Review: Hell Is Here (Watcher’s series #2) by N.P. Martin

Goodreads summary:

When Leia Swanson sold her soul, she knew it would only be a matter of time before the demon she sold it to came to collect.

Six months down the line, the demon who owns her soul has come calling. Not only does the demon want to drag Leia to Hell, it wants her to undertake a dangerous and impossible mission while she is down there in exchange for getting her soul back.

With no choice but to take on the mission, Leia finds herself thrust into the terrifyingly insane world of Hell where it will take every ounce of her strength and guile to survive the unspeakable horrors she must go up against there. And as if that wasn’t enough, she must also try to locate her mother, who is still trapped there in a world of damned souls, eternal punishment, crazy Hellion’s and dangerous demon politics.

Leia must play the damnation game to win, the only people helping her a little girl born in the fiery pits of Hell itself and a stranger she meets along the way.  


4.5 stars

The second book in N.P. Martin’s Watcher’s series was a highly anticipated read for me, and holy demon babies, it did not disappoint!

The story picks up about six months after the end of Hell Is Coming, with Leia living her life as a Watcher and waiting for the crossroads demon to show up and take her to Hell. Her and Josh are not as close since everything they went through. Josh seems to be really distant and wants to deal with his past trauma solo. Leia still lives with Frank at his cabin with Eva and a new dog, Fang.

After the crossroads demon comes to collect Leia’s debt, she says her goodbyes to Josh, Frank, and Eva before meeting him for her trip to Hell. The demon makes Leia an offer: to return her soul, if she kills the king of Hell. They come up with a pretty shaky plan on how she will get to the King and kill him. Having no other choice, Leia makes the deal and enters Hell.

I absolutely loved N.P Martin’s vision of Hell. The Demons were nasty and the descriptions were cringe-worthy. There’s a couple of scenes in this book that made me almost lose my lunch. Leia is in Demon form and has no idea how she’s going to make it to the city and to the King. She quickly finds some help in the form of a little girl that Leia names Alice, who was born in the pits of Hell. Alice becomes her guide and Leia learns that she has endured the unimaginable. I was so captivated during Leia’s journey, and I just adored Alice for the quality’s she possessed after being born into an eternity of suffering. N.P. Martin writes such strong, admirable characters, even if they aren’t supposed to be ‘good’.

The hardest scene for me to read in this one was when Leia got captured and was subjected to non-stop torture. I was literally curling my fingers and toes the whole time I was reading it. It was hard-core!

I think that’s about all the details I should give…the story gets exciting and frustrating near the end. Leia learns some SHOCKING information right before a torturous ending that made me want to pull my hair out! But I sure as hell can’t wait for the next book!

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.


Review: Breadcrumb Trail (The Yellow Hoods #2) by Adam Dreece

Goodreads summary:

In an act of desperation, inventor Maxwell Watt entrusts his son to secretly deliver plans for his completed steam engine to Nikolas Klaus, a master inventor in another kingdom. When the Fare, the nefarious secret society, learns the game-changing invention’s plans are en route, they accelerate their own scheme to neutralize Klaus on their path to reclaiming long-lost control over kingdoms.

Meanwhile, after a decade of relative tranquility in Mineau, local children have started to go missing—again. Captain Archambault suspects the return of the disturbing and depraved Ginger Lady. With the help of Tee, Elly, and Richy—the Yellow Hoods—the search is on to find the missing children before it is too late.

What is the secret that ties one of the Yellow Hoods to the Ginger Lady?

Who are the Red Hoods?

Enjoy this darker, edgier instalment in the exciting emergent steampunk adventure series.

Called “The Harry Potter of technology” and “A cross between Hunger Games and the Kingkiller Chronicles,” the best selling series, The Yellow Hoods, is a gripping, whimsical adventure that’s layered for the young and mature adult, making it great for ages 9 to 90. (less)

4.5 STARS!!!

Review:

Breadcrumb trail, the second book in the yellow hoods series brought in intriguing new characters, a wider setting, and a juicier plot. As with the first book, this novel incorporates many important themes for children and adults alike. Adam Dreece’s fantastic, clever writing continues to draw me in, and the many subplots woven together kept the suspense and intrigue high.

This novel picks up a few months after the first, and the Yellow Hoods show subtle, natural character development. I was beyond thrilled that there was more of a focus on Richie in this book. His storyline was surprising to say the least! Tee is continuing to come into her own as the leader of their group. The Yellow Hoods set a great example for kids about character and compassion.

Nikolas Klaus is just as spectacular as he was in the first book! The new characters were so exciting, and I absolutely loved Mounira, a strong little girl who stole my heart. Another character, Franklin, was very interesting to me and had me hoping that him and Tee will become closer. The twists on fairy tails are wonderful in this novel. The story of the Ginger Lady was compelling and disturbing. This whole book had such great build up towards an action packed confrontation near the end.

All the different storylines tied together very nicely. This novel took me deeper into the characters back stories, and I felt even more connected to them and their world. This series is full of exciting adventure and passionate characters.

Adam Dreece wrote an enticingly evil ending that might have made my jaw hit the floor!

Review: All the King’s’Men (The Yellow Hoods #3) by Adam Dreece

Goodreads summary:

More than a hundred years ago, a king declared that all geniuses, scientists and inventors were abominations, save for those willing to become his Conventioneers. His edict spread like wildfire through the kingdoms, and drove the hunted into the arms of the secret societies, the Tub and the Fare.

Decades later, having taken control of the remains of the crushed Fare, a young Marcus Pieman follows up on rumors of a homeless, teenage Abominator in his city. When the scared Nikolas Klaus looked up at Marcus for the first time, a tremendous bond was forged. But has Nikolas been part of Marcus’ plans from the beginning? And has Marcus been a pawn of the original Fare the entire time?

A betrayal leads Tee to a showdown with her greatest foe. Who breaks and who lays bleeding in the middle of nowhere?

And Mounira learns the truth about the once great inventor, Christophe Creangle.


5 STARS!!!

All the King’s Men took this series to a whole new level.
I loved the second book so much that I didn’t expect the third to top it. Adam Dreece’s storytelling skills keep getting better and better!

All of the storylines in this book are woven together seamlessly and beautifully. This story touches a lot on friendship, brotherhood, family, and betrayal. We learn more about our heroes and villains and get a look into many of the character’s back stories. My favorite part of the book was getting to learn more about Nikolas and Marcus’s past.

Tee is on the run with Elly, Franklin, Mounira, and Christina. She has been burdened with secrets involving Elly that are tearing her apart. Also reeling from a fresh loss, she’s having a difficult time and before long, finds herself face to face with an old enemy.

Richy and Eg are off looking for Bakon, while Bakon is looking for the Pieman’s. They soon find each other in a surprising place!

The plot twists involving Richy and Bakon were two of my favorite! I can’t go on enough about how intricate and flawless the intertwining storylines are in this series! It’s fun when you read these books and recognize something from a fairy tale – I’m sure I haven’t known all of them.

Each book that Dreece writes just bring so much more momentum to this series! I get incredibly excited thinking about reading these to my son in a few years. A tale of action and adventure mixed with life lessons on the bonds of family and friendship. What more could a reader ask for?


Three good books to read while drinking wine

I like to think I’m not alone when I say that my two favorite things to do in life are reading books and drinking wine. While some books require a sober mind to thoroughly comprehend and appreciate the subject matter, I have found plenty of reading material that becomes more and more enticing with each glass of Pinot Grigio.

I wear my emotions on my sleeve when I read (whether I’m in my bedroom or in the doctor’s office) and I’ve found that reading + drinking = an emotional good time!

Here’s a few books that brought me slightly better entertainment than a Vegas strip club while I got (slightly) tipsy. CHEERS!

1) The Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones

If you haven’t heard of this series, I suggest that you go look it up! Here, I’ll help > http://www.amazon.com/First-GraveRightCharleyDavidson/dp/B006Z30DLC/ref=sr_1_1ie=UTF8&qid=1428633298&sr=8-1&keywords=charley+davidson+series Charley Davidson is a quick whitted, caffeine addicted, attention defecate disorder-having private investigator/Grim Reaper. Darynda Jones combines laugh out loud humor with burning romance and intriguing mystery, making her novels wildly entertaining. Pair one of these books with a glass of wine (or two or three) and you’ll wake up the next morning wondering why you can’t see dead people.

2) The Georgina Kincaid series by Richelle Mead

I love this series almost as much as I love the Charley Davidson series. It’s urban fantasy with a colorful cast of characters that will make you wish your best friends were a vampire, an imp, a demon, and a succubus. Georgina Kincaid needs sex to survive (literally!) but her morals tend to get in the way sometimes, leaving her in love with a man she refuses to have sex with. Her sarcastic timing is perfect, especially when paired with the countless humorous supporting characters. In this series, you’ll find a lot of sex, tons of moral dilemma, laugh out loud banter, and juicy plot twists. Need I say more?

3) Fool by Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore is fucking Hilarious. I like to have a couple drinks while watching a comedy show, so it only seems fair that I do the same when I read a Christopher Moore book. Fool is a parody of King Lear, told from the royal jester, Pocket’s, point of view. The writing is incredibly intelligent at the same time that it’s twisted and dirty. Moore knows how to use words in the most creative ways to say the least. This book should have a warning label that states: Beware reading in a public place, for you will crack the fuck up, and people will stare!

If you enjoy a glass of wine with a good book, comment some recommendations!

Review: The Calling (Gateway series #1) by Louise G. White

5 STARS!!!!!

Goodreads synopsis:

On the run and hiding from ‘the suits’, Carolyn’s life is far from straightforward. After her mother and brother go missing in a most extraordinary way, (through a hole to another world which appears in the kitchen wall!), she is determined to track them down and bring them home. But life is never that easy! Rescued and protected by a group of unusual and like minded ‘people’, Carolyn hones her magic and fighting skills. Whilst answering a ‘call’ to retrieve a human from another world she’s faced with a quick decision and ends up bringing a demon back with her. Little did she know what effect this demon would have on her. As each day passes her strengths grow and her magic develops to assist her in her quest to track down her family, but there are decisions to make that will affect the rest of her life.


Review:

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Calling started out as a book that had me reading and re-reading a bit slower than my normal pace to try and figure out what was going on. Even though I was a bit confused in the very beginning, the story unfolded beautifully. After finishing the book, I now appreciate the way Louise Write started the story. As the reader, I was put in the same mind set as the protagonist, Carolyn. She spent two years after her mother and brother’s disappearance being a confused, wild being with new found magical abilities. Gateways to different realms called to her, and she followed an intense instinct to kill demons without any thought process behind it. After an encounter with a special mage and demon, Carolyn finds herself feeling ‘human’ again. She brings the demon (Note) with her back to her world, and they end up sharing a bond that Carolyn never saw coming.

Notechis didn’t rise to the bait. “You are right Ethanasius,” and he fixed Ethan with a bright stare. The destroyer is…” and Ethan expected ‘horrific’, ‘mad’, or even ‘a bitch’, “…glorious,” he concluded, to Ethan’s surprise.

Note stole my heart so quickly. He and Carolyn’s progressing relationship gave me overwhelming warm and fuzzy feelings. Carolyn is such a bad ass. She is a strong female character with purpose and confidence. They end up teaming up with a small group of people wanting to help train Carolyn, including a few mage’s and a demon. The leader of the group, Ethan, was not my favorite character, but he was so well written. I was also taken with a character named Sean, who is dark and quiet. I was wildly impressed with the characterization and development in this novel. I believe it is her debut novel, which is absolutely nuts! She seamlessly blends fantasy action/adventure with the bonds of friendships and romance.

I needed to devour this story, yet I did not want it to end. The ending has my anxiety through the roof! I am extremely excited yet very nervous for the second book.

Do yourself a favor, and add this book to your TBR shelf right now!!!


Review: bomb pops, blow dryers, and butterfly kisses by Angelia Waite

5 STARS!!!

Goodreads synopsis:

One minute, Ramsey was eating a popsicle by the pool.
The next, he was…gone.
In an instant-less than the time it takes to give butterfly kisses- the Waite family was forever changed.

Whether you have buried a child; had dreams and hope stolen; experienced a failed marriage, the foreclosure of a home, a debilitating illness, or any other type of devastating loss. I pray you find answers in this book and that they bring back peace and hope. If you are desperate for answers, reeling from loss or crushed by your circumstances, know that you are not alone. There is hope. There is always hope.


Review:

bomb pops, blow dryers, and butterfly kisses is Angelia Waite’s story of losing her child and how she found the strength to keep living.

One minute, Ramsey was eating a popsicle by the pool.
The next, he was…gone.
In an instant-less than the time it takes to give butterfly kisses- the Waite family was forever changed.

I truly believe that her story is going to help a countless number of people find strength. Whether it is through the loss of a loved one or any other struggle in life. This book takes you deep into a grieving family’s life, giving you glimpses of joy, pain, depression, and faith. I’ve never read anything in my life that has affected me the way that Angelia Waite’s story did.

I lost my brother seven years ago. Seven years ago, my mother lost her son. I was seventeen years old at the time. He was nineteen. I grieved for my brother – my best friend – in a selfish way, as many people do. All I felt in the beginning was what I lost. I was in a daze for some time, doing what I could to numb it. I knew that my mother was experiencing a loss far greater than mine. But it wasn’t until I gave birth to my son three years ago, that I acquired a greater understanding of what she lost. Of what it could have possibly been like to face the world after losing a part of yourself.

Angelia Waite gave me an even greater insight. It was a struggle for me in the beginning, as I was exploding with emotions. To this day, I have extreme reactions to fictional loss, whether it is books, tv, or movies. When people are portrayed dealing with grief, with the loss of a loved one, I usually end up sobbing. It always takes me right back to that day. In a weird way it is a release for me because I never knew how to grieve. But this book was different for me. This book was real. It was her real grief that I was experiencing.

As the story went on, I was experiencing so many emotions, as Angelia was throughout her journey. There are so many experiences in this book that made me feel stronger just by reading them. At the start of chapter three Angelia says that she almost deleted it. I am so happy that he didn’t and sure that many other people will be as well. That chapter is about grieving, and it is one that I wish I could’ve read seven years ago.

Angelia finds strength through God and scriptures. Even though I am not a religious person, I really loved all the scripture she put into the book. Also some stories from the Bible that I was happy to learn of. Her faith was a lifeline for her, and it was incredibly powerful to feel the strength of it through her writing.

I loved the way the book is written. I love how the chapters are organized. It is a book that you only put down if you need to calm your emotions. Otherwise, you can’t put it down. I hope, like me, many people will benefit from hearing this incredible woman’s story of love and loss.

“Right now, there are 132 million orphaned children in the world needing you to say “Yes.” The opportunity is before you. The children are calling you! Ramsey’s Rescue, a children’s home in Ramsey’ honor, I just on the horizon.”

Thank you, Angelia Waite, for giving me the opportunity to read your story. Your words, your strength, and your courage have impacted my life!

Review: American Girl on Saturn by Nikki Godwin

4 STARS!

Goodreads synopsis:

The summer after graduation is supposed to be that first real taste of freedom – but not for eighteen-year-old Chloe Branson. Just as that breeze of freedom is making its way into her galaxy, her secret-service-agent dad drops a meteor-sized bomb of bad news on her and her sisters. An attempt has been made on the lives of Canadian boyband, Spaceships Around Saturn, during their USA tour, and the guys have to go into hiding ASAP. The only problem? In the midst of the crisis and media frenzy, their dad volunteered to hide the guys…in their house.

Six-year-old Emery is as ecstatic as any self-proclaimed Saturnite would be, but Chloe and her seventeen-year-old sister Aralie watch their summer plans crash and burn like a falling star. The SAS guys aren’t happy with the situation, either. Bad boy Jules picks fights with Aralie about everything from his Twitter followers to his laundry, and heart-throb Benji can’t escape Emery’s fangirlisms for more than three minutes.

But after the super-cute Milo kisses Chloe during a game of hide-and-seek, she finally understands what Emery means when she talks about SAS being “out of this world.” If this is what Saturn feels like, Chloe doesn’t want to come back to Earth.


Review:

If I was a boy band fangirl, this book would be the perfect description of my ultimate fantasy! After reading this book, I now have a boy band fantasy! 😀

I originally rated this book 3.5 stars, but I am changing my rating to 4 stars because I can’t shake all the warm and fuzzy feelings form this story.

I didn’t know how I would feel about the story near the beginning. We meet a boy band that have to hide out after getting shot at during a concert. The mansion of a house that they will be staying at belongs to a family with three daughters – 6, 17, and 18 years old. The youngest girl is a fanatic over the band, Spaceships around Saturn, especially the lead singer, Benji. The older sisters don’t care for the bands music and are upset that they will also be on lockdown, missing a summer trip to Cancun.

At first, I thought this was a set up for an extremely cheesy story surrounding some rich girls getting locked up with famous musicians. As the story started to progress, I found myself falling for the characters and really enjoying the plot. The boy’s in Spaceships around Saturn all had vastly different and equally entertaining personalities. The sisters also stole my heart with their strong willed independence. It was an interesting look into how famous people act when they aren’t in the spotlight. I enjoyed all the developing friendships, bromances, and romances between the band and the family. As the protagonist’s romance played out, there were a fair bit of cheesy moments, but they were the type of moments that all girls secretly want (even the tough ones)!

I found myself seriously dreading the end of their lockdown, feeling as emotional as the characters in the book! This story definitely invokes some intense feels. If I could sum this book up in a word, it would be adorable! Because the boys are adorable, the six year old is adorable, and the romance is adorable!

I recommend this book to anyone who loves boy bands, or like me, cute romances!

I received this book in exchange for an honest review


Review: Pucked by Rachel Walter

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5 STARS!!!!

Goodreads synopsis:

Does life get in the way of love or does love get in the way of life?

Riley Silk, captain of the Warrior’s Ice Hockey team at Dalesburg High, doesn’t think life can be lived if love is present. If there’s two things in life he knows to be true, it’s that love causes pain and hockey is his ticket to a better life. He’s worked hard to maintain his Frozen Silk reputation in order to stay focused on his duties and goals.

Audrey Jacobs, the Warrior’s number one fan, believes life can’t be lived without love. She can find love and beauty in the muddiest of situations. Her best friend, Riley, is under a lot of stress at home, so she does her best to brighten his mood whenever she can.

When lines cross and blur, they struggle to keep control of the simplicity their friendship once held. With Audrey’s outlook on life usually surrounded by light, the growing darkness of her doubts and insecurities threaten to deflect her toward the wrong path.

Can she find her true self before her world burns around her? When truths become lies, can Riley find the strength to fight his way through his own personal darkness that clings to his mind and soul? Can he win this face-off that life has dropped in his zone, or will fate take him out of the game completely?

Who keeps the puck?

**Warning- Several abuse topics are discussed in this story, which includes parental alienation, physical abuse, alcohol abuse, and mild drug abuse.**  


I received this book in exchange for an honest review

I am still reeling from this powerful novel that dealt with some heavy issues.

The heaviest being parental alienation. Parental alienation is defined as a form of emotional child abuse where one parent vilifies or belittles the other parent to the child to plant a seed of distrust or hatred toward the parent. Its intent is to destroy the present and future relationship between the child and the alienated parent.

This book opened me up two very different worlds of two best friends, Audrey and Riley. The story start out when they are sixteen, and Riley is the captain of their high school hockey team. Audrey is a tomboy who loves muddin’ and hates dresses! I was instantly drawn to both of these characters, who are genuinely good people. They have been best friends for a long time and both have much stronger feelings for the other.

Audrey has big brothers and a wonderful mom and dad. Her childhood was full of love and support. Riley has a six year old sister that he takes care of, since his father left them when he was eleven. After his father left, his mother started drinking heavily and using substances, neglecting Riley and his sister. Riley has had to live the life of an adult at such a young age and witness horrific things form his mother and her abusive boyfriend.

The story was told in alternating POV’s (Aud and Riley’s) which I am a HUGE fan of. It was so emotional for me reading Riley’s chapters. He was living in a devastating situation, while trying to juggle school, hockey, and his feelings for Audrey. Audrey is an amazingly supportive friend to him even when he shuts her out. She is always there for him and waits patiently for him to take their friendship to the next level.

I really don’t want to give away any major events in the book, but I will say that after the halfway mark, a few things happened that I did NOT see coming. I am so impressed with Rachel’s writing style. And how she portrayed this beautifully devastating story.

If you are a fan of friends to lovers, YA, coming-of-age, or highly emotional books – this one is for you!

The epilogue… a lot of tears…

I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read this very special book!


Review: Legacy by Ellery A. Kane


Goodreads synopsis:

How do you want to feel today?

In 2041, the choice is yours.

San Francisco is deserted, the Bay Bridge bombed, and the BART subway trains grounded. The Guardians, members of an elite and mysterious government-appointed military police force, are maintaining order at all costs—thanks to emotion-altering drugs like Emovere that suppress fear and anxiety. Lex Knightley, daughter of a prominent forensic psychiatrist, risks entering the devastated city to partner with the Resistance, a group of rebels intent upon exposing the dangers of Emovere. Lex discovers an ally in Quin McAllister, a magnetic Guardian Force recruit with a haunting past that binds them together. As she uncovers the secrets of the Guardian Force and confronts the truth about her family, Lex begins to realize that even those closest to her are not quite who they seem.


4.5 stars

I received this book in exchange for an honest review

“The first time that I killed someone, it wasn’t at all like I had imagined. It was a quick and as effortless as snipping a string. I squeezed the trigger, and the man fell back.”

This story had me hooked from the first few pages. YA + dystopian + love story + action = my favorite formula. And this book had it all! The story is told from Alexandra “Lex” Knightley’s POV. She is an eighteen year old girl living in dystopian San Francisco with her mother, who created emotion altering drugs that led to utter destruction and chaos. Lex leaves the safety of her mother to go find the Resistance, a group of people who are working to change things. Lex proves to be a survivor and all around tough chick, so I was very pleased with the way her character was written. Once inside the Resistance, Lex gets close to a guy named Quin. Quin is the typical troubled boy with plenty of secrets. And even though I say ‘typical’, I never get tired of this type of personality! Quin did not disappoint, and I found myself falling for him just as quickly as Lex. Qiun’s friends, Elana and Max, were also well written characters with plenty of depth. I found it very hard to believe that this was a debut novel! I was impressed with the writing style, original idea, and attention to detail. Some people might not like how this book is formatted with VERY short chapters, but I honestly didn’t even care because I was so engrossed in the story.

The story takes a turn when the group leaves the Resistance and goes back the Lex’s mother. At this point, I had no hope of putting the book down. Once Lex reunites with her mother, we learn a lot more about the world and also back stories of the characters. I had many problems with Lex’s mom but came to love her by the end. Quin and Lex went through some issues that I thought were very realistic and was glad their relationship played out the way it did.

I don’t want to give away anything, so I will just say that the ending gets CRAZY!!!

This book has everything that I love about the YA dystopian genre. If you are also obsessed with this genre, I suggest that you READ THIS BOOK!!!

😀


Review: The Minnow by Diana Sweeney

Goodreads synopsis:

Tom survived a devastating flood that claimed the lives of her sister and parents. Now she lives with Bill in his old shed by the lake. But it’s time to move out—Tom is pregnant with Bill’s baby.

Jonah lets her move in with him. Mrs Peck gives her the Fishmaster Super Series tackle box. Nana is full of gentle good advice and useful sayings.

And in her longing for what is lost, Tom talks to fish: Oscar the carp in the pet shop, little Sarah catfish who might be her sister, an unhelpful turtle in a tank at the maternity ward. And the minnow.

The Minnow is a moving and powerful coming of age story with a whimsical element that belies the heartbreaking truth of grief and loss. Tom is a character you will never forget.  


I received a copy of this book through edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

This is not the type of book that can be put in one category. This novel intertwines several themes to create something that is beautiful, unique, and heartbreaking.

Tom is a fourteen year old girl who has lost her entire family in a flood. She becomes pregnant with an older man, Bill’s, baby. The way the author writes about the circumstance leaves the reader wondering if the conception was consensual or not. Either way, it was wrong. And now Tom is carrying Bill’s child. Tom soon moves in with her best friend Jonah, who also lost his parents in the flood, and he proves to be the anchor that Tom needs in her life. With Tom’ baby, The Minnow, growing inside of her, Tom starts to have conversations with The Minnow. She also talks to fish and her dead relatives, making this story pull the reader down into the mind of a young girl who has suffered terrible tragedy. Whether or not Tom was hallucinating or really talking to the dead, I can’t say.

The story jumps around form the present to the past. At first, I was a bit confused with this writing style. As I got deeper into the story, it didn’t bother me as much, but I still think the story should have had a more clear timeline. Throughout Tom’s pregnancy, she spends time with her Nana, who is a wonderful character with a spectacular spirit. Their relationship is definitely my favorite. The relationship between Tom and Bill throughout the story is the most confusing. I think Tom really cared for Bill, but she was obviously too young to comprehend -in the beginning- what happened between them.

This book still has me in a daze.

Diana Sweeney wrote a powerful story that examines how one young girl dealt with severely traumatizing events in her life. Tom is the type of character that a reader can gather strength from.

The ending was a bit abrupt for my taste, but I still thought it was a strong, emotional ending.

Bravo, Mrs. Sweeney! I look forward to reading more of your work!


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