Friday, October 14, 2011

Book Review: Deep Blue Secret by Christie Anderson

Every once in a while I come across a writer that is such a great storyteller, I can't put the book down, I forget where I am, what time it is, and if there's anyone around me. I don't notice typos (if there are any), and I am oblivious to any flaws in the work (unless they are blatant), and I desperately hope there is another book coming with these same characters.

Christie Anderson is such a writer.

I was lost in the world of Deep Blue Secret and fascinated by the way she intertwined nature with magic. I desperately want to see more of this world! And I can't help but mention, the cover is absolutely stunning. I could put that poster on my wall any day.

Now to be absolutely fair, which I'm trying to do more often, there was one teensy little thing that bugged me, something that most people probably wouldn't even notice and may just be one of my "things." Transitions were a little too quick. For instance, she sat down to the table for breakfast, her plate mounded with food, and then suddenly she rubbed her stomach saying she was stuffed. I wanted to at least see her take that first bite.

But honestly, to me, that was such a small thing when I enjoyed the story so very much. I'm not sure what else to say. This book rocked my socks. It was a fun read, the characters felt authentic to me, and like I said before, I was left desperately wanting a book two so I can find out more about this world. Please say there will be a book two, Christie. Please? Please???

If you wish to purchase Deep Blue Secrets, it would be money well spent (and it's only .99 cents for kindle!) You can find the book HERE.

And thank you, Ms. Christie Anderson, for giving me some wonderful hours in your make-believe world. They were awesome!

Book summary:

California teen, Sadie James, thinks her life couldn’t get any better. She has great friends, an energetic mother she adores, and the beach practically in her own backyard. But her carefree life is turned upside down when she’s rescued by a mysterious and strangely familiar boy who won’t even tell her his name.

Each time the boy appears, Sadie’s unexplainable attraction to him deepens along with her need to unravel his secrets. The boy is there to protect her. But as wonderful and exciting as it might be to have an irresistible boy with crystal green eyes protecting her every move, every minute of the day...why does Sadie need one?

As Sadie finds answers, she realizes her life isn’t as perfect as she thought. Not only is she caught in a world of dangerous secret agents she never knew existed, but it turns out her true identity may be the greatest secret of all.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Book Review: The Key of Kilenya

When I first met Andrea, she had just signed on with my publisher. We were at a writing conference together and I looked at her and went, "now that is what an author is supposed to look like." She was stunning. Beautiful.

I was immediately intimidated.

Now, it's not that I'm ugly. At least I don't think I am. But I'm short and wide and . . . well, you get the picture. She was tall and slender with curly brown hair and I immediately thought she would make an awesome character in one of my books.

What I didn't know, was that she was as kind and non-judgmental as she was beautiful. I love people like that. Once Andrea and I got to know each other we immediately hit it off. Now, I tell you this, so that you know the truth. Andrea is awesome. She is as beautiful inside as out. And that makes what I'm about to admit that much more awful.

I really wanted to hate her book. I did! When I found out that my publisher had signed another YA fantasy author who had wolves in her book, I wanted to hate it. How dare she! How dare my publisher! That's how I felt then.

Boy, was I ever wrong.

Though the wolves in her story are integral to the plot, they are not primary characters. Her wolves are black and an apparent enemy to the protagonist. Mine are white and in one case IS the protagonist. Our books are nothing alike, and to top it off, Andrea is an incredible writer, with a depth of detail that is lacking in so many books. She balances excitement with thought, external conflict with inner, and adds just the right mix of mystery and realism. It is a very well written and enjoyable book, and I can hardly wait to share it with my sons.

It's one I know will become a favorite.

To purchase The Key of Kilenya for yourself go HERE. Believe me, you won't regret it.

About Andrea

Andrea is an avid reader and outdoor-er, who loves traveling. She and her husband (AKA Mr. Darcy) were married only a few months ago, and have settled near a river that someday will probably overflow and flood their house.

It took her nearly a lifetime to do so (nine years), but she graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Communications Disorders from Brigham Young University. She plans to open a flying bicycle shop eventually, but for the time being, she is happy teaching orchestra to elementary students.