Review + Guest Post + Giveaway: Shackled by Angela Carling

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Welcome to my stop on the Respect Month Blog Tour! First up, Angela Carling tells us a bit about the background for Shackled and the sad statistics about teens in abusive relationships. After that is my review of Shackled, and finally, check out the giveaway for an opportunity for 2 people to win a copy of the book (if you don’t see the Rafflecopter form, try refreshing your screen or just click the link)!

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Hi there! Thanks for letting me steal a minute of your time to talk about RESPECT MONTH and I might as well get straight to the point. Thousands of teens deal with controlling and sometimes violent abusive behavior in their relationships. In fact about 1 out of 5. These teens are new to what a relationship should be and they often suffer in silence because they feel stupid or trapped. This is not an unfixable problem. With a little education and staying close to the teens or friends (if you are a teen) are the actual cure. Here’s a couple of sites if you want to learn more:

http://www.loveisrespect.org/is-this-abuse/dating-violence-statistics
http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/intimatepartnerviolence/teen_dating_violence.html
http://dvcac.org/RESPECT_Month.html

When people read Shackled, they have a very strong reaction one way or the other, mostly because the main character 8e2edd1b ef39 4d56 8fb6 bd2caf591500 zpsb72f4d49 Review + Guest Post + Giveaway: Shackled by Angela CarlingRyan has been taught his own FBI agent father that women must be controlled. (Don’t worry, the story isn’t that cut and dry.) The thing is, Lucy and Ryan’s story is a fictional, not to mention a way out there fictional example. The story is riveting in rubbernecking while a passing a train wreck kind of way… but so not real. When I was writing Shackled, I didn’t know this problem actually existed in the teenage world. I only knew that own sister’s life, in her young adult years, was almost taken by a sick man who had been controlled with fear by his own father. One day, after Shackled was published, I was researching and I found a story in People Magazine and realized that the statistics about teens in controlling or violent relationships may not be that far off. Here’s the link to a real life teen abuse story:

http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20060228,00.html

I chose to tour with Shackled this month, not just because I hope you read my book, but also to heighten awareness to what respect month is all about. If you have a teen, or are a teen, please know that knowledge about the warning signs of an abuser is a powerful shield to protect you so you end up with Mr. Right, not Mr. I’m Going To Make Your Life A Living Hell.

Thanks for your time today and especially thanks to Andrea for letting me take over her blog for the day. I love to keep in touch with my readers. Let me know what you think about this topic or ask questions below or directly to my email (angelacarling@gmail.com).
<3
Angela Carling

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Author: Angela Carling
Publisher: June 1st 2012 by Acacia Publishing
Format: Paperback, 204 pages
Source: Author
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Summary

After shy, quiet Lucy and her family move from their small hometown in Minnesota to Seattle, Washington, she is surprised when Ryan, the most popular boy at school, asks her out. Soon, she is swept up in a whirlwind romance and her naive and trusting nature allows her to fall head over heels in love with her too-good-to-be-true suitor. Suddenly, Lucy finds herself enraptured by the excitement of her new relationship, leaving her blinded to the warning signs of danger ahead. Can her fairy tale romance last, or will she find that her prince charming is more like a wolf in sheeps clothing?

My thoughts

Lucy is the new girl in town and is just getting the hang of the nasty Seattle weather and her new school when Ryan, the insanely hot boy at school, starts showing her attention. She feels so special to be his chosen one and that feeling helps blind her to the warning signs that start popping up. Soon, she’s in too deep to get out.

I admit, this wasn’t an easy one for me to get into at first. Lucy’s character just didn’t grab me. She was kind of… blank. She seemed like she wasn’t a fully realized person, and that made it a bit hard to really embrace the story. Once I was a few chapters in, though, I was hooked.

I’ve never been in an abusive situation, so I don’t understand why someone would stay in one. But I kept an open mind and went with it, and I learned to see what a slippery slope abuse really is. It starts out tiny and can be easily dismissed, then the next thing you know, you’re trapped with no easy way out.

I liked how we saw things from Ryan’s POV, as well as Lucy’s. It made the situation seem more realistic, as we learned about Ryan’s background and why he acted the way he did. Really, with his home life, it’s no surprise he ended up in an abusive situation. I was a little disappointed in Lucy and Ryan’s friends who, at the very least, suspected what was going on, but did nothing to try to help Lucy. And Lucy’s mom was so blind, it surprised me, especially being a mom myself.

The buildup was slow and steady and the final climax was a good one that had my heart pounding. Maybe a bit unrealistic, but still entertaining. There were a few typos that were a bit distracting, but nothing horrible.

The sum up

Realistic and scary, this is an honest look at how a young woman can become lost in an abusive relationship.

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