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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Absolute Brightness by James Lecesne - Book Review & Giveaway

About James Lecesne

For over 25 years I've been telling stories. Whether I'm writing, acting, producing or trying to create social change, it's usually the story that got me involved. But in the process of getting things done and trying to make the world a better place, I've also been telling the story of my life. This website is my best effort to provide the general gist. But my hope is that you find something here that will inspire you to live your life more fully and continue to tell your story.

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Review by Suze
Phoebe lives in a three bedroom house with her mother and older sister Deirdre. Her mother has a hair salon and Phoebe often works there, her life is that of a normal teenage girl. That changes when Leonard moves in with them. He's an orphan and used to live with Phoebe's uncle, but he has a project abroad and Leonard needs somewhere to stay. Leonard is eccentric and he doesn't care about what people think of him. He dresses the way he likes and he's completely himself. He has fun working at the salon and enjoys giving people makeovers. Because of who he is people love him, but not everyone likes his explicit personality.
Even though Phoebe doesn't always know how to handle Leonard's weirdness she slowly starts to like him. The new living situation might not be so bad, only then he goes missing. It quickly becomes obvious how many friends Leonard has made in his short stay with Phoebe's family. He was a ray of sunshine in a lot of people's lives. What happened to him and why would someone do that to such a special person?
Absolute Brightness is a book about a boy who shines so bright that he influences people and makes their every day existence more colorful and enjoyable. I loved Leonard from the start. He's a beautiful person, both on the inside and the outside. The story is being told from Phoebe's point of view. She's an honest narrator and she can sometimes be quite crude, which I found refreshing. She paints a clear picture of Leonard by describing both his character and his looks in detail. I love how she slowly warms to him. Eventually she shows the reader she has a fantastic big heart herself, which was the best part of the story for me.
Absolute Brightness is a gripping story. Finding out what happened to Leonard when he disappeared brought tears to my eyes. James Lecesne's vivid writing makes the story come to life very well. I could easily picture the salon, the customers and of course the main characters and it almost felt like I was part of their circle. I loved this moving and interesting story about love, compassion, the debate of good versus evil and self-knowledge and highly recommend it.
The publisher will send a copy of Absolute Brightness to a US winner of this giveaway. As all of our giveaways are international we'll send a copy to an international winner as well. Good luck!

The winner will be notified by e-mail and has 2 days to respond.
Visit the other blogs on this tour as well.


  1. Question to the author: What is your daily writing process like?

  2. This sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance to win.

  3. Great blurb and review , makes you want to know what happened to Leonard!

  4. This sounds great Phoebe sounds like a complex and interesting character!

  5. Thanks for giving away a copy of your book! I look forward to checking it out!

  6. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!

  7. The book description sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing. Love the cover too.

  8. sounds so good. if i dont win ill definitely buy this book

  9. Sounds good, would love to win x

  10. sounds interesting

  11. Sounds like an intersesting read . Thank you for the opportunity .

  12. It's really nice to hear about a story about positivity and likeable characters, it's an exception these days!

  13. this sounds like a great read xx

  14. This book sounds really good, i was almost teary reading the blurb.

  15. Sounds interesting. I haven't read a book like this one before. I'd love to.

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  17. It would be great to win a copy of
    Absolute Brightness by James Lecesne.
    I liked your review and this sounds like a book i would enjoy reading.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  18. Sounds Great, Question - What was the last book you read?

  19. Sounds like a bit of a mystery, which I love. Can't wait to read this one!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  20. amazing it sounds, so hope i win