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Sundial (Light Bringer #1)

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  244 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
It is 1988 and teenager Whitney Forbes thought her biggest problem was surviving high school and determining if there was more to handsome Reid Wallace than just his looks and popularity. She was wrong. Her problems were about to get a lot more complicated.

Whitney always knew she was special. But when she discovers she is more “special” than she ever imagined, surviving an
Paperback, 328 pages
Published July 19th 2011 (first published July 6th 2011)
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Nov 23, 2011 carole rated it it was amazing
Sundial is an incredible adventure of a book! I loved it from page one. It's the kind of book that makes you think, a lot, you can't just fly through pages. It's got an in-depth and intense plot filled with everything from very funny characters, science, high school, parties, CIA, and more!!

Whitney is hilarious!! I can picture her and her snarky attitude in my head. Fruzzetti and Pearsall do a remarkable job creating characters that made me want to keep reading. Whit has some of my favorite feat
Oct 24, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing
SUNDIAL has all it takes to be the beginning of an epic adventure--right up to a cliffhanger of an ending that leaves you cheering and wanting more. This is an edgy read and one you will enjoy if you like mystery, suspense and intrigue. Every chapter leaves you with a question mark in your mind and, like a true suspense, not every question is immediately answered!

Whitney is a rock of a character. She knows who she is and she cultivates good friends. It is a refreshing change that she considers h
Oct 21, 2011 Cris rated it it was amazing
This is the smartest young adult novel I have read in quite awhile. I
give it five stars for its complex plot, structure, character
development and world worth experiencing!

If you are looking for more than just a paranormal love story Sundial
is a good choice and had me checking out their website to look for a
sequel release date. I promise you the ending will have you on the
edge of your seat and takes you to place you would never imagine to
find two high school students!

What I liked about the
Jul 27, 2014 Ruth rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
This book was mediocre. The characters were ok, but nothing truly special. The writing style was the biggest flaw in the book. It did not sound like anything a teenager, even an intelligent teenager thinks like. In fact, I'd say it sounded nothing like an intelligent teenager. Here's a sample of the writing:

"My tired brain continued to wake up but my eyelids were not cooperating. They were too heavy to hoist. I saw a sliver of light through my struggling lashes."

First off, "too heavy to hoist"?
Dabny W.
Nov 07, 2011 Dabny W. rated it it was amazing
Hey girls! This relationship driven novel is amazing because a girl gets to play it RIGHT for once. What would you do if the guy everyone was crushing on tried to give you a ride home or threw a party just so you would come? Maybe not what you would expect if you were Whitney Forbes! If more of us were like Whitney we would figure out how to have a lot fewer broken hearts and how to be in control of our own destiny. At the very least, you have found lead characters you can respect and admire.

Oct 23, 2011 Kristi rated it it was amazing
Exciting, Fun and Stylish!

I'm from DC and Sundial captures the area perfectly: money, power, back deals, intrigue---right down to the high school sororities! It is incredible how much money is in pockets of DC and its suburbs and it gives kids there a lot of "freedom" and independence. This setting works for the teens to be from here and to be able to do what they are able to do. It is sort of like a real life Hogwarts with money instead of magic wands.

I also loved the characters of this book--s
Wicked ♥  (Wickedly Bookish Reviews) aka Bat-Jess
Reviewed for Wickedly Bookish Reviews

Whitney Forbes is your average 15 year old girl about to turn 16. She goes to high school, has awesome friends, and is being pursued by IT boy Reid Wallace. While she enjoys her adolescence to the fullest, there is one thing that lingers at the edge of her happiness giving it a bittersweet taste. When Whitney turns 21, the CIA will own her and force her to work for them as a remote viewer, a psychic who uncovers the secrets
Reading Vacation
Aug 27, 2011 Reading Vacation rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whitney is facing many obstacles. There are evil people trying to take over the world, a CIA plot, pure energy, and a cute boy named Reid who Whitney cannot get out of her mind. Oh, and then there are the superpowers that both help and hinder the whole situation.

Let me tell you about these superpowers. My personal favorite is Reid’s power. He can tell the history of an object just by touching it. Other powers include enhanced eyesight and incredible physical strength to name a few. Whitney has t
Oct 22, 2011 Julia rated it it was amazing
I just finished this a few days ago. I thought this first book (its part 1 of a series) was really great! I live in the DC area and this book sparked my interest because the book is based in my home town. The characters really pulled me in and I thought they were really well developed...not to mention very likable and funny. Things REALLY start getting good towards the middle and end of the book when the main characters, Whitney and Reid start getting more involved with each other as the uncontr ...more
Sep 18, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed every minute of this intelligent, fast-paced, plot-twisting book! Great characters, great setting (love the '80's references and the use of D.C. as a backdrop), exciting story. On a side note, I'm thrilled to see food allergy as part of a smart young adult novel; these kids have to watch what they eat, but otherwise they are teenagers who are capable and athletic and intelligent and ready to take on the world (literally!). Definitely a recommended read! Great for young adults and paren ...more
Sundial is a fun and fast read with likable characters. The attraction and tension that is between Reid and Whitney engages the reader and makes you want them to succeed as a couple! This is a good read for both the teenager as well as the adult. The end is a big cliffhanger and has us waiting anxiously for the next book in the series!!!
Sep 11, 2011 Erika rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
I loved this book!! Whitney is a fantastic down to earth character and her easy banter with Reid is phenomenal. I wish I was that witty! This book was fast paced and just when you thought nothing more could happen or occur it did. Plus the cover is gorgeous, definitely a book to add to your tbr piles.
Nov 24, 2011 Lynn rated it it was amazing
This book was so well written. It left you wanting to read the next book. In the book, Whitney knows that she is different. So she learns how to deal with it and wondering if she can trust a very handsome guy, Reid. It was fun, passionate and full of mystery.
Oct 21, 2011 Andrea added it
When I read the synopsis for Sundial, I was definitely curious. A girl with unique abilities who is involved with secret government agencies sounded like a good time. When you add in a good-looking, mysterious guy? Even better.

I'll start with what I liked about Sundial. I thought that the idea behind the story was very interesting and extremely intelligent. The fact that so much apparent thought and brain power went into writing this book is what appealed to me the most. I wasn't quite sure w
Anjie Kendall
Oct 01, 2012 Anjie Kendall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-ya
As a child of the 80's myself, reading some of the brand names that popped up, along with the songs referenced, brought a smile to my face. Since I live in the DC metro area, I also was amused knowing where many of the places where. As for the story itself, I found it to be very good, and I really couldn't put it down until I finished the book. The characters grabbed me and held my attention the whole time. I loved that Reid was much more complex than just a pretty boy jock. I liked that Whitney ...more
Apr 16, 2012 Carolyn rated it really liked it
I really want to give this 3.5 stars because it took sooooo long to go anywhere and the end left me HANGING (and I hate that). But the writing was good, the storyline original, and bonus points were given for creating an intelligent, self-aware teenage girl. Books aimed at this demographic are sorely lacking in that department.

I am really looking forward to the next book because I know we'll get right to the meat and not have to slog through so much character development. All that said, the aut
Rebecca Graf
Jun 10, 2015 Rebecca Graf rated it it was amazing
I enjoy a lot of books and share that joy with other readers. But rarely do I find a book that I want to devour and tell the world about. Well, in Sundial I did.

I had downloaded this book well over a year ago when it was offered free for Kindle. This is one good argument to give your book (at least the first one) away for free and keep your fingers crossed for more than a few months that you’ll get results. I was getting back to my reading and this book came up next in the queue. I’m so glad it
Rosemary Cantrell
Jan 26, 2016 Rosemary Cantrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I expected this young adult novel to be just a high school romance story, and in fact, it seemed to start out that way. And then it started to actually get interesting! We have not only the young romance angle, but throw in CIA, psychics, martial arts, mind reading, international intrigue, almost super hero characters, evil villains, and pretty soon you are totally immersed in an interesting and intriguing story.

I think young readers would be especially enthralled with teenage characters who ha
Mar 25, 2014 Zury rated it it was ok
If you analyze the concept of who this main character really is, and what her abilities are, you can appreciate the book. With that said, there were a lot of flaws with this book that easily makes me not want to read the rest of the series.

Okay I'll start off with the good. Whitney Forbes has a special gift. She has the ability to read people's thoughts and search their minds. Good baseline plot that an author can do wonders with. Then on top of that, she's secretly part of a government agency
Mar 01, 2012 Sue rated it it was amazing
During the beginning of this book I found myself thinking that it might be more of a teenage book. I kept reading because I knew that it would become more. By a quarter of the way through, I could hardly put it down. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. At the end I was wishing the next book in the series was out already. Unfortunately it isn't due out untill September 2012. I can't wait.
Feb 01, 2014 Heather rated it it was ok
Way, way too much scientific gobbledygook! Not terrible, but just skipped right over the boring parts (and there were too many of them), and still got the whole story. Not going to read anymore of the was plenty
Jul 08, 2012 Josephine rated it it was amazing
Simply fantastic! What a refreshing YA novel. There is intelligence, suspense, profound observations about life/people, in addition to the usual quirky teenage drama. Highly recommended read! Can't wait for the sequel.
Maresa Ledford
Mar 15, 2012 Maresa Ledford rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It was original and I loved the banter between the two lead characters. However, you need extensive knowledge of the pop culture of the 80's to understand their clothing choices, etc.
Cocktails and Books
Aug 23, 2012 Cocktails and Books rated it it was ok
Shelves: cnb-reviewers
"Whitney Forbes always new she was special. Growing up with a father in the CIA, it is no surprise that she would be automatically included into the top secret agency; chosen at a young age to be part of clarion, a unique program developed for children like her, who were gifted. Her ESP has always allowed her to read people and see things to come, but when she is inexplicably drawn to Reid Wallace it becomes clear that her abilities far surpass that of any other person with such a gift. After th ...more
A Book Vacation
Aug 07, 2013 A Book Vacation rated it liked it
To see my full review: (available 8/14/13)

Complete with romance, special ops, nuclear energy, and the paranormal, this novel has a little bit of everything for everyone. Whitney Forbes, our strong female lead, is a great character, taking care of herself and not falling for the cute boy in school based on looks alone. She’s got a good head on her shoulders, and she double checks anything suspicious, which, in this case, is Reid Wallace. Whitney has ESP, and with her abili
The Loopy Librarian
Sundial takes the reader back to the early eighties and the last vestiges of the Cold War, but it begins as a romance between two uniquely gifted and specially skilled teenagers. The book begins rather slowly. The reader is given clues that something major is going to happen and that these two teenagers, Reid and Whitney, will be important players, but the story takes its time getting there. The first 187 pages are dedicated almost exclusively to the courtship between Reid and Whitney. They spen ...more
Debbie I Heart YA Books
Sundial has an excellent storyline: teenagers with gifted psychic powers. C.F Fruzzetti and M.I. Pearsall have definitely created a fantastic series. But I do have a few issues with this story. One, there are a few places where the story jumps. For example, they’re at school, and then when I turn to the next page they’re on a boat for the fourth of July. That was a big gap in the storyline for me. What took place between that time? Second was with Reid and his relationship with this girl Karen. ...more
April Hesler
Aug 01, 2013 April Hesler rated it liked it
I'm giving this book 3 stars firstly because of the editing errors, and secondly because it's an incredible amount to take in. It goes from zero to sixty in a matter of a chapter.
One minute Whitney is dealing with normal teenager high school drama, the next she's trying to figure out how to save the world. Honestly there's nothing wrong with switching fears so fast, it's just the way it was done. Once you learn Whitney's fate or role, however you want to look at it, the information you receive
Mar 10, 2012 Ashley rated it liked it
This book was wonderful in its humor and the writing flowed beautifully. The ratings for this book were exceptionally high and I was eager to read it. As I read, I found myself laughing at the natural humor that Whitney showed and the relentless personality of Reid. Unfortunately,I felt that the book deserves three stars simply because it takes over half the book for any sort of action or suspense to really take place. It is obvious from the beginning that Reid and Whitney will end up together, ...more
Feb 09, 2012 Angieleigh rated it it was amazing
Whitney Forbes isn't your average nearly-sixteen-year-old girl. And Reid Wallace isn't your average teenage boy either.

Whitney has ESP along with several other gifts. She knows of Reid's reputation, but is slightly curious when he turns his attention towards her instead of Liz Cooley.

I can't say much more without giving the plot away. I absolutely loved this book and could barely put down my Kindle. Though I didn't understand hardly any of the scientific aspects of the book, the background sto
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