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Book Review: Black Crow White Lie by Candi Sary

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Black Crow White Lie by Candi Sari is the story of Carson Calley, a thirteen-year-old teenager with an incredible gift for healing. Because of his mother’s choices and her alcoholism, his life has been very difficult. Growing up while living out of hotels with his mom does not make for a happy childhood. As a result of her alcoholism, his mother would often take off and leave him alone, sometimes for days. Stuck on a married man who has shown no interest in Carson, his mother has mostly left him to raise himself. Relying on Carson to heal her headaches after a drinking binge, his mother has nothing to offer him except and incredible story about his father whom he believes died a war hero.

Carson makes two adult friends who help guide him. One owns a tattoo parlor and the other owns a head shop. While they don’t sound like they would be good for him, these two people are kind at heart. They offer Carson an escape from his loneliness and a place to hang out outside of the hotel. When Carson’s mom hires a mentor to guide him with his healing, one of his friends offers him a place in his shop to work on building a healing practice. Soon known as the “Hollywood Healer,” Carson becomes well known because of his success in healing. Carson’s tattoo artist friend gives him a tattoo of a black crow to help remind him of his father.

Based upon lies that his mother has told him, Carson plans to go to Washington, DC to find his father’s grave. He will not let anything get in the way of this goal. While he is working towards accomplishing this, he is also dealing with issues involved with being destructive when he is intensely angry. He doesn’t understand how he is capable of both healing and destroying things with his hands. As things start spiraling downhill for his mom, the truth begins emerging. Carson is devastated that she has told him so many lies. Slowly he begins to understand the truth behind why she did so.

I loved this story. Even though it is written about a thirteen-year-old, Carson seems to have an old soul, so adults will not find this story too juvenile. In spite of the harshness of his upbringing, Carson also has a naiveté about him that is refreshing. He is a good person, and strives to do better for himself. Teens and adults will understand and relate to his issues. Adding quirkiness to the story with Carson’s eccentric friends makes it even more enjoyable. Seeing forgiveness and understanding through the eyes of a child is very moving and educating. I learned a great lesson about truth from this book by Candi Sary. I cannot do Black Crow White Lie, enough justice; you have to read the story to really appreciate it.

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    5.0 out of 5 stars Page
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    By Crazyjayne

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    I have read the last draft of this book – it is a real page
    turner – you can’t help but love Shem even though he is a bastard and still want
    him to defeat Hartright – it is well written and very addictive! The author
    creates some great characters who you really get to know and love or hate as the
    book goes on – beware – once you pick this book up not much else will get done!

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    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 17 Jan 2014

    By Ava

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    I love it,for a new novel it is brilliant more please Miss
    Cracknell. I felt like I was in the Castle Inn at times

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    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 6 Nov 2013

    By Poppy xx

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    I’m not a big reader but someone suggested This book to me an
    I’m glad they did it was such a good read I couldn’t put it down the story is
    brilliant so unpredictable found my self gasping at some scenes it has a bit of
    everything in it and the characters are fantastic even the ones you hate (Rosie)
    but I won’t spoil it defiantly worth buying!!!

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    5.0 out of 5 stars suspenseful 14 Oct 2013

    By xshotkeith

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    i was lucky enough to read the last draft of this book and was
    enthralled by it i normally read slowly but i found this was so good i couldnt
    put it down story is great and rattles along at a good pace and the characters
    are exellent

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    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
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    By sue evans