The Sacred Scarred

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    Book #1 of The Beautiful Broken Collection

    A modern-day Christian retelling of Beauty & the Beast. 

    “Beauty can indeed come from ashes.” 

    Calysta Daniels met Brendan Keefe at a time when she was embracing the true meaning of beauty and he was becoming the embodiment of a beast. Several years later, their paths crossed once again, and she agreed to a strange request to save her father from imprisonment: to live under the beast’s roof for four years.

    It didn’t take long for him to realize that there was something about her that a part of him hated – something sacred threatening to expose all his scars. Scarred as they both were, she was holding on to a truth that kept her sacred, while he was holding on to a past that kept him scarred. Thus, the battle of wills raged within the beauty and the beast over what price had to be paid to make a person truly beautiful.

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    • The Sacred Scarred, with its characters and situations, definitely has a YA vibe to it. Readers in the targeted audience (older high school to young adult) will identify with the struggles the characters face. The dysfunction of the families was at times difficult to read (there is a lot of abandonment by important women in the main characters’ lives). The book takes a while to come to the familiar Beauty/Beast storyline as it sets the stage for the action. I felt the book dragged at times, and I became impatient for the real story to begin. The real story, to me, is the transformation of Brendan and his beastly attitudes and expectations. There are magical elements for those who love that about fairy tales. The theme of God’s love is very strong and prominent throughout the book. And the happily-ever-after is achieved for most involved. While The Sacred Scarred wasn’t really a hit for me, it is an interesting spin on the Beauty/Beast story.

      Beckie Burnham
    • Here is my review for The Sacred Scarred by Joanna Alonzo - I was sent this book for a free and honest review by the Author.

    • I love it! Beautifully written, definitely a page turner. This book left me inspired and blessed. The characters have unique stories of their own and blends well in the plot. When you finally think you got it figured out, there are twists and turns that leave you wanting to know more, hence finish reading the book in one sitting. Filled with mystery, the story touches the soul and spirit albeit fictional. As you read, you begin to wonder, "What does true beauty mean?" and slowly begin to say to yourself, "Wow, this person is just like me!". Don't be surprised and reach out for that tissue paper, this book can be a tear jerker! Allow yourself to get lost and found in their story - from the elegant and haughty Brendan Keefe to the downcast simple girl, Calysta, and the mysterious "Belle", you will hopefully find beauty in ashes.

    • This was a really fast and enjoyable read for me. The two main characters are very well thought out, and their developmental arcs are fun to follow. I truly felt immersed in the book and like I "knew" each of the characters. The second half of the book, in particular, was a quick read. The "beast" character's transition was believable, though paced with enough momentum to keep my interest. The ending was particularly fascinating because there were a couple of small twists I wasn't expecting! I was given an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.

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    Joanna Alonzo

    Author/Founder at Almond Tree Publications
    Joanna Alonzo is a walking paradox. She is a beautiful, albeit messy, mixture of thought and emotion, expressed in the form of hopefully readable – and relatable – stories. She is a kingdom kid, who looks forward to being a writer and storyteller even when she reaches heaven. She is passionate about the unreached, about those who have yet to know the Love she found in the arms of the Almighty. She is intrigued by the world and its people, who day by day, continue to convince her that God is the greatest Storyteller of all.
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