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Amber Garza lives in California with her amazing husband, and two hilarious children who provide her with enough material to keep her writing for years. She writes young adult thrillers.
Tracey Spiteri (YA Book Addict)
on March 13, 2013 :
Delaney and Micah have been best friends all their lives. Graced with special gifts, they are each one of only ten Ekloge Warriors who are followers of Zerach and they have a duty to protect the people of Edenly. Not only from the general day to day things but also from the evil of the Sarafites. Whilst Micah relishes the life that is mapped out for him, Delaney would love nothing more than to be able to make her life's decisions for herself. And nobody must ever know about their gifts!! It's during a rescue mission that they save Ariel, who also happens to be an Ekloge warrior just like them. Ariel is mysterious and both Delaney and Micah cant help but feel that she is keeping secrets from them. But despite that Micah can't help but be drawn to her.
Delaney has always had an interest in classmate Sam, but suddenly Sam is showing an interest in Delaney. The more time that they spend together, the more Delaney likes him. But he is not a follower of Zerach and if her parents found out they would forbid their growing romance. So they sneak around and grab small snatches of time together whenever they can. But Delaney questions Sam's sudden interest in her when he has always been anything but responsive to her. Are his intentions what he says they are and is he being completely honest with Delaney?
Told from the point of view of Delaney, Micah and Sam, it allows us as the reader to get a greater insight into the characters and the story. All three characters were very different. Delaney is very strong, but she has self doubts just like every other teen. Micah is loyal and caring, but he can also be fairly set in his opinions, but as the story progresses we get to understand that side of him more. And then there is Sam. Gorgeous, deep and multi layered. He was the character that had me most in knots. Bad boy turns good. Or does he? I felt sorry for him. I liked him. I loved him. I begged him to do certain things and then I pleaded with him not to do others. He was the character who for me went through the most growth.
I absolutely loved Dazzle!! Amber Garza has written a fantastic story!!! She writes in a way that you are engrossed in the story. I loved the romance. I loved the suspense. I loved the twists. And then there was that cliffhanger!!! No, no, NO!!!! Thankfully book two, Shatter has already been released so i'm off to buy that now.... But while I'm doing that, you should definitely go and immerse yourself in Dazzle!!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Oct. 23, 2012 :
Delaney is just a sixteen year old girl that just wants to do what she wants for once in her life. All her life she has been sheltered b/c she is a Ekloge Warrior, that has a special gift. They were made to one day to fight the Sarafites in war when they try to take over Edenly. Delaney doesn’t want to be a part of any of it. She just wants to be a normal teenage girl, but she knows she can’t. Until she starts talking to Sam, but does Sam have another agenda on his mind or does he really like Delaney. She was always told it was dangerous to get involved with someone that is not a follower, but Delaney is tired of it all and doesn’t care. What Delaney dosen’t know is that she is about to find out how dangerous it is to let your guard down.
OMG dude this book was the bomb!!!!! There is no other word for it. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. All of the characters were very well developed and everything was believable. And to top all that awesome off, they also have gifts. How freaking cool is that?!?! I really didn’t want it to end and I kept looking and hoping that I had a lot more pages left. LOL When it finally ended. My first response was NO NO NO NO, How can you do this to me. That ending just left me wanting more. I need to know what happens, like I need oxygen to breathe, that’s how good it was. Before this book, I was in a rut, but Dazzle pulled me right out of it. :D I highly recommend you read this book.
Delaney was a delightful character. She just wanted to be to live her life being normal. Sure, I would like a gift, but everything comes with a price. She has a big responsibility on her shoulders. I like to think that me and her would be great friends, even though she’s not supposed to talk to other people. I still try and befriend her. Overall, she was a very likable character.
Micah was a bit of a…..IDK. I don’t really know how I feel about him. Yes, I like him and I think he is a really good friend for Delaney, but he is just indecisive…kinda like me LOL He doesn’t know what he really wants, except to find the others like him. Once he sees Delaney with someone else, he gets all jealous, even though he is with someone else and continues to see her. I mean really, come on!!!
Sam was a little bit rough on the edges. He had the whole bad boy persona going in the beginning and then you find out that he is a big softy underneath. He just thought he had to act like that b/c he thought everyone expected it of him b.c of his dad. I don’t really know when I started to fall for him. It could have been a lot of different times. And then there were times, where I didn’t know what to think. Who am I kidding, I totally love the bad boys. LOL
(reviewed within a month of purchase)