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Becoming Jolie [Kindle Edition]

Monique O'Connor James
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Book Description

Jolie Bourque is trying to finish her thesis on mass hysteria and get on with her life. Enter Follette, Louisiana. The small town has been plagued by ghost sightings and a rash of missing children.

She is convinced everyone in town is crazy — except Hutch Landry and his brother Tucker. The brothers seem to be the only people willing to help when she starts asking questions. Just when she thinks things can't get any crazier, she begins to have dreams and visions of her own. Uncovering the town's ties to her own life throws Jolie into a tailspin.

Can she survive the madness that is Follette, Louisiana? Who is preying on the town's children? Can Jolie afford to fall in love while drowning in madness? If she does — how on earth will she choose between brothers?

It's all just part of the journey to Becoming Jolie.

Product Details

  • File Size: 432 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615666825
  • Publisher: Bayou Brew Publishing (September 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009DHBW26
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,968 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, Beautiful, Captivating July 9, 2012
By Jenna
Format:Kindle Edition
You know when you read a book and it really just sings? I mean actually sings to you - this lovely siren-like melody beckoning you to skip meals, sleep, and work to delve back under the cover? Well, Becoming Jolie was exactly that and more. Ms. James did an incredible job creating her world and characters...she simply drowned me in awesome(sauce). It was so moving and exceptional - I just fell in love with this story. Even the editing-monster, aka Bug, that lives in my brain took a back seat to the minor mistakes in this ARC copy.

I am normally confident when placing a book into it's genre, but I had a tough time with this one. Becoming Jolie is not a typical paranormal novel. It isn't about mythical creatures or what goes bump in the night but a truly realistic and heartfelt journey of the lovely Jolie.

Becoming Jolie begins with a city girl, Jolie, coming to a country town to explore what she expects is mass hysteria for her psychology thesis. In a town who trusts no one, a shunned Jolie finds some answers from a reluctant but sexy townie, Hutch, who seems lost in his town's troubles.

As she continues to explore the "ghosts" in this town, Jolie finds herself drawn to the sadness, anger, and desperation oozing from Hutch but she never expects to begin seeing the horrors haunting him in her dreams. She is almost compelled by the bizarreness surrounding Folette to find what the police, FBI, and town people have yet to discover: what kind of evil is destroying this town?

Jolie's journey through this book is much more than a paranormal one. Actually, it takes a backseat to the real-life drama unfolding.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!! July 26, 2012
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Brilliant!! I have loved every single one of Monique's books and this one is by far one of her best!!You will get sucked in right from the start!
I love Monique's writing style,her stories just flow.There are no dead spots.
The characters seem so life like and you fall in love them.That is a big plus for a story to touch your heart!
I don't want to write to much on the story because I don't want to blow it for the readers who have not yet read it. Let me just say....You are going to LOVE it!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't wait to read this one! July 15, 2012
By Foo Mom
Format:Kindle Edition
After hearing Monique's ideas for this story (yes, I'm happy to say, I do know this lovely author!); I could hardly wait to read the book. I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of Monique O'Connor James' books; but this one had me hooked from the opening paragraph. With Becoming Jolie, Monique will take you on one of those proverbial roller coaster rides of the literary kind! Just when I "thought" I had it figured out, wham! I'm hit with one of those big dips on the roller coaster tracks! The story is complex, with characters that you either love or hate (and I wasn't too sure about one, but he grew on me!)and plot twists that all combined to present me with a feeling that I truly did not want this book to end. All this along with the fact that story takes place in MY home state now has me begging Monique for her next book! And, what's with the title? Ma just gotta read this one to find out! You won't regret it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome. Go read this now! July 18, 2012
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I finally had time to finish this ARC. WOW. Monique, you did a fantastic job! Jolie is just amazing. The characters are very real and the storyline is just wonderful. I quickly was engrossed in the story of Jolie and the town of Follette with its horrific crimes. It's a great realization-of-self book and a tale of how the universe brings people and places together. Must read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grabbed my attention from the very first chapter! January 13, 2013
By Robyn
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Becoming Jolie grabbed my attention from the very first chapter. With an intriguing mystery fueling the heroine's journey, Monique O'Connor James was able to keep me engaged the whole way through.

Jolie goes to Follette to finish her thesis for her Master's degree, but soon the mystery she goes there to unravel takes over her life, revealing things about her past that turns her world upside-down.

The interesting love triangle formed between Jolie and the brothers (naughty Jolie!) drew me in, even though I favored one brother over the other. Everyone has a few indulgences that must be allowed, and James's love triangle certainly sated my need.

James writes a compelling and interesting novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat for the whole ride.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable! October 29, 2012
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This book was fantastic! The mystery in Follette had me completely hooked and there were lots of twists and turns that I didn't expect. Great read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New Fan ! October 22, 2012
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Jolie, a college student trying to finish her thesis and graduate, heads to Follete to find out the strange occurances that had been happening there . To her, things like ghosts, and such doesn't exist until she experiences it herself. And even then she still doesn't want to believe.

I have to admit I was on the fence when it came to how I felt about Jolie, she came across as a spoiled brat but I am happy to say that she grew through out the book and by the end I really liked her and understood why she was the way she was.

I also can say I was totally taken off guard with the two guys actually three guys who seemed smitten with Jolie. I didn't expect it to go the way it did and I did like the fact the author teased me with which one would it be. My personal favorite didn't win the girl but I still didn't mind who she did end up with.

The story was filled with twists and turns and just when I thought I had figured it all out, the author changed it up on me. I want to thank the author for this, because sometimes its irritating to figure out the mystery almost at the beginning of the story.

I highly recommend this book for you Urban Fantasy lovers out there. I know I will be reading more from Monique in the future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Jolie is headed to a small town to write her thesis paper on missing children. I was not a big fan of Jolie and her attitude that she deserves to know everything, but she slowly... Read more
Published on March 8, 2013 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Rough on emotion spoiler alert
How would you deal with having lived a lie? That lie lead to possible six other lives ending? What you had believed is turned inside out? Do you know whom you are?
Published on November 6, 2012 by Chaos
4.0 out of 5 stars Becoming Jolie
Great story and well written! Really enjoyed this book. Found this to be entertaining from the first page to the last.
Published on November 5, 2012 by Shankaine
4.0 out of 5 stars Monique O'Connor James Gets Better and Better
This is the 3rd book I have read by James. I have to say she makes Jolie, Hutch and Tucker so real and you are able to connect in a short amount of time. Read more
Published on October 23, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Twists and Turns ya don't see
Very good book to read. Down to earth with a reality check. Things happen that you don't expect and then it will click in your mind and you keep reading faster. Read more
Published on October 22, 2012 by MB
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I liked this story a lot. It was sort of mysterious and a bit suspenseful, sweet and romantic all in one. Read more
Published on October 20, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book
THis is a great book.I thought that Jolie was great and wanted her to find out what was going on in the small town.she didn't find what she thought she would find. Read more
Published on October 14, 2012 by Judith Thrush
5.0 out of 5 stars this book is a keeper
i just got this book today and once i started to read it
i couldnot put it down it was awesome
i reccomend this book to all
i am hopeing she turns this into a... Read more
Published on October 8, 2012 by Jennifer ann blaney
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-twisting Mystery
In this book, Jolie is tossed around by her circumstances, her emotions, and a series of events that occurred before she was one year old. She thought she was happy with her life. Read more
Published on October 7, 2012 by P. Creeden
4.0 out of 5 stars Becoming Jolie
When Jolie decides to complete her thesis by investigating the disappearances of children and sightings of ghosts in the town of Folette, Louisianna, she hasn't a clue the effects... Read more
Published on September 25, 2012 by Sapphyria
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More About the Author

Monique is the mother of two beautiful children and lives in a small community outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She currently works full time as an insurance agent, but her favorite jobs are mother, wife, and author.

On her eighth birthday, her mother bought her a journal and said "write whatever you want, just write." And so, a love affair with words was born. She wrote poetry and short stories in high school and college, until 1993 when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

After her mother's death in 1998, deep in depression, she found herself unable to write. Nine years passed, and only on rare occasion did she attempt to write, with no luck.

Finally, in 2007, under the urging of friends, she sat down and pecked out her first novel. It was raw and unpolished, but the process had been unquestionably cathartic. The next three years were spent filling her hard drive with seven complete manuscripts.

At the beginning of 2011, Monique decided it was time to edit the work and share it with the world. She hopes you enjoy the ramblings of a deeply southern girl raised in a state rich with heritage and love.

Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance with a Cajun Flavor!!!! Check it out!

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