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Vibe by Liza James: A Transformative Read


This wasn't the life I was meant to live. 

According to my family, to The Nation, I should be working on my ascension. 

But I couldn't. Not after everything I'd seen, everything they made me do. 

After everything that had been done to me. I had to run away. 

Now, it's been years of living on the outside in a life I thought I had finally pulled together. 

Until I met her. She changed everything for me. 

Slowly, the cracks of my facade began crumbling, revealing the secrets I hadn't realized were buried around my seemingly mundane life. 

I should run again, but with her by my side? I think we can tear everything down together. 

TRIGGER WARNING: This book confronts serious issues that can be potential triggers, such as rape, drugs, and violence. It does contain scenes in which sexual content is written in explicit detail. 

This book, Vibe, is a V I B E.

Yes. I said what I said. I'm not sorry.

The energy of this book is palpable from page one. Liza has done something incredible. I was captured from the very beginning! This book contains some very jarring scenes (it also contains a few of my own triggers) and yet, it still left a lasting impression on my mind.

Aura and Ruby are stunners. Not because of their beauty. Their personalities light up this book. Ruby is a raging inferno; strong and wild. She did not come to play and I respected the hell out of her. The sacrifices she was willing to make in order to survive, the suffering she was willing to endure, she took is all as long as she was free to live in her truth. Aura is gasoline, waiting to be ignited, but once sparked it was a joy to read her. She became something more powerful than she, or anyone, even the reader, anticipated.

The relationship between the two was an angsty, aching, blessedly messy wonder. The feelings were there. The realities and responsibilities were there, too. Everything around them unfolded from one complication into another, and another. Their lives were like a demonic kaleidoscope and they were still drawn to one another every time. When things finally lock into place emotionally, they're t-boned into the climactic finale of their story.

I think Liza does a phenomenal job addressing self-acceptance, abusive relationships, manipulation, living in your own truth. The way she has weaved these honest topics into a sexy story so eye-catching and brutal, speaks volumes of her talent as an author.

Reading Vibe was very difficult for me, on one hand, and completely affirming on another. I related so well to Aura's questions of her sexuality, from my own feelings a few years ago. The encouragement and words in this novel are so important to anyone struggling with their own identity and I appreciate Liza all the more, for confronting them the way that she has.

I give Vibe 4.5 stars!

Please listen to the Trigger Warning above before picking up this book.

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Meet Liza James:

I remember writing my first book when I was just a kid. It was a short children's story that my mom loved so much, she took the time to get our friend to illustrate all of the pages. I had decided back then, that when I grew up I was going to be an author. Funny how we grow up and things change so drastically, right? As I got older, I began the age old search of trying to figure out exactly what I wanted in life. I got married at 18, moved across the world with my husband and spent the next several years trying so many different things in order to find my fit. I fell in love with so many things as well, including photography, calligraphy, music, and letterpress. But writing and reading have always remained a constant love of mine. Oddly enough, it was the only thing I never spoke about. I kept it very private, starting several different stories and ultimately not finishing them. I never spoke about what I was writing with anyone, or very very few people once in a while. I didn’t even share what I wrote with my family or my husband. This year, a lot of things changed. I found myself coming to a place in my life as a mom, a wife, a friend, but still not as MYSELF. I continued struggling with my own identity, struggling with who I was outside of being a wife and mother. So, I made it a goal to write and finish my first novel in 2019. I decided to CHOOSE my path and create it for myself, choose my identity and allow my passion for writing to come at the forefront of that. I am a mother. I am a wife. I am a friend and a lover of many many things. But I am also a writer, I’m an author, and loving every moment of embracing myself in all of those things. So, here I am today, writing this blurb about my “story” and laughing to myself just a bit. Because this is just the beginning of what my story was and is going to be, and I’m ready to embrace whatever this new adventure has for me.

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