My Virtual Blog Tour Schedule

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A little late on this, since most of the stops have already passed, but there are still a few more days left in my virtual blog tour presented by Sage’s Blog Tours.

June 7th Alana Munro (interview)

June 8th Stuffed Shelves (review)

June 11th my name is: Sage (review)

June 12th Yah Gotta Read This!  (excerpt)

June 13th Raven Reviews (interview)

June 17th A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall (review)

June 18th The Avid Reader (review)

June 20th Sarah Thinks about Stuff (review)

June 21st Crafty Mom Zen (review)

June 24th The Relentless Reader (review)

June 25th Shannon’s Book Bag (review)

June 26th BookSpin (review)

June 27th Book Fidelity (review)

June 28th Read Your Bookcase (review)

Review from A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall

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A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall reviews A Masque of Infamy:

A Masque of Infamy is an autobiographical novel, a coming of age story out of the horrors of child abuse. The dialogue is raw and rough, the characters are very real.

Kelly Dessaint has crafted his story so the reader keenly feels Louis and Joey’s confusion, frustration, fear, and anger as they experience it. I was trying to figure out what the system was doing as the boys were being processed and moved around. And the real story, the one Louis doesn’t allow himself to tell for so long, is slowly revealed through his time in the hospital. It explains his feelings and behavior, and makes his story less about teenage rebellion and more about a desperate search for some, any, semblance of stability.

I was far more disgusted and horrified at the boys’ family situation than they were, and found their somewhat casual feelings toward the adults in their lives horrifying. Whenever a novel contains a child abuse theme, you know it isn’t going to be an easy read. But seeing just how easily children can be manipulated by their abusers was so difficult.

I was surprised and even a little angry that the story ended when it did. I felt invested in these characters, and didn’t want the novel to end before I could find out whether or not they were really okay. Louis develops into a confident, capable young man, but I was still worried about Joey and wanted to know how he fared.

The trepidation I’m left with speaks to how well Dessaint connects readers with his characters’ intensely desperate situation. And despite the fact that there wasn’t a neat and tidy ending, I was left with a good deal of hope.

Oh, that ending!