Elpída

I read Elp da by C Kennedy in one sitting It was riveting so much so I could not stop and just had to get to the end Fans of this series will remember Christy and Michael from Omorphi and Th

I read Elpída, by C. Kennedy, in one sitting. It was…riveting…so much so I could not stop and just had to get to the end. Fans of this series will remember Christy and Michael from Omorphi and Tharros. They will also recall the discovery of Thimi, a boy Christy watched out for and cared for during their nightmare of abuse at the hands of the animals who held them captive. Thimi had survived for months, living in ductwork, all the while thinking Christy was dead. Now, Thimi would come to Wellington—the place of healing that had helped Christy over the past year, and would be cared for there with Christy leading the team. But Thimi is so very damaged—even worse than Christy was with every movement, touch, noise and decision sending him into a spiral of absolute terror. Unfortunately, Christy himself is also trying desperately to recover from the trial of his main captor and abuser that has set him back in terms of healing progress. Michael stands by his side, also somewhat lost, as old enemies rear their heads and threaten him and his family. All in all, it is a nightmare that everyone wants desperately to wake from, and it is only with great determination and hope that all of them will survive.This is a story that picks up directly from its predecessor, Tharros, and continues on with break-neck speed, unending action, and some truly heartbreaking moments. Perhaps the real thrust of this novel is the realization of two truths, one being if you have met an abused person, their journey will not be like any others’—each victim’s experience is uniquely their own. The second truth that is clearly demonstrated through the characters of Christy and Thimi is the scars an abuse victim bear are not only physical but seared into their very souls which have been left tainted and damaged—their psyche battles it every moment, and it is absolutely all consuming.With infinite care, author Cody Kennedy exposes the heart and minds of those who have been unalterably changed at the hands of their abusers. He draws back the curtain and shows the reader what it takes for an abuse victim to cope with the aftermath of the hell they had been made to endure, and reminds us that the survivors of abuse are perhaps the most fragile and yet strongest individuals we will ever meet. Mr. Kennedy does so by putting to paper another riveting story that includes everything from threats to the lives of his heroes to moments of utter joy such as when a twelve year old boy experiences a ride on a carousel for the very first time. He continues to expand the love Michael, now a college bound student, has for Christy, and allows that relationship to sometimes bend under the weight of the pressure these two experience as Christy grapples with Michael finding out a horrifying secret Christy had hoped he would never have to share.If your heart does not stutter and mourn as Christy and Thimi struggle to find any self-worth, any sense of value in themselves, then I would venture to say it must be made of steel, for theirs is a story that is both horrific and desperately sad. But the author allows for hope—he banks on it, thrusts it into the darkness that is the world of an abused child, and refuses to let the strength of it diminish. We watch these young men crawl back from the ashes yet again, and marvel at how resilient they are and how much it takes for them to move through each day, determined to live a life that is free of fear.Elpída is a glorious conclusion to a stunning series that dares to expose the abuse that goes on every moment of every day in our world. This novel stands firm in its resolve to remind those who have been forced to live a life of abuse that they deserve to have a future that is bright and shining and full of love and, yes, full of hope. I highly recommend Elpída to you. It is an outstanding novel.Reviewed by Sammy for The Novel ApproachPopular Elpída By C. Kennedy is Books Elp da Greek Meaning hopeHope v h p to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be trueChild abuse casts a shadow the length of a lifetime Herbert WardMichael and Christy attended prom, graduated high school, and Michael leads the USATF tryouts With Oxford University on the horizon, his future looks bright, and he believes life Elp da Greek Meaning hopeHope v h p to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be trueChild abuse casts a shadow the length of a lifetime Herbert WardMichael and Christy attended prom, graduated high school, and Michael leads the USATF tryouts With Oxford University on the horizon, his future looks bright, and he believes life has returned to normal after Christy s rescue He couldn t be wrong.Christy has been free from a life of slavery for than a year and has made remarkable progress due in no small part to the love he found with Michael But the recent prosecution of a past abuser has shattered the life he so painstakingly built out of nothing but a mountain of horror He now faces the daunting task of building a new life yet again.Twelve year old Thimi has been missing since Christy left Greece and, unbeknownst to everyone, has hidden out in a vacant mansion in Glyfada Learning of Christy s survival is the only thing that brings him out of hiding People, open spaces, even the most common of sounds frighten him beyond reason A mere ghost of a boy, Thimi arrives in the US with no knowledge of the outside world the only constant in his life a purple marble.Lost, shattered, and afraid, only hope gives them the strength and courage they need to begin anew.. Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda look alike grandfather, award winning author, Cody Kennedy, doesn t conform, doesn t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep seated oppositional defiance disorder In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Cody contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from When not writing, Cody can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary Visit my blog with comments, questions, or simply share what s on your mind.. Bestseller Books Elpída Elpída. Hope.Because without hope, we are all lost.Because without hope, we have nothing. The final installment of this trilogy leaves me shattered and sad, and full of anger towards the men who perpetrate this kind of abuse on children. But most of all, it leaves me with hope, exhilarated and happy, which, in this context, is nothing short of magic on the author’s part. To take this extremely important and difficult subject matter, and lovingly show it without condescension or sensationalism, and give so many young people hope? Magic, indeed. There is such powerful truth in this series. There is such compassionate giving of hope. It is horrid and beautiful at the same time, and it has a way of sending a spiraling sense of meaning out to young people who are hurting, telling them there is a future, there is a life, there is a way. Telling them that there are good people out there, who will love them. Hope. Truly the most powerful of all human feelings. We started with beauty in book one. And horror. And friendship. And love.Omorphi. Beauty.We continued with courage in book two. Lots and lots of courage. And love.Thárros. Courage.We finish with hope in this third book, as we run, and hide, and make mistakes, and fix them again. And love.Elpída. Hope. Thimi is a young boy who lived through the same horrors as Christy in Greece, and Christy finally gets to see his old friend again as he arrives in the US as a scared little waif of a boy. Thimi slowly opens up through the story, and as he starts to understand the sunshine that can exist in a normal life we get to see more about what happens inside a child after abuse. When you read a YA book, not often does it also work as a manual of how to do things to help a former victim of abuse. It is not often that, in soft tones and sweet turns of phrase, you will understand and learn how to act around people who have been through the unthinkable. Who have been through the unspeakable. This is a little bit like a beautifully crafted Technical Manual of Care and Maintenance for those who work with our collective youth, especially if they work with children or young adults who have had a hard time. And the end result? The telling of a great, great love story — with true friendship shining through, the kind of love that inspires both happy endings and good laughs. There are other new fascinating characters entering the scene, too, and especially Zero is someone I would love to see more of in a future book... I can truly say that I hope this trilogy gets a fourth and fifth instalment, because there are still things I’d like to know, (and history is full of excellent trilogies in five parts). (Just sayin’). Beauty and Courage and Hope.Because Elpida means hope.And, as we said in the beginning, without hope, we are all lost. *** I was given a free copy of this book from the publisher, Harmony Ink Press.A positive review wasn’t promised in return. I also beta-read an early version of the manuscript. I have also bought my own copy of it from Amazon. 

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  1. Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda look alike grandfather, award winning author, Cody Kennedy, doesn t conform, doesn t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep seated oppositional defiance disorder In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Cody contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from When not writing, Cody can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary Visit my blog with comments, questions, or simply share what s on your mind.

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  1. Elp da Hope.Because without hope, we are all lost.Because without hope, we have nothing The final installment of this trilogy leaves me shattered and sad, and full of anger towards the men who perpetrate this kind of abuse on children But most of all, it leaves me with hope, exhilarated and happy, which, in this context, is nothing short of magic on the author s part To take this extremely important and difficult subject matter, and lovingly show it without condescension or sensationalism, and g [...]


  2. I read Elp da, by C Kennedy, in one sitting It was riveting so much so I could not stop and just had to get to the end Fans of this series will remember Christy and Michael from Omorphi and Tharros They will also recall the discovery of Thimi, a boy Christy watched out for and cared for during their nightmare of abuse at the hands of the animals who held them captive Thimi had survived for months, living in ductwork, all the while thinking Christy was dead Now, Thimi would come to Wellington the [...]


  3. Omorphi brought us lessons of strength Tharros showed us the qualities of courage and perseverance And Elpida brings us the message of hope Always hope.Of the three books in this series, Elpida is my favorite I loved morphi and Th rros, but Elp da was a remarkable gelling of all the story elements the characters, their backgrounds and experiences and how they came to be the people they are, who did what to whom, and why It also brings home the lasting effects of the evil that abusers perpetrate [...]


  4. Elpida by Cody KennedyBook three in the Elpida SeriesPublished by Harmony Ink PressTo establish the series, I am going to start with the titles Omorphi Greek for beautifulTharros Greek for courageElpida Greek for hopeHope is the theme written into each story in this series with care Elpida is the full spectrum of what it means to have hope and what it can mean when you lose that hope as Cody continues the adventures of Christy and Michael with their friends and families For those who have read t [...]


  5. Being a Michael and Christy addict, I have waited impatiently for this book, particularly knowing that we were going to get Thimi in this story too and it was definitely worth the wait As the third and final book in the series, along with the heart wrenching Thimi storyline, and one or two surprises, this installment was about the tying up of loose ends, justice being served, ghosts being laid to rest The writing is superb, flowing beautifully to keep you engaged, wonderfully descriptive, with g [...]


  6. Title ElpidaAuthor Cody KennedyPublisher Harmony InkISBN 978 1 63533 374 9Buy Link harmonyinkpress booksReviewer Teresa Fallen AngelBlurb Elpida 3Michael and Christy attended prom, graduated high school, and Michael leads the USATF tryouts With Oxford University on the horizon, his future looks bright, and he believes life has returned to normal after Christy s rescue He couldn t be wrong Christy has been free from a life of slavery for than a year and has made remarkable progress due in no sm [...]


  7. Elpida is the third book in an incredible series that began with Omorphi and then Tharros, all excellent reads in a pioneering, truly new kind of writing, that being the telling of the stories of boys, children, who suffer horrific abuse and of the people in their lives who either continue the hell or help them to a peaceful and fully alive, heavenly place on earth The depth of Kennedy s writing will prove the absolute validity and utterly clear details of the world created in these books The em [...]


  8. I wish I could find the words that would really do these stories justice They are much than just fiction The Omorphi series brought me excitement, heartbreak, laughter and feelings galore but over all it gave me the most amazing love story Christy and Micheal have taken me on such a wonderful and heartbreaking journey but have left me smiling at the thought of all they have to come Christy will always be in my heart He shows the world just how strong a person can be His story is one that far to [...]


  9. I love the series as a whole I m slightly disappointed with how the series ended I wanted closure bc I ve been on this ride with Michael and Christy This book is about Thimi and it felt like a jumping point for a series starring him We didn t get a whole lot of Michael and Christy but we did get answers to questions from book 2 I absolutely love Christy and admire the strength of character he has I ve made the comment previously that things are bit farfetched but I loose myself in the story a [...]


  10. This story nearly brought me to tears a few times It hurt my heart Michael and Christy s story was incredible I wanted to give Michael a well deserved tap to get his attention because he can be clueless I cheered for Christy, who was so much stronger and braver than he gave himself credit for Thimi and Zero What can I say about the horrible life these two young boys have dealt with I am hoping that at some point there will be of Thimi and Zero, Michael and Christy, Jake and Sophia I am hoping t [...]



  11. I loved this book and the entire series A story about friendship, love and, most importantly, hope We get to meet Thimi and a little bit of Zero would love to read about them some , get to see how amazing Christy is in the role of protector and mentor, even if Michael struggles a bit with all his emotions surfacing all at once A wonderful love story that touches the reality of child abuse and trafficking, making you aware of this sad truth.Bravo, Cody Kennedy


  12. When I sit down to read a book by C Kennedy I know one thing for sure The story will not disappoint But there was something else I knew when I sat down to read Elp da, the third and final book in the Elp da series by C Kennedy, as with all the books in this series I knew I was going to be taken on an emotional rollercoaster.As in books one and two of the series Omorphi and Tharros , this third book follows Christy, a young man who has been horrifically abused, and his boyfriend Michael Don t get [...]


  13. A life without hope would be sad indeed A life without people like Michael Sattler would be the saddest of all This is the final instalment of the Elpida Series and is about Christy Castle and his battle to live a normal life after suffering incomprehensible abuse, but through this journey that I have taken with every beat of my heart, Michael has stole my breath away many times Author Cody Kennedy has a deep empathy for his characters that reaches me on every emotional level, the fear, the tear [...]


  14. 2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention C Kennedy Elp da1 I enjoyed this story and would have no trouble recommending it to others to read.2 This is a well written book, and part of the series involving Christy, a sexual abuse survivor and victim of sex trafficking The characters are well developed, complex, and realistic I would highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to understand what abuse does to a LGBT character and how survivors can still find hope and love.3 This book kept me capti [...]


  15. Elpida Hope is the final book in the Omorphi trilogy The main characters, Michael and Christy, must endure dangers, both physically and emotionally Both their family and friends are there to help and encourage them during their tribulations A new character,Thimi, a former sex slave and friend of Christy s is brought into the couple s life which causes Michael to become envious of Thimi because he does not get to spend enough time with Christy.The Greek gangsters,although brought to trial, still [...]


  16. Troisi me et dernier tome de la s rie si je ne fais pas d erreur , mais toujours aussi additive Dans ce tome, beaucoup de chose ce mette en place, des secrets sont r v l s, des probl mes r solus, des amis retrouv s et d autres perdus Vous l avez compris, a va bouger.Je dirais que ce tome est presque aussi poignant que le premier, presque, car on a d j suivit le pass de Christy, mais on ce retrouve ici avec un jeune de 12 ans au moment o il int gre Wellington et qui sort tout juste d une vie d ab [...]


  17. Enh um, the ending doesn t necessarily resolve anything about the baddies Just sayin the defence lawyer wouldn t do that It would not help his case doctors do not treat their spouses or children Also by the end of the story the two MCs and their families are still messed up from the bad things that happened at the end of book 2, and then bad things happen d it wasn t explained how thimmi survived, ie where he got food from In other words this book was an overwrought mess, with 10 000 plot holes [...]


  18. This book kept me captivated chapter after chapter The boys, Jake and Michael s behavior was par with their age all over the place , although sometimes I thought their behavior was childish than it needed to be again, age The story is quite heart wrenching, reading what Thimi and Christy went through and knowing there are so many young ones out there going through the same C Kennedy has done an extensive research to get this book written with accuracy and I don t envy him, I know it would ve be [...]


  19. Elipida is the last installment of this wonderful, beautiful, heartbreaking series I have loved this series from the start which sounds odd because of the subject matter involved But it was beautifully written even in it s harshness of truth It s powerful in it s ability to show how hope lives and breathes through the brutality one has faced That in the smallest of gestures of kindness, compassion and love, can help start the healing of those that have lived in hell.Beautiful conclusion to a won [...]


  20. 3 I just loved Christy s and Michael s story but The ending was left quite open which I hate so much What will happen to Yosef how long is his sentence going to be When will the trial start in Greece I need the other stories like yesterday and please give me a HEA after all these kids been trough.I really hope that there s gonna be a next book in the Elpida series


  21. J ai trouv ce tome assez redondant avec les 2 autres et du coup, je me suis un peu ennuy e J en attendais autre chose Je trouve la psychologie des personnages moins approfondis, certaines choses pas assez d velopp es et d autres n ayant pas grand int r t pour l histoire Quant la fin, j esp re qu il y aura un autre tome car pour moi, c est loin d tre fini.


  22. I love this book There is a lot to say but until I can get my brain working and write a real review, this will have to do for now I will say that you won t regret reading this book or this series


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