Please Pretty Lights

Please Pretty Lights It s September when good girl Via Sorenson stumbles into a Seattle strip club drunk and alone on her twenty first birthday Matt and Nick best friends bandmates and bouncers do their best to shield

  • Title: Please Pretty Lights
  • Author: Ina Zajac
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  • Page: 401
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  • It s September when good girl Via Sorenson stumbles into a Seattle strip club, drunk and alone on her twenty first birthday Matt and Nick best friends, bandmates, and bouncers do their best to shield her from their sadistic cocaine trafficking boss, Carlos They don t realize her daddy issues come with a forty million dollar trust fund and a legacy she would do anything tIt s September when good girl Via Sorenson stumbles into a Seattle strip club, drunk and alone on her twenty first birthday Matt and Nick best friends, bandmates, and bouncers do their best to shield her from their sadistic cocaine trafficking boss, Carlos They don t realize her daddy issues come with a forty million dollar trust fund and a legacy she would do anything to escape She is actually Violetta Rabbotino, who had been all over the news ten years earlier when her father, an acclaimed abstract artist, came home in a rage, murdered her mother, then turned the gun on himself Young Violetta was spared, hidden behind the family Christmas tree, veiled by the mysticism of its pretty lights whose unadulterated love captivated and calmed her.Now, desperate to shed her role as orphaned victim, Via stage dives into a one hundred day adventure with Matt and Nick, the bassist and drummer of popular nineties cover band Obliviot The rock and roll lifestyle is the perfect distraction until she is rattled by true love As Christmas looms closer, her notorious past becomes undeniable How will she ever untangle herself from her twisted string of pretty lights

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    1. Yikes, all right. 2.5 stars. The plot is good, I think the writer did a good job in developing an interest dynamic with everyone's backgrounds and how it comes into play in the present; so yes, the storyline is good, but the characters, although interesting at first, the more I got to know them the less I liked them. The thing is, this book had a lot of slut-shaming and a lot of stereotypical gender roles stuff, like when he was asking her to define their relationship he was like "It's such a gi [...]

    2. I received a review copy of this book for my stop on the blog tour at Donnie Darko Girl. What initially drew me to Please, Pretty Lights was the music scene. I love most of the bands from the 90's mentioned in this story - they make up the soundtrack of my high school years, getting me through the teenage angst and making me feel as though I was invincible. Against the backdrop of the Seattle music scene, Via's story came to life. In the beginning of Please, Pretty Lights, when Via meets with he [...]

    3. Dark, gritty, and intoxicatingexactly how I like it. Please, Pretty Lights, a poignant portrait of music, drugs and relationships, is harrowing at times and masterly written. It's easily one of my favorite books of the year.

    4. DNFYou ever have that, where you start reading a book and it's going okay-ish for the first couple of chapters. Then, poof, just like that's like the author stopped editing after that point and the whole story just falls apartat's what this book did. The whole damn book just fell apart for me. I had to stop.No RatingI only read about 20%.

    5. 4.5 StarsPlease, Pretty Lights is full of raw, grimy, damaged characters. The best kind, in my opinion. Via witnesses the most horrific thing a child can see, at the age of 11. Her life changes that day and her world ends up revolving around that event. A decade later, on her twenty first birthday reality takes on her fragile shell of a life and dumps it in the gutter. Drunk and looking for something, a release or a feeling of anything but numbness, she stumbles into amateur night at a local str [...]

    6. I generously received a copy of this story from the author.Ultimately this story was a series of characters journey to self discovery. It is a real in depth look at a variety of issues including mental illness, drug use and self acceptance. It was dark, gritty and heart wrenching. I don't want to give too much away as that will take from the overall feel of this novel.To be honest, when I first started this I had a hard time connecting with the characters. They were broken, bruised and battered [...]

    7. Man, I have been really lucky with books lately. This never happens, but every book I've read in recent weeks has been stunning. Zajac's heartwrenching debut is one of them. Please Pretty Lights is one of my favorite books of 2014.Most characters that make mistake after mistake, you want to shake and scream at until they listen. Via is not one of those characters. Via does not make decisions to benefit the plot or say what needs to be said to get the author's message across. Via is not a charact [...]

    8. Please Pretty Lights drew me in quickly and kept me turning the pages. I devoured this book. A young woman running from her past by falling into drugs and the life of a stripper? I'm in! There were times I was angry with the main character and there times my heart broke for her. I actually teared up two or three times. For a book to inspire that much of an emotional response, the author is doing something right. Despite the drug usage and Via's low self worth, there are some very positive messag [...]

    9. EiR received a nomination for Please, Pretty Lights via an email from a local Washington author who suggested that this WA state independent press gem would fit our standards fully. We would like to tip our hats to that recommendation because we could not put Please, Pretty Lights by Ina Zajac down. Firstly, this is just a unique book. The main character, Via, suffers from depression, post traumatic stress and addiction. She finds herself in a crazy world of drugs, strip clubs and music. But she [...]

    10. This is one of the most compelling books I've read in long time. The story has so many elements that come together seamlessly. Ina Zajac clearly understands music and the Seattle music scene, and her musician characters are so realistic--so lovable but also flawed--that I wonder if they're based on real people. The same goes for all the minor characters, all of whom are three-dimensional and human. And Via, the troubled protagonist, is so perfectly drawn that I've been unable to stop thinking ab [...]

    11. To say this book took me by surprise is a gross understatement. Please Pretty Lights was one of those reads that left me squirming and yet gleeful that I finally had finally taken the time to read it. I was so uncomfortable while reading it and I stayed in a highly alert state in anticipation of what “could” be coming. The story of Via ( Violatti) Sorenson is at times hard to digest. Via spends 10 years burying the memory of the night she lost her parents, and in less than 4 months she manag [...]

    12. Please, Pretty Lights had got to be one of the grittiest books I have ever read. It's packed full of so many tough topics including drug use and domestic violence. It is most definitely for mature readers only as it is an explicit read at times. But I was easily hooked right into Via's story and couldn't put this book down.I'm not sure how realistic Via's story actually is as I've never been part of the drug using, strip club scene. But, to my knowledge, it did feel very realistic. I felt the se [...]

    13. In Please, Pretty Lights, Ina Zajac weaves a compelling story of the painful long-term effects of childhood trauma and the downward spiral into addiction that demonstrates the maxim that we can't love another until we love ourselves. Via has a childhood of secrets she cannot face. When her attempts to escape her past through a life of narrow-minded Christianity doesn't work, she swings in the extreme opposite direction walking through the doors of a downtown strip club on her 21st birthday. Stil [...]

    14. I've never read anything like it. And I doubt I'll ever find any other book that compares.There's just so many emotions and hardships that I've never even considered. But it still has many relatable moments that really pulled me in. From their first moments I felt like I knew the characters and was a part of them. Which made what they go through so much more.So much more that I'm not even sure if there's just one word to describe it.I received this book in exchange for an honest review FULL REVI [...]

    15. From the very first page I was captivated by this story, and found it very difficult to put the book down. In fact I found myself reading and walking with it just so I could read a page or two more. The characters were amazing - each and everyone of them. They were so complex but yet so relatable at the same time. The conversations were so realistic. But my favorite part was how the author weaved Via's childhood and her suppressed memories in. It was amazing. I can't wait to read the rest of the [...]

    16. Zajac had me hook, line and sinker from the opening passages. I cared deeply about the girl huddled behind the Christmas tree and had to know what became of her. Though written with unapologetic rawness, the darker side of life Zajac's protagonist dwells in are written with heart and make the story valid and her journey sincere. I refuse to be a spoiler in my review, but wow. What a ride.This does not read as a first novel and I'm eagerly anticipating the next book.

    17. I requested this book from NetGalley over a year ago because the cover and summary caught my attention. I was once involved with a musician and I understand the sex + drugs + rock n’ roll scene far too well. While I was involved with that life I also met a lot of women like Via – women with traumatic pasts seeking salvation in all the wrong places. I wasn’t 100% sure I would love the book but I did know that I would connect with it in a big way.This story is dark but damn it, it feels accu [...]

    18. I reviewed this at MustReadBooksOrDie with my friend Shelley! Shel: This looked a little different than our norm and so we thought we'd give it a try. Court: Yep! The cover was so interesting. I immediately thought: Band! and wanted to read it. Shel: It is a little different. First thing you will notice is that all of the major players in this novel have chapters devoted to telling their story. Via, Nick, Matt, and Carlos each pop in to further the plot and get us in their heads a little. And wh [...]

    19. 4.5 stars, full review here => afterdarkbooklovers/2014/0This book was so unexpected. Situated in a world between church youth groups, the Seattle music scene and strip clubs. Weird, right? Beginning on our heroine’s birthday, Violetta (Via) Rabboino begins a 100 day countdown until the anniversary of her parents death. And with each passing day, her life spirals more out of control. I found this story to be emotionally gripping as you watch that spiral down, knowing at some point, it will [...]

    20. Please pretty lights. 5.5 'You're pretty' stars.Wow! So much about this book appealed to me, it hit me at a deeper level than I usually prefer, and due to the content it was almost, almost uncomfortable, but damn if it wasn't good. I don't quite know where to start with this review; it's raw, it's real, it's dark, and gritty. It's a story about a girl trying to escape her reality by drowning in a world of drugs, love, music, addiction and stripper poles. There's stoned raccoons, there's hash bro [...]

    21. 4 Stars | Meg's Review: Please, Pretty Lights is a great read. I jumped into it judging by the cover only. I signed on to review it going in blind. It is way for me to mix things up. I am very glad I did so with this book. I had my thoughts about it from the start, but it surprised me.This was a dark and drugging read. I don't typically like books that stray toward this, but this novel stands not its own and pulls you in. Broken and raw, the characters in this novel are as real as you would find [...]

    22. I received a free copy in exchange for a review.Via counts the days starting from her birthday to the anniversary of her mother's murder and her father's suicide. She has no other family except for her fiance who is traveling to build homes in Africa and her uncle who takes her out to celebrate her 21st birthday but she's in no mood to celebrate because that's when her countdown begins. With dinner finished, she decides to have a party of 1 by dancing away her thoughts and emotions. However the [...]

    23. I'm surprised by my own four star rating for Please, Pretty Lights. There was a point about halfway through where I predicted two stars, or even the dreaded one. Not because of the writing--no, Ms. Zajac wields her pen masterfully. This book is much darker and grittier than I expected, even considering the description above, and there was a point when I just wasn't enjoying it. As you can guess, though, the way the book concluded changed my mind. There were a lot of things I liked about this boo [...]

    24. 3.5 stars, rounded up.I was provided with a free copy the ebook in exchange for my honest opinion of the book, so here it is.Let me preface with saying that after reading it, I do not feel I am the target audience for this book. It's more of a new adult novel, and therefore geared toward a younger audience than me. I'll start with the bad. I really had a hard time with the beginning of the book. First off, the central character, Via, suffered a major tragedy ten years earlier at the age of 11. A [...]

    25. Please, Pretty Lights is a compelling dark story about a young woman who tries to escape from her traumatic childhood past, only to drastically swing the pendulum to the other side down a dangerous path of self-destruction into the life of sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll.Author Ina Zajac weaves a realistic and gritty tale of tragedy and self-destruction that easily captivates the reader's attention and sends them on an emotional roller coaster ride as the harsh reality of twenty-one year old Via Sor [...]

    26. I read this book in one sitting because it sucked me in and left me wanting for more at the end. It really is an amazing book and I truly recommend it. I will warn you, this book isn't for everyone. If you love gritty, consuming, and emotional books, then this book is for you!! Please Pretty Lights owned me from the first page to the last. It had my emotions all over the place–from frustration to pure elation. Most of my jumbled emotions were due to the heroine, Via, and her understandable yet [...]

    27. Please, Pretty Lights by Ina Zajac is the story of Violetta Rabbotino, now called Via Sorenson, a 21 year old girl with a dark past dogging her every step. Via has a heavy secret past hanging around her neck like chains and, trying to escape her own personal hell, she walks into a strip club on her birthday and is thrown down into a tailspin of strippers and drug circles. This is my kind of story.I love the gritty, realistic novels that don't beat around the bush and try to paint a pretty pictur [...]

    28. First of all, I want to preface this review by saying this is a well written, highly emotional and gripping book. We are given an intimate view of a young woman who has grown up under the stigma that her father lost his mind and killed her mother and himself in a rage of jealousy. The impact on our character's psyche was so intense, she is still grappling with the guilt and remorse from that fated day. She was a witness in hiding to this violence. Nothing she has done since then has allowed her [...]

    29. *I received this book in exchange for a honest review.*3.5 starsI almost put this book in the DNF category a couple of times. I thought there was no way that any of these characters could redeem themselves. Then I went through and read all these 4 and 5 star ratings and battled through. The other readers had to have found something awesome in these crazy messed up characters. At around 34% I saw some hope in Via and Matt. Via is traumatized from her childhood. She never accepted or came to terms [...]

    30. Please, Pretty Lights is the story of Violetta (Via). When she was a child, she witnessed the deaths of her parents: her father kills her mother and then commits suicide. Via sees it all behind the pretty lights of the Christmas tree. After getting a glimpse of these traumatic events through Via's eyes, the reader is transported years later. It's Via's 21th birthday, she teaches the Bible to youth groups, she's engaged to Dan and she'll soon take control of a multi-million inheritance (her fathe [...]

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