Hi there readers!
It's the end of another week and EGAD! Can you believe January is almost done and over with? Where is the time going? *looks under rug* Oh well, I suppose we'll just have to make the most of what's left of the month...and when it comes to reading, there's a lot to share.
Today's post is all about an upcoming YA title set to release January 25th, 2011 from the folks over at Candlemark & Gleam. Why mention all of that now you ask? Ah, you are wise to ask my friend. You see, this publisher is fairly new to the scene, in fact this is only their second title (pardon me, if I'm off on the count) released thus far...but if it's any sign of what's to come, you'll want to be well acquainted with them. Shall we dive right into today's feature? Here we go! Today's book of choice is....
It all begins with a cryptic message written by someone in the past about the future...which is Michael Forward's here and now. He has been chosen for a task far greater than a man, let alone a boy of his years, could be expected to carry out....yet he will try nonetheless (teenagers, a rather stubborn lot aren't they...hehe). His success or failure means a world of difference to the whole of mankind. Will the threads of hope so sparsely seen in his visions of the future hold together long enough for him to see his "mission" through? Or will he meet an untimely end even HIS abilities weren't able to foresee...
The story is delivered in a broken format, that is it switches back and forth between what IS happening and what is being remembered or foreseen. It's a bit disconcerting at first, but once you catch on it's not as noticeable. The story line itself is grand in nature with repercussions felt no matter what choice is made (just like life), but the real magic is in the characters created. Each one has a unique personality, a voice to be heard even if they refrain from speaking often....but they also have faults (some in bigger ways than others), an aspect that many authors tend to gloss over despite the fact that it makes them even more real in the eyes of readers. Truly, it does!
Though there are a few stagnant parts...such as the time they take up residence for a few months with a Raton family (yeah, seemed unnecessary to some degree, although they did create a few connections that hold greater meaning later on during their stay)....overall this was an interesting read from start to finish. You never quite know where the next page turn will take you (even with Michael's glimpses into the future) making this one hard to put down, or rather close (eBook and all). One caution to younger readers, there is colorful language at times as well as a few sensual scenes and a fair amount of drinking on the part of Broken (plus foul orders that literally permeate off the page....yeah, might not want to eat while reading those sections....). It didn't inhibit my reading of the book or enjoyment of the story, but just be aware.
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Until next time...happy reading!