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Belted (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

C.J. Graves

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  • Länge: 201 Seiten (geschätzt)
  • Sprache: Englisch
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Chastity had the childhood most people dream about--in nightmares. After years of abuse by her father, one day he injures himself on a power saw, and Chastity watches as he bleeds to death. She refuses to help. The ugliness of her past and this decision overwhelm her. Unable to talk about it, she stops talking altogether. Silence becomes her shelter.

Her luck seems to change when she meets Chuck, an aspiring cage fighter. At first, Chuck protects Chastity and takes care of her. He even introduces her to the martial arts, and Chastity discovers another side to herself--a stronger side.

But after losing a big tournament, Chuck’s moods grow dark, and he becomes increasingly violent towards Chastity. Chastity will need all her fight training to survive, but if she does, it may give her the power to change everything.

*Some explicit content


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 460 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 201 Seiten
  • Verlag: C.J. Graves; Auflage: 1 (10. April 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B007TBYYX2
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Mehr über den Autor

Ah, the dreaded profile--right up there with root canals and query letters.

Let's see...

I grew up poor, chubby, and fatherless in a small Pennsylvania town. (Ouch.) But none of this has stopped me from becoming super-wealthy, movie star-svelte, and happily married, living in a fabulous area of North Carolina. (Okay, some of this may be exaggerated.)

So what is the truth? What IS truth, for that matter? And how much does it matter for a fiction writer? Despite the deliciousness of these questions, they will have to be answered by greater minds than that of C.J. Graves. But here are a few bits of information that are mostly true:

-I have a B.A. in Interior Architecture and Design from the University of North Carolina.

-I lived in Japan for a couple years. Konnichiwa!

-I started out writing nonfiction, then screenplays, then novels--three different genres. (I may have writing ADD. Is there a support group for that?)

-I like rolling on the floor with sweaty guys and hitting people. (I know what you're thinking, but before you get all excited, I'm talking about mixed martial arts not BDSM!)

-In my previous life, I was a harried mother of twelve, living during the Victorian era. (I don't know if this is true, but it seems a reasonable excuse of why I don't have children and enjoy period movies.)

So this is me--kind of. How about you? If you like mysteries, dark romances, and/or paranormal YA, please try my books--Crossed, Belted, and Antichrist 16. Happy reading!


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Dark and emotional, sad but also uplifting 20. September 2012
Von S. Richards - Veröffentlicht auf
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"I've killed two men in my life." That's how BELTED begins, and the story that unfolds after that first statement is just as raw and bold and honest. The story is told in first-person from Chastity's POV, putting the reader right there with Chastity, in her pain, in her darkness, and finally, in her hope. As Chastity relates to us her story, it feels very much like a troubled friend baring all in truthful confession.

The story takes place over several years, starting with a scene where Chastity has just turned twelve and is raped by her father. She has long been the focus of her father's belt, but now that her age has made her a woman in his eyes, she is now the target of his sick desires. I can't tell you how heart-breaking and poignant this scene was. And I must say it was written with sensitivity and care, and not written to titillate or sensationalize. It's just very honestly written, very emotional and very sad.

The author has a sure and natural way with language, really writing some beautiful imagery. This scene, after Chastity's father has sexually abused her for the first time, is especially haunting: <"I want you to know it's not your fault." His hand grasped my knee, but I shrank from his touch, clinging instead to the pillow I once again had picked up. My hand kneaded the squishy softness rhythmically in time with my rocking body. I couldn't look at him. I stared at the mussed up comforter. Cinderella's upswept golden hair, now dull and lifeless from use and years of washing in harsh detergents, was riddled with lint of different colors.>

Chastity's tarnished innocence is reflected in that sad, childish comforter on a twelve-year-old's bed. And to see a childhood that will never be what it once was, what it should have always been-- perfect and bright, this was painfully beautiful and well-crafted imagery. And the author layered such image and thoughtful detail throughout the story. BELTED is an emotional read with a lot for the reader to take away from it. It is dark, yes, with the violence and the sexual abuse, and with its damaged heroine suffering beatings and cutting herself in order to cope, but even with this darkness, there is also hope and light waiting for Chastity and for the reader.

As Chastity makes her way through life (we see her from age 12 to around age 26), she is a sort of Goldilocks looking for the right one, the hero, the savior, that one person to fix every broken and needy thing within her, but that person who has to mend and fix it all is Chastity herself. She is the one who must stop the cycle of abuse by learning how to love and how to value herself. BELTED is an emotional and disturbing read with some uncomfortable scenes, but it's also an uplifting read with a very unforgettable character. The story pulled me in, and even now, several hours after having finished this story, I'm still thinking about Chastity.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Another inspiring story from CJ Graves 15. Juli 2012
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An inspiring story about a young girl coming of age and finding her way in the world despite some of the worst challanges a woman could face. Graves brings into her writing life situations that we as women can relate to and heroines that inspire us. A great read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Compelling 12. Juni 2012
Von Robert Taylor - Veröffentlicht auf
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Belted isn't the sort of book I would normally pick up, but having done so I was hooked by the complexity of the compelling characters and the author's stylish writing. I would highly recommend checking this one out.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A must read! 12. Juni 2012
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Belted is an amazing book with complex characters and a believable plot. I know next to nothing about martial arts, and I still loved the book. There is enough martial arts in it to satisfy those whose interests lie there, but not so much that people (like me) who know nothing will be bored. Graves tackles tough subjects in a tactful manner - enough detail that you understand the character's plight without being overly graphic. That doesn't mean she shies away from them; rather, she respects the dignity of the characters while addressing their problems. Graves is truly a writer worthy of my shelf space!
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Not for the faint of heart 26. November 2012
Von Mei - Veröffentlicht auf
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This novel is not for the faint of heart, it's a bit graphic and brutal. While I understand why an author would use this in an attempt to express the difficulties of of Chastity's life, it didn't really work for me. I was unable to form any kind of attachment with the main character Chastity. She would suffer though these horrific experiences, but instead of rooting for her, I just kind of wondered what kind of torture would be thought of next. I didn't want to finish reading it, but it was like a train wreck that i wasn't able to look away from. One of my major problems with the story was the character development. The men in the book were developed into really strong stereotypes, but Chastity remained a one note character through out the entire book, even though the entire point of the story is her growth.

**spoiler alert**

I really didn't like that Chastity never actually grew and stood up for herself. She simply got destructively angry and then found another man, albeit a slightly nicer man, to depend upon. I think that if you are going to go for the tone that this novel had, there needs to be the growth and warmth in the characters to balance it.

My Recommendation
This novel is not for the faint of heart, or young people. Due to the lack of character growth, I'm giving this one 2/5 - If it happens to be around, it's OK.
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