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Turning Grace [Kindle Edition]

J.Q. Davis
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

**Medal Winner of the 2014 New Apple Book Awards**

“Each taste, each mouthful awakened a part of me that I had never known. The sweet and bitter tenderness of every chew sent my body into a whirlwind...”

Everything seems ordinary for Grace Watkins. With the exception of her abnormal obsession for B-rated slasher movies and a strange hunger that is building inside her with each passing day, her life is as typical as any other senior at Middleton High.

The only issue Grace has is keeping her protective best friend away from giving her lone enemy, the ever-so-popular Sonny Westwood, a classic schoolyard beat down. It doesn't help that Grace has had a secret crush on Sonny’s man, Tristen, since the first day she laid eyes on him.

But as one of her favorite nights of the year approaches, Grace begins to realize there may not be anything...normal about her. Her body is changing and her appetite is growing. Her urges are intensifying and becoming uncontrollable. And she just...wants...more.

What happens when something or someone stands in the way of feeding her need?

Better yet, what the hell is wrong with her?


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About the Author

J.Q. Davis currently resides in the desert of Southern California. Her and her husband were stationed there due to her husband’s orders in the Marine Corps. She has no children, but considers her pooches, Lucy, Cassie, and Bella, her daughters. She is eagerly awaiting her return to New Orleans, Louisiana to be with her family and friends. In the meantime, she will continue to add more pages to Turning Grace.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2527 KB
  • Print Length: 197 pages
  • Publisher: J.Q. Davis; 2 edition (June 10, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KWP2B00
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,897 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Turning Grace is a well-written, entertaining little book that takes the zombie lit genre in a refreshing new direction. A popular genre, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find something that isn't the same tired old retread of the zombie fiction that has come before it. So when I come across something that takes the initiative to be different, I take note.

Turning Grace author J.Q. Davis manages to do so in her début novel about a teenage girl who discovers her body changing in ways that are different than the changes most girls her age experience. Despite her being like a regular teenage girl in many ways (crushing on boys, dealing with peer pressure, jealousy, etc.) she finds herself dealing with much more.

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The book is written from the perspective of Grace as she finds herself in a slow and seemingly unstoppable descent from relatively carefree teenager to unthinking, bloodthirsty eating machine. The way the internal struggle is depicted in Turning Grace is fascinating and really allows the reader to feel sorry for the protagonist despite her eventually doing some horrifying things. She does do some things that are horrible while sating her hunger but she also feels remorse and sadness once she regains her senses, a feeling to which most of us could relate to some degree when looking back on our past actions.

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The overall tone of the book is light and fun for fans of zombie fiction, but occasionally swerves a little too far into cliché teen romance territory for my personal tastes, although I am sure the target demographic will eat it up (pun intended.) However, when the focus of the story went from crushing on boys to snacking on raw meat, I was in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, Fluffy January 31, 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
This novel is very well-written. J.Q. Davis does a great job of keeping the reader's attention with enough detail and good flow. There's teen romance, unspeakable acts (I refuse to tell my wife, who is afraid of this type of genre), and a LOT of reminiscing as you remember back to what it's like being in High School. J.Q. Davis really gets it right with so much of the inner thoughts and outer dialogue. I also like that what is normally cliché, Davis turns into her own style. I would have given this novel four stars, as the characters spiral down further and further and no one seems to do what's "right", but the ending left me wanting more and seeing a vast array of directions this could take! It ends clean and believable. Great debut. :D Enjoy!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Great book.

Interesting throughout and i thought it was a very original plot. But even if its not (as another reviewer suggests) it is a fresh reworking that made me feel like the author had re-invented the wheel - i dont know what else i could ask for.

My daughter loved this book as well and read it in a week (not normally a prolific reader) and it held her attention leaving her unable to put it down and wanting to take it with her even when we went out for dinner.

My daughter is very much hoping for a sequel
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Modern Zombie Story... September 24, 2014
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Friendship, Humor, Horror, Romance, Loss, Blood And Gore....This Book Has It All! In The Same Tradition Of "Warm Bodies", Only Freakier. Gracie's Momma's Been Hiding A Nasty Secret, But Secrets Just Won't Stay Buried. Grace Is Seventeen This Year And Her Body Is Really Acting Weird. Normal, Right? I Don't Know..... Do Seventeen Year Old's Usually Wanna Eat The Neighbor Hood Cat? This Read Is Just In Time For Halloween!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! November 4, 2014
By Gram10
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I never get scared reading a "scary" book but this book was the exception! Really freaked me out but in a good way - meaning REALLY good book. I just wish I hadn't read it before bedtime!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting plot twists, yet classic June 26, 2014
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Authors sometimes try to hard at either surprising the reader, or staying classy that they forget the other. Many books have potential, but are missing the right components to make them great books. They can end good books with a plot twist that makes no sense what so-ever in the storyline. "Turning Grace" kept a good balance between both, henceforth keeping the reader intrigued and unsuspecting, but know the possible outcomes. It had to much of a classic love story, with a perfect boy who understands everything even though they just got to know each other, and the things the boy understands are crazy to a normal person's mind. Other than the cliché love story, it was a good book and made sense. The plot stayed close together, and it was interesting as I discovered the full story. Ultimately, the book was extremely good for a starting book, and I am looking forward for more from J. Q. Davis.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertainment Served With a Side of Shock!
I found Turning Grace to be a very entertaining read. The characters were real, with real problems, mixed with some extraordinary issues. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Kevin C McDonald
3.0 out of 5 stars This gives a bit of life to an almost dead genre
My husband recommended this book to me and since he doesn't normally do that I thought I should read the book.
Turning Grace is a début Young Adult\Teen Novel by J.Q. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Book Him Danno
5.0 out of 5 stars My son loved it!
This book was recommended to my 13 year old son and he couldn't put it down! Kudos to the author for writing an exciting and engaging novel that captured the attention of a teenage... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Molli
5.0 out of 5 stars Anxiously Awaiting
Bought the book thinking my pre teen, "into-everything-zombie child" would enjoy it. We opted out of TV the night we got it and stayed up reading. Read more
Published 6 months ago by David Alan Griffin
3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read based on unoriginal ideas.
Would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't just seen a 2009 movie which was about a mother who had to keep her continuously ravenous and increasingly difficult to satisy child... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Marcus
5.0 out of 5 stars J. Q. Davis is one of my favorite up and coming new authors of 2014.
Of all the zombie books I have read through out the years, this one struck me as the most creative. A taste (pun intended) of something new is highly unusual in this genre, yet J. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Shane
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J.Q. Davis currently resides in the desert of Southern California. She and her husband were stationed there due to her husband's orders in the Marine Corps. She has no children, but considers her pooches, Lucy, Cassie, and Bella, her daughters. She is eagerly awaiting her return to New Orleans, Louisiana to be with her family and friends. In the meantime, she will continue to add more pages to Turning Grace.

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