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Product Details

  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Aziza Publishing (July 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615516831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615516837
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,740,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By rdr4lfe on April 7, 2013
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I'm not sure what other types of books the other reviewers read, but, they were wrong. This book was awful. It jumped from one place to the other with no real connection. While I agree verbal and physical abuse is one of the worst things that could happen to a person, the author could have done more with this. Literary license is fine, but, some of the interactions were just too unrealistic. Also, it was disgusting!!!! The author wanted to ensure the reader got the picture of just how horrible Ebony's abuse was, but, really??? Some parts made me want to puke.
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Ebony The Beloved was a fast paced novel about a young female that was just dealt the wrong cards in life. Everything was very detailed and kept my attention from start to finish. I felt horrible for her in the beginning. Eventually she ended up making her bed and lying in it. Once she met Desmond I knew she would have to learn the hard way. Great read. I'm grateful the author recommended this book to me on Twitter because I'll be recommending it to others!
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My heart went out to Ebony, yet I just felt that the author spent way too much time with the demoralization of Ebony on so many levels. It was fast moving and somewhat suspenseful, gritty and sad. Wheras I felt alot of compassion for Ebony and understood her plight, it also had too many sub characters that could have been developed better. Its like they were introduced in paragraph one and dead or missing by paragraph 4. The good thing about this book is the awareness of & how abuse affects so many people.
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Welcome to the world of Ebony; written by first time author Hannah Spivey. Where do I begin with this story? First off, I must say I read this book in like 3 days! The story is just that fast paced. Ebony, a young lady living in some highly unfortunate circumstances; who doesn't fare much better at school, is taken through one emotional roller coaster after another. But as always; God will send an angel in our most dire time of need; for Ebony that was Ms. Norma.

Ms. Spivey does an excellent job in describing the conditions and predicament Ebony finds herself in. From living with physically and verbally abusive parents to being bullied at school to becoming a sex slave to well known R & B singer. Yes, the author takes you there with the characters every step of the way. I went from really feeling for Ebony; wanting to make her my little sister to wanting to knock some sense into her head to cheering her on for coming into her own.

So, be ready to get angry, laugh, cry, feel frustrated, and feel the triumph of freedom as you take a moment to walk in the shoes of Ebony The Beloved!

Peace & Love!

Khyrra
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This is a story of the worst kind of childhood. Ebony while growing up in a dysfunctional household suffers physical and verbal abuse by her parents. Reduced to a pathetic creature she suffers similar abuse in school. A school official discovers her plight and rescues Ebony taking her into a caring home. One would think Ebony would be humbled and grateful finally being showered with love and attentive care. But poor Ebony can't seem to handle her new life. Having been deprived of a healthy family relationship with low self esteem her carnal desires leads her back into trouble. It seems being deprived of the normal joys of growing up the teenager develops a fast feisty and frisky attitude. She's wears stylish clothes, gets a perm, and discovers lipstick and jewelry. Suddenly inexperienced in life she thinks she grown.

Ebony rejects the warming advice of her care taker and becomes involved with an older man. A wealthy pop star, Desmond is handsome and charming with a South Beach mansion. He sweeps the young girl off her feet and into his inescapable clutches. Desmond proves not to be the man she thought. Oblivious to reasons why an older man would be interested in an under age girl she believes it's only natural because of her desirable beauty. After a series of clandestine meetings Ebony finds herself snagged in another dysfunctional relationship. Held against her will she's reduced to sex slave.

The story has an interesting twist at first you feel sympathy for poor Ebony, but that sympathy is quickly lost as the story advances. Initially Ebony is a victim of her circumstances of which she had no control, but when her physical appearance improves that downtrodden beaten lack of self esteem takes an about face.
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Parents have a responsibility to love, care, guide and protect their child. Ebony does not receive these qualities in Ebony the Beloved by Hannah Spivey. Ebony is a teenage girl who has been dealt the worst hand anyone has had to deal with in one lifetime. Ebony's dysfunctional environment pushes her out into the world blindsided with nothing. All that she endures does not detour her from wanting a normal life. When she is rescued by a familiar face, Ebony believes dreams do come true until...

Desmond is an entertainer with an array of women at his beck and call. When he meets Ebony at a concert, he immediately wants her for himself. Desmond convinces Ebony to find a way to meet him and once that meeting occurs, Ebony's life will never be the same. Desmond is used to getting his way and may have bitten off more than he bargained for.

Ebony the Beloved is about surviving in the worst situation. The author does a wonderful job with descriptions, which provides a realistic visual of the main characters plight throughout the book. This book had me angry and frustrated at times but I was not able to put it down. My heart went out to the main character. Hannah Spivey has a unique writing style and I look forward to reading more from this author. I recommend this book to others.

This was provided by the author for review purposes.

Teresa Beasley
APOOO BookClub
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