Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Dark Side Of Valor Book Review



I have to tell you right away that some books are hard to read and this is one of them. I have always felt this way about books and movies that begin with the awful things that happen to people as children. Nothing worse that I hate more than anything (movies) that profit from taking pleasure in torturing or hurting children. Thankfully, with books you read it thru the author's eyes and the eyes of the child. This is one such book. It has it's good moments and in the end Lelia will triumph to a degree but we all triumph to a degree depending on how you look at things. One thing for sure is this: Lelia is a fighter and never gives up even when she thinks she has!
 
Here is an exerpt from the back of the book:
Child Adovacate Lelia Freeman saves children for a living. As the director of ChildSafe Shelters, she ventures to adbandoned squats and crackhouses to rescue teens from the hellish streets of Los Angeles. When summoned to Washington to serve on a committee that aids the children of a war torn African nation, Lelia is kidnapped and becomes a political pawn in a sinister conspiracy. Oceans away from everything she knows, she must trust a mercenary to save her life, or die in the clutches of a psychopath.

Hunting, combat and staying alive are Elijah Dune's specialities. Vengence is his passion. Haunted by past demons, he travels to the Motherland to collect a debt. A debt that demands one payment. Death.

Caught in the crosshairs of a madman, Lelia and Elijah must survive the jungles of Zaire and the horrors of their pasts, or be forever consumed by the Dark Side of Valor

Lelia really does have a rough childhood but nothing as nearly bad as what she encounters when she decides to leave her mother and their small apartment. She had saved up some money from her parttime job and the money that a man named Bernard, one of the few men in her mother's life who really cared about them. His mother had gotten sick with cancer and he had to go back to Ohio and take care of her and he often came back to see them, but Lelia's mother refused to see him, too hurt that he had left.

But Lelia kept his letters and the little bit of money that he sent. When it looked like Lelia's mother was not going to stop her destructive ways, Lelia decided it was time to leave, she left her $50 of her saved money and out the door to Los Angeles she went. Now, here is where I don't understand why she did not go to Ohio to where Bernard was and where she had someone who cared and would have helped her, but it's not my book, so I guess to make it more interesting, things had to go that way.

Los Angeles was not what Lelia thought it was going to be. She left home at 16 and for the last 2 years had been living on the streets, running from an awful man named Zeek who wanted to be her pimp. She had one friend that was living with her who was barely 13 and Lelia tried her best to keep her safe from all the hidden dangers. But, unfortunately, things did not work out very well. The girl got sick and before Lelia could get them help from the new church that she had been eyeing and had befriende some people, Zeek found them and punished them both. The young girl that Lelia had been protecting died and she nearly did too. She finally let the good people from that church help her and that is how she became the Child Advocate later on in life.

I am not going to ruin the rest of the story for you. It is filled with hidden dangers and people that want to take Lelia down off the pedestal that some people have put her on. This is a good book to read and if you need a lesson in how to survive and still get to your dreams, then this is the book for you. Against all odds, Lelia manages to get out from the "hood" and onto a better life, only to be in a more dangerous place once she is sent to Zaire to help the children there. You will want to read this book and silently cheer her on even when things don't look so good.

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Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

38 comments:

Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

They are our future so we better take it seriously.
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Wild N Mild $$$ said...

I agree. They are the future. Things need to change.

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gibberish said...

Today's youth need as much help & understanding as we can offer. So many social pressures on these kids!
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Shelbie Johnston said...

It is so important! Todays kids have so much more peer pressure and ecils lurking around them. It takes a village as they say!

nicole / Twitter: BTHM1 said...

what we dont help today will bite us years from now, so yes we need to help!

Shelbie Johnston said...

tried to Follow @cindyloveofbooks on Twitter but it says user not found.

Kim said...

I think it's very important because there seems to be such a slide in common courtesy and respect anymore.

Tracy R said...

It is very important!

ProudGrL said...

It's important

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ProudGrL said...

I wasn't able to follow @cindyloveofbooks because the user wasn't found

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Rebecca Shockley said...

Being the mom of 2 and a preteen, this is a must! So much drama and unknowns are out there, they need to be educated
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stefanie gladden said...

It is very important to me!

magilla said...

Very important! They are out tomorrow!
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Kristen said...

Very. I just met some amazing people who are helping teens get involved in speech and debate clubs which are great for self esteem among other benefits.

Tiffany Mary Cecilia said...

Can't save people who don't want to be saved, but if someone wants a change they need to have better options available to make it happen.

redfuzzycow said...

it's pretty important! (redfuzzycow(at)yahoo(dot)com)

Teaching Mommy said...

I am an elementary teacher, so I try to catch them before they are teens!

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Eileen said...

I have an issue with this because so many people don't give troubled kids a chance. They just don't GET that this generation will be in CHARGE of our world in time. So many just need a chance. After having 6 kids and my youngest is soon to be a teen, and having pretty good "luck" with my kids, I feel blessed that no matter what adversity our family had faced (and there has been PLENTY), our kids had enough support to make it through those rough years. Many do not and need it in the form of neighbors, teachers, extended family, when they don't have parents or older sibs as good role models. sigh...makes me sad but hopeful.

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Seyma Bennett Shabbir said...

We def need to help them! If we can help the youth it will help the economy, help reduce crime, etc. 1 thing affects us so many ways!
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Lesa McMahon said...

It's hard for me to comment on this because I don't know too many troubled teens. Do I care about them, sure. I'm not certain of how to help them. It's not like we can turn back time and change the things in their lives that turned them into troubled teens in the first place. Something must be done, though, because they'll someday be parents and raising the next generation. We don't want the trend to continue.

Lesa McMahon said...

Just and FYI: the Twitter link for @cindyloveofbooks is wrong. it should be @cindyloveofbook https://twitter.com/cindyloveofbook

Myra Rzepa said...

i think its very important! they/we *seeing im pretty young..* are the future and we cant prosper and live on if we arent taking life seriously and stay in school and make the right choices in life. i think its an important thing.

mysons said...

Said Follow @cindyloveofbooks on Twitter not found.
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Sophie said...

Super important! I had people there for me and hope that other teens have someone there for them.

jennifer57 said...

very important...they are our future

Lois S said...

I think it is important to help troubled teens

chris0855 said...

Very Important, they are our future!

huskernaz said...

I have a teen who, luckily, isn't troubled. Everyone needs to do their part in helping their community, country and the world by instilling good values into teenagers and helping those that need guidance.

Sonya said...

It is very important! sonyadmorris@gmail.com

Tian Ayubi said...

It's very important.


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amy beth marantino said...

it is very important. i try to provide support when possible, and refer them to support groups and other resources for assistance.

Alecia H said...

They are our future so it's very important!

M.j. said...

It is extremely important to me and my family. My nephew and Godson passed away last Oct. due to an overdose of drugs...my sister has started a non profit foundation in memory of him....www.robbysvoice.com.......ciao4now64 at yahoo dot com.

Kristina said...

It's very important because I have 3 of my own.

Wendy Kroy said...

Very important. As a society, our first step should be valuing their education and their teachers more than we currently do.

manthas24 said...

I have a tween so I am beginning to realize just HOW important it really is...my name and email are in my google profile

awhartness said...

It is so important to save the teens of today because they are our future.

Tj and Amy said...

I worry about it all the time. my girls are young but I think about it. It scares me. but I want to prevent it as much as possible. amypugmire@live.com