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I'm a Sagittarius born in the wrong era....I would have fit better in the 50's I think. I'm hard to peg...a somewhat eclectic mixed breed. I love to read a good book...preferably in hardback. I've never been a tweeter, facebooker, etc....despite the fact I'm on the internet everyday, for hours at a time. Coincidentally, I just set up a facebook for the first time yesterday. I prefer phone calls to texts, and in person, to phone calls. I hate pictures and attention, but did some modeling. I don't drink, but bartended. I made it to the top of the mountain and fell off. When people tell me I can't is when I go from timid to tenacious. I'm writing a book series. Someday I want to go to Tibet and own an Alpaca. I like people, but I'm not 'in love' with them....I'm outgoing, but secretly terified. Yellow is my favorite color. I'm looking forward...
on Feb. 24, 2013 :
I must start out by saying that I really enjoyed this book and found myself studying the use of the English language that was used by the author. Her writing is exquisite and the words flow like poetry.
“She would never tell me. She couldn’t bring herself to say the words. It was like trying to put together a puzzle with invisible pieces. I only had small fragments
to work with, and even those were constantly changing forms.”
It is precise and each word seems like it was hand picked like a jewel. Miss Bleu just has a way with words but not words you hear put together exactly like this. There is an art form to her writing.
Even though this book falls under the category of Young Adult, which I am not, I still really enjoyed the story. I couldn’t wait to read what would happen next. It was pleasurably unpredictable.
I am already looking forward to book two in the series. The story between Wes and Olivia is very much a beautiful mystery.
I would highly recommend Finding Summerland. It was great escape that was not at all predictable.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Nov. 04, 2012 :
Finding Summerland by Paige Bleu is a captivating story of love and loss. It is written in the first person narrative from the eyes of Wes Rochester, a teenage boy from the privileged family. But somehow he never fit into the high society, he is a loner and prefers a company of his guitar over a loud party. He lived in the shadow of his older brother Chunnig who is all that, but he's gone missing without a trace for some nine months. The family is going through tough time to get over the loss of their oldest son and Wes finds his mother's donning and turning her attention to him a bit overwhelming. It is during a spring break party in their summer house that Wes retreats to the log on the beach and finds Olivia. He is instantly drawn to her. Her innocence of all the things like cell phones, drama of high school and other things his society strives on, is like a magnet to him. But not all is right with her, we discover she is from another ancient realm, but due to her ability to shift her shape at will, she is seen as different by her own people and cast away. She helps bring his brother back to the world of humans and the passage between the worlds wiped his memory clean. He believes only what he's been told. Olivia broke the rules of her world with her actions and therefore will be punished. She decides to enjoy what little time she has left before she is brought back to her world. She enrols in the same school with Wes to complete the senior year. All the girls adore her and she becomes instant star. After the prom night the party spills over at the beach house, Wes goes to check on his brother who drank himself to a stupor. When he returns to the party downstairs, Olivia is no where to be found. But he knows in his heart this was the beginning of an end. A few days later he sees her with the man who fits the description of the guy she was last seen with. They are waist deep in the sea, they kiss and disappear into the surf. That was the last glimpse of his love Wes was granted. As he's walking back to the house, he feels his mood change to lighter and he understands Olivia did not betray him but rather liberated him from his sins.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Oct. 22, 2012 :
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This was a fun book with some aspects to it that made me think it was “Twilight + +”. I loved the story, it jumps around a bit but eventually comes together. I think this was the first time that reading the prologue actually gave me an all around feel for the novel. It drew me in and kept me interested. I also loved the way it helped you understand Wes and all he was experiencing, what he felt. All in all, a pretty good book. The only issue I had was that it left me hanging, now I wait in anticipation for book two!
(reviewed long after purchase)