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on April 22, 2013 :
Age Appropriate For: 16 and up (some thematic elements)
Best for Ages: 16 and up
This is a very different book then I normally read. I usually avoid fiction written for teens because it is more gritty then I like my fiction. Yes, I am parcel to the ones that are happier and always end on a high note. Although this book was very different then I normally read, I found myself enjoying it.
There were only two things that had issue with in this book. The first and foremost being that it ends on a cliffhanger and the second book isn’t out yet. The second is that some things were not as clear as they should have been. I thought the story was about of teens for the first few chapters, only to find that the kids I am reading about were in their early twenties.
The characters were awesome. Not many independently published authors have characters as well developed as Jansina has. Michal was a troubled but very likeable person. I love how she strives to protect her siblings from her father’s fits of rage and works to keep them together. Her two siblings were also very lovable even though they have suffered at the hand of their father. Davey was by far my favorite. I loved his background, his faith, his relationship with his parents, and his high standards. I also loved his ideas of church and the Fathers love for us.
The story itself was good, but hard at times. I loved the realism of it. Even in the end, there are many things that are not resolved. Some of the characters make some big mistakes. Without giving anything away, let me just say that that some secrets are kept that will cause the characters heartache in the future.
I recommend this book to those who like realistic books with characters that have real problems and dilemmas, but also with a strong faith element.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Oct. 15, 2012 :
This is a wonderful quick read. I had to keep reading to find out the characters next developments. Loved the mystery and humor too. Jansina has a wonderful way of writing moral books with subtle messages and I look forward to reading more of her writings.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)