Unpretty  -     By: Sharon Carter Rogers
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When a madman detonates a bomb in a West Virginia art gallery, Hummingbird Collins is the only witness. Now he's stalking her. Teaming up with Detective Buck Barnes, she learns that this criminal is the leader of a sadistic cult seeking to rid the world of "unpretty" things. Will Hummingbird be his next victim? 320 pages, softcover from Howard.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8 X 5 (inches)
ISBN: 141656649X
ISBN-13: 9781416566496
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Publisher's Description

The city of Lehigh, West Virginia, faces the insidious threat of a sadistic cult bent on eliminating all "unpretty" things in the world.

A bomb goes off at the Conklin Art Gallery, killing eight people associated with a unique Michelangelo exhibit being shown there. The only person who may have seen the bomber is Hummingbird Collins, an aspiring artist who works down the street from the gallery. But she soon starts receiving ominous cassette recordings of a rambling madman who reveals his plan to rid the world of "unpretty" things.

This madman -- known only as Number 26 -- leads a cult known as the Michelangelus Movement, which has kidnapped and tortured people for use in their bizarre artistic experiments over the past dozen years.

When Hummingbird breaks her frightened silence, she enlists the help of Detective Buck Barnes, her brother, and an old family friend, Ready Robinson, a former pro-football player who entered the priesthood after ending his NFL career. But when Hummingbird is abducted by the cult, her friends must discover where she's been taken before she becomes another addition to the leader's horrific replication of Michelangelo's masterpiece -- Last Judgment.

Author Bio

Sharon Carter Rogers is the pseudonym for a former English teacher who now works full time writing fiction. Her debut novel, Sinner, released from RiverOak Publishing (an imprint of David C. Cook) in 2007. Unpretty from Howard (2009) was her second book.

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  1. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    March 18, 2013
    Army Mom
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Unpretty combines a unique blend of action and uneasiness to it's reader.

    When out heroine, Hummingbird Collins is the only witness to a bombing of a art gallery, she finds herself in the center of the a cults attention. This cult known as the Michelangelus Movement, and it's leader who is only know as 26, has set out on a mission to rid the world of all the "unpretty" things. This leader also has a fixation on Michaelangelo's painting called Last Judgement. While reading this book I looked this painting up in a art book and studied it for a while. It's definitely a painting that makes a person think about Heaven and Hell so in that way I could get a better understanding about number 26.

    I also got a sense that maybe when they were done getting rid of all the unpretty "things" they might just start on trying to get rid of all the unpretty "people" which just brings another level of eeriness to the whole thing.

    Our hero Detective Buck Barnes and Hummingbird were ok as characters, I just never really connected with them the way that I can do with other characters in other books.

    The thing I remember best about this book was that while reading this book on several occasions I felt my skin crawl which just is great writing.

    The ending seemed to suggest that there could be other books, but I haven't seen any signs of a sequel. Either way the ending was good.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 15, 2009
    Kim Kincaid
    I got this book for my daughter who actually read the whole thing in ONE day! She couldn't put it down!!
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    December 16, 2008
    Auburn Trommetter
    I read this book quickly and it kept my interest. It kept my on the edge of my seat. There were several unexpected plot twists. It was left open for a sequel.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 14, 2008
    I have never heard of Sharon C. Rogers untill I decided to review her book. Al I had to go on was what the back of the book said and it sounded like something I would not mind reading. I am so glad that I picked up this book because then I would not have known about this author or how good she could write.<br /><br />Unpretty is a great suspense novel the revolves around Hummingbird Collins who witnessed a bombing and the madman sends her letters and threatens her. Once she decides to speak up and let a dectective, her brother and a friend help things get a bit more complicated. The madman doesn't like being disobeyed so he kidnaps Hummingbird, so can her those looking for her find her before she becomes the madman's latest work of art.It was a great story, the only thing I thought was wrong with it was the last part during the last few chapters seem to draw out a little bit, but other than that it was a great read.
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