Best Teen & Young Adult Law & Crime Stories Reviewed By BookViral

"A stunningly written and insightful epic of teen angst"

Teen & Young Adult Law & Crime Stories

Recommend  for the coveted BookViral Crimson Quill. To make your recommendation simply click on the award badge below..…. 

  • Publication date: ‎ September 28, 2022
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Print length: ‎ 470 pages
  • Genre: Teen & Young Adult Law & Crime Stories


The BookViral Review:

A stunningly written and insightful epic of teen angst, ‘Justice-do not approach her’ draws its readers in from the first moment and keeps them in its thrall until the very last word.

Justice, a plain and mistreated teen, walks a tightrope between resignation and suicidal thoughts. Bullied both at school and at home, the only relief is in education, where nevertheless, despite the bruises, teachers see only her academic brilliance and fail to protect her. One terrible evening she snaps, brutally murdering her abusive Father with a knife she has kept temptingly under her mattress for months.

One may assume that a storyline much travelled in both memoir and fiction would result in another typical young adult offering. Not so for Sarah Ciacia, who crafts her words so expertly that you feel every sensory detail and emotion penned, crawling inside the mind of Justice Marshall as surely as if you inhabited her skin. Exposing motivation and reaction, she leads her central character in a ghastly dance of refusal and relief, as she negotiates the days which follow as they twist into a medley of terror and bliss.

Showing surprising maturity for such a young writer, Ciacia conveys just the right measure of pathos, whilst maintaining an underlying grit, rendering her reader unable to fully hate her protagonist, if at all. A clever twist sees a legacy of toughness, retribution and togetherness passed from one vulnerable individual to another and offers a sliver of a silver lining in the form of an unlikely hero. Ciacia’s wonderfully rich and expressive language brings both setting and characters into sharp relief, as they, in equal measure, display and betray typical stereotypes.

More than just fiction, the social commentary interwoven throughout the plot is both stark and real; a spotlight shining on the unfortunate existence of many young people who have both innocence and happiness torn away from them at a tender age.

Unequivocally recommended, with a conclusion left ripe for a sequel, Sarah Ciacia leaves you wanting and waiting for more flawlessly executed fiction.

Recommended Book Reviews
In The BookViral Spotlight

Family Life Drama Fiction

Family Life Drama Fiction

Readers looking for a novel that tackles the complicated subject of adoption from a legal and ethical perspective without losing sight of the human element, When Forever Breaks is definitely the novel to read!

Read More »
Historical Fiction Action and Adventure

Historical Fiction Action and Adventure

Authentically capturing a bygone era in which women were viewed as the prizes in a male game Strange Eden is a showdown between its style and story. Combining Giordano’s slick, high-tension writing with the values and sexual stereotyping of a bygone era whilst reminding us of love’s sometimes harrowing consequences in times past.

Read More »

Author Publishing Tips & Recommended Book Reviews

Book Reviews That Readers Trust.

From humble beginnings in 2002 as a book review club BookViral has grown to become the first choice in book reviews for authors around the world and one of the biggest book review sites on the web. BookViral reaches millions of potential readers through best practice SEO and a trusted social media presence ensuring readers get unbiased, critical recommendations they can trust. 

BookViral also offers a full suite of author services, including, book editing services for unpublished and self-published authors, website design and bespoke SEO that help authors get discovered by more potential readers as well as industry influencers, such as publishers, agents and film executives. 

© Copyright 2019 BookViral Reviews. All Rights Reserved.