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1) It's written in first person. (I'm not sure why this is such a turn-off for a lot of folks, but it is.)
2) The action flips back and forth in time throughout the narrative.
3) The narrator/protagonist commits numerous horrendous acts.
4) This book is filled with intimate accounts of extreme violence (some involving animals and children).
5) You will find some typos in this book. (More ...more
If there's beauty to be found in horror, you'll find it here in this amazing book. The story is beautifully told from the point of view of the main character, Jack. As a young child, Jack is taken to live with the mysterious Cyrus, a cult leader who possesses certain powers. Early on, Jack is taught how to kill. Jack becomes a murderer, a thief and a drug abuser. Yet, there's much more to Jack as well...something unique and special. Readers get the treat of experiencing life as Jack does, unde ...more
Buddy read with my girl Shandra 4/27
Actual ratings 4.5 stars
For the past few weeks, I've been pushing a buddy, Hi Shandra *waves*, to read this with me in a buddy read. I told her, "I heard it twisted....I've heard it gory....I heard it really really disturbing". Well this book was all that and more. Seriously, Mind-Fucking-Blown!
First off, the writing is great. The characters are sinister, and you want to cheer for the good guy...but there really isn't o/>Actual/>MIND/>Buddy ...more
This one was definitely not for me and it's not for the dark content involved either.
I don't actually mind dark in my books and actually read quite a lot of stuff that touches on the bizarre and just plain wrongness, but this just never manage to capture or even retain any of my attention and if I'm honest it was really bloody confusing and also at times rather boring.
If this wasn't a review copy I am sure this would have been a DNF, I persevered to see if it got any better for me.
This was told from the protagonists po ...more
Initial thoughts: I still say that was the strangest book I've ever read. I thoroughly enjoyed it!!!!! Review to come.
Actual rating: 4.5 stars. No spoilers!!
That's a strange gif, ya? Well, this is a strange book! It is unlike anything I've ever picked up. It's far from anything you've read either. I don't mean that in a bad way. I love when I come across a totally unique book. I storyline different from anything I've ever even thought up in this crazy head of mine.
I can't s ...more
“...murder is poetry...and I have written chapters with knives.”
Raised by the charismatic and powerful leader of a following (Cyrus), Jack has been taught, since age seven, to efficiently and effectively kill at will.
“Cyrus knew how to be human, just like them, exactly like them, so that they’d sway with him toward inhumanity.”
Cyrus is a nasty, brutal and selfish man (megalomaniac, rather) who would sacrifice anything and anyone to rise to t ...more
W-O-W!!! I am totally blown away by this book, that I hardly know where to begin! I have read many, many books over the years, but the level at which "Pivot" engaged my brain in this incredible story does not happen very often. Ms. Barlow, you possess quite an eloquent gift for writing, as well as a brilliant imagination. There are so ma ...more
What a unique and interesting story. Opening chapter has a man teaching Jack, a seven year old, how to kill. Instantly intrigued! I know this has been published previously and after a cursory glance at the reviews after I finished, I wonder if I read the same book as those who read this years ago. How much did they change as the things people pointed out and didn't like, I didn't catch. How very curious.
Unlike my usual fare, and in spite of the teenaged protagonist, "Pivot" is not what I'd consider a Young Adult read.
Let's start with the bad: the ending is slightly less than perfect, though I can't imagine what I would change. The printed version I got could use some copy editing. That's it.
Other than those quibbles, I gotta say that this book - a self-published book by a first time author ...more
One of the things which I found quite interesting about this book is that it very much centers around the ...more
Jack... I had no clue, until it was directly pointed out to me. I never even suspected.
Cyrus scared me to death. Patrick was both amazing and tragic, and I adored him. Roland ripped my heart out.
I loved the exploration of the gray, where I think the majority of us hang out. There is rarely only black a ...more
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to read and provide a voluntary, unbiased and honest review, should I choose to do so.
I would then follow up with this anecdote: “Suppose a child is born into a family of thieves. Day after day this child hears his parents discuss their thievery and o ...more
When the main character, Jack, is introduced to us, one is instantly eager to know more about the character and the character’s background. Everything is a mystery and as the pages are turned the story unfolds. Jack is, in my opinion, a very loveable ...more
Most of the novel seems to be build up and backstory to me. While i ...more
The writing was very easy, yet was very grounded. I found myself reaching for the book whenever possible to keep on reading. The story flowed well; so well in fact, I read late into the night.
The book had its creepy parts. Some scenes were really descriptive and I was totally horrified by what had happened. THAT is awesome. When a b ...more
A really GREAT eye-catching cover. For the most part the story kept my interest somewhat, except for a few places. I had hoped it would've had a positive outcome or redeeming factor, it did not, but maybe in the next two books of the trilogy. The main characters are living a meaningless life, but for the reader it could be an example of how not to live your life. An over use of the F word in the last part of ...more
Please note-I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
I don’t read much horror, so maybe I was expecting the wrong things from this book, but even though I was interested and finished it quickly, I never really got invested in any particular character or storyline. Very little is learned about Jack, and what is discovered is told point blank to the reader by her internal monologue or another charact ...more
Jack and Cyrus, creative characters. A cult, with more powers contained that any other cult before. How can this combo go wrong? You’re right, it can’t. It didn’t. I loved this. I was enthralled through every page of this story. We follow Jack throughout life being raised within a cult led by Cyrus, a twisted man who seems to have taken well to mentoring Jack. Jack learns things most seve ...more
Barlow has had several short stories (flash and otherwise) published in various journals, including Oak Bend Review, Flash Fiction World, Linguistic Erosion, Flashes in the Dark, Separate Worlds, Every Day Fiction, and Pop ...more