times and breathless, others. I will admit that it is difficult to remain analytical with such an emotionally charged novel to review. Also, the task of attempting to encapsulate this action packed love story into a few paragraphs is rather daunting as well. So bear with me as I attempt to present what I have no doubt is a piece of ...more
Lena Grey
Aug 28, 2013 Lena Grey rated it really liked it
“The human spirit is the strongest force there is. As long as our spirit remains unbroken, there is no defeat... ~ unknown

The amount of abuse Christy endures would have destroyed most people, but his will to live overrides his fear and pain. He holds fast to his desire to vanquish his hardships and hold his head high again; he knows that he can't do it alone; he needs a hero to champion his cause, someone who will love and supports him unconditionally while he gets better. He finds such a person
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Elizabetta
Sep 17, 2013 Elizabetta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, cover-love, rev-4-love, arc

3.5 stars

That cover… Omorphi, or ‘pretty’ in Greek, is the perfect description of Christy Castle, a mysterious and mute new student at Michael Sattler’s high school. Picture the famous androgynous fashion model Andrej Pejić, who Michael has had a secret crush on, and you’re there. Long golden blond hair, aquamarine eyes, delicate and whippet thin, Christy fits the bill perfectly. Michael, senior sports stud and all-round good guy, has been longing for a pretty boyfriend, an ómorfi agóri, and jus
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Francesca
Jul 07, 2014 Francesca rated it it was amazing
I have revised the rating up to 5 full fledged stars - because I cannot stop thinking about how incredibly good this book.

(4.5 emotionally charged stars!)

I have read this book in a 24h binge and have so many feels about it I will have to come back to this. But, in the meantime, oh my dear gods this story was exceptional!

So here goes nothing: 4 things I loved about the book and 1 that really pissed me off:
1) Christy: oh dear boy! Subjected to horrific abuse - this young man is a beacon of hope -
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Remmy Meggs
Jun 07, 2016 Remmy Meggs rated it it was amazing
This is definitely a LGBT book. I would like to start by saying the book is about two boys from different backgrounds, yet all boys come from different backgrounds. The book is basically about two boys that meet and right away one wants a type of love the other is not exactly ready for but he wants it as well. The heir to a Greek millionaire, who is under the influence of a Greek overlord, the relationship is impossible to say the least.

The other from a normal loving household, where everything,
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Jules Lovestoread
Oct 23, 2013 Jules Lovestoread rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much. I love Christy SO. Much. This book is about so many things: Love, strength, taking back your power, finding your safe harbor, faith, self-worth, and friendship (I told Cody Kennedy that I was THIS CLOSE to shipping Michael and Jake. ;) )

This is a really important book, that has the possibility of helping so many abused - or even just shy, scared, unsure, confused - LGBTQ youths. Christy's message is definitely one of hope and strength. YOU CAN OVERCOME. NEVER GIVE UP.
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Claudia
Oct 11, 2013 Claudia rated it it was amazing
this book is a tribute to all the people that have suffered abuse and survived. It's heartbroken how Christy was mistreated and persecuted. Michael was his rock during his recovery and what helped him stay sane with all the bullying and hate. Amazing story. but it was really hard to read about what Christy went through during the time he was abused. But of course Christy got his very well deserved HEA. Loved
LiveYourLife BuyTheBook
Sep 24, 2013 LiveYourLife BuyTheBook rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
A "Live Your Life, Buy The Book" Review

When I saw Omorphi on the coming soon list, I thought it looked interesting but I was a bit apprehensive to review it. I read many different genres but sometimes abuse, especially with children or young adults hits a bit harder. I am also a survivor of abuse, not to the extent of Christy in the book, but it is something that you do not “get over” it is something that you try to heal from and live with and not let it control your life. It does not g
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Marinieves Cordero
Oct 23, 2015 Marinieves Cordero rated it it was amazing
When you start thinking about reading a book you could never imagine that from the foreword you are going to be impacted by the story.
I will confess that due to personal reasons I had to prepare myself to read this book even though I had pointedly asked author Cody Kennedy about the story and in his infinite graciousness he answered them ... It took me a little more time to start.

This is a brilliant story and Cody is a brilliant author. The research and the delicate but straight to the point way
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Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
4 Hearts

Review written for MM Good Book Reviews

Michael hasn't ever really had to worry about anything in his life, he's the captain of the track team, his best friend always has his back and his parents are wonderful. The only thing he secretly yearns for is a boyfriend to complete his happy world, but with only his best friend and parents knowing he is gay he doesn't think he will be finding a boyfriend any time soon. That is until he bumps into Christy, the silent pretty young man that he deve
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Alicia J
I saw this on someone's blog and thought, "Wow, that sounds different. I wanna read that!" I'm so glad I followed through on that stray thought and bought the book right away. There's no way I would have wanted to miss out on this great story. And I absolutely loved the homage paid to Andrej Pejic, one of the most amazing models in the business.
Samantha
Oct 24, 2013 Samantha rated it it was amazing
I really wish I was good with words to express to you all just how good this book is because believe me it's outstanding.
I hardly ever read long books because I find some lose the story about half way in but no not with this book I never got bored once the story flows nicely from the start to finish.
I wish I could bottle up Christy and Michael and the love they have for each other it was heartfelt heart-warming and never wavered.
You adore Michael from the start what’s not to like he's a great fr
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Isabel
Oct 21, 2013 Isabel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is enormous, not only in pages but mostly in the message that brings. A message of survival and hope. What Christy had endure in his childhood was monstruous, and unfortunatly there are in our world sick minds capable of inflict the most horrific treatments on others, even in children.

Christy survived and overcome his tragic past, with love and friendship. He and Michael created a strong bond based on love and trust.

The story is amazing and so are the characters. I must say, however, t
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The Novel Approach Reviews
It is really hard to pigeon hole Omorphi into one genre. It is YA, LGBT romance. It is about surviving the worst atrocities human beings can inflict on one another. It is a thriller. I didn’t expect that. I knew it was about a young man who had been indescribably abused. I knew it was a romance between two young men. But it was so very much more than that. There were villains. Yes, plural. And what those villains would do and when and how they would do it kept me on the edge of my seat through ...more
Erin
Oct 27, 2013 Erin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
189,675 words. Should have got me thru the weekend and then some, right? So very wrong! I was obsessed, I could not put it down, I ignored everyone and had food pushed under the locked bedroom door. Okay...maybe it wasn't that bad, but it was close.

The characters are so real, so lovingly well written and believable in the way that they spoke to and interact with each other...fantastic! I loved Michael and Jake's family and friends but the relationship between Christy and Michael was the absolute
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Jase G.
Sep 27, 2013 Jase G. rated it it was amazing
Cody Kennedy's "Omorphi" is a masterpiece! Beautifully written and thoughtfully told. It is a story filled with heart and soul, combined with elements of action and suspense, all topped off with touches of grace and humor! Cody deftly weaves it all to gether, never letting it get to heavy for the reader. Perfectly balanced.
Christy is an amazing character who is only now discovering what a strong person he is. A true survivor who has dealt with shocking horrors in his short life and still choose
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