Bad Apple by Barbara Morgenroth
Genre: Mature YA
Word Count: 39,000
Cover Artist: Photo by Aleshyn Andrei. Cover design by Barbara Morgenroth
Bad Apple: A Mature YA Novel
Bad Apple: A Mature YA Novel
“You tell and next time you won’t even be able to crawl away.”
Neal Marchal lived with this threat for the next eight years. When she finds her neighbor murdered, she knows who did it. The why is the secret the family has been keeping forever. The reminder to never reveal the secret is her limp.
She rebuilt her life and now Neal has everything to live for—music, performing and a growing affection for the young man who pulled her to safety.
This story starts out a bit rough. It moves along slowly, and at first I thought the Main Character was a boy named Neal. How shocked I was to find out that Neal was in fact a girl. But the story moves along quickly and you get sucked in. Neal was being interrogated by the Police for a murder and she sang a song, when she sang the song, this set into motion a chain of events that would change her life.
Neal grew up in a VERY abusive home. And she is basically rescued by Truly, a fabulous and talented Musician. I won't go into any more details because I hate spoilers. The characters in the book are interesting. From Neal and Truly on through to the family Neal and Truly grew up in.
The story itself is a good one. I enjoy how the Author brought such an aspect of reality to this story. The only negative I have to say is that at times it was difficult to follow which character was speaking, and as I stated already I didn't know Neal was a girl in the beginning so things confused me. There were a few times I had to re-read scenes because I was confused. But in spite of those factors I have to say I truly enjoyed the book and have added the next book to my TBR list to continue this story. I really want to see where Morgenroth goes with this story.
Details/Disclaimer: Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Soundtrack to Bad Apple
Neal Marchal joined Truly in his band. So when she first joined the band they sang songs which the band had previously been doing. However, Truly recognized that Neal had a certain type of sound to her and started choosing new songs for them to sing. The group of four quickly became a duet, and the style of music changed accordingly. Truly has a unique blend of musical talent due to his upbringing and his background in classical music. His influences cross many styles and genres of music from Fold on through to Jazz. The author made it fun to make a soundtrack by including lyrics in her book at various points in the story. So if you wanted to listen while you read you could do so.
The Author stated that she drew from several different sources besides traditional music for inspiration during the writing of Bad Apple, some are mentioned in the book and some are not.
However I chose this particular song due to the main background of what happened to Neal and how she is running and can't be caught by her "brother", because to be caught surely means her death. Read the books to find out exactly what I mean by that statement!
Barbara was born in New York City and but now lives somewhere else. Starting her career by writing tweens and YA books, she wound up in television writing soap operas for some years. Barbara then wrote a couple cookbooks and a nonfiction book on knitting. She returned to fiction and wrote romantic comedies.
When digital publishing became a possibility, Barbara leaped at the opportunity and has never looked back. In addition to the 15 traditionally published books she wrote, in digital format Barbara has something to appeal to almost every reader from Mature YAs like the Bad Apple series and the Flash series, to contemporary romances like Love in the Air published by Amazon/Montlake, and Unspeakably Desirable, Nothing Serious and Almost Breathing.