Book Review Accused

7 May

ACCUSED 3DBOOKTitle: Accused (A Retaliation novel #2)

Author: Yasmin Shiraz

Genre: YA – real life

An easier and more peaceful life seemed to be destined for Ahmed and Tashera when they left Washington, DC and entered Georgia Atlantic University.  But when Ahmed is accused of a crime that he didn’t commit and begins to be tried in the media, his popularity plummets, his self-esteem suffers, and his dreams of playing college basketball disappear.

Meanwhile, there is a serial rapist on campus who has been attacking freshman girls at record numbers and forcing them to keep silent. As Tashera learns about the girls, she begins to close in on the rapist. But is the attacker too crafty to be caught? Will the state prosecutor ignore key evidence to instead focus on the fame that comes with convicting a high profile basketball star?

Tashera is beyond stressed as she divides her time between trying to find enough evidence to clear Ahmed while at the same time stopping the rapist who roams the campus of Georgia Atlantic.  Ahmed and Tashera’s journey into a new life away from home is more challenging than they ever thought that it would be.

An Amazon Top 500 Book Reviewer had this to say about Accused:

“I recommend it for teen readers… Shiraz has a knack for writing in the voice of teen characters without having to resort to obscenities. It’s an important and worthwhile YA novel.”

Ahmed and Tashera enter Georgia Atlantic University, with the hope of their lives finally settling down. But then Ahmed is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, and his dreams are shattered; his wrongful conviction has destroyed his reputation, his self-esteem, and may even destroy his relationship with Tashera.

Tashera however, is hellbend on finding out who the serial rzpist is who has been attacking freshman girls at record numbers and forcing them to keep silent. With all the requirements for an amateur sleuth, Tashera begins uncovering evidence that may be enough to clear her boyfried’s name, and to put the real culprit behind bars.

An interesting take on an all too real and pressing issue, with a main character who is pretty much amazing. Tashera has flaws, but even those flaws make her more interesting. While it had a slow start, by page thirty, I was on the edge of my seat. Excellent writing, too.

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