Review of Learning in the Dark by Margaret Sarah Bechtel

Learning in the Dark by Margaret Sarah Bechtel

Synopsis:  One careless moment can alter a life forever. At the age of ten Lynn loses her eyesight in a terrible accident. Years later her life becomes entangled with the people who caused her blindness. While Lynn is learning in the dark, can she learn to forgive?

My review:
I rarely find a gem that shines so brightly that it sucks my attention into it and bids me to read and read until it is done.  I absolutely loved this heart-felt story.  I haven’t cried so much and felt my gut wrench from reading a story in so long!  I won’t spoil it for you; the synopsis tells you all you need to know until you read it.  The drama, the heartache, regret and mistakes that happen in this book are real and can make you examine your own life in its wake.  How one mistake can affect the lives of so many for years upon years and shape their existences are amazing and well told in this book. 
I won’t rehash the summary, but if you like drama, intense situations and a plot that keeps you guessing what is next, this is it.  I’d say it is the best book I’ve read all year.   An absolute addition to anyone’s library of great reads, great job Margaret!
5 out of 5 Stars!!!
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The Earth Painter Giveaway!!!!!!!!!!

Giving away one free ebook copy of this awesome book by  M.T. Lee!!!! Just comment on this post with your name and  email and you are eligible to win!!!!! Don't forget to follow my blog via GFC or Networked Blogs!  Not required but it would be nice!!!! Winner will be announced November 30th 2011.  Get you entry in now and read this fabulous story!  Description:   When a self-conscious young woman discovers the boy in drama class is actually the immortal who painted the world into being, she becomes the target of another painter who hates humanity. The Earth Painter is a Young Adult Supernatural Romance set in the small mill town of Chesnee, SC. It revolves around Holly Scruggs, who's family has just moved back to Chesnee after her dad lost his job along with pretty much everything they owned. Her image conscious parents correct her to the point of brokenness until she meets Theo. He is the artist responsible for all the beauty of the land and he thinks Holly is beautiful too. Together they will fight against Fritz, the water painter who hates humans and is hiding a secret under the high school.

“WARNING: Reading this book leads to compulsive reading.
Melissa Turner Lee is a master storyteller. The book blends modern culture with Lee’s fantasy world… The Earth Painter is an intriguing tale of romance, heartache, and friendship. Lee hits the nail on the head with many issues young ladies face through school today. These are timeless issues that, I believe, will be relevant no matter what age.”
___Contessa Wright, MommyReviews


Review of Coexist by Julia Crane

Review of Coexist by Julia Crane
I recieved this book as a free copy for review via for Read to Review.
Coexist by Julia Crane was a great, fast and light read.  The story centers around a girl named Keegan, who is an elf.  In a world where magical beings integrate well in human society, she has grown up a privileged and happy teenager.  Her only care in the world is shopping for parties and hanging with friends.  Yet an imminent battle between light and dark elves has escalated, with Keegan’s family in the very center of it all.
Most of the story is spent following Keegan around, having fun with her friends and her family in the day to day of her normal high school life.  Keegan and her family have special powers (since they are all elves) and her brother Thaddeus is the ‘chosen one’ who is supposed to save their race and is a gifted warrior and seer.  Keegan comes off as likeable but spoiled.  Her family is rich and has everything so they are a bit hard to relate to.  There are other supernatural beings blending in the city’s population, which somehow Keegan seems oblivious to.  She seems to only be aware that she has a chosen one, a predestined love named Rourk, (who is my favorite) and that there are light and dark elves.  The roles of the other beings are not fully explained in this book.  The elves have been at war for so long, no one seems to know why they are fighting anymore.
I enjoyed the storyline but the action did not seem to happen until the end.  Conflicts between the two elves seemed to be solved way too easy and fast.  I would have enjoyed a bit more depth in the backgrounds of the characters.  Overall a steady paced read that kept my interest.  I will be reading the next in the series to see what happens with these likable characters.
4 out of 5 stars!!!!
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