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What if the secret to being charismatic were actually a gene you could inherit, and pass along to your children. What if this "X-factor" could make you a star? Welcome to the world of Cease de Menich, a sixteen-year-old actress in New York City who gets cast as Joan-of-Arc in a reality-drama, only to discover her "acting gift" has been passed down through her bloodline for ...more
Paperback, 364 pages
Published October 10th 2016 by Stephen David Hurley (first published October 2016)
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Jody McGrath
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Cease de Menich, is a teen actress who has been cast to play Jeanne de Arc in a "reality-drama." The show cast teen girls as historical figures that have to fight to be the last one standing. There are also teen boys in the show, but they just play themselves and fight and hook up with girls. The girls are suppose to find love. That is the first layer of the story.

Before Cease was cast in this role her Mother tried to kill her, her brother committed suicide, and she lives with her aunt that has
Aug 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnfed
I began this book with lots of expectations, and loved how it was irreverently narrated by our main character, Cease. But then it began to get muddled between her "life" as joanne d'arc and her present self and the past that gets meddled in-between, and all the obnoxious way of describing past and present. Also, her actress role and the show get weird in a confusing way as you don't know what is going on and it is not explained to you coherently.... I had to call it quits. Sorry. ...more
Daniella Armstrong
Aug 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
I received an e-book ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

While this is my first review of a novel that is yet to be released, it will certainly not be my last.

When I discovered that NetGalley existed I felt supremely lucky to be able to read and review books that haven’t yet hit the shelves.

I decided to stick with some comfortable territory and check out a Young Adult title that looked promising.

Cease de Menich is a rising star, whose fame has arisen due to a gen
Russell Sanders
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
The publisher of Cease and Desist, Strong Girls Press (a division of Riverbrook Books) made a good choice when they decided to release author Stephen David Hurley’s book. The tale is certainly one of the strength that girls possess and what that strength can lead to. The “Cease” of Cease and Desist is Cease de Menich, a sixteen year old actress. She has been cast as Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc) in a “reality-drama,” scenes of which are being broadcast regularly on WebTV. Having never watched reali ...more
Jennifer Y.
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
My Rating: 3 ½ Stars

*I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

To be 100% honest with you, I am not quite sure what I just read, but I do know that I enjoyed it.

As the story starts we are introduced to Cease, short for Cecile, the narrator of our story, an actress in a new scripted time-traveling “reality” show/competition featuring strong historical female figures. She plays Jeanne (do not let her hear you call her Joan) of Arc on the show where the rules and scrip
Paula  Phillips
Oct 27, 2016 rated it liked it
What if your past could determine exactly who you would be in the future? What if it could make you into something successful? Would you jump at the chance or would you look at your family and see what it has cost them and try and avoid fate? For Cease De Menich who has been cast as the modern-day equivalent of Joan of Arc, she has always been a natural on the stage. Cease is about to learn that it is genetics and that has passed through her bloodlines. Cease also believes she can hear Joan Of A ...more
Aug 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: easy-reading
This book was nothing like I expected – it was insightful, and had quite a dark twist to it. The only reason that I haven’t rated it higher is because I’m unlikely to read it again – it was a page turner, but the character was so different to myself that I found her a little harder to connect to. Having said that, this is a great book that investigates ideas of teenage sexuality, peer pressure and suicide. Hard hitting issues that have a universal importance.

The tone of this story is incredibly
Angela Cuéllar
Sep 21, 2016 rated it liked it
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3.5 Stars

This book explores the costs of fame, the vampirism of producers and the entertainment industry, and the growing twisted obsession for sex and violence in entertainment today. No blood, no glory. No sex, no intrigue. No money, no show. No show, no fame. This book is gritty to the core as it flips over humanity to reveal its dark and fetid underbelly that adores the bright lights of New York City and its compatriot, Hollywood.

The plot had action, drama, gritty real
Ellen Christian
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Cease is a 16-year-old actress who is cast as Joan of Arc in a modern day reality TV show. She has to compete against Betsy Ross and Catherine the Great to be the last one standing in a reality show. Although the characters are historical figures, the reality TV show takes place in modern times and includes “hunky guys” in the drama who have no historical reference. Cease isn’t rich or beautiful like some of the other girls she’s competing against, but she sees herself as a strong woman who can ...more
Paula D
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cease is a actress and she's doing a real reality show about Jeanne d’Arc. Cease's mom and brother something horrible happened to them and she's truly not over it. The reality show is real you fight for love and the boys do too yes you kill and actually fight. This book is mostly about Cease explaining about how sex really should be and she's in "character" the whole time. You never really see her be a typical 16yr old its a totally different time of book. Took me awhile to get into cause I had ...more
Marcus Dowd
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What I loved about this book is that, though it is set in the present, in this world - it is a heightened present, an amped-up version of this world, where incredible things can, and do, happen. The author's deft touch makes it all so real that this reader easily got lost in a world I knew little about, a reality show. But this is a show set in the author's unique, fascinating reality, based so much on what we know that, even as the amazing happens, we are willing, and happy, to be allowed to go ...more
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting and unique YA story with good pacing in which modern day meets the past. Sixteen-year-old actress, Cease plays a historical character, Joan of Arc, who she identifies with. She is in a reality show/competition with other teens. There are secrets and tragedy in her immediate family involving her brother and and mother, who are also actors. Throughout the competition there's the threat of violence and sex.
Shelly Smith
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As expected stephen david hurley has given us the best book!!!! The blending of action and background information was very nice. The depth of intrigue and story line really keeps you turning pages. I liked the character development better overall than the initial book where he introduced the whole concept. Somehow it seemed more believable. I highly recommend it.
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was really strange! The elements didn't quite come together, and things were confusing, but I enjoyed this book! Great message about love and becoming an woman, or a man! ...more
Jul 28, 2016 marked it as to-read
* e-Arc provided by Netgalley *
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was an intriguing book, one that kept my attention from the first page to the last. Something I'd place kind of in the psychological thriller genre, a dash of teen angst, a good amount of dystopian world, and plenty of identifiable real life issues. The book is narrated in a broken way, in keeping with the life and state of Cease, the star of the show.

The main character deals with family loss, coming of age, and more trials than anyone her age should have to deal with. Her personality draws
Angel Hatfield
Oct 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Cease is sixteen and an actress. She has alot of sadness in her background as she had her mother kill herself and trying to kill Cease and Cease had been in the hospital and had almost died because of it and her beloved brother committed suicide when his heart got broken by another guy but he had also been abused by their mother. Cease was not your typical beautiful actress but she had the it factor and the potental tp be a very sucessful and famous actress. She was a reality show playing Jeanne ...more
Stephen David
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: debut-authors
Without giving anything away, I loved the way the protagonist of this novel, Cease de Menich transforms from an abused and fame hungry girl into a strong woman. Cease & Desist may never be called a "Christian" book because of the sexual content and violence depicted in the story, but reading how Cease goes from hating God "that fucking bastard" to believing in the power of a Roman Catholic Saint, was more real to me than a stack of Christian fiction novels with their cardboard characters and pre ...more
Feb 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
I really tried with this book. I really did. I just can't. It's not my cup of tea. I found the writing to be confusing and it lost me and it was just bad. ...more
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Cease and Desist by Stephen David Hurley, 327 pages, September 23rd, 2016, Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal and Urban. Available in Kindle, Print, and Audible. Warning: May Contain Spoilers.

The author of Cease and Desist, Stephen David Hurley, knows that while my reading tastes are eclectic and varied, I absolutely adore a good dystopian novel. Dystopian literature holds up a mirror to our society. It reveals to us who we are in danger of becoming if we go too far. Above all, it makes us examin
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