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on July 09, 2012 :
*Some Little Spoilers Flittered Though Out, So You Have Been Warned! *
Alexa Mayfair is about to be just another high-school graduate when a tornado strikes her hometown of Fortraven, almost killing her. This one incident changes everything Alexa has ever thought, felt or know & she struggles to grasp this new & baffling world.
Saved my an Angel, Doomed by a Devil & in Love with The Fallen Alexa must Must Push the boundaries of Common Sense & fall whole heartedly into love if she's to survive.
Carol really brought back the feelings of first love which will emerge young & old, while avoiding being condescending & playing into too much teenage angst.
"The sun broke through the clouds & appeared to burn them away in a matter of seconds. Warmth returned to the chilled air but my body still felt cold & numb. Droplets turned to diamonds on each blade of grass. I closed my eyes in an effort to change what was in front of me but when I opened them again the scene remained the same - an empty space where he had stood"
It's the kind of book to read while lounging in a hammock sipping ice tea on holidays.........I would label it as "put-down-able" but that doesn't make it a bad book in ways sort of the opposite it was quite a refreshing read that I could brisk through in my luxurious spare time through out the day. The pocket size chapters just added to the appeal.
The Writing styles flows nicely & is easy to read, while still being engaging, tho the ending did tend to drag on...But the ending was juicy enough to want more!
Alexa is a delightful, kind hearted & amicable recluse. I personally found her to be one of the most realistic & relatable female leads that I've read in YA in some time.....l.She's by no means perfect but that's part of the charm I guess.
(review of free book)
on May 11, 2012 :
Aventurine Heart by Carole Wood – Book Review
Carole Wood’s début novel, Aventurine Heart is a treat for lovers of young adult fiction. Packed full with Angels, Demons, and a first love. What more could you ask for? This is a story of a young girl named Alexa who falls in love. She is then introduced to a whole new world of supernatural beings that tries her sanity and will power.
Carole Wood writes with a strong attention to detail and uses vivid imagery to pull the reader into the story. Wood paints vibrant settings and makes us care about the characters while we watch them grow.
At times, I found that there were drifting tangents that narrated unnecessary details which slowed the pacing a touch more than needed.
Even so, this is a must read book. There are many five star moments and I look forward to picking up her next tale. Wood is definitely an Author to watch for and I cannot wait until her next book comes out.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)