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Jacci lives in Reno, Nevada with her husband David and a sweet, big yellow dog. Oh, and one unfriendly cat. She loves to read and write and spend time with people half her age, feeling generally hopeful about the world.
She enjoys chocolate in all its manifestations.
The Author, on her writing of The Birthright Series: "I began writing The Birthright Series three years ago. I was on a flight to Costa Rica with my husband and I started pondering the idea of what it would be like if people started getting divine gifts but had no context for them. It was a really intriguing idea and I came up with the four main characters there and then. They took over from there and I was just along for the ride."
on July 23, 2014 :
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to the autor and We ♥ YA Books! for this opportunity.
This story is about four teenagers and a changing life English class. Samantha, Tyller, Orlando and Tiffany are from different schools, different age and even different ethnicities. But they find out despite all those differences, they have something in common: They have to save a girl.
The plot is interesting, but the thing with this book is when you read it, it gives you the impression you're reading a mix of a self-help book and a mistery book. Sure, it's better than a self-help book but fall short in the mistery aspect.
Sam, Ty, Lando and Tiff have their share of difficulties in life, and every single of them is realistic, but it's unrealistic the way they share them with the other three. I can understand the four of them feel very comfortable with each other, but in a week you seriously can't tell your inner fears/thoughts to a bunch of strangers. Or at least that's what I think, it felt rushed. It tries the empathy card, but it doesn't work. In the other hand, the way they assume their 'civil duty' is nice and exciting.
So... I enjoyed reading it. My favorite character is Tiff. She has a strong personality and know how to be there for her friends.
The English class. Mr Monahan made it really interesting for the kids there and the reader, of course. Even if it didn't seem as an english class at all, it was a good class per sé.
Well, I really didn't like the religious tone about some plot aspects. But not's necessarily something bad about the book, it was just not for me.
Who can open the door to free the trapped bird?
Only those who care enough to take the risk of love.
Only those willing to face danger, heartache and rejection.
Only those who hear the voice and see the frightened eyes,
and let their hearts be moved, not just to compassion, but to action.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Dec. 27, 2011 :
The Cage provokes a lot of thought about the role of young people in acts of justice in our own neighborhoods. It's fun getting to know the 4 main characters, all of whom have vastly different backgrounds (gender, ethnicity, family life, passions) but who pursue together the meaning of some things that are happening within them that are hard-to-explain. The author does a great job with these characters, making them endearing, honest, and interesting. I recommend this book to anyone who is a young adult or teen (or anyone who knows and loves a young adult or teen) who likes to read, likes to learn, and wants to be an advocate for justice to the world around them.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)