Raine by J.C. Valentine

Raine
J.C. Valentine
ISBN:  9781501020391
Reviewer:  Jennifer Andrew

Raine

Raine is about a young teenager who ends up getting pregnant from a high school boy named Camron that only wanted to seduce her and take advantage of her.  Born from a high society family, he befriended her, only to bring her down in the end.  Unexpectedly, his brother Jarret stepped up to take responsibility so Raine would not have to endure the life of a single mother alone.

This book is not intended for readers under the age of 18 because it contains violence and rape, strong language and sex.  It’s good that the author presents that warning because the cover of the book looks like any other youth fiction so certain material is not suitable.

The main character’s name is quite interesting, Raine Forester, and at first it borders on too simplistic but the character herself is far from being simple.  She may be young and fraught with adversity but she has had to endure being raped by the person she thought cared for her and then flung aside and degraded in front of his friends.

As an introverted student, Raine was surprised when Camron Moss, the most popular kid in school took an interest in her but as I read the story, she should have been very suspicious of his actions as it seemed to be the usual tale of a popular guy taking advantage and wanting his way with girls that were out of his reach. He took advantage of her virginity as well as other terrible things he did to her to make her feel useless, and when she fought back, he made it seem as if she had no right.  Earlier in the school year, before the incident, she caught him giggling with the popular girls and listening to his standoffish excuses, she should have known something was not right.  I’m surprised she was so naive.

The story is told in Raine’s point of view.  Her family abandoned her after the news and she was left to fend for herself.  I’m a mother and it would make her family cold hearted to put a pregnant young girl out on the street with no source of income or protection.  It’s hard to believe that people were capable of that so it tells the reader how little support the main character had in deciding to keep the baby, conceived from a terrible act.  A decision of that magnitude would be very hard to make especially when you know that you have to go it alone.

Out of the blue, the brother Jarret, most likely out of guilt and shame from his brother’s actions, wanted to help Raine to ensure her safety and the health of his niece or nephew.  Although Camron did a terrible thing, Raine was going to give birth to part of his family and he couldn’t turn his back.  This shows good character in Jarret in making the right choice instead of just standing by family for the wrong reasons.

Talk about conflict – two brothers with one girl to put a possible wedge between them; one trying to do the right thing and the other one trying to walk away from his responsibility.  The conflict makes for a good, sizzling story between two of the characters and the reader feels for what is going to transpire between both families.  The author shows you how each of the characters interact with each other in this touching story about loyalty and hard decisions in life.

Jenn Andrew
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Workspace Vignette | A Small Press Life

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I’m always trying to set up a good work space for when I write or blog. Just sitting at my computer desk seems cold so I like to hang out with friends at the comic shop to get some ambiance. 

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VAN HELSING – 10th Anniversary

I have been reading Zenescope comics for awhile and I have enjoyed their work and the graphics. I also enjoy the paranormal so this comic is right down my alley.

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This special does not disappoint. Liesel is going to attempt to change history. It’s a cross between Van Helsing and H.G. Wells time machine. The graphics are clear and colorful and the storyline is easy to read.

It gives you more of a story about her background and where the character originated from. With the other comic issues, you followed the storyline with only a little to go on so this is a pleasant surprise.

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There’s action too, as in a typical Lara Croft style of writing and adventuring. It’s great to see strong  female characters that aren’t just wonder woman in the comics. If you have a good story and believable characters, it doesn’t matter who the hero is.

Jenn Andrew
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Wonder Woman ’77 Special Graphic Novel

I freaked out when I realized that this graphic novel or comic book as some would call it, was in existence.  Wonder Woman ’77 Special has several stories from the classic days of the Wonder Woman television series.  The art is true to form and it looks so much like Lynda Carter.

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I grew up with Wonder Woman and I never missed a showing of the television series each week.  With shows like Charlie’s Angels and Bionic Woman, it was the days where women were put in position of strength, intelligence and importance.  They weren’t left by the sidelines being secretaries or nurses any more, but they were crime fighters and bringers of justice.  She is an icon, a strong woman who anyone can look up to.  She stands for Justice, truth and standing up for, not only yourself but for others.

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The first issue has a couple of stories in it and once you start reading, you can’t put the book down.  I was amazed at how brilliant the colors were and how exciting the stories were.  It was just like watching the good old Woman Woman episodes you loved as a youth.  The cover is amazing and it shows exactly how she was back in the day.  The pages are good quality and thick so it is definitely worth your money.  Issue #2 is out and I can’t wait to ready the next instalments.

At the end of the book is a history of the show Wonder Woman and the future of the iconic superhero. An action movie with the famous character, Wonder Woman, is going to appear in the 2016 movie Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and then we are going to be lucky enough to witness her very own movie coming June 2017.  I really hope Hollywood does her justice and depicts her as the awesome, strong, intelligent character that she is.

Not all men are heroes, women are heroes too!

Jenn Andrew
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Book Club Corner Picks – November

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Welcome to our Book Club Corner, where each month we highlight books new to paperback we think would make perfect picks for your next book club discussion. If you’re looking to join a book club, we host a wide variety of free, bookseller-run book clubs right here at BookPeople. Join us! We love to talk books.


Featured Books of the Month:


The Marauders by Tom Cooper  Available November 3rd

Tom Cooper’s debut novel is a crime noir set in the Louisiana bayou. But this regional mystery stands out for it’s stylistic prose, and cast of nearly insane characters.  Gus Lindquist is a pill-addicted, one-armed treasure hunter obsessed with finding the lost treasure of pirate Jean Lafitte. His quest brings him into contact acouple of small-time criminal potheads prone to hysterical banter, the smooth-talking oil company middleman out to bamboozle his own mother, some drug-smuggling psychopath twins, and a young man…

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TV TO LITERATURE – AGENTS OF SHIELD

Shield The Calvary

The one thing I enjoy is having one of my favourite shows turned into literature. When Agents of Shield populated the television network, I was willing to give it a chance because I enjoy the action, fantasy comic hero based show and I love Marvel.  For the first season, we were kept in the dark on why Agent May was the Calvary.  In the last season, we were given more information about her history and background as a Shield Agent.

Now that the comic has come out, it makes reading about her past all that more enjoyable.  Although I am a big fan of books, I also enjoy reading comic books as it is only a visual part of reading.  For me, reading any literature whether in a novel, in a graphic novel or a non fiction, is a great form of reading enjoyment.

In this special 50 Years of Shield issue with Agent Melinda May, The Cavalry, the page starts off as a police file showing her code name and status.  The issue is about Agent May bringing out some new recruits for some rough training out in the field but it doesn’t go as planned.

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It’s refreshing to read about a strong female character and good to see more of them on television.  Times have changed where women are in leading roles, both in action and superhero fiction.

Jennifer Andrew
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THE WORD ON THE STREET

The Toronto Word on the Street was a success yet again!

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This year it was hosted at The Harbourfront, from last year’s location from Queen’s Park.  I have to admit that some people were not impressed at the new location and hoped that it would only be temporary.  The booths were a little congested which made it seem more crowded than usual, but some events were held in the buildings.  The indie writers had the opportunity to be seen more instead of being left near the food trucks as in previous years.  The booths were closer and they received more exposure.

This is a great festival for anyone who loves literature and exposure to Canadian authors.  The weather was great and you had the opportunity to speak first hand to aspiring and veteran authors.  There were good sales and also graphic novelists sharing their work.

This type of festival is also good for the youth and volunteering.  For parents with high school children who require his or her 40 hours of volunteering to graduate, The Word on the Street is a great way to bank in some hours.  Before, during and after the festival, volunteers are needed for every step of the way to make this festival as great as it is.

This is my fourth year volunteering with Word on the Street.  I started volunteering with my daughter in order for her to receive some volunteer hours and now we both love volunteering.  For the last three years, I volunteered at the Information Booth which was quite busy.  I helped many people find where they had to go and provided maps, guides and merchandise.  I purchased a great Word on the Street T-shirt that promoted the reading of books instead of watching TV all the time.

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This year, I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Vibrant Voices of Ontario tent.  Many authors came out to read a passage from his or her book as well as answer questions about their books.

If you are interested in how the event was so successful this year, check out this link:  Word on the Street Sept 2015

Jennifer Andrew
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