Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

REVIEW Shakespeare Burning by Charisse Moritz

One mistake and seventeen-year-old Shake LeCasse lost everything. Now there’s no going back and no way to move forward.
Cleo Lee survives however she can. Lie, cheat, steal, whatever it takes, and saving Mr. Popular isn’t part of the plan.


YA authors, clean your desks, take your inspiration pills, sharpen your pens! 
There is a new author in town and she comes with a blast! If this Charisse Moritz's first work is not just a supernova, then we are to be fed by a new Sun!

Yep! CM was for me a fresh breath giving me a strong reason and reward for not giving up to YA stories. And when I'm talking about YA stories I refer to those full of drama, angst stories, about characters who are (or feel that they are) between rock and a hard place.

CM navigates between sentiments and harsh realities admirably avoiding the cliches and the razors of too much, unconvincing aspects or distasteful repetitions. She masterfully increases the intensity of the readers' feelings, bringing a bit of new information, a different angle or a different facet fueling this way the necessary crescendo and readers' interest. Her characters are smart and they prove it whilst there is still enough room for emotional reactions and "not thinking all the way" situations so characteristic to the teens.

The main moments and important stages are punctuated by Shakespeare's quotes. They are a conclusion for what it was and a prevision of what it comes. Hemingway's encompasses exactly what we want from the story. Well done! Reading Shakespeare Burning could open the taste of the new generation for classics. 

All the seriousness of what happened and happens is tuned at the perfect level by using humor. It is brought in different ways and by different characters, but even in the humor, there is a trace of sorrow.

The result is a story that captures you, involves you in everything that happens.

This is certainly an author to keep an eye on! Enjoy!


He’s the boy who wants to disappear.

One mistake and seventeen-year-old Shake LeCasse lost everything. Now there’s no going back and no way to move forward. The once-popular Varsity hockey captain is living in the basement of a grandmother he barely knows, ditching school, avoiding friends and working hard on self-destruction.

She’s the girl nobody sees.

Cleo Lee survives however she can. Lie, cheat, steal, whatever it takes, and saving Mr. Popular isn’t part of the plan. Telling him the truth about the night that destroyed his life is downright dangerous. She needs to keep quiet, be smart and let the guy she’s been half in love with since middle school throws away a future she’d do anything to have. Too bad she sucks at playing it.

About the author:
Emily Award Finalist and Melody Of Love Award Finalist, Charisse M Moritz divides her life between upstate NY and northern Florida. When not barricaded inside her writing cave or enjoying every possible minute with her husband and three kids, you’ll find her listening to 60’s music, singing offkey and looking for new reads. 
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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Charisse said...

First, thank you for hosting an excerpt from my debut novel, Shakespeare Burning. Also, thank you, thank you and one more giant thank you for not only taking the time to read my story but provide such an in-depth and wonderful review. I'm so very appreciative. I plan to publish my second book sometime in May and your kind words are the perfect encouragement! CHEERS! Charisse

James Robert said...

I appreciate getting to hear about  a book new to me. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway.

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a good book.

Victoria Alexander said...

Sounds like a wonderful book!

sherry fundin said...

when i saw you posted your review, i had to come see what you thought of it. i read it and was BLOWN AWAY. i can't wait for charisse's next book. may you say? i'll be waiting......
sherry @ fundinmental

Kim said...

Your review is amazing. Thanks for your thoughts.

CCAM said...


Thank you for your kind words; I liked SB a lot and I believe everything I said. There is much more to tell but it best to keep it for discussion with those who already read the book.
Cannot wait for your next book!

@sherry, @kim

Thank you; right now, I have a very smile on my face

thank you for reading the post and for your comments; you should read this book
Good luck!

Sherry said...

Sounds like such a good book.

wendy Hutton said...

thanks for hosting this book sounds interesting

susan1215 said...

Sounds like a great book. I like the cover.

Bridgett Wilbur said...

Great cover.