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Charissa Stastny was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She spent a semester abroad in Israel, where she skipped rocks over the Sea of Galilee and teased monkeys at the Biblical zoo. Despite her monkey taunting tendencies, she graduated from Brigham Young University in Elementary Education. She is married, has four children and resides in Idaho’s Treasure Valley. The Eyes of Light trilogy is her first published set of books.
on April 26, 2013 :
I really enjoyed this book. The stark contrast between good and evil was marked, and Suvi's struggle to find her way between those two worlds kept me guessing all the way through. We can tell she's good underneath, but we've seen some of her terrible choices and witnessed her terrible experiences and so we can't be sure what's going to happen to her next, or what choices she will make. I read this book on an e-reader on my phone which meant it was always with me, and whenever I had a spare few minutes, I would open it up and instantly be absorbed right back into the story. It's always a good sign when you feel pleased that your kids have kept you waiting because it means you can grab a few minutes on your book!
I was torn between giving this four or five stars. In terms of it being a page turner that I wanted to read at any opportunity, then I would have gone for the five stars, and within the context of it being a first novel I would have gone for five stars. I've gone for four stars though because I feel Charissa will have grown as a writer through writing this book, and I want to leave the room to recognise that in future novels of hers - don't let me down there Charissa! ;)
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 15, 2012 :
Intrigue, action, romance and more!
Eyes of Light is a first novel by Charissa Stastny about a young woman, Suvi Goldstein, and the people she encounters on her journey from her teens through to her twenties and what a journey it is! Stastny eases the reader into a world not too different from most people's lives, but then as the plot develops, suspense takes over and you can't help but feel like you're in the early stages of a roller-coaster ride. In some parts of Eyes of Light, the drama and action could be likened to a life-death battle from a novel in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, but Stastny cleverly shows the other side of life—the goodness and loving nature of one of the major characters—James Hinton, an Elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Eyes of Light is full of intrigue and the characters are not only well-rounded, they are believable. Some of the settings, for example near a river in Boise, Idaho during early spring or a house guarded by a large reptile in Semillero, are vivid and redolent. There are a few minor distractions as with any first novel where inexperience and imperfection pop up, but you soon get over these matters and can't wait to read the next chapter. Suvi is a memorable character and one readers will love to meet and learn about.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 25, 2012 :
I loved this novel! I couldn't put it down! Best book I have read in ages! If you want a book to get your mind reeling and heart pounding, look no further!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)