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Any Boy but You (North Pole, Minnesota #1) by Julie Hammerle
Publication Date: February 13, 2017
Publisher: Entangled: Crush

Elena Chestnut has been chatting with an anonymous boy late into the night. It’s a very You’ve Got Mail situation, and she has no idea who he is. He can’t be Oliver Prince, hot-and-bashful son of the family running the rival sporting goods store. Their fancy sales strategies are driving Elena’s family out of business. Elena’s mystery boy has teamed up with her in their latest sales strategy, an augmented reality game, to help her win the grand-prize plane tickets. Money’s so tight Elena’s going to miss senior year spring break with her friends if she can’t win this game.

The girl Oliver’s fallen head-over-heels for online had better not be Elena Chestnut. She’s his angry, vindictive Latin tutor, the daughter of his dad’s business rival, and the one girl he’d never even think of kissing. She’s definitely not his online crush, because that girl is funny, sweet, and perfect.

When Oliver asks to reveal their names at the Valentine’s Day dance, their IRL relationship will either ruin what they have online, or they’ll discover just how thin the line between love and hate really is.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains swearing, snowball fights, and sexual tension that could melt the North Pole. Read at your own risk.
four-stars

MY REVIEW
I really liked this young adult story that reminded me of those Shakespearian tragedies that featured families that had feuds lasting generations but had a romance entangled in it.

Elena Chestnut worked in her family’s sporting goods store which was struggling to keeping afloat thanks to the rival sporting goods store run by Oliver Prince’s family. Right from the beginning, the author set up the Chestnut versus Prince family feud. Thanks to the title, I already suspected how the story would conclude, but I was curious as to how the author would get the readers from loathing to love. I was really impressed by how the author wove the story around the Stash Grab app, which reminded me of the Pokémon Go that was all the rage this summer, and it really worked in keeping the story fresh.

I enjoyed the journey because it was not insta-love. The Chestnut – Prince feud was exasperating but betrayal is often the cause of long-lasting grudges. What I found thought-provoking was the parent’s indifference to the effects of their grudges on their children and the community. This self-centered attitude was evident in Elena and Oliver’s actions towards each other as well as their neighbors. I am glad that the main characters all grew as people and made better life choices. It was encouraging to witness characters develop as the story unfolded. I really ended up liking Oliver and Elena whereas in the beginning I didn’t really care for their attitudes.

The author’s writing was entertaining and the plot was laid out really well. I found the characters to be likable especially Elena, Oliver and Harper. The unsung heroes here were Harper and Oliver’s mom. The mother because her intervention caused Oliver to exist outside his computer and Harper because she was the link between Elena and Oliver. The second half of this story was a little more angst-filled and I was even more captivated by secrets that I could clearly see would blow up in people’s faces. I took pleasure in how Elena and Oliver got together and the effect on their families.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a light and charming read with a fresh twist on the enemy to lovers trope.
Ezi

About Julie Hammerle

Julie Hammerle is the author of The Sound of Us, which will be published by Entangled Teen on June 7, 2016. Before settling down to write “for real,” she studied opera, taught Latin, and held her real estate license for one hot minute. Currently, she writes about TV on her blog Hammervision, ropes people into conversations about Game of Thrones, and makes excuses to avoid the gym. Her favorite YA-centric TV shows include 90210 (original spice), Felicity, and Freaks and Geeks. Her iPod reads like a 1997 Lilith Fair set list.

She lives in Chicago with her husband, two kids, and a dog. They named the dog Indiana.

Release Day Launch: A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart

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Today we have the release day for A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart! I love this fantastic new contemporary romance inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion.

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Title: A Thousand Letters

Author: Staci Hart

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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About A Thousand Letters:

Sometimes your life is split by a single decision.

I’ve spent every day of the last seven years regretting mine: he left, and I didn’t follow. A thousand letters went unanswered, my words like petals in the wind, spinning away into nothing, taking me with them.

But now he’s back.

I barely recognize the man he’s become, but I can still see a glimmer of the boy who asked me to be his forever, the boy I walked away from when I was young and afraid.

Maybe if he’d come home under better circumstances, he could speak to me without anger in his voice. Maybe if I’d said yes all those years ago, he’d look at me without the weight of rejection in his eyes. Maybe if things were different, we would have had a chance.

One regretted decision sent him away. One painful journey bought him back to me. I only wish I could keep him.

*A contemporary romance inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion*

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Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life: a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, even though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.

 

From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics.

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A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

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Narrator: Mia Barron
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Kingmaker Chronicles #1
Amanda Bouchet
Fantasy; Romance
Sourcebooks Casablanca
August 2nd, 2016
e-book; audiobook
448
Edelweiss

Catalia "Cat" Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…

Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he's ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her.

This was a breath of fresh air in a sea of young adult assassin stories. I loved that the heroine relied more cunning than magic and sword. Catalia “Cat” Fisa was a mysterious girl with special powers. She is hiding from someone and is constantly on the run. She found refuge blending into a crowd of circus but was discovered by soldiers sent by the ruling class, the Sinta. Cat immediately clashes with Griffin, the Beta of the Sinta.

From her capture, Cat and Griffin matched wits trying to outmaneuver the other. In the course of their constant bickering, the tension turns into fierce attraction.
In the beginning, it felt like the author was a setting a foundation for an awesome fantasy. Cat had this secretive background which was unveiled little by little. First, we saw she can absorb the powers of others. WE also saw the gods sent her messages or visions. Then it was revealed that she can tell when someone is telling a lie. Cat seemed to have a real assortment of gifts.

But her background and what she was running from started to take a back seat to the romance with the Beta Sinta, and that’s when I felt the story started running out of steam. While I love romance, the plot between the ruling classes and the usurpers was interesting enough. I would like have liked the romance to be a subplot and not used to distract from the drop off in the development of the story.
I will still read book 2 to find out more about Cat’s family and the ruling family, but I hope the author is more attentive to the world building.

Undecided by Julianna Keyes @TastyBookTours @JuliannaKeyes

Undecided by Julianna Keyes @TastyBookTours @JuliannaKeyeson April 4th 2016
Pages: 300
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Nora Kincaid has one goal for her second year of college: be invisible. Last year’s all-party-no-study strategy resulted in three failed classes and two criminal charges, and if she messes up again she’ll lose her scholarship. But there’s one problem with her plan for invisibility, and his name is Crosbie Lucas: infamous party king, general hellraiser…and her new roommate’s best friend.

Crosbie’s reckless reputation and well-known sexcapades aren’t part of Nora’s studious new strategy, but as she’s quickly learning, her new plan is also really boring. When Crosbie’s unexpected gestures of friendship pull her head out of her books long enough to see past his cocky veneer, she’s surprised to find a flawed and funny guy beneath it all. The muscles don’t hurt, either.

But as Nora starts to fall for Crosbie, the weight of one of last year’s bad decisions grows even heavier. Because three failing grades and two misdemeanors are nothing compared to the one big secret she’s hiding…
five-stars

One of the best books I have read all year. I loved this book and the characters. It was just a pure delight to read. The feelings I experienced as I took the journey with Nora Kincaid is exactly how I want to feel whenever I read a book: excitement, exhilaration, anxious, sadness, but most of all hopeful. This book hit the spot!

I want to first say that this book is NOT a true love triangle. This book was really more about self-discipline, growth and then young love. What I loved most about this book was the character development and growth. Nora Kincaid is a college sophomore who partied hard as a freshman and thus began the 2nd school year on academic probation. She was determined to do all things opposite from the prior year. The plot then takes us on this journey as Nora attempts to reinvent herself as well as regain her self-respect. Along the way, Nora learns that being on the extreme of any spectrum isn’t the best approach to living a fulfilling life. She also learns the value of “seeing” and “being seen” because sometimes the thing you want most is right in front of you.
Crosbie is everything I would want in a college guy. He partied hard with his fraternity but he learned to treat others with more care as he matured the second year. His friendship with Kellan and his attention to Nora was such a treat to relish.  He was hard working, determined and understanding. Crosbie was also really sweet and forgiving, so that is why he is one of my favorite heroes of 2016.

I really wish that more new adult authors would write such beautiful stories where the plot focused on their characters development as people and less of those contrived disagreements. The dialogue, the writing style and the whole story flowed together so well. I will admit that I like angst in my story and there was some mild angst. I felt like I knew the ending but the ride to the finish line was worth the time. The lessons they all learned made them better people. I loved that Nora and Crosbie didn’t see each other until they were ready to SEE each other. I loved Crosbie’s willingness to empathize and forgive past mistakes. My heart was full. If you want a story with some meat and really likable characters, then this story is for you. I hope there is a sequel to this book.

*Special Thanks to Tasty Book Tours for the ebook given in exchange for an honest review.

The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) by Amy Spaulding

The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) by Amy Spauldingon 2016-04-05
Pages: 320
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A ridiculously cute, formerly-famous new guy dropping into your life? It's practically every girl's dream. But not Jules McCallister-Morgan's. I realize that on paper I look like your standard type-A, neurotic, overachiever. And maybe I am. But I didn't get to be the editor of my school's long-revered newspaper by just showing up*. I have one main goal for my senior year-early acceptance into my first choice Ivy League college-and I will not be deterred by best friends, moms who think I could stand to
three-stars

Jules McAllister-Morgan was a senior at Eagle Vista Academy when a former teen heartthrob named Alex Powell enrolled at her school. While Jules has a crush on Alex as every teenager has on boy band members, Jules is very determined to attend Brown University. In her pursuit of academy excellence, Jules becomes slightly fixated on certain extra-curricular activities such as the school paper.

As Jules and Alex began spending time together, the newspaper faltered and a rival started to disseminate school news via other avenues such as using email or school televisions. Jules became obsessed with beating her rival. It began exposing Jules relationship with others, more specifically how she never really spend time getting to know others and what was important to others.

I get that the author was trying to portray a flawed young senior, but I found Jules to be self-centered and difficult to connect with. I could tell that the writing was supposed to be humorous but it felt lost in translation. I would have liked more attention focused on how Alex brought out the better side of Jules instead of the super competitive self-absorbed Jules that was prevalent in the book. This teen romance fell flat for me as I never quite warmed up to Jules. I was looking for a book with more depth to the characters and this book didn’t deliver that.

*Special Thanks to  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers via Netgalley for the e-book.

Krickett Series (Books 1-3) by Amy A. Bartol

on 2015-09-08
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Kricket Books 1-3:

Kricket Hollowell never wished upon stars. She was too busy hiding in plain sight, eluding Chicago’s foster care system. As her eighteenth birthday approaches, she now eagerly anticipates the day she’ll stop running and finally find her place in the world.

That day comes when she meets a young Etharian soldier named Trey Allairis, who has been charged with coming to Earth to find Kricket and transport her to her true home. As danger draws close, he must protect her until she can wield the powers she cannot use on Earth…and he soon realizes that counting a galaxy of stars would be easier than losing this extraordinary girl.

Kyon knows the powerful depths of Kricket’s gifts—gifts he’ll control when he takes her for his tribe and leads the forces that will claim Ethar and destroy his enemies, starting with Trey Allairis. Now, Kricket faces the most difficult choice of her life: whether to wage a battle for survival or a fight for love.

 
four-half-stars

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Krickett Hallowell was a 17 yr old foster kid runaway trying to stay out of sight until she is 18 and out of the system. When two different groups show up claiming she’s from another planet, and insisting they were here to escort her back. Krickett ends up leaving with Trey Allairis and his companions because he was honest with her.

Krickett had a special gift to discern truth and now she was a pawn for two political factions claiming her as kin. Krickett was mixed because her mother was an Alemeeda priestess and her father is Rafe,  both groups are at war. Where would she decided to belong to?

Krickett and Trey Allaris were an immediate draw for the romantic in me. I love young love especially of the forbidden kind. I also liked the world the author created outside of earth. It was intriguing, and I found myself engaged the whole time. But at the same time, Kyon from Alemeeda was convinced that she was meant to be his. In fact, he was emphatic about his claim as it appears they were promised when they born. Now Krickett has two factions and two men vying for her for two different reasons. Politics and love are intermingled in this YA fantasy. I know people hate love triangles, but I find them entertaining when done right.

After listening to the trilogy, I enjoyed book 3 the best. I get why others didn’t but I really liked the twists. I started out hating Kyon but in the final book, the author humanized him. He was still a feral animal but he chose Krickett in a way no one, not even Trey had. Maybe Kyon had nothing of worth to lose like Trey had (his family) but Kyon never wavered on his desire for Krickett above all things and he would sacrifice her for the good of others. That’s what ultimately made me switch to Team Kyon.

I hope Krickett’s family mainly the sperm donor who begot her (he’s not worthy of honored title “father”) gets eaten by those worm things. Astrid too. They all got what they wanted by working together towards this common goal. Krickett had to make her own way. I just wished that we got a glimpse into Krickett’s world, 5 years later. Perhaps we will because it felt like this story isn’t over!

Trailer Trash by Marie Sexton

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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

TrailerTrash_400x600Trailer Trash by Marie Sexton
Release Date: March 21, 2016
Pages: 340• Format: eARC
Published By: Riptide Publishing
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It’s 1986, and what should have been the greatest summer of Nate Bradford’s life goes sour when his parents suddenly divorce. Now, instead of spending his senior year in his hometown of Austin, Texas, he’s living with his father in Warren, Wyoming, population 2,833 (and Nate thinks that might be a generous estimate). There’s no swimming pool, no tennis team, no mall—not even any MTV. The entire school’s smaller than his graduating class back home, and in a town where the top teen pastimes are sex and drugs, Nate just doesn’t fit in.

Then Nate meets Cody Lawrence. Cody’s dirt-poor, from a broken family, and definitely lives on the wrong side of the tracks. Nate’s dad says Cody’s bad news. The other kids say he’s trash. But Nate knows Cody’s a good kid who’s been dealt a lousy hand. In fact, he’s beginning to think his feelings for Cody go beyond friendship.

Admitting he might be gay is hard enough, but between small-town prejudices and the growing AIDS epidemic dominating the headlines, a town like Warren, Wyoming, is no place for two young men to fall in love.

 

four-stars

This is definitely one of my favorite covers of the year. I loved the cover model, and the way the script is written.
When I read the blurb I was all like yes this is for me!!! Then I started reading it and it’s YA. At first, I got mad or a little perturbed because YA isn’t my genre of choice, but since I have it I was going to read it. I’m super happy that I did read it. I enjoyed it. I loved the way the author gave us the authenticity of the time, the people, the events in the world and the clothes. I literally googled so many things. Hell I was born in June of 1987. So everything they were listening to was something I wasn’t familiar with. I’d like to say that the story was about two boys from different sides of the tracks who fell in love. It’s a little more then that. It’s Aids unfolding in their eyes and the worlds. Seeing Nate trying to get answers about Aids, or just reading about it at this time in the world was eye opening. Gay Men didn’t have any resources to find out about anything in Warren, Wyoming.

As far as the characters were written I think Cody & Nate were really well written characters. I loved Cody so much. He was so resilient about the things that were thrown at him. I hated how the freaking town treated him. It’s one thing to be poor, and yeah everyone gets social class and high school status. I understand that, but Cody didn’t do anything to anyone. He is content to be by himself in his last year of high school. In walks Nate with his mustang car, Texas drawl, upturn collar on his polo shirts and bright blonde hair. Nate stormed into his life, and made Cody want. He made Cody want things that he wasn’t sure he deserved or even if he could want it. I liked Nate as well. Nate wanted everyone to be, sure he was acclimating to a new town after having to move from Austin, Texas. Nate not being use to the small town, no MTV, small high school and complete boredom. I liked how their friendship came to be. They were trying to make due with what they had in the world.

No matter what year it is, it still is High School. I can say I never had bullying or outcast issues in high school. Every cliche thing you can find in high school it was here. I mean in a small town, how the hell is it still this many cliques? Well amongst all the douchebags there was Logan Robertson. He might be one of the best friends ever. The straight jock, most popular in high school and the town decided to befriend the outcast. I love Logan, and he is such a good thing to Cody’s spirit.

Both boys had to come to terms with their sexuality in different ways. I couldn’t wrap my mind around them having no one to talk to, and no one to relate to. It pulled at my heart strings to see them so alone with this subject. It was basically forced to come out after some bad things happened. Seeing both parent’s reaction to their son’s sexuality was so emotional. Cody’s mom hasn’t had the perfect life. She’s barely scraping by and has to do unsavory things, but the one thing she does is accept her son. I cried, and then Nate’s father put the icing on the cake. I think I respected him so much more when his first priority was to make sure his son was okay.

All in all, I think this was a such a good story. I liked the ending alot. I’m a little uncertain since I would say it’s a HFN. I would have liked to know what happens after Iowa. Or maybe Marie wanted us to be content with their finding their happiness.

About Marie Sexton

Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. RowlingSeries:
on March 27, 2012
Pages: 324
Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who are mean to him and make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. (Dudley, however, has two bedrooms, one to sleep in and one for all his toys and games.) Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed forever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard!

5 Amazing, Brilliant, Stars
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Brings back memories of my childhood. I can remember being 12 years old and visiting my grandma’s house. In her living room she had the first three hardcover books sitting on the piano bench. At the time I had no clue about the series, or what was to come. At that time it was strictly the Scholastic Black History novels, The Babysitter’s Club and Goosebumps. Those were my reading books. I remember grabbing the first book and sitting on the couch, the next thing I know it’s dinner time and I’m halfway done. I was shocked that I had read that much. I absolutely love this series. If I had to describe it in one words it’ll be Friendships.

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This series told me how to have friends, and keep them. It taught me what undying love looks like. It taught me loyalty, happiness, and courage. It brings tears to my eyes writing this review because I hadn’t read the series since 2005 when I was 17 and the last book was released. Sure I’ve seen the movies a billion times. I know almost all the dialogue, and history. It’s nothing like reading the magic from the beginning.

Hermione
Harry Potter is one of my favorite characters every. I love the cast of this series, even that dreadful toad Malfoy! I love Harry’s courage to be himself in a world where he knew nothing about. I love Ron’s undying loyalty. I love Hermione’s quick wit, and her smarts! I’ll continue reading the series as if I never have. J.K. Rowling’s writing is magical. I love the world building she came up with. It’s my favorite series ever

Ron Weasley

Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oramon October 1, 2014
Pages: 322 pages
AmazonNarrator: Kirsten Leigh
What would you do if your anonymous Internet best friend turned out to be Hollywood’s hottest celebrity?

It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.

Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.
five-stars

This book was all that. It was well written, with great characters. I appreciate that the characters were not ALL good or all bad, they were human with different emotions.

I think I took to Ella immediately because she was a lover of books and a blogger. That made me smile immediately. I could picture her hoarding ARCs and the whole interaction online. It made me think of goodreads.

Ella is so impressive as was Cinder (Brian Oliver). I really empathized wit Ella and what she had been through. I was mad at her father for a while, but I saw there was genuine effort to be better. The sisters were trying even though some of the comments were biting. Ella was highly sensitive, understandably so, so I could see where her step sister Juliet and step mother Jennifer were coming from.

I couldn’t stop listening to this book as I was waiting for Ella to heal emotionally and physically. I wanted her to find that joy of life again. This book was truly a joy because the writing was so visceral and I was just entranced with the story. This is the best cinderella YA retellings I’ve read. I will definitely check out more work by this author

The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

The Law of Moses by Amy Harmonon November 18th, 2014
Pages: 333
AmazonNarrator: J. D. Jackson, Tavia Gilbert
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If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.

Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.

It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.

And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.

And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all...a love story.
four-half-stars

WOW. Amy Harmon tells a compelling story. I didn’t give it a five star because I don’t think I can ever listen to this one again but it was a five star read. Some of the things in this book were just too painful and real to me. What an awesome read!

17 year old Georgia Shepherd worked on her family’s ranch/farm, assisting her parents who help damaged kids using Equine Therapy. Moses Wright came to the Shepherd’s for help because he kept getting in trouble and his grandmother was at a loss on how to help him. Moses had been abandoned at a laundromat by his drug addicted mother. So Moses has had difficulty relating to others and adjusting to life .

Moses is the kind of guy Georgia’s parents wanted her to stay away from but she was drawn to him. She saw the person inside that he hid from everyone. She was persistent and eventually penetrated his rough exterior. I adored Georgia and her spirit. She was smart, kind and tolerant. Moses–well, he was a roller coaster for me. I felt bad for Moses in the beginning, then I hated him in the middle, then I gave him the gift of forgiveness in the end. He definitely was a complex character and he didn’t make it easy for me to connect with him. That’s why Amy Harmon is awesome. She can write multidimensional characters that we have to struggle with how we feel about them. They were very much human to me and I felt their pain as well as their joy. I like how the author always manages to infuse a little religion into the books but stops short of being preachy.

I cried in this one and I just wished for everyone in the book to remove their blinders and see what was right in front of them. This was the kind of book that one feels very satisfied at the end, like how a nice dessert completes a nice meal. I felt full! I liked the relationship between the Shepherd family; I loved Moses’s connection with his grandma. I loved when he finally understood the visits and their significance. Most importantly, I loved when he understood why he was brought back home. I it was a journey of self-discovery, acceptance and forgiveness. I think I have read almost every book of her and I can’t wait for The Song of David next week.

Special Thanks to Tantor Media for the audiobook review copy

About Amy Harmon

Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in thirteen languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.

Amy Harmon has written ten novels – including the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as The Law of Moses, Infinity + One and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her recent release, The Bird and the Sword, is a Goodreads Choice finalist in Fantasy.