From the publisher...
I’m a normal teenager. I have a normal teenage life with normal teenage problems. The summer is my heaven. I live with my mom during the summer months. We stay in her tiny condo in Jacksonville, Florida. My parents split up when I was little. I’m not sure why. My mom never talks about it. Whatever it was, it was bad enough to make my mom pack me up in the middle of the night when I was four years old and run to my Gran’s condo.My mom got the condo after Gran died. From that time on all I had known my entire life was beach life.
Until four years ago.
Until my uncle found me.
Strange name, FABULOUS book...though the cover I'm not "in love" with 100%.
So, pronunciation wise for her (the main character) first name, I'm at a loss officially, but in my mind I went with something phonetic...Lee-o-win. My apologies to the author if I butchered it. Ms. Blake is a 14 year old going on 18 year old with a bright future indeed....in a much more literal sense than she knows! With the passing of the father she hasn't seen since she was four, events are set into motion that are beyond her control (supposedly, but what teenager do you know that gives up that easily when told they can't do something? That's what I thought.) leading her to a fork in the road the size of New York City. No really, if the forthcoming change or decision were laid out in blueprints, it'd be THAT big, or BIGGER. So many people are depending on her...for so many reasons that she DOESN'T EVEN KNOW. What's a girl to do? I mean, there's only so far you can keep someone in the dark before they either A) go insane or B) break free of the ties that bind them and find their own way into the world...for better or worse. Let's just hope that the lack of information shared (and all the mind wiping a certain "best friend" performs to stop a potential love interest from revealing those hidden secrets) doesn't lead her to her doom.
Sounds exciting, right? It was! This was one of those books that I had to wait on reading for a bit (due to my schedule...my own fault though) and once I started, I couldn't put it down. I had to read a little more, another page, another passage, another chapter....until finally all 384 pages of it had flown by and I was looking for more. (Yes, about that...umm, WordCrafts? There will be a sequel, right? Please?) Story wise, we have a classic case of girl with a future beyond her wildest dreams, gobs of people that are aware of said hidden future but aren't sharing and dire straights of which she again knows not (and are rather frightening!) if things don't work out as planned. Add in a heritage that includes more than a few dusty old books (though I'll take them off your hands! ^_^), a power only dreamed of in passing when your imagination went REALLY wild and a decision to be made that affects everything (and I do mean EVERYTHING) and POOF....you've got the bread and butter of this story. It's fascinating really, the world within worlds (within worlds) that the author created here; even though we don't get to explore all of them or even the possibility of all of them in this book...that is if they survive. (dun dun dunnnnn) Let's talk characters...
Leeowyn is a blast. From her show-no-mercy teenage attitude (when necessary) to the heart of gold that beats within, she's a puzzle made of pieces that have had to fit together in order to make life in general work. Too bad for her the glue holding it all together is about to check out...permanently...but lucky for her that she won't be all alone. She feels things strongly and with her whole being (probably why some of that power is so volatile) making it easy to gain her trust but almost impossible to gain back if you break it (or her heart...Mr. Sunshine....). Life hasn't been easy for her, but she's made it work and I've no doubt she can handle whatever comes her way....as long as she believes in herself. No room for doubt when dealing with people (well, sorta people) like this. Moving forward...
In conclusion (because if I don't draw one soon I'll probably talk forever, this is a story you should read sooner as opposed to later. It has all the elements of a fantastical read with real world ties that anchor it to our own reality with a story line that will quicken the pulse, catch your breath and leave you wanting more. I see no mention of a second book at the time of this post but you can best believe...I'll be watching. Recommended read for teens through adults; no foul language or racy scenes, but there is a death none too pleasant that little ones may not take in stride. Get lost in the world between worlds as Leeowyn Blake makes her presence known...you'll be glad you did!
Ebook for review received courtesy of WordCrafts Press. (THANKS!) Haven't heard of this publisher before? Allow me to acquaint you....
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