What Lies Within by James Morris ~ 2015

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Author: James Morris
Publisher: Kindle Scout
Publication date: June 2, 2015
Pages: 226
Jacket design: StoryWonk

"This book was provided by James Morris in exchange for my honest review alongside my proffered thank-you for asking."

4 Stars

James Morris

James Morris wrote a fast-paced coming-of-age suspenseful novel that will keep you turning the pages.  This young adult novel has a female leading character showing moxie a few of us could only imagine.

Shelley Marano, a senior in a Valencia, California high school, has her whole life in front of her when her world turns into a mystery from a simple text.

As she sat in class fantasizing about the high school's swim captain, Remy Chastain, her smartphone buzzed and when she looked it was from a number she did not recognize - You're going to die 

Walking the halls, a guy she'd never seen before went up to her and gently pushed her up against some lockers and whispered "I'm not here to hurt you, we don't have much time --".  ..."There's no way of stopping them. You have to get out of here."

"You're adopted, Shelley. You're adopted and I'm your brother." From here on out through the story, your imagination runs trying to figure out what is really going on.

James Morris wrote the story with believable characters. Shelley's (adopted) father has a persona of a loving hard working man that would do anything for his family. Winston (the "ballsy" eunuch) was my favorite character and I hoped for the best for him. There are other characters all holding a very much realistic stance in putting the story together. Enjoying a story where the characters are believable shows great insight from the author.

The action scenes with the mysterious motorcyclist grabbed me as a reader. The images James Morris displayed in words are vividly expressed.

What Lies Within is a story of Nature vs. Nurture. Within this story, the way some of us go about it is quite morbid and made me wonder if there are people and agencies actually committing such acts.

Shelley goes about finding her real birth parents and in the end she finds a whole new world. When she finds out the truth of her real birth parents, she thinks all of her quirks and thoughts throughout her young life start to make sense.

The plot twists and turns into a very enjoyable read. Shelley doesn't rest - hence your page turning.

The writing to me was a bit rushed. Not sure if it was I or rushed due to getting the story across. I am glad I was satisfied with the ending and am looking forward to where Shelley takes herself.

Great suspenseful mystery for young adults.

I do recommend.

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About the author  ~

Connect with James

I am a creative professional with over ten years of experience in digital, business and creative writing, providing cross-media content solutions.  As a former television writer with produced credits including “Smallville” and “Crossing Jordan,” I worked with a team of writers pitching, crafting and following ideas from concept to script to final episode.  This necessitated the ability to deliver within tight deadlines, on budget, while integrating notes from various stakeholders.  I love brainstorming ideas for seemingly intractable problems.

I have since entered the digital world and worked with companies such as NBC.com and the health care industry copywriting, blogging and editing. 

I have also taught screenwriting at UCLA Extension, which focused on the art of short films, where through lectures, assignments and screenings, I guided students towards the completion of a short script. 

I continue to learn about the ever-evolving world of social and content marketing, and my goal is to take my love of storytelling and help corporations tell their own stories, as well as continuing to write my own.

To check out a list of my professional writing credits, check out my IMDb.com page.

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