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Lisa McMann's Dead to You meets Kate Ellison's The Butterfly Clues in a psychological thriller full of romance, intrigue, and mystery.

One year ago, Callie was found in an abandoned apartment, scrawling words on the wall: "I KILLED HIM. His blood is on my hands. His heart is in my soul. I KILLED HIM." But she remembers nothing of that night or of theprevious thirty-six
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by EgmontUSA (first published May 1st 2014)
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Ash Wednesday
3 STARS
’You’re a poet.’
No, I want to say, I am insane.

Po-tay-toes, po-tah-toes.

I’m finding it a little strange reading gripes about this book’s length because I truly felt like I flew through this one quite easily. True, there are a lot of things to complain about this story but between reading a book that makes me feel like pulling my own tooth with a fork versus one that offers something compelling but induces one too many eye-rolls, I’ve learned to pick the nitpicks that I pick on.

A year
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Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
Guess 134 pages are enough to determine that I do not like this book.

Oblivion, somehow, ended up being one of the most tiresome stories I've read(or tried to) this year. And yeah, that includes this book called Here be Sexist Vampires(on second thoughts nooooo, that was way fucking worse) Venus In Furs and Nevermore and this girl's guide to some boys, I shit you not. Frankly, I'm kind of surprised as to how it turned out for me, because starting with, I was enjoying the writing style, and the
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Calliope’s father, a cult “pastor”, is missing. Also gone, a twelve-year-old girl he may have murdered. Callie thinks she killed him and blocked the memory. She has PTSD, an anxiety disorder. One symptom is graphomania, anxiety related compulsion to write. Her jumbled words lack meaning, though the police think they may be clues. Danger may lurk closer than Callie realizes.

I’m a big Sasha Dawn fan. OBLIVION isn’t her best work, but I was still intrigued rough to enjoy the mystery. Callie made
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Erin
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
ARC for review.

I really wanted to like this, and I certainly didn't hate it, it's just that it was FAR too long (nearly 400 hundred pages and could have been told in less than half that) and way too genre driven - it was decently-written and the plot showed some promise, but occasionally the plotting seemed to be done by an actual YA.

Callie is living with a foster family (she's been there a few months, but already her foster sister has become her REAL sister in her mind) after her mother is
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Sarah
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Egmont USA and Netgalley.)
17-year-old Calliope can’t remember what happened 1 year ago when her father and a 12-year-old girl (Hannah) went missing. All she knows is that ever since she has suffered from graphomania, and cannot stop writing down random words, which may be clues to the mystery of what happened.
What happened to Calliope? Where is her father now? And will Calliope ever decipher the answers
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Emily Bedford
Sep 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned
This was so boring I really disliked it, I’ve had this book for a few years now and I’m wishing I never bought it ...more
Rayne
3.5 stars

Contrary to what I expected going into this one, I actually quite liked Oblivion. Sure, it meanders a lot in terms of the plotting, it's over a 100 pages longer than it needs to be and it does get repetitive at some points, but I found the whole thing riveting for some reason.

I think that what hooked me about the novel is how different it is. Oblivion is edgy and bold and it went in directions that I did not expect it to and that I am sure not many authors would dare to go to. From the
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♥ Charlotte ♥
Honestly, I don't know what just happened. Reading this book was sorta like reading a random teens "novel in the making" with its amateur content, vocabulary, and writing in general. The plot line, however, was very original and intriguing. I have never heard of graphomania, which makes sense because graphomania is very rare, and there isn't much known about it, but I liked how the author developed this disorder and created a very great plot-line entwined with it. Callie's graphomania caused her ...more
Abbie
Feb 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

Oblivion felt a lot longer than what it was.

At first, i really didn't like this.
It was jumpy, and really confusing.

Thankfully, it did get better at the halfway point, and i started to like it.
The last ten chapters were really good. They just managed to save the book for me!

I started out not liking any of the characters, and unfortunately, that never changed.
I did feel sorry for Callie at times, but she still never grew on
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Rose
Feb 01, 2014 marked it as to-read-arc-or-galley
Holy crud, my galley copy of this is like 791 pages. This is huge! o___O

But it looks really intriguing, so I'm definitely going for this one. Will read it a little closer in to its release date.
Mykia
May 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, i-own
Ugh, boring first book of the year. Slow throughout, although some moments peaked my interest. Definitely not on any favorites lists.
Amber
Jun 17, 2015 rated it liked it
the story was okay but the love whatever was kinda pointless. if itd mention it in the synopsis i may not have picked it up.
Heather Wood
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Oblivion was a book I could not put down for the life of me. The mystery had me guessing and it was tough trying to piece together the clues left from Callie’s graphomania. I never saw a book that used graphomania as a plot device and I found it turned a simple murder mystery plot into a very intense and dark suspenseful read.

Callie’s graphomania, an impulse to write, emerged after her father and a little girl went missing. The scenes where Callie disappears from reality and has an impulsive
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Oceansword
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
I would perhaps like to rate this one four stars for concept, two stars for execution. I love books with unreliable narrators and I quite liked the presentation of Callie's false memories and the manner in which the truth was revealed bit by bit. While I see other reviews stating that the book was too long, I found the writing style led to me flying through the story.
All that said, this book had a lot of problems:
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Eden Grey
Dec 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
In the style of popular TV programs like CSI and Dexter, Sasha Dawn has weaved a web of intrigue, suspense, and insanity in this debut novel. The main character, Callie, suffers from a diagnosed compulsion to write - graphomania - that is a coping mechanism for her traumatic past. Callie's father, a respected pastor, has disappeared along with a young girl from the church community. Callie thinks she was there the night they disappeared, and that her memories are blocked, but somehow reveal ...more
Trisha
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow, what a mind-bending mystery.
I loved the lyrics and the lines and the writing. I'd never heard of her disorder, Graphomania, and every time her world spiraled and she couldn't breath and she clutched for a red pen and a notebook - my heart broke. I can't even imagine. The fact that she could even try to go to school and continue life was a testament to her strength. But the grace and sass she used to get through it was wonderful. I loved how imperfect and flawed she was - NOT that she was
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Literary_arsenal
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book it absolutely incredible! I'm glad to have had this recommended to me by my cousin! I could not put it down for a single second. I was surprised that I liked this book as much as I did, considering that this isn't the type of book I usually read (Mostly dystopias and YA fiction). I have to admit, I was a little hesitant at first, it was sitting on my bookshelf for about 3 months before I actually picked it up and started reading it. But, I'm glad that I did. This book definitely ...more
Natalie Diaz
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was mysterious and that,s what I liked about it. It also had a little romance which was okay in my opinion. But anyways if you like mysterious books with a dash of romance I would totally recommend this book for you.
Katrina Linares
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
GREAT book! Fantastic suspense the entire time...although a bit slow in the beginning its worth holding out for.
Nancy
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Annoyed the crap out of me.
Sana
This book was OK.
I felt like the author focused more on Calliope's love life.
The book didn't get interesting until like the middle of the book.
MariaZ
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
The book “Oblivion” written by Sasha Dawn told a story about a girl with amnesia who has been plagued by graphomania - an obsession with words. Personally, I enjoyed this book very much because it hooked me up all the way until the end. However, there’s still a lot of unnecessary events and details that can be deleted.

Throughout the book, Dawn used a lot of similes and metaphors to help readers paint images that carry more emotions than words. For example, “The words overpower me. They bleed
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Lizzy Card
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oblivion By Sasha Dawn

Lizzy Card period A1

This book is full of thrilling mysteries and shocking plot twists. The main character, Calliope Knowles, opens up the story by waking up in an apartment with words on the wall that she had written saying “ I KILLED HIM” everywhere. Calliope Knowles, also known as Callie, lives with her friend as a foster care home because her mother was put into a mental institution and her father a reverend that is missing. Her father went missing along with a girl by
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Jessica Shoey
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Overall Oblivion was average in my opinion. It wasn’t amazing or a bad book, it was moderate. The book was quite slow and was dragged out a lot. The book was semi-long, although I got through it relatively quickly as the words were large. The first half of the book took me a while to get through because of how boring it was, but the second half was more interesting as more secrets were revealed and Callie got more of her memories back. This book has some peaks of intensity, but overall I was ...more
Sarah
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
3 stars for Oblivion

Thoughts and Plot


First thought: what the f*** did I just read???

Second thought: will it make better sense if I read it again? (And I do mean better, not more)

This is what I got out of it and it will contain spoilers.

Reverend Palmer kidnapped his first victim when he was 24 and she was 9. He dragged her off and abused her to the point she couldn't remember who she was. Later he turns his attention to their daughter, and a 12 year old girl named Hannah. He was bat sh*t crazy
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Hannah
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I first read this book in seventh grade, which, looking back on it, was way too young to have read this book, but I was hooked from the first page. I think I read it another three times that year. I read it in two days this time, when I’m old enough to really understand the stuff about drugs and sex and murder, and despite having read it five times, I still pretty much have no idea what happens. Five stars! I like the weird writing style the most: the contrast of beautiful descriptions with ...more
Valerie Brady
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
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Kathy
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Good lord - has every freaking teenager in Putney dumped their books at the Putney Co-op mini-library?

Okay, okay......the terms "making out" and "hooking up" drove me slightly mad. The protagonist's constant crying drove me even madder.

That said, it was a very interesting premise: Graphomania, induced by trauma. Though the constant poetic references were annoying, since I didn't find her graphomania particularly poetic.

So........lots of irritation - due to reading the endless young adult stuff,
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Ashley
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is amazing. From the first page I was hooked, and by the end of the first chapter I could not put the book down. When I get really into a book I start to loss a sense of time and ignore my surroundings, and that’s only if I’m really REALLY into it, and that’s exactly what happened with this book. It was a bit confusing to follow at some points, wether it was the writing or simply that fact that I was reading so fast I skipped a few words, but this book has my head spinning. It makes ...more
Dawn Taylor
Jan 10, 2017 rated it liked it
For me, realistic fiction is not one of the genres that I usually go for. I will not read a romantic contemporary to save my life. I am attempting to expand my horizons so that I will have a better variety of books to offer my students. I picked this one because I like suspense and murder mystery type of books. This fit those those qualifications, and it had a unique spin, and a twist at the end that I didn't see coming. That being said, it was just ok for me. I need the quality of writing that ...more
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