Sinful Purity

Sinful Purity

by K. A. Standen


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ISBN-13: 9781480129115
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/31/2013
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

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Sinful Purity 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Samantha Rivera for Readers' Favorite Mary Immaculate Queen Orphanage and St. Matthew’s church have a lot of secrets that they are determined to hide. The orphans they take in always seem to get adopted and not only that, but they always seem obedient and oh so perfect. Is the church just blessed with obedient and moral children or is something more sinister at play behind the way these children act? For Mary Elizabeth, the church is all she’s ever known until she turns 17 and is granted the chance to go to college. Except she’s not going away to college and, in fact, she’ll be required to continue attending the church she grew up in. Sinful Purity will keep you guessing from the start. Mary Elizabeth has never liked her life at Mary Immaculate Queen Orphanage and, when she’s given a chance to explore the world outside by attending university, she’s thrilled. I loved the way that Mary Elizabeth (or Liz as her friends call her) seemed to grow and change as she met new people and had new experiences. It was amazing to see her and Zack become such an amazing and loving couple. I couldn’t help but absolutely adore them and feel so connected to their story. Anyone who reads Standen’s book will be completely caught up in everything that happens. I can guarantee there are plenty of twists and turns throughout this story that you definitely won’t see coming. I couldn’t get enough of Sinful Purity and just couldn’t seem to put it down.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Sinful Purity is Book One in K.A. Standen's Young Adult coming-of-age series, The Sinful Series. It's the story of Mary Elizabeth Queen, a young woman who was brought to Mary Immaculate Queen, a Catholic orphanage in Chicago, as a four-year old child. Life was strict and Liz's world was very small, its confines being the orphanage itself and St. Matthew's Church across the way. Liz was an angry and outspoken child, convinced that her real family was coming to take her away, but doomed to spend many hours waiting to be disciplined by the Mother Superior, Sister Christine. Life briefly becomes a brighter place when Kelly, newly orphaned, becomes her roommate, and Brett, Kelly's dishy brother, becomes her friend. When Liz finally graduates from high school, she's allowed to attend college on a church scholarship, albeit with constant supervision by Sister Christine and Father Brennigan, who's been Liz's special friend and confessor for many years.  K.A. Standen's Young Adult thriller Sinful Purity is a fast-paced and exciting read. This is a coming-of-age novel that will keep you glued to the page and wondering what will happen next. The prologue clues you to the fact that bad things happen, but, throughout the story, it's clear that life in the orphanage is stifling and dehumanizing. I winced reading Liz's tortured responses to Brett's attention and later her college friends' overtures, and smiled as her life seemed to get on track in the best of all possible ways. While this is listed as a Young Adult book, I think that adult readers who enjoy thrillers or mysteries will enjoy Sinful Purity as much as I did.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lorena Sanqui for Readers' Favorite Sinful Purity by K.A. Standen is the story of Mary Elizabeth, a girl who grew up an orphan in Mary Immaculate Queen orphanage. She was raised a devout Catholic and lives her life by its rules. So when she went to college she experienced some culture shocks. On her first day, she was mowed down by the track team’s star athlete, Zack, who later became her boyfriend. She also met friends who helped her adjust to her new life in college. Her life seems to be good and in order, with the love of her life alongside her and great friends who help her however they can. Everything is great until a tragedy rocks Liz’s life. Now will she have to confront the very same people who have taken care of her when she didn't have a family and solve the puzzles about the things that are happening around her ... or just let it all go?  When I first started reading Sinful Purity I thought it was going to be a simple and straightforward book. There were friendships and college, there was love and romance. The usual in young adult or new adult books. But then there was religion, conspiracy, betrayal, and murder. And I thought this is definitely better than all the YA books I have read so far. It was amazing the way K.A. Standen told the story of Liz and her life in and after the orphanage. This is definitely a 5 star book. I’m kind of sad with the way it ended; good thing Liz’s story will continue in Sinful Relations.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite Sinful Purity by K. A. Standen, is a coming-of-age story of a young girl, Mary Elizabeth (Liz), who was orphaned at the age of four and placed under the care of Mary Immaculate Queen Orphanage. Not having remembered anything of her life before the age of four, her identity was wrapped up within the walls of the “prison” of the orphanage and the nearby St. Matthew’s church. Along with a friend, Kelly, they begin to dream of a life outside the walls and iron gate. Kelly’s brother Bart even helps feed Liz's dream by sneaking “unauthorized” reading material to her. When Liz finally escapes the iron gate of MIQ to go to college, she is still shackled by its spiritual bonds. With the help of two good friends, Caleb and Lucy, and the unfailing love of Zack, the love of her life, she begins to see what life outside the physical and spiritual constraints of MIQ and St. Matthew's is really like. She has to fight not only the forces of the institution, but her own inner demons in order to hold onto her new found freedom as she grows to discover her true identity. In Sinful Purity, K. A. Standen expertly contrasts the issues of bondage and freedom on two different levels: the institutional and the inner spiritual. It is a story filled with deep inner tension as Liz works her way out of the darkness of hidden childhood and into the light of freedom. The plot is thoughtful and well-developed and the reader will feel the inner conflict and tension that grips Liz. It is almost impossible to put this book down as the reader pursues each of the suspenseful twists and turns which Liz faces as she unravels the identity that lies beneath. This is a thought provoking masterpiece which will serve the reader well as it questions the deeper truths of bondage and freedom. An honest book. Highly recommended reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mary Elizabeth, aka Liz, is a wonderfully three dimensional character. The book follows her through her early life and into college. You get to experience all her first right along with her, and her friends. The dialogue is witty, and engaging. There were parts in the story where I was giddy with happiness, and other parts where I had to grab a tissue. It made you laugh and cry. I fell in love with Zack and his devotion to Liz. Best friend, Caleb was an awesome character that was so vivid it jumped off the page. Liz's awkwardness was endearing. And watching her evolve made the story for me. The ending was completely unexpected (I promise no spoilers). This was a book that totally left you wanting more. My only complaint was that I didn't want the story to end.