Tuesday, January 16, 2018

23:27 by H.L. Roberts Spotlight & #Giveaway


Fame. Money. Glory.
Part of me wants to die tonight...
23:27
by H.L. Roberts

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Cadava Publishing (November 24, 2017)
Publication Date: November 24, 2017
Genre: Drama | Social Issues | Depression
Print Length: 196 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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Fame.

Money.

Glory.

These were all the things that you would expect from being famous. The bait that the producers of the industry would tempt you with to get you on their side.

What they don't tell you though are all the inner tragedies that come along just as quickly. They don't tell you about the heartache that occurs when you realize that this wasn't what you wanted at all.

They don't tell you about the pressure that's always on the verge of crushing you when you're forced to do everything that the public demands for and not what you truly desire.

They don't tell you about the self hatred that would soon take over your entire being at the thought that you will never be good enough.

No - they don't tell you these things at all.

But, Lilith Rose will.

When Lilith Rose, lead singer to one of the most famous rock bands around gets tired of all the lies and secrets that comes with being famous.

She decides that it's time for all of it to stop and ends up revealing everything on a Facebook live stream.

The result...

"Part of me wants to die tonight, part of me wants it to be an accident, and part of me wants someone to notice and save me." - Lilith Rose.
  
 
 23:27 by H.L. Roberts

23:27Was she a victim or the instigator of the nightmare and the media hype that led her to that fateful night in room 327? Did she really want to die or did she want her knight in shining armor to save her? The one man who loved her unconditionally, the one man she broke with her lies will pay for her actions, again. This is more than the story of a damaged young woman, it is the story of the pressures of fame, of contracts, of friendships, of losing oneself to the Koolaid one drinks to become a star, all at the cost of self. It is the story of love denied through lies, it is the story of emotional and mental illness that culminated in one final show, one solo broadcast, the final curtain coming down, but it is also a chance for one encore that must come from the gut.

Lilith has decided to end her pain and her life. First she will expose her life as a band member in the public eye, the villains, her enablers and just how messed up and weak she is. I found Lilith’s story nearly as painful as she did, but I didn’t hurt for her as much as I railed at her weaknesses and her inability to communicate with both her bandmates and Alec, the man she loved.
The problem with their love was racial. I know, I know…just saying that turns my stomach. As bandmates they had a façade to uphold, so said their promoters and naively, Lilith signed new contracts, took on a false life and left Alec high and dry, no explanation to anyone, not even the rest of the band.

Alec was left with no choice but to sit back and wither. ( I voted for him to cut bait and run.) She wouldn’t talk to him, wouldn’t be honest until the night she decided to take her life, then she shared everything with the world, her fans. No private moment to honor what they had or should have had. Still, I have to say, he handled it better than I would have, band be damned. Pretty sure they would have rallied behind both of them if they had been given the chance, after all, they, too, had secrets.

Fast forward through Lilith’s treatment and the lies and manipulations she is still victim to. Will she never give Alec a chance to talk? Will Alec never take that chance or will they move forward in a macabre dance of life, victims of their own making? Has even Cupid given up on them? I couldn't blame him...

Definitely a tale to evoke strong emotions from its readers on the volatile topics of mental health and suicide. High on angst and pain with peripheral characters that stay just far enough in the background to keep the focus on Lilith and Alec, their insecurities and their weaknesses, all while we wonder if either of them will ever have the strength to grab life by the horns, world be damned. Pretty sure H.L. Roberts had me twisted in knots throughout this entire tale, I was that involved in 23:27.

I received a complimentary review copy from H.L. Roberts
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H.L. Roberts is a writer from a small Kentucky town. She comes from a big family, and often finds herself sitting with them around the TV watching movies, and just staying close, which is how she believes a family should be.

Reading is one of her passions, and so is advocating for mental illnesses, as well as epilepsy. She wants to bring awareness to the invisible illnesses—the ones people know so little about. Using her other passion—writing—she does that and more.

She is working toward her degree in Marketing and English Literature, and hopes to finish that soon. When she does, she’ll have even more time to fall into a good book, whether she’s writing it, or reading it.




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2 comments:

  1. This looks like a great read. Thanks for the heads-up and the giveaway. Off to enter...

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    1. It's always awesome to see another talented author on board! Best of luck, Carrie!

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