The Whip, a Book Review + Free Book Giveaway

The Whip, a Book Review + Free Book Giveaway


One of the many things I am trying out this year with this blog is writing a book review here and there. I struggle with reading a book in its entirety so when an opportunity to read something new presented itself I said, “Sure. Why not?”

Allow me to introduce the novel The Whip by Karen Kondazian. Based on a true story, The Whip follows the life of stagecoach driver Charlotte¬†“Charley” Parkhurst who was born female. She carried the secret of her true identity until her death in 1879. Following the murders of her lover and child, she disguised herself as a man and headed west to track down the killer.

Karen Kondazian told the story of Charley’s life from her time in an orphanage to her death and the life she led for many years. What struck me as most fascinating was how well Kondazian foreshadowed Charley’s later years by telling vivid stories of her time in the orphanage.

In one particular chapter, Charley is sent to work in the stables after repeatedly misbehaving. She is assigned to work with the most unruly horse in the stable, appropriately named Beelzebub. Like young Charley, he is hard to control and is generally distrusting of everyone around him.

Through hard work, patience, and a bit of understanding, the horse eventually trusts Charley. It is there that Charley’s ability to work well with horses helps the reader see what likely led her to become one of the best stagecoach drivers in the west.

Throughout the novel Kondazian shows she is great with detail and imagery without going overboard in her descriptions. That in itself makes for an easy and enjoyable read. And although there is some language in the novel as well as sex, it is never graphic or excessive in nature.

This blog gives The Whip two thumbs up. Readers will enjoy its ability to read quickly along with the exciting action of the novel. I’d like to be able to say there was one negative thing about this novel but for me, there wasn’t. The chapters are short which adds to the ability to read it quickly.

Want a copy of your own? Leave a comment and tell me the last book you read, if any. One winner will receive a signed copy of the novel. Winner will be selected on Tuesday, February 6 at 12 p.m. PST.

Don’t want to wait? Order your copy on below for only $10.20 in paperback.

The Whip

Disclosure: This blog received a free copy of the novel for the purpose of a review. All opinions expressed are my own.


The Whip, a Book Review + Free Book Giveaway

UPDATED Feb. 7. 2012:

The winner is LINDA from Las Vegas! CONGRATS, LINDA! I will be in touch with you soon to get your address and have the signed copy sent to you.

Winner selected by through the number generator based on total number of comments.Giveaway WinnerThanks to all the participants for their entries. If you’re interested in purchasing a copy, you can do so on Amazon: The Whip



  1. Donia Bailey says:

    Hello. I just finished devouring Stephen King’s The Dark Tower Series.. this time on my Kindle! I must admit, it was a lot easier to carry around with me!

    I also love to read adventure books with strong female characters. Women pirates in history (such as Ann Bonny and Mary Read) were favorites of mine as they had to dress and act like men to get their respect. Very interesting reads and yours sounds like it’s right up my alley! Thank you for your consideration. – Donia

  2. The last book I read was Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. The Whip sounds fascinating!!

  3. ohhhh fun!!!! I don’t get to read as much as I’d like to but this book sounds totally up my ally!

  4. sounds great! I’d love to read this. The last book I read was The Help, before seeing the movie on dvd.

  5. Hi
    The last book that I really enjoyed is actually somewhat related to this one. Patrick deWitt’s The Sisters Brothers. If you haven’t read it yet I can highly recommend it.
    I’d love to win a signed copy of The Whip, thanks for hosting this event.

  6. The last book I read was Living Dead in Dallas, I enjoyed the True Blood shows and since books are always better I thought I’d read the series. *This is not the case in my opinion – I’ll keep watching the show. The Whip sounds like a great read, I need that now.

  7. This sounds like a very interesting read. I have put my eyes on a non parenting/child related book in a long, long time.

  8. I would tell you the last book I read but you would roll your eyes. LOL, Actually, I think it was Duck Tape Marketing…

    The last audiobook I did was from the lady who wrote Bones.

  9. Hi, I am re-reading my harry Potter’s books right now, I am finished with nr. 2. I really hope that my daughter would like to read them too. Great review, it seems like a good book to read if you like revenge :).

  10. KATIE KLEIN says:

    The last novel I read was Cold Mountain and I couldn’t put it down.

  11. This one seems to be a really nice read! I think I’m going to purchase the book as soon as possible! Thanks for the idea, I had been searching for my next read since I ended my last book (Brave New World), when I came to your blog:)

  12. Last thing I read was I think “Therapy” by Jonathan Kellerman. I’m on a J. Kellerman kick now so who knows precisely which one I read?


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