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An esteemed man is confronted with all that he has tried to hide of his past when a registered sex-offender moves into his neighborhood.

Title : Pious
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ISBN : 9781936198665
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 264 Pages
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Pious Reviews

  • James
    2019-05-11 01:15

    Pious is a book about forgiveness. Throughout the story, we see so many different things that mask themselves as peace and forgiveness, but this isn't a book that lets you walk away thinking redemption is all niceties. In fact, if I had to summarize the story in a sentence, I'd say Pious is a book that teaches us that forgiveness is not about forgetting sins, but about accepting them, living with the consequences, and slowly building a bridge across the chasm that those sins create.I applaud Mr. Bivins' first foray into novel writing. The characters pop, the message is clear, the dialogue is quite intense at times, and the book leaves you thinking about what happened for days afterward.Great read!

  • OOSA
    2019-05-19 02:20

    PerceptionsMechi Lane is a quiet, peaceful, family-friendly subdivision. It’s a place where neighbors know each other’s names. It’s a place where children can play freely with no worries. It’s also a place where a convicted murderer lives, unknown to his neighbors. Years ago Carpious Mightson took a life and subsequently spent many years in prison. The Carpious of old is a stark contrast of the gentle giant his neighbors have come to know and love. All is good until Mechi Lane gets a new neighbor, Ian Kaplan, a registered sex offender that shares something in common with Carpious. Carpious has been living a lie and the introduction of Mechi’s newest neighbor forces him to take a hard, long look at his life.With his first novel, Kenn Bivins has a definite mark in the win column. This is a compelling tale told through the mind-set of a man, flawed and profoundly human, plagued by the demons of his past. Bivins’ characterization of Mechi Lane and its inhabitants are vivid. The reader almost feels like a voyeur. Not filled with the elements you’d find in your typical ‘page-turner,’ it is a gripping page-turner nonetheless. “Pious” qualifies as a strong and impressive debut.Reviewed by: Toni4.5 stars

  • Jessica
    2019-05-18 21:00

    I received a copy of "Pious" from the author through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. 3.5 stars."Pious" is an interesting story about the picture-perfect community of Mechi Lane, the consequences of secrets, and ultimately the rewards of forgiveness. Carpious Mightson is seen as a pillar of virtue and hard work in his neighborhood; his neighbors and those close to him trust him and see him as a good, God-fearing man. Everything changes when Ian Kaplan, a registered sex-offender, moves into the neighborhood and Carpious is volunteered to confront him and quietly suggest he take up residence somewhere else. It turns out that Ian knows far more about Carpious's past than he wants his neighbors to find out and when a few secrets (and people) from the past threaten Carpious's seemingly perfect life, everything begins to spiral out of control.Kenn Bivins has written a great first novel, a compelling and strong debut. It's definitely a page-turner. The only thing that irked me when it came to the writing is that the story is written in the present tense - the whole thing. The story was gripping enough that I sometimes didn't notice; at other times, it made for some awkward-sounding passages. Still, a recommended read.

  • Kim121297
    2019-04-28 04:29

    Just the name of the novel Pious was intriguing to me. The cover was a bit eerie to me, I decided to purchase on my new Kindle. Kenn Bivins (the author) took redemption to another level with his debut novel Pious. Carpious the character is dealing with a demon, yet a very loving human being. I truly was rooting for him throughout the entire novel. This novel is spiritually inclined well written and easy to read.The surrounding cast is relatable and real. When Ian Kaplan arrives on Mechi Lane Carpious is force to deal with his demon. Just like you can’t judge a book by its cover, humans are the same the way, just because their doing what is acceptable in society doesn’t mean its all good. Pious is going to make you think about this world in which you live. Kudos Kenn on your debut I am a fan!

  • The Urban Book Source
    2019-05-06 19:59

    In Pious author Kenn Bivins introduces readers to Carpious Mightson a man whose troubled youth led him to a twenty year imprisonment. At the onset of the novel Carpious has served his time and now has embedded himself into the tight knit community of Mechi Lane. Mechi Lane is a suburban oasis filled with proud home owners and hard working families. This is exactly what Carpious was able to transform himself into after his incarceration and he sees no reason for any of his neighbors to know about his troubled past. Carpious has successfully managed to carve out his share of the American dream all that’s missing is a family. But even that might be in the near future as he’s dating a nurse named Sydney who has a young son, Solomon, which he adores. Carpious is a genuine man and his standing in his neighborhood as a person who you can call on is no façade. This is exactly why his neighbors come to him for assistance when a registered sex offender, Ian, moves into the neighborhood. Unbeknownst to all parties involved is the fact that Carpious had been jailed with Ian and his presence may be an even bigger threat to Carpious’ secret past than the threat to the children as the neighbors fear. Ian claims that he’s reformed and he just wants the chance to become the exact same productive member of society that Carpious has become. Carpious is forced to come face to face with the same prejudice that he was attempting to avoid for himself as he tries to convince Ian to take up residency somewhere else.Is a convicted murderer any less a threat to a community than a convicted sex offender? Carpious believes so but he fears that his neighbors might not share his opinion. Another threat to Carpious’ newfound social status comes in the form of his bitter ex-wife Althea who can’t deal with the fact that Carpious divorced her after being released from prison. Althea has plans on extorting Carpious or she’ll reveal just what type of man he is to his neighbors and his new girlfriend. But the biggest threat to Carpious’ peaceful existence comes when one of the neighbors is murdered, forcing Carpious fears of being exposed to new heights.With Pious author Kenn Bivins does an excellent job exploring the prejudices ex-cons face while trying to re-enter society. The plot is catapulted along while Mr. Bivins examines just how far one man will go to hold on to the good standing that he has worked hard to obtain. Making Pious an entertaining read that poses questions to which there are no easy answers. What did you like about the book?Mr. Bivins’ writing is very descriptive so much so that he was able to make the neighborhood of Mechi Lane come to life. Helping readers to understand why Carpious is so desperate to hold on to the life that he’s built for himself there.What did you dislike about the book?The cover of the book is an attempt to utilize symbolism with its illustration of bloody hands releasing a dove. Its meaning is clear once the book has been read however if doesn’t provide the packaging that would encourage a reader to purchase it. What could the author do to improve the book?Although the book’s subject matter was complicated the book cover shouldn’t be. A different book cover would help the novel garner the readers that it’s so deserving of.

  • Blue
    2019-05-17 03:05

    The characters in PIOUS by KENN BIVENS are complex and psychologically thrilling to meet in literature. I made life discoveries in this novel. Some words or wise proverbs written about the internet became real and meaningful. Carpious is the main character. Carpious is the most complex character. When I began the novel, I thought of him as so special. He is a man any person would feel happy to have as their neighbor. He is open, intelligent and always willing to help his neighbor. Little did I know that Carpious had personal and strong inner demons. I began this novel figuratively half asleep. As I read page after page I became more awake. By the last page my whole body was tingling with the fact that life can look one way on the outside and be totally different on the inside. Each of us has said I know that lady or man. Now after reading PIOUS by KENN BIVENS I realize the use of that statement is made too often and too loosely. In the process of learning about one another and befriending one another or loving one another assumptions are made. Ian is the new neighbor who moves in the community. Because of his past people shun him, hate him and definitely don't trust him.. He is the known piranha whom all families must avoid for their safety.Nothing is as it seems in PIOUS by KENN BIVENS. I appreciated the explanations given for Carpious' character at the end of the novel. I could never have understood his mind without the help of the author. This is a novel that serves up ugly characters, hard living characters. It is a novel that also serves a wonderful portion of dessert. The dessert is that the human mind is unique in everyone of us. Also, each of us is trying to live "a" life. While this living of lives is going on there is a whole lot of paint splattered haphazardly on walls, floors, doors. When the paint gets on me, all I can do is wash it off and hope that next time I will be more careful. For that reason, I will call PIOUS by KENN BIVENS a cautionary tale which almost took me further than I chose to go. Magnificent.random.kennbivins

  •  EA(Excelling Authors)
    2019-05-07 03:07

    Mechi Lane is a family oriented neighborhood that anyone would be proud to reside in. The people in this close knit community look out for one another and are hardworking and sociable. However, behind the facades and closed doors, the citizens are not who they portray themselves to be.Carpious Mightson is the cornerstone in this loving community. To his neighbors, he is a man of integrity. He is a role model and father figure to his girlfriend Sydney’s eight-year old son, Solomon. He’s even known to extend a helping hand with his neighbor’s daughter Haleigh. But when his cunning ex wife Alethea returns, and a registered sex-offender move onto Mechi lane, Carpious well hidden past is in jeopardy of being exposed; and he will do whatever he must do in order to stop it. Debut author, Kenn Bivins, has penned a solid, engaging novel. This book had me enthralled by the suspenseful cliffhangers. Just when I would be about to put the book down (Due to everyday life issues) something would occur that would keep me glued to the pages. I wanted to see how Mr. Bivins would tie everything up. At first, I did not understand why Carpious behaved in the manner that he did, but then the author gave us a glimpse into his turbulent past that was a real tear jerker. It made me understand why Carpious did what he did, no matter how heartless it seemed.The secondary cast of characters was exciting to read about too. Alethea made me laugh with her realistic dialogue. I enjoyed the story with Lela too. I rooted for her and applauded her at the end of the novel for making the decisions she did. I do hope the author will bring Lela and Alethea back in another book so I can see what became of them. I highly recommend Pious. It is an outstanding novel that will make you meditate on who you are, or are pretending to be long after the last word.Reviewed by AOTR book reviewer: Christi Baker

  • Aaron (Typographical Era)
    2019-05-14 04:20

    PIOUS: n: marked by sham or hypocrisyI’m a sucker for stories that shine a light on the inner workings of the lives of those living in safe and secure, small-town suburbia. Call it the voyeur in me, but I love peeking behind the curtain at the intimate details that make up the every day lives of characters that could very well be my next-door neighbors. Let’s face it; from time to time we all get envious of what the next guy has. Perhaps it’s a bigger car, or maybe a bigger home, or even a glamorous, high paying job. Whatever it may be, the truth is, no matter how great our lives look from the outside, we’re all a bit fragile, we’re all damaged in some way, and we’re all desperately aching to heal some broken piece.Read More:

  • Angela
    2019-04-30 20:21

    Oh yes. Now this was a good book. Very realistic, very truthful and suspenseful as well. I felt connected to all the characters, and unlike most, I felt sorry for Carpious. He tried to leave his past behind, but his past caught up with him. After 10 years, 10 years of making himself a better person, he threw it all away over an assumption....that his sex offender neighbor assaulted a child. It never happened but Carpious believed it, and killed him. I could almost understand why he did this, because he was so sure that the neighbor committed a heinous crime against the child. It's such a shame that all the people in the neighborhood didn't stand behind him during this period. It was his neighbor Bernie, who asked him to talk to Ian. He initially wasn't concerned about the neighbor.Anyway, good book. I look forward to reading another book from this author.

  • Katina Ferguson
    2019-04-26 02:10

    This book reads like a rollercoaster. It moves along at a steady pace, then takes off and jolts you in ways you could not have imagined. On the surface, the book is about a man (Carpious), his past and how unresolved issues from his past claw their way into the present as he tries to move forward with his "new" life. Beneath it all, the entire book illustrates (through ALL the characters) the concepts of perception, prejudice, reform and forgiveness (to name a few) in ways that cause a certain degree of introspection for the reader. So outside of being entertained, there were valuable lessons to take away from the book. It gets 5 stars from me :)

  • Patrick
    2019-05-20 02:23

    Pious Almighty. Holier than thou. A character with such peculiar novelty. This was a solid read from start to finish. Kenn's ability to characterize the best and worse of what makes us human through these characters is what makes the story so gripping to read. The writing is fluid and paced beautifully. The story is simplistic in nature -- beautiful and engaging; however, the events unfolding and their impact in the characters' world are chaotic and keep you immersed the whole time. I found myself reading this non-stop. Highly recommend :).

  • F.A.
    2019-05-20 20:09

    What can I say That I throughly enjoy reading Pious, he potrayed this peaceful tranquil life only to find out that his past was lurking around.Ilove how it starts off as real peaceful then it sets you up for twist and turns through out the book.Once you get settle in to whats going on Mechi lane Here comes another twist thats thrown in the mix that will shock you....A must read,of course it's a five star read...

  • P
    2019-05-06 02:08

    I won this book on Goodreads, and am always honored to be chosen for a "first read." While the plot had lots of twists and turns, I was not fond of the author's style. I get the whole "forgiveness" theme; I just feel that the characters were shallow and simplistic, like the language used. I was more than a little bothered by the inconsistency in verb tense and found a lot of the writing cliche, even amateurish. That being said, the storyline was intriguing.

  • Renée
    2019-05-21 04:13

    Best read in a long while This novel was full of suspense and had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I felt myself becoming so invested in the characters. Every emotion inside of me surfaced from love to hate. I felt as if I were a neighbor living on the block. I really enjoyed this read and look forward to reading the second novel written by Kenn. Kudos on a job well done! #NOAF

  • Kcbanks
    2019-05-04 01:21

    Very gripping! You are taken into the lives of so many different characters so effortlessly that you lose yourself within each one. Each character in this book is easy to relate to in either a personal way or simply reminding you of someone you know. I rarely find that in most books, especially ones that are such a quick read. Includes a lot of lessons/messages that stick with you as well. This will definitely become one of my yearly rereads.

  • Amanda
    2019-05-21 23:10

    This was such a good book, (with a cover I love). it started off slow (only for a few pages) but it picked up pace and did not stop till the end. Kept my attention and read it in less than a day, will definitely read this again! Looking forward to reading more of Mr. Bivins work.

  • Lady
    2019-05-04 22:16

    Great read!! Bivins told a page turning story. He kept my attention from beginning to end!!!

  • Megan
    2019-04-30 04:08

    Great readI don't want to give away any of the story.. so you'll have to read it to truly appreciate it

  • Delonya
    2019-05-22 21:26

    Final Rating 4.5 Stars

  • Leona Romich
    2019-05-02 20:25

    4.5 stars

  • Dr.Smith
    2019-05-21 20:18

    An avid reader of urban fiction, I initially had low expectations of this novel; not because I deemed the author Kenn Bivins incompetent but merely because it was of a genre I was not familiar with. (Yes, this admission may suggest I am close-minded; however, I prefer the term loyal.) lol… Surely the author would not hold my interest long enough for me to complete the novel, much less cause me to “cheat” on urban fiction, my beloved genre, by branching out to that of suspense. Surprisingly enough, Kenn Bivins did just that. Albeit I read the book in one day, there were several times I had to put it down, as I was overcome with emotion by several of the characters’ plights. Through a captivating narrative prose, Kenn draws you into the lives of a robust cast of compelling characters, particularly Carpious Mightson (the man you will hate just as quickly as you loved), by delving into the intricacies of numerous controversial, thus uncomfortable topics such as child molestation, murder, acceptance, and self-love. Thank you Kenn for broadening my literary palate.

  • Cynthia Rodrigues Manchekar
    2019-04-27 01:20

    Full and detailed review, at book begins with Nathaniel Hawthorne’s quote: “No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.” This is the premise of Pious. The book told me a lot about how judgmental we tend to get, and how we are quick to pass sentence before we know the truth about other people’s lives. The omniscient narrator draws back once in a while to offer a philosophical critique on the nature of life and happiness. The author does a good job of unfolding the drama in the characters’ lives.The cover image, designed by Bivins, shows how we alone have the power to set ourselves free by ridding ourselves of our resentments and accepting the healing that comes from forgiveness.Pious has a lesson that we would all do well to learn. I look forward to Bivins’ other book.

  • Melissa Chamberlain
    2019-05-13 22:12

    This may be the most poorly written book I have ever read. All the characters were one dimensional, and there were so many story lines going on that we couldn't get into any of them. It honestly read like a freshman attempt at a novel for homework. Lots of descriptive words were used but there was no substance whatsoever. Any one of the many story lines would have potentially been a great book if they were better written. Strange that the violence was so graphic and the rest of the book was so shallow? At one point in the story the author actually writes verbatim a conversation between children, which was completely unnecessary and added nothing to the story and it really felt like he was trying to meet some kind of word quota.

  • Mary Crider
    2019-05-20 23:05

    This book started out slow, but picked up some momentum in the middle that kept me reading, it is the story of a seemingly reformed convict who wants to do better, but cannot forgive himself and then his past comes back to haunt him and he makes all the wrong decisions. I would probably give this book 2 1/2 stars at some points and 3 1/2 at others. The writing was all over the place and a lot could have been left out.

  • Suraya Marsh
    2019-05-10 01:07

    For a first time Author Kenn Bivins did an excellent job in portraying a great story of redemption on so many levels. The book will draw you into the world of Carpious making you love him, hate him and everything in between. This book made me more intuitive towards topics I would not normally think about. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to enjoy a great book!

  • Blake Facey
    2019-05-12 04:24

    Put this book down twice, and stupidly picked it up again based on the reviews. Highly predictable, supposedly about forgiveness. I don't understand why we're supposed to feel sorry for the main character or see why anyone would forgive him based on multiple things he does. Not for me.

  • Mlevandowski Levandowski
    2019-05-18 22:00

    Some good and unexpected twists helped to keep me interested. The epilogue felt a bit predictable to me at that point in the book, even though it was meant not to be.

  • Pamela
    2019-05-14 01:15

    Kept me intrigued up to the ending. I recommended this book to many friends before I started using goodreads.