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Bad Apple 1: Sweet Cider [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Morgenroth
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Book Description

Music and murder. The saving grace of love

“You tell and next time you won’t even be able to crawl away.”
Neal Marchal lived with this threat for the next eight years. When she finds her neighbor murdered, she knows who did it. The why is the secret the family has been keeping forever. Her limp is the reminder to never reveal the secret.
She rebuilt her life and now Neal has everything to live for—music, performing and a growing affection for the young man who pulled her to safety.
Then Joe comes home. Neal knows Joe’s going to finish what he started 8 years ago because she told. But this time Neal vows the outcome will be different.
The Bad Apple Series:
Bad Apple 1: Sweet Cider
Bad Apple 2: Burning Daylight
Bad Apple 3: Rise
Bad Apple 4: Certain

"Haunting story, it had a poetic feel to it. Neal and Truly are opposites in every way, but Truly sees something behind the surface in Neal and he wants to let her see it to. Intense plot line, an excellent read."--Musings From an Addicted Reader 1/14/13

"This is a very realistic story, which in some ways will break your heart. In others, you'll love it."-- Rebecca Mackinnon, tHe crooKed WorD 10/24/12

"Barbara Morgenroth skillfully weaves a story where all these people have a place and purpose. Bad Apple also has a bit of mystery. You never really know all the answers, even when you've read the final page. Good thing that it's a series!"--YA Book Crazy 01/03/13


Editorial Reviews

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"Barbara Morgenroth is a masterful storyteller that creates characters that are not perfect, but human. The emotions that saturate this story touch the reader on so many levels. Good, bad, distasteful, the reader will experience a full spectrum of feelings before the story is over."-- Teen Blurb "Young Adult and New Adult Book Reviews" 04/10/13

"I thoroughly loved this book!"--Justine, Shelves of Books 02/27/13

"Haunting story, it had a poetic feel to it. Neal and Truly are opposites in every way, but Truly sees something behind the surface in Neal and he wants to let her see it to. Intense plot line, an excellent read."--Musings From an Addicted Reader 1/14/13

"This is a very realistic story, which in some ways will break your heart. In others, you'll love it."-- Rebecca Mackinnon, tHe crooKed WorD 10/24/12

"Barbara Morgenroth skillfully weaves a story where all these people have a place and purpose. Bad Apple also has a bit of mystery. You never really know all the answers, even when you've read the final page. Good thing that it's a series!"--YA Book Crazy 01/03/13

From the Author

Yes, I was involved in a murder.  No, I didn't do it.

Product Details

  • File Size: 859 KB
  • Print Length: 150 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DashingBooks (December 21, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045JK2XW
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,681 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Aka
Format:Kindle Edition
Its hard to put into words the feeling you get when you come across a real treasure. This book is sensational, believable, unique and the writing is beautiful. This is work of a true talent. Be prepared to be surprised. I love this book and recommend it for everyone who is looking for something unique and captivating.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Unusual July 31, 2012
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Bad Apple is definitely for older YAs, as well as adults. I'm of the strong opinion that some of the best writing around is found in YA, and this is a prime example. Neal is wiser than her years because she's had to be, just to survive the sick adults who raised her after her father's death. In actuality, Neal has raised herself, and like a kicked and tormented animal, she's learned to hide. No more. With a new-found courage born in the loving household where she's been taken by Truly, her new friend and fellow music lover, she learns there is another way to live than in the hole she's dug, and piled in a covering of dirt, as a "damaged girl."

You'll know these people. You've met them, and in some instances, run from them. Can't wait to read the next book in the series!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soulfull January 17, 2012
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The first thing you will notice is the font. Very dos computer circa 1990, I never got use to it but I did get lost in the story to be able to forget about it.

The story is surprising. The beginning is ruff. But after about 30 pages, the story develop fast enough to get hook. I am surprised to find that this story although somewhat sad is very touching. Neal is a teenager who has seen it all and turned out to be very mature. She does get a brake in life with Truly the musicien.

I like the fact that all the bad things that are very dramatic such as physical abuse, rape etc are not mention per say but you imagation make you understand what the character is taking about.

Must read, I have started the second one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No bad apples here. May 31, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Neal Marchal has led a troubled existence ever since her dad died. She's begun to rebuild her life and escape her crazy life with her stepmother and stepfamily. She has done her best to be invisible but it did not stop her from being a witness. To what? She'll never tell. Or will she?

What struck me first about this book is the main character Neal. Neal drew me in right away, though I didn't care for her name. A common piece of writing advice says writers should write in at least one flaw for their characters, to make them seem more believable, more real. The author did a superb job in this. Neal's limp made her weak and strong. Her fears were real and at times she was afraid and untrusting to a fault. I was captivated by her immediately. I am not sure how that happened because character-building usually takes time. Not in this book, though. I read and kept reading because I cared about what happened to her from the very first page. Well done!

Curiously, I found myself breaking away from reading this book to look up songs on YouTube. (That was a first for me.) I really wanted to hear the music in this book. (I am disappointed I do not have a playlist from the author, but hope to remedy that soon. If I do, I will post it.) I imagined scenes unfolding at times as in Walk the Line, not that I was picturing Joaquin Phoenix or Reese Witherspoon. I guess I got caught up in it all. Looking back though, I could definitely see this being made into a movie.

The ending was quite curt. The book is the first in a trilogy. However, if the first chapter of the second book had not been included, the end of this book would have indeed been too abrupt.

This book is for young adult readers. It does not contain any sex and is not gory or violent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful July 16, 2013
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You will love this story. You will love getting to watch this broken youg women find herself. Also the happiness that she thought life would never have for her. The past tries to catch up to her, but through the love of her new family she moves forward to s better tomorrow
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This series! May 17, 2012
By A. Earl
Format:Kindle Edition
When I first downloaded this book, I was unsure if I would like it. I just happened to stumble upon it and decided to read it. I absolutely LOVED this book. I got sucked into the story and couldn't put it down. The story line is different than most which was an added bonus for me. I have actually read the book several times and enjoy it every time. I love how the relationship between Truly and Neal develops slowly and isn't overdone. Another thing, if you like her other books, it takes place the same area. Also, in the series, there are characters from her other stories. The best part is that if you haven't read the other books, you aren't lost, but if you have, it adds more to it. I would highly recommend this book and Barbara's other books!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Apple Series March 7, 2012
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Bad Apple is anything but bad... Corny but true. Neal and Tru who through a horrible circumstance meet and begin a love/life/music story that takes off from the first page. Easy to read and connect with the characters. But only being the first book in the series, you must read the next two (Burning Daylight and Rise). Read and you'll enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!! March 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I love these books after you read the first one you have to read the second and the third! I fell in love with Neal (masie) and Truly (emer). They are both unique and have such good flow that I couldn't help but get caught up in their story, So if you like this book go on and get the next two so that there will be more!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Thing
The greatest thing about the way Barbara Morgenroth writes is the way she creates her characters.
Sweet cider is filled to the brim with truly convincing characters that we... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amy Rankmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Cider
OHH MEE GOSHH!!!!! Most amazing book ever! I can't wait to read the next in the series. Barbara Morgenroth, is an amazing author and I hope to read more of her books. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Allie B.
3.0 out of 5 stars But I did like the story
It wasn't what I expected. But I did like the story. Looking forward to the next book.
Published 5 months ago by Wendell Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars bad apple sweet story
I loved this book! It was quirky a bit dark alot of great dialogue. I felt like I knew Neal and Truly . Read more
Published 5 months ago by April Millman
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit unsettling but highly readable
What can I say? Like so many e-Books I’ve read lately this one could use more careful editing. A girl named Neal lives in an extremely dysfunctional family. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Garth R. Mailman
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
I thought it would get better but it didn't. I was really confused through the whole thing. They didn't really clarify a lot and the relationships moved quickly but we're hazy, and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alayna
5.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected...better!!!
Bad Apple by Barbara was not at all what I expected even after reading the description and summary. It started out a little slower with a lot of details, but then one has to have... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars MOVING!!
This book was quite a surprise for me I have never read anything so heartfelt about a teenage girl named Neal trying to break out of the pain of her past before it totally consumes... Read more
Published 9 months ago by ECH
2.0 out of 5 stars bad apple
I really couldn't get into this book. Plot was not interesting at all. Characters were not colorful. I didn't even finish this book. Just couldn't get interested in storyline
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Morgenroth intertwined lyrics neatly in the narrative.
I can’t remember when I found this book but since I found it has been sitting on my reader. Well, some days ago I decided to give it a try and what a nice surprise to find how much... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jess
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More About the Author

Barbara was born in New York City but now lives at Black Cat Farm.
Envisioning a career as a globe-hopping photojournalist, after college she determined her hop muscles weren't global strength. After having a stable for several years, Barbara turned to writing. One of her traditionally published books was turned into a television movie (Will the Real Renie Lake Please Stand up, now available as Unheard), and another opened the door to writing for television (In Real Life I'm Just Kate now available as Just Kate). She has written fiction and nonfiction and loves the freedom of ebooks where she has become Queen of All She Surveys, as long as it's on her desktop.

Feel free to contact her if you'd like to know how she "killed" Alec Baldwin.

**Visit her website at www.barbaramorgenroth.com.

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