January 29, 2013

A Deeper Love Inside: The Porsche Santiaga Story

"I was a nice girl when I was home with my family. They, 'the children snatchers,' interrupted me, aggravated me, and pushed me into a more rougher state of mind." ~ pg. 88

Bookhearts, this is the sequel you have been waiting for! 

Porsche worships her older sister Winter. But the "invisible middle daughter" is forced to make a life of her own when drug kingpin father, Ricky Santiaga, is imprisoned. The family is torn apart. Porsche is put into the system of foster care, group homes, and juvenile detention. Yet the instability does not deter the young girl from reclaiming her status. Like her notorious father, Porsche is a natural-born hustler. Her quick wit and passion to succeed fuels Porsche to get back everything that belongs to the Santiaga family.

Porsche's story isn't easy; in fact, it is a roller-coaster ride. Like Midnight, I found it hard to believe that a child aged 10-14 could plan and execute such complex plans. At times, Porsche's thoughts and feelings seemed too intimate for a young girl. Then I realized, there could be young girls that are forced to grow up at such a young age. Their mentality is far more mature because of the hardships they had to endure. If Sister Souljah intended to open our eyes to this shocking reality, then well done. 

I am grateful for the advance review copy of A Deeper Love Inside because it took me months to digest and to finally write a review to reflect its content. There were moments where I had to stop and think about what was just read. Could that really happen? How would I have handled that situation? Wait...she what?! There were also moments where I wished Sister Souljah went into more detail instead of leaving the unknown up to the reader's imagination. And yes, within its 400+ pages, there are dropped jewels like only Sister Souljah can.

It has been 14 years since The Coldest Winter Ever was originally published. Readers have waited over a decade for a sequel. At last, this is it! A Deeper Love Inside—which releases today—is raw, intense and unforgettable. Like most Sister Souljah novels, it will draw emotions as you read the coming-of-age story told from Porsche Santiaga's point of view. Our favorite characters, like Winter and Midnight, make appearances. However, they take a backseat to the main character. This is one sequel you cannot put down until the end.

DISCLAIMER: This book was received directly from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Title: A Deeper Love Inside
Author: Sister Souljah
Published: January 2013
Pages: 434
Edition: Galley
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♡

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