Saturday, October 29, 2011
Every once in a while a really good book comes along—you know, the kind that is well-written and entertaining—well, that’s Christie Anderson’s, Deep Blue Secret. It was a book that I purposely slowed down reading near the end, because I didn’t want it to end! Christie has a true talent with words. I especially loved her protagonist’s contemplative personality, and Christie’s strong ability to successfully switch between viewpoints in subsequent chapters. I was immediately endeared to her main characters and kept hoping that her intriguing story would not disappoint me in the end. I’m happy to report that the ending was perfectly satisfying, except that a sequel is definitely in order—soon!
Deep Blue Secret is the story of Sadie James, whose outward appearance is that of a normal, everyday California girl, but in reality she’s not so typical, with a mysterious past unknown to her or even her single mother. Add a gorgeous crystal-green eyed boy who Sadie has a powerful, bewildering attraction to, and who seems to show up whenever she’s in danger—and you only have the beginning of this remarkable tale.
Christie Anderson has accurately captured distinct characterizations of her characters, each having their own unique voice woven into Sadie’s story. Her use of the California coast and its local hangouts is both believable and alluring, helping the reader to easily visualize the settings in her delightful book.
I highly recommend, Christie Anderson’s, Deep Blue Secret. Okay, Christie—how long before we get to read the rest of this remarkably enjoyable story? Soon, I hope!
To purchase Deep Blue Secret go to http://www.amazon.com/Deep-Blue-Secret-Water-Keepers/dp/1463768591/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1317345871&sr=8-1
To view her exciting book trailer go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNODYfM7lvo
To learn more about Christie Anderson visit http://christieanderson.org/
Friday, October 21, 2011
Are you kidding me? This book kept me laughing until the end—Janette Rallison is a master of comedy, embedding delightful humor throughout her YA novel, It’s a Mall World After All.
Charlotte, a senior in high school, holds down an afterschool job at the mall ‘spritzing’ perfume on any woman who dares come near her. While spritzing, she discovers that Bryant, her best friend Brianna’s boyfriend, may be two-timing Brianna and sets out on a hilarious journey to prove it to Brianna—who thinks she just ‘has it in’ for him.
I enjoyed her well-rounded characters and her keen sense of the teenage world. I felt like I had stepped back into the rush of high school years. Janette’s characters are superb! Her setting—a mall—and the hilarious antics that happen there are delightfully amusing. And yet, there is a tender side to this story that gives the reader just the right amount of thoughtful self-reflection.
It’s a Mall World After All is a fast and entertaining read—one that will truly make you smile. I highly recommend this novel—especially to anyone who just needs a good laugh!
To learn more about Janette and her now 18 published novels, visit http://www.janetterallison.com
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
I enjoyed reading Wild Irish Rose written by Deborah L. Weikel. It is a delightful story that takes you through what it must have been like to be an Irish immigrant in 1865 and how coming to America was both a dream and a nightmare for some as the Irish suffered many unfair persecutions. It takes awhile to get into the story because of the heavy usage of Irish language that Deborah has skillfully woven into the fabric of her story, but once you do, you'll have a hard time not using a wee bit of it yerself!
Though I would have liked to see more of the back story shown rather than mentioned, the story itself has a fair amount of intrigue. Deborah has created strong characters who stay true to their personalities and quirks--it's often disappointing when you become endeared to a character because of their quirks and find that the author doesn't carry their distinctive personalities to the end of the book. Well, you won't be disappointed with Deborah's characters! Rosaleen O'Shay is a spirited young woman with a quick temper who never looses her strong personality to the end of the story. That was part of Wild Irish Rose's charm.
The story starts out in Pennsylvania, where the O'Shay family have temporarily settled after arriving from Ireland in search of their dream to create a homestead in California. But times are tough for an immigrant and after a few unfortunate mishaps, the reader begins to wonder how they will ever make it to California.
Blaise Cameron is a young man who has been at war for the past four years and is now on his way back to his father's ranch in California. He has a mysterious reason to be looking for a mail-order bride, and when Rosaleen's parents arrange a marriage between the two--sparks fly and neither one can hardly stand to be in the same room with the other. What follows is an interesting story that will keep you wondering and hoping that Rosaleen and Blaise can somehow work through their differences.
Though a little troubled with a particular scene, I did find Wild Irish Rose to be a good story and definitely entertaining.
To purchase Wild Irish Rose go to http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=deborah+weikel+wild+irish+rose&x=0&y=0
To learn more about Deborah Weikel and her books visit http://walnutspringspress.blogspot.com
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Star Prophecy is the story of a young man named Enoch, who desires more than anything to return to the land of his fathers far across the ocean to see the Christ child prophesied by Samuel the Lamanite. Almost everyone laughs at him for even considering such an impossible trip, but Enoch is determined to prove them wrong. He hires an older man, a ship builder trained years ago by Hagoth, to build a ship big and strong enough to withstand the mighty waters and takes off on an adventure across the ocean in search of his dream.
This is a charming story of perseverance, faith, and even a touch of romance. You will enjoy reading, The Star Prophecy!
Sunday, October 2, 2011
If you're into things paranormal, you'll enjoy Jennifer Hurst's, Fall!
When twenty-one year old JD Halstead, born as Julia Halstead, finally gets the go ahead to run her first construction job, she doesn't have any clue that a world of demons and angels surrounds her in the small, out-of-the-way town Of Torrey, Utah where her grandfather's construction company has been hired to renovate an old schoolhouse into a bed-and-breakfast. And she doesn't have any clue what dark secret will be unearthed within the walls of the old building that will change her life forever.
Fall is a well-written paranormal fantasy that will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat until the end and wanting to know the rest of the story when its finished.
To learn more about Jennifer Hurst and her paranormal novel, Fall visit http://jenniferhurst.wordpress.com/2011/08/11/blog-tour-kick-off-for-jennifer-hursts-new-romantic-paranormal-novel-fall/