Saturday, September 5, 2015

THE BLUE by Lucy Clarke

I was hooked on Lucy Clarke's writing after Swimming at Night. Clarke knows how to tell a story.
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The Blue blends past and present together beautifully to create a chilling story of friendship, distrust, and forgiveness. Best friends Lana and Kitty team up with a crew aboard The Blue for what was supposed to be an eight-month voyage. Things soon begins to unravel as members of the crew begin to distrust each other. It suddenly seems that everyone on board harbors a dark secret.

What starts out as a life of paradise soon turns to tragedy when the boat capsizes. Lana, who has already left the ship, waits frantically for word of Kitty and the other crew members. Adding to the drama, Lana recalls that one of the crew, a stowaway, disappeared overboard during a squabble on deck, and now his sister waits with Lana for word of his survival. Lana can't talk to her about the incident without betraying her friends' trust.

Captivating, intriguing, dark, are a few words I'd use to describe this book. You'll want to pick up a copy and read it for yourself. The story will stick with you for a long time.

Can't wait for Lucy Clarke's next book.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Never Trust A Happy Song by Natalie Bina

Product DetailsThis story immediately drew me in. Cassidy is so focused on her schooling that she doesn’t have time to have fun. Her parents are a big part of this, although while her father is mentioned in the book, he is never present. Cassidy's mother is certain the only way to get a good job and be a productive part of society is through superior education.

Part of this extreme education demands that Cassidy spend time with a host family. The problem is that their lives are totally different from what Cassidy is used to. The family has one child, Grace, who isn't the slightest bothered by those who bully her. She convinces Cassidy to accompany her on a few fun outings, something Cassidy never does because it interferes with her education. But Cassidy admits to herself she does enjoy it.  After all, Grace appears to be living a good life.

But things change when Cassidy collapses from exhaustion. After all, you know what they say about all work and no play? And Grace has been hiding a secret that could destroy her.\ Is there a happy medium for both girls?

I read this book in two days.  The writing as well as the story line drew me in from the beginning. Highly recommended.