The story revolves around T.J. and his sister Angela once living with their single Mom and her changing boyfriends while other time in foster care. This was a ” then ” time, one they lived before being adopted. Everything is kept between T. J’s memories holding within his lifebook of then, almost now, and now. These days he and his sister are living with Marlene and Dan their new parents. A terrible accident involving Angela brings memories to T. J. back of a long time ago. Sitting at the hospital waiting room, while his sister is laying unconscious from a fall, he opens up his lifebook and emerges in his past and present stories of his life.
I became an indirect witness following his past and present, felt every emotion that was part of these kids life. At one point I laughed, then felt sadness and was near to cry but overall I was sharing the emotions that were going through both these kids minds and following their story to be told page by page, chapter by chapter. Sheila Kelly Welch makes the story to be felt real which marks her as great writer in my point of view.
It was a great story one that we can all learn from, to make this world a better one by helping those who are in greatest need of care.
Overall rating 5/5.
The title is so popular by many authors that while searching for the term Taken you will end up with a result of 2861 hits. So you ask yourself how such a book which isn’t even listed in the goodreads book list has got my attention. Well for once I find that being a club member in goodreads has many advantages one of them being lead to independent book authors like Tony Talbot worth reading that else I wouldn’t find by my own.
The introduction to the novel spoke to me as if saying READ ME. And so I did, I wasn’t disappointed in the contrary I was totally hooked up that I read the story within one night. Of course it is doable afterall it is considered a short novel story.
The story is told from the view of a 15 year old boy Amon Russo, living on some Greek Islands without speaking the Greek language just English and Italian. He lives with his parents in a big villa leads a luxurious life and is supposed to have it all or so we believe but at some point he is questioning his own life while driving downtown with his father yet totally excluded from the outside world, except from his own home and the employees within. Nothing is as it seems in the Russo household and though strange things happen they remain unspoken of until Amon meets up with the neighbors girl and his world begins to crumble as questions evolve that leads him to be careful. Suspicion comes up for what is true and what is a lie who to trust and who to avoid an adventure begins of finding the truth, it’s a mystery worth unleashing while reading.
What I liked:
The author gives detailed description of the surroundings without being too boring. There is some suspense and mystery which keeps some space for your own imagination to think about possible endings.
Though I find that a little more collaboration towards the end would have been the cherry on the cake for me, then just leaving the end open.
Overall I liked the story very much and would give it a 4.5/5 rating.
Reading YA stories is very new to me, I got caught up while reading the stories of Sara Shepard. Many people think that top reviews are only given because the author has his friends, and but that is not the case with me. Personally I don’t know the author Melissa Douthit and we are separated by continents. Our connection came with her seeking for book reviewers and I read her post looking up book clubs on goodreads.
Naturally I wrote to her and she has given to me a free copy to read. The review that I give are plainly just on the story and it is my personal opinion where everyone has the right to acknowledge or not. To go through life means to open your eyes and heart and not to judge negatively.
I liked the first book very much so I read this, too. The story continues where Chalice and her friends are on their way to the underground city Portalis in tow with the townspeople who have been imprisoned before and are freed to flee alongside the friends of Chalice. Many are in shock and they believe to be healed in Portalis.
Of course romance is also a part of the Raie’Chaelia Series where we become witnesses to a growing relationship between Chalice and Jeremiah Maehbeck. It is a great responsibility that is shared and their love grows on with the experiences that they are going through together. Apart from the fact that their relationship won’t be accepted in their society they go on to hold to each other.
In all I would give it a 4/5 overall rating.