Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Review: Desert Rice by Angela Scott

Desert Rice
by Angela Scott

Sam and Jacob set forth on a dark journey into the unknown. What they do know, is that for a 12 year old little girl and a 15 year old boy, surviving will be tough. Especially when the their mother lay dead, left behind in the tattered single-wide trailer with empty cupboards, that they once called home. Taking the family car and what few dollars they had, they left West Virginia to find a new life and a new chance at hope, with no actual destination in mind- just far, far away.
Desert Rice book
Desert Rice  by Angela Scott

Sleeping in their car, eating rice and bathing in a truck stop was the least of their worries. They knew they only had a few days before their mother's body was found and they would be the suspects. Determined to never be separated,  Jacob did all he could to protect his sister. Protect her from children and family services, the police that would take them away and lock them up for good, and the deep, dark past- the one that occurred in the single wide trailer with the empty cupboards.

Cutting her hair, covering her body and leading others to believe that Sam was a boy, was the only way Jacob knew to protect his sister. Regardless of how it made her feel, it wouldn't feel as bad as it would if they were separated, or worse- if men noticed that Sam was a young, blossoming girl.

Just as things seemed to be working out, as if they may actually have a chance at survival and making it on their own, tragedy strikes and Sam has no choice to seek help from a stranger whom she recently met. It was the only way, if she didn't get help and get it fast, Jacob would die. But, getting help meant letting someone in to their life, risking them finding out the truth, and risking everything they fought so hard to achieve.

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Stephanie's Review of Desert Rice

From the very first sentence, to the very last chapter, Desert Rice was heart-wrenching to say the least. Watching the struggle of two children on the run to save each other and stay together was more than I would have imagined from the simple book cover summary.

I had received a copy of the book from a Goodreads giveaway so it wasn't something I had personally picked out to read. The cover was tempting and the summary was interesting. I cracked the book, read the very first sentence and was hooked! I had to find out more- I had to know why a 12 year old girl was moving her dead mother's body! 

Had someone warned me this book would have been this good or that I would have got this emotionally involved I would have never believed them. 

Author, Angela Scott, did a fabulous job telling the story as if she herself were 12 years old. The writing, the emotion, the thoughts-  all that went into this story was very real- very believable, making it easier to be drawn into this twisted tale of fate called Desert Rice.  

Take a glance at the front cover, of little Sam. Now read the first sentence or two... you won't be able to put it down, I promise!

Author: Angela Scott

Published by Evolved Publishing LLC

Published: July 07, 2012

Pages: 188 
Words: 74379 
Language: English
ISBN: 9781622538539 
Available at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble  and Smashwords

FTC Disclosure: Please be aware that I did receive this book as part of a giveaway offered by Goodreads. This review is my own opinion about the book and was not compensated with any money or goods other than the initial gift of the book in order to read, enjoy and rate as I see fit. Please also be aware that I am an affiliate of Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords and have used affiliate links above. I may earn a small referral fee in the event you purchase the book following the links above. 


  1. And more good news... the sequel, "Desert Flower," is coming out on January 15th, and it's an awesome follow-up to this awesome book.

    Disclaimer: I'm the publisher and chief editor of these books. However, I couldn't possibly be more sincere when I say that I absolutely LOVE "Desert Rice."

    It's the rare book that offers such deep and heartfelt emotional content. This one will definitely tug at your heart strings.

    Thank you, Stephanie, for taking the time to tell folks about this wonderful book. We at Evolved Publishing are so pleased that you enjoyed it. :-D

    1. Thanks Lane- I can't wait to get my hands on Desert Flower. It's gonna be great, I just know it!

  2. What an awesome review! Thank you so much for reading it and then taking the time to review it too. For an author, that means a bunch.

    AND...to have Lane come over and leave a comment. Holy cow! That like almost never happens. He's a tough cookie to please, and to know how much he supports and loves this book is amazing to me.

    Thanks again, Stephanie.

    ~Angela Scott

  3. I found this book on Stephanie's Book Shelf. I can't be more blown away. I was completely drawn into the book by the very first page and i couldn't stop until I completed the last sentence of Desert Flower! Angela Scott was able to captivate my attention and leave me yearning for more. Although, Desert Flower didn't leave an except from book 3, I really hope there is one. I will be waiting.
    Thank you Stephanie for another GREAT book choice. I'll be watching your blog for more!!

    Always a reader,