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"I feel like I've been waiting for this book. It's kind of like all my favorite comic books rolled into one awesome package... I'm eagerly awaiting the second book, I'm hooked!" --The Kindle Book Review
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"An imaginative fable about two witches that should excite young readers."--Kirkus Reviews on Grimm House
"The plot is fast paced and easy to dive into, making this a quick and exciting read." --School Library Journal on From a Distant Star
"At first glance Favorite is a story of a girl and her family learning to cope with loss. But at some point it morphs into a psychological thriller. It's an unexpected but welcome turn that will leave readers on the edge of their seats." --Jessica Harrison, Cracking the Cover
"This story featuring a strong protagonist who has mastered the art of being the new girl will appeal to girls who are fans of this genre." --School Library Journal on Life on Hold
"Karen McQuestion just keeps getting better! Hello Love is an enchanting, impossible-to-put-down novel about big hearts and second chances."--Claire Cook, USA Today bestselling author of Must Love Dogs
"An emotional and engaging novel about family..." Delia Ephron on A Scattered Life
"McQuestion writes with a sharp eye and a sure voice, and as a reader, I was willing to go wherever she wanted to take me. After I finished the book, I thought about how I might describe it to a friend, and I settled on...: "You should read this. It's good." --Carolyn Parkhurst on A Scattered Life
- ASIN : B0092PPWKC
- Publisher : NIGHTSKY PRESS; 1st edition (August 21, 2012)
- Publication date : August 21, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 1489 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 325 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1478349425
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #20,286 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I'm not going to tell you about the book. I'm going to tell you why you should read this book.
1) It's FREE on Goodreads, Bookbub and Amazon! Hello, freebie here!
2) It's fast paced. Yes, it's about 16 y/o's when the only thing fast-paced about them is usually avoiding chores, homework and jumping on electronics.
3) The characters are real (for the most part). But these are pretty good kids, each dealing with totally different home-lives, and the author lets you see the good and the bad behind closed doors. Some of the thoughts and comments made by the main character are very thought-provoking and make you wish you were better with other people. A couple others you just wanna smack.
4) The story is wild. The author writes like THIS COULD ACTUALLY HAPPEN, and makes us believe it (and even though it is Sci-Fi and we, none of us, will get new powers from the stars, that doesn't mean we can't wish for them!) This is a unique book with a great story line. It doesn't have Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Dead-People-Come-Back-to-Life, but the authors imagination is fresh and has brought us real entertainment.
5) It ends well. Yes, yes - We know it is the first of a series, and you can tell the story continues, but honestly, right after I finished this book, I DIDN'T RAGE OR SCREAM, "I HATE CLIFFHANGER!!" I, The Queen Of Reading Freebie Books, just immediately bought the next one. That doesn't happen a lot, but it does happen with the good'un. And this is one of them.
I love to read. I will read bad books but try not to. If the first book in the series is slow, bad or is incredibly unbelievable, I will never purchase the second. Ever. This is NOT one of those books. Other reviewers will tell you the plot and the characters and break it down.
Here's my breakdown: READ THIS BOOK, YOU'LL LIKE IT. NO CROSSINGS COUNT!
*please forgive my typos, I loathe auto-correct
Russ Becker is your typical teenage insomniac. I was always a night owl so I could relate a bit to his plight.When one of his late night walks leads him up close and personal with what looks like a meteor shower, everything changes. Russ finds out about group of teens his age that all have the same problem, and solved it all the same way. They also have another secret in common, they all experienced a light show similar to Russ.
Now Russ, Mallory, Jameson, and Nadia have something else in common, they all developed special powers after their exposure to whatever the light and rocks were. With great power comes an organization designed to exploit those who are gifted in this way. As Russ tries to sort out his new reality and the hidden world he has been exposed to, secrets are brought to light. Will Russ be able to continue his previously unremarkable life? Or is he destined for other things?
Come along for the ride that Karen takes us on in Russ's quest of self discovery. If you are still a kid at heart, there is entertainment to be found in these pages.
EDGEWOOD was a highly entertaining sci-fi/paranormal story. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. Russ Becker and his friends witness something that changes their lives. While they don't exactly know what to do, they learn that this has happened before. Russ has the amazing ability to heal people but it's somewhat frightening to him. This is written in first person (Russ) which really makes it work.
The story gets even more exciting when a group of people called the Associates begin tracking them down. These people are somewhat like MIB. The kids are never sure who the Associates are or where they're at but they're out to kidnap and possibly even worse. This was a unique and twisty story. I'd love to listen to more in this series. KAREN McQUESTION's a terrific author and I'll always look for other books by her. She's proven to have what it takes.
MAXWELL GLICK did an excellent job narrating. His voice was absolutely perfect for Russ. I was very impressed with how he made this character and story his own. His pace was just right as well as his voice inflections, reflecting the emotions of the characters. Such a great job and great collaboration of author and reader. Recommended.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."
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Russ sees something miraculous. But it leaves side effects, and he isn't the only one who knows about it. Three other teenagers have also experienced it, hopefully they will have all the answers, but maybe they don't know enough to save themselves...
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Well written but the first half is boring because he was just discovering and exploring his new powers and nothing particularly high suspense or dramatic happened, and would give it around 3.5 stars for that part. However, it improved in the second half when the pace sped up, like when the Associates tried to take Mallory, and when Russ' nephew, Frank, was taken, and he had to go get him back. If the whole book was like that, it would have probably been 4.25-4.75 stars.
The subject of the book is really interesting, where finds a light show, and he gets some powers from the bizarre occurrence. And there is a secret organisation (the Associates) which want to hire every teen that comes in contact, and there is a little bit of romance, and allows you to comfortably discover the supernatural, without being too full on, and completely redonculous.
"Jameson gave me a steely-eyed look over his glasses. “We’re geniuses with superpowers.”"
It felt a smidge juvenile, as he is 15.5 in the book. Hopefully when he gets older, he'll be a bit more mature *fingers crossed*
It meanders quite a bit, the main character is a boy, but sometimes his thoughts seem to veer more towards the way a female teenager would think, not to be too gender stereotyped, but it's a bit of an inconsistent characterisation. Also there is a major plot point that is incredibly obvious, but presumably being saved for a later plot twist, it's just not very subtle. I'm also wondering if the main character is meant to be an unreliable narrator, a bit like Katniss in the Hunger Games, can't decide if this writer is being that clever though.
Clever to offer the first one for free, as I'm sure I'm not the only one who wants to know what happens.
It failed to get more as the writer is one of those people who feels its okay to insult the intelligence of the reader.
He forces the storyline to occur by making the primary character behave in a completely naive way (One could say a completely moronic way) even after being shot by the bad guys.
It seems like modern authors feel this is acceptable as I see it occurring in far too many storylines.
Sadly it makes it a frustrating read and difficult to get wrapped up in the story.