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Nichole Chase is a daydreamer. No, really, just ask any of the math teachers that had the misfortune of seeing her name appear on their class schedule. For years she has had story lines and characters begging for attention, but she resolutely pushed them aside to focus on more normal (read, boring) jobs. Well, no longer! She is currently heeding the voices in her head and frantically writing their stories. Nichole resides in South Georgia with her husband, energetic toddler, three dogs, and two cats. When not devouring novels by the dozens, you may find her writing, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.
Lovey Dovey Books
on Dec. 10, 2012 :
Flukes is a lovely novel. Sweet and adorable will most likely be the first two words to pop into any reader's head whenever their thoughts turn to Nichole Chase's latest YA novel. Meena lives in the Bahamas with her adopted parents, helping them run their animal shelter, Flukes. Since she's been home schooled her whole life, her biggest worries aren't bullies or boys, but the secret she's hiding. That dynamic changes the moment she meets Blake. Blake is assigned to work at Flukes because of an incident that leaves community service as his only option if he wants to receive his high school diploma. While Meena may believe that staying away from Blake will protect her secret, she learns that maybe her secret isn't in too much danger with him.
Flukes flows at a very quick pace filling readers up with romance and mysticism. Blake and Meena ruled this story and every moment that Chase spends on their growing relationship is well spent. However, for readers who love the catch of suspense and strong hints of danger, Flukes doesn't have much of either. The limited amount of conflict in the plot gives the story a breezy feeling, as if anything bad that might happen will be very easy to overcome. Out of the whole novel there's just two or three scenes that provide real conflict in either Meena or Blake's lives and they're short-lived or too simple. The impact could have been much greater on the intensity of the plot, if Chase expounded when it came to relating the issues to readers.
Meena's sweetness coupled with Blake's protectiveness takes the novel's romance to a warm, cherishing level. Chase's characters are strong and humorous, giving Flukes a lightness that will make readers sigh with contentment throughout the story.
*ebook provided in exchange for an honest review*
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Dec. 06, 2012 :
First I want to say thank you to Nichole Chase for giving me a copy of Flukes. This is my first time reading one of her books and omg I loved Flukes it was freaking awesome. Also a first to read about mermaids as well. I loved every character in the book and with Meena and her family you just felt part of it while reading it. I love how Meena and Blake's relationship started out and grew through out the story. Also love the connection with Meena and her human family. They would do anything to keep her secret from anyone and even her best friend Vi kept her secret that is what a true friend would do. Oh ya and you can't forget about the dolphins that was great with Meena's connection to them. It's a wonderful story and I can't wait to see what Nichole Chase comes up with next. If you love mermaids,dolphins and a family connection then you need to buy yourself a copy.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Oct. 08, 2012 :
I read this book in less than 24 hours. That's how good it is. If you enjoy a good love story with a mystical twist (we're talking mermaid here), you'll enjoy Nichole Chase's "Flukes".
(reviewed the day of purchase)