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Maree Ward-Russell was born in New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1965. She currently resides in Auckland, in a home with a sea view across Auckland Harbour. She has two crazy cats, four fussy budgies and an army of teenagers to feed. By day she has been known to pick daffodils in the rain and by night she can be found stalking graveyards for creepy photos. When not writing and looking after family she dreams of Dragons and Demons in the dark. She has been a Registered Nurse for twenty-six years and has an Advanced Diploma in Novel Writing from the New Zealand Business Institute.
on Oct. 05, 2013 :
Sometimes words can bring life to a page, reaching out from lines and pulling you in tide on journeys way. A page may tumble, one to the next, pulling you in currents as would the story flow. Maree Ward Russell is less a writer and more a master of crafts, pulling you headlong in tumultuous race, through a swell of crashing emotion - to arrive joyfully fulfilled.
The second in the Castle series, Maree continues seamlessly on from The Transient while again managing to raise the bar. New characters mingle with those we had already grown to love, bringing a new dimension and pace.
With each page came changing emotion, new turns in a twisting journey that never left me wanting. I laughed from the belly, cried from the heart and smiled from ear to ear. This is a book to fall in love with, its characters portraying a bond we all wish we could share.
As always, Maree has given us powerful imagery presented through a filter of innocence, but the pace is brisk and the story strong. You cannot help but fall in love with the characters as they struggle and fight their way toward an explosive conclusion.
The book is billed as Young Adult (YA) paranormal but is a must read, page turner, that will suit the tastes of even the most discerning of reader, regardless of age. This is a journey that will tax a range of emotions and leave you breathless in your need to read more.
Maree, as always, carefully depicts a vivid kaleidoscope of action without feeling any need of gratuitous subplot. I sailed through these pages, totally absorbed and was left screaming for more.
Maree again has set new standards and I for one can't wait for her next release! Deservedly 5 stars!
(reviewed the day of purchase)