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A More Deserving Blackness

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  492 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
Bree McCaffrey hasn't spoken a word in over two years, not since that horrible night. She's just trying to make it through her last year of high school without breaking apart . . .
Logan Brenner is an outcast in his own town, hated and feared by everyone he knows, haunted by a violent secret . . .
Then one night he becomes her savior, and they discover a connection between
Paperback, 250 pages
Published January 2014 (first published December 2013)
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Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss

Having read The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay, I can say with certainty that the similarities between that book and A More Deserving Blackness go far beyond anything that could be considered coincidental. I realize that many books have comparable elements, but the similarities between these two books are too blatant to be ignored. Taken alone, some of these things would not have been an issue. However, the likenesses began to pile up to the e
Oct 15, 2014 Paula rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to pick this book up after a book friend mentioned that it had a "The Sea of Tranquility feel to it." Since TSoT by Katja Milay is my favorite book, I figured that I would enjoy something like it. It's plot, characters, and scenes were just too similar to TSoT for me that I cannot rate it higher than 1 star.
Michelle [Helen Geek]
08/19/2014 --

Overall Rating = 2 Stars
Book Cover / Book Blurb / Book Title = 4 / 4 / 4 = 4 Stars
Writer’s Voice = 2 Stars
Character Development = 3 Stars
Story Appreciation = 1 Stars
Worth the Chili = 5 Stars -- [$Free on Amazon]
Smexy [HEAT] Rating = Mild
252 pages

A freebie that just didn't pan out. No prob ... it was FREE. Not my cuppa. Hope it works better for you.

Happy Reading!
Aug 26, 2016 iam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is one fantastic book and I'm already thinking about rereading it. The basic premise (broken girl needs a hero, enter hero and well, look at that, he's broken too) is freaking everywhere in the new adult genre and if I hadn't seen another review for this book (stellar), I wouldn't have given it a second glance. But let me tell you, I'm glad I did because this is the one to read. Those other books with a similar premise, they wish they were half this good.

Wolbert's writing is crisp and the
Yesenia Gonzalez
I liked the book and how bree tried her best to be normal with what she has been through. Logan had patience and he was always there for her, I was there was more to the story I don't think it ended right I wanted more answers.
Jul 28, 2014 Bree rated it it was ok
This is borderline plagiarism, for those who haven't read The Sea of Tranquility.
Mar 19, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
This book took me by surprise. I download a lot of freebies and never expect much but this book got my interest from the first page and I read it in one sitting. I couldn't help but compare it to The Sea of Tranquility. At times I wondered if it was fan fiction? But, I will go as far as to say that I felt this was the better book.

Brilliant writing. I could find no errors whatsoever and that's a rarity these days even in published authors! The story flowed well for me until near the end where I f
Aug 10, 2014 Bella rated it liked it
2.5 Stars

A friend recommended this book to me. She said it reminded her of The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay. TSoT is one of my all time favorite books so I put it on my list.

Saying this book reminds you of TSoT is an understatement. It was way too similar to TSoT for me to really enjoy it.

Mute, damaged heroine who moves out from her parents house and in with a relative - check. She suffered a terrible attack - check. She missed a year of high school recovering - check. She lost all of he
3.5 STARS for a good YA angst with excellent writing.

Bree has suffered a traumatic experience, she hasn't spoken a word in two years. She moves in with her sister and starts over at a new school. There she meets Logan 'The Psycho' Brenner who is feared by all and hated by most. With each other they find solace, but Bree's feelings intensify and it's not long before she completely shatters.

This book was excellently written, I couldn't spot a fault with the grammar. Only one problem arose, it was
Aug 06, 2016 Katie(babs) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Over the top angst that just didn't work for me as a reader. The drama was so intense and the characters are oh so tortured emotionally that it borders on comical. It took until the very end to figure out why the heroine wouldn't speak, as well as why Logan the love interest is treated worst than dirt.

This entire story is so unbelievable and the characters are very underwhelming with their personalities. Also the internal musings from the heroine went on forever and could have been shortened. Th
This book totally blew me away. A true surprise. Honestly, most of the time I don't have high hopes for Amazon freebies, but this book ... this book.. I would I have paid for.

Definitely deals with dark subjects, and this book contains scenes of violence.

It's not a book for everyone but I am glad I read it. I admit I cried more than once.

It's not a perfect book and there were a couple of times I had a frown or ? on my face.

Great, great hero!! Logan.. Damaged, but strong and :::sigh:::. ..and ju
Nov 03, 2014 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x2014-read
“And if you’re lucky enough to find one that made it, it’s all burnt up and blackened, this broken thing . . . But hell, how many people get to touch a fallen star, you know? So it’s still the most beautiful fucking thing you’ve ever seen.”

I can't believe I picked up this book as a freebie. This story sucked me in deep and didn't spit me out until I read the last word. It's not an easy story to read, dealing with dark subjects and two broken kids who hold each other together. But it's a beautif
Oct 01, 2016 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars rounded up to 5. This is a wonderfully written story about a girl, Bree, suffering the traumatic effects of a rape a few years ago, who has chosen not to speak for the last two years because she is afraid the horror and memories from the incident will drive her insane by coming alive along with her voice. She feels deep down that she brought the pain on herself by heeding the demands of the rapist (while he had a gun to her head) and keeping quiet while he attacked her. But the quiet ...more
Sep 22, 2014 Stephanie rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It was a change from what I normally read but i was at a crossroads for giving it a 3.5 or a solid 4. Loved the concept, and really liked the storyline however I wish the author would have went further in-depth with it. This was a quick read, I mean I practically finished it in a matter of hours and that was with breaks.

Reason I gave it a 4: Loved the characters, especially Logan. He is a stand up guy that I wouldn't mind having in my corner. The other reason was there
Overall this story is OK. I originally rated this story 4 star because it evoked emotions within me. After further deliberation, I settled on 2.5 stars based on the lack of resolutions between characters and situations. Also the formatting and grammatical errors didn’t help.

I liked everything Logan in this book. I felt a lot of emotion with this character. Although Logan was battling his own demons, I felt there was a ray of sunshine about him. On occasion Logan frustrated me but after understan
Amanda  Nemec
Jun 22, 2014 Amanda Nemec rated it liked it
What happened there at the end?? I was teetering on giving this one a 4-star review and then... Nothing happened! The end doesn't resolve a thing other than the romance part. We're invested in the horrible things that happened to these characters and then neither of their issues were resolved. One more really good chapter could have done it.
Sep 19, 2014 Carrie rated it did not like it
Not a well written piece and the story is uncannily similar to "The Sea of Tranquility." Too similar. In fact, the word "unethical" comes to mind. Though this book lacks the depth or development that are seen in TSoT. I cannot give this book a higher rating or a good recommendation when it so closely resembles another author's work.
Jan 08, 2014 Lyndsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
why doesn't this have more ratings?? this book was amazing! definitely one of my favourites
May 25, 2015 Karoline rated it it was amazing
Bree McCafferty has a crippling secret. One night two years ago has left her emotionally broken and terrified to speak. She is beginning her senior year at a new high school, content on keeping to herself and living in self imposed solitude. From the first day she is intrigued by a loner named Logan Brenner. He is an outcast and reviled by everyone in town. Bree soon learns Logan has a dark and violent secret of his own.

Teen and Young Adult is typically not a genre I read frequently. High school
Aug 21, 2014 Jenny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*2.5* This book started off promising but it just didn't hit the spot for me. By mid book, I was completely over the whole highschool dynamic and Bree's character. Her suffering just dragged on and on and on, omg, it was just too much. I'm not saying what she went through was something she should just forget about but I think her secret took too long to be revealed. Many things weren't explained or it was randomly explained in another scene, like when Bree sent a message to Logan, asking him ...more
R.A. White
Oct 06, 2014 R.A. White rated it did not like it
This book was no longer on amazon when I went to write a review, so I'm not sure what was up. I wanted to look at it again because it turned out to be erotica when for some reason I thought it was supposed to be a sweet YA book. That may well be why it was removed, I don't know. The first 40% of the book was good, although the main character started spending an awful lot of time obsessing over her friend's shoulders and chest muscles, but then it turned out that it was all building up to one sex ...more
Nov 03, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love Wolbert's writing. The descriptions and the character's interactions are so raw that I could feel their pain and, though harder to realize, their joy.

Bree has suffered extreme trauma and has coped with that by burrowing into herself, interacting with others on a very limited basis and not speaking at all. While she is not suicidal, she is definitely not living.

Logan is a protector, someone who has seen too much and done too much for one so young but keeps putting one foot in f
Mar 18, 2014 RedRedtheycallmeRed rated it really liked it
This was a Kindle freebie and I'm really glad I took a chance on it. Well written, no obvious grammar issues or typos, and a heartbreaking story.

Bree is living with her sister while she finishes her senior year of high school. Having endured a traumatic event two years prior, she's older than most students at 19. She's unable/unwilling to speak, so that makes her a bit of a freak at school. She meets Logan, the school outcast, who also got a tragic past. I liked the connection between the two of
Nov 03, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Excellent darker YA read, very satisfying. I have mixed feelings about the absence of an epilogue which several readers commented on - on one hand I like that I get to use my imagination for Logan and Bree and that just like the issues they struggle with everything doesn't get to be tied up neatly with a bow in life. On the other hand I wanted desperately for the rapist to be caught. I however ***LOVED*** the last page.

I thought the author did a very good job of connecting her thoughts and maki
Sep 17, 2014 Christy rated it liked it
My review is conflicted, hence the 2.5/5 stars. As an adult, i still love reading cheesy and predictable YA books. The romantic teen in me relates to the outcast heroine and loves the gushing romance, finding the only person in the world that understands you, not being able to leave person that allows you to breathe- you know the cheesy and predictable YA. However, the realistic adult who wants to shelter the real teens reading this book hates that: 1-parents, teachers, therapists and cops are ...more
Dec 26, 2013 Jenna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars for the first 75% this was a solid 4 star read but the last 25 % I didn't feel that the real problems got resolved. I didn't feel that Bree moved forward with her character even though she did some major things. Bree is brutally attacked when she was 17 years old, since then she has not said a single word. In her head she's still screaming but nobody hears her. Bree moves to her sister Trish in another town to escape her fiends, her parents, the talking and the expectations of becoming ...more
Nov 03, 2014 LAKristy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: explicit, lendable
Well written and edited with just a couple of small editing issues.

A beautiful story about two teenagers who've both been through horrific violence. Their damage is sort of magnetically attracted to the other's damage. Somehow the sharp edges are softened, expectations are lowered and judgments are suspended, leaving both of them strong enough to be vulnerable with one another.

There was a lot of truth in how much anxiety and irritation builds when your family and friends are helpful and supporti
Jan 02, 2014 Lex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was absolutely remarkable. The attention to detail by the author is very evident in her writing. You get to know every gory detail about her characters down to the most painful secrets. If you're looking for a story that ends with the characters skipping off into the sunset arm in arm all wrapped up in a pretty pink bow then you should go read Disney's Cinderella. The best word I can use to describe this book is truthful through and through from beginning to end. I sincerely hope that ...more
Meg Weglarz
Nov 03, 2014 Meg Weglarz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an exceptionally well crafted story and an equally well written novel of two people so deeply damaged by tragedies in their lives that no one could help each but the other. However, no matter how badly hurt these characters are, Angela Wolbert manages to convey the strength that underlies their coping mechanisms - they are never, ever, portrayed as victims or objects of pity; this is a story of survivors and survival. I applaud Wolbert for tackling very difficult subject matter (violent ...more
Kindling Micky
Mar 25, 2015 Kindling Micky rated it really liked it
This was a fantastic read, well written and a very pleasant surprise. There are many books with broken characters in but this is one of the best I have read.

Bree has recently moved to finish her senior year in a new town where her sister lives. She doesn't speak. Ever. Since something happened to her 2 years ago. A couple of her classmates accept her silence. There's a boy, Logan, she notices who doesn't engage with anyone and seems to be hated by many at the school. A slow, quiet friendship st
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