This book starts with a bang and does not let up until the very end. The story is centered around a group of five high school boys that have known eacThis book starts with a bang and does not let up until the very end. The story is centered around a group of five high school boys that have known each other almost their entire lives. These boys all feel like brothers, even though they are not. But, they have such close ties to each other, they are more like family, than just friends. These boys come into contact with a mysterious energy source at the edge of a forest and their lives are forever changed. After coming into contact with this mysterious energy, each of the boys gained a different superhero type of sense. It turns out the that it was a good thing they received these gifts, because they would need them for the battles they were about to be up against. They soon came into contact with a group of evil thugs in the town next to theirs. These evil doers were destroying the town. The town's name was Sandry Lake, and their police department was almost non-exist-ant. So, the boys felt it was their job to get these evil doers under control.
Through the guidance of a dark stranger and a beautiful, great fighting girl named Alina, the boys became protectors of Sandry Lake and the surrounding area. They would keep their visits to the area from their family and friends, and all of the secrecy created a lot of stress and tension. The fights were always brutal and left the boys exhausted, and it became more and more difficult to keep their secret to themselves,
K.N. Smith has proven herself to be a great writer with this debut novel. She grabs your attention on the first page and keeps it until the very last page. She brings depth to the characters and the scenery that feels genuine, and makes the reader feel like they are part of the story. I recommend this book for any person wanting to read a great, action packed story. The target population might be for young adults, but I loved it, and I have not been considered a young adult for several years. Having done such a wonderful job on her debut novel, I can't wait to read her future books! I received this book from K.N. Smith in exchange for my honest review, and I am truly glad I was able to read it!
Here is a short excerpt from the book to give an example of the kind of writing you can expect:
"And it took only a few steps for their senses to flare as they saw numerous thugs running behind them. Practically tripping over one another to get to the boys, they advanced with Olympic level speed, and swarmed like ants upon the group. Loc 2169 of 2480 or 80% booktalkswithcharla.blogspot.com...more
This is a wonderful book that takes the reader on a trip through modern day NYC, as well as to Russia during the time of Catherine the Great (Sophia AThis is a wonderful book that takes the reader on a trip through modern day NYC, as well as to Russia during the time of Catherine the Great (Sophia Agusta Frederica). The transition between the two time periods flow flawlessly. During the modern era in NYC, the protagonist is Tanya, a Russian expat. Tanya works for a high end auction house in Manhattan. She is an expert on Russian Art. Of course the protagonist in Russia during the 1700's is Sophie, the future Catherine the Great.
The auction house that Tanya works with comes into possession of a priceless Russian artifact, which Tanya becomes responsible for. It is at this time the two stories begin to merge. While Tanya is trying to make sense of her husband's disappearance, Sophie, the future Catherine the Great is facing a new life in Russia. She has gone to Russia to be married. Both Tanya and Sophie are having marital issues that seem to stem from their determined inner strength and their husbands' egos.
This book is beautifully written. The two time periods blend together perfectly. The way Irina Reyn was able to blend the two time periods together is reminiscent of Kate Morton's work. Anyone that loves history, art, and romance will likely enjoy this book. ...more
This is a delightful story centered around a man by the name of Jean Perdu. Jean owns a most unusual book store in a barge named "Literary Apothecary.This is a delightful story centered around a man by the name of Jean Perdu. Jean owns a most unusual book store in a barge named "Literary Apothecary." The store lives up to its name, because Jean Perdu has a special talent of being able to prescribe the book a person needs based on what the person has going on in their life. He can do this without the person telling him what they are experiencing. Jean Perdu lives alone in an apartment that he has had for many years. He has spent the last 20 years grieving for his lover who left him 20 years ago. He works in his bookstore and goes home to an empty apartment every night. His only friend is his cat. When a new neighbor moves into the apartment building and is in need of furniture, Jean gives her an old table. Then later when he meets the new neighbor in person, the lady gives him an unopened letter she found in the table he gave her. When Jean sees the letter he feels overwhelmed, because it is the letter that his lover, Manon had written when she left him. He had never been able to bring himself to open it. However, he does open it and was very surprised by what Manon had written. All of the past 20 years Jean had believed that she left because she no longer loved him. However, Manon had left him because she had found out that she was dying from cancer. Now, Jean realized that she was likely dead and had died thinking he did not care enough to come see her. Jean decides that he is going to take his barge to Manon's home town. Much to his surprise, the young man that lives in his apartment building, that is also a well known author asks to go on the trip with him. The young man, Max has always seemed a little peculiar because he wears earmuffs all the time, even though it is not cold. Jean reluctantly agrees to take him along . While on this trip they meet some interesting people and also learn a lot about themselves. Jean also fluctuates between thinking about his new neighbor, and how much he misses Manon. Jean is convinced that if he goes to where Manon lived and was buried, that he will somehow find some peace. This story is about love and loss, friendships and new beginnings. I love the idea of a floating book store with an owner that has the ability of prescribing the perfect book for customers. I did find it a bit sad that he can prescribe the perfect book for others, but not for himself. It is a story that stands out from the crowd. This book is perfect for anyone looking for something different to read. I will leave you with a short excerpt from the book.
"Do you know that there's a halfway world between each ending and each new beginning? It's called the hurting time, Jean Perdu. It's a beginning; it's where your dreams and worries and forgotten plans gather. Your steps are heavier during that time. Don't underestimate the transition, Jeanno, between farewell and new departure. Give yourself the time you need. Some thresholds are too wide to be taken in one stride." booktalkswithcharla.blogspot.com ...more