Andrea Murray has been teaching longer than most of her junior high students have been alive. She has taught just about every class related to English, includeing Freshmen Comp and Sophomore Literature. Andrea lives in a small town in Arkansas with her husband and two children. She loves reading (of course!), singing big hair band tunes obscenely loud in the car, and bad science fiction movies. Visit her blog on Goodreads.com.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My brother-in-law died in a hunting accident. Terry was a young man, a year younger than me, and he left behind a wife and a baby. His death made me realize I had to do something, something more, something to remind me I was still alive. When I had the idea for my first novel, I knew it was time.
What do you read for pleasure?
I am a sci-fi/paranormal/fantasy kind of girl. I love sci-fi--something evident by looking at my classroom bookshelves. We live in reality everyday; when I read, I want a true escape. What better way to escape than to plunge into a different world?
By Andrea Murray
Published: November 1, 2013.
(3.00 from 4 reviews)
Pierce only wants a real shot; Harmony wants to escape the future she fears. After their chance meeting they might get exactly what they want. They will risk everything, even challenging the all-seeing eye of the Omni government. But will the prize be worth the cost?
By Andrea Murray
Series: The Vivid Trilogy, Book 3.
Published: December 15, 2012.
(4.00 from 1 review)
After barely escaping the Liaisons' facility with their lives, Vivian Cartwright and her friends are on the run. Vivian is determined to find her long-lost fathe. But before she can begin her quest, she must help Wyck locate his mother. The journey brings them closer than ever and creates growing tension between Wyck and Easton making Vivian more confused about her feelings for them both.
After fleeing the man who killed her mother and aunt, Vivian Cartwright is struggling to forget her old life while searching for the father she's never known, but when her past confronts her face-to-face, she discovers the strange truth about the man with black eyes and his undeniable connection to her family.
When Vivian Carwright was five years old, she witnessed her mother's death. Now, sixteen-year-old Vivian only wants a normal life. The only problem is Vivian is far from normal. Like her mother, she possesses the power to control energy. She has kept her ability a secret from everyone at school, but all of that is about to change.
I received a free copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.
At first, I had a difficult time engaging with the story. Because it’s first-person POV (alternating between Adele and Tristan), there are some long internal monologues, and I found myself rereading. I liked the development of the society, but again, I found it tedious at times. It is my understanding this is not only book one of a series (The Dwellers Saga) but that the series will also merge with another series (The Country Saga), so I have a feeling all of that backstory will be important to the understanding of both series, and hardcore dystopian fans will love that.
I love, love, love the idea of a strong, FEMALE protagonist, which Adele is. However, sometimes, I felt she was a little too invincible, and I questioned her reactions in conjunction with her traits. She’s one tough cookie, not a bad trait at all, but I questioned how quickly her relationship developed with her companions (Tawni and Cole). Tristan sounds like every teenage girl’s dream, but I have some issues with him, too. I was frustrated with his perfection; however, I’ve got to admit I fell hook, line, and sinker for his rescue-the-damsel mentality and with his perfect, blonde curls. I just wish they would have met sooner in the novel so that we could see more of their interaction.
Despite my agitation that it took so long for Adele and Tristan to meet, Estes creates a fascinating world with a fantastic cliffhanger ending. Be warned, though! If you read this one, you’ll definitely want to read the next one.
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review (Lover of Paranormal Group on Goodreads).
I love the concept behind this novel—boy sees girl but can’t be with her, very Romeo and Juliet, but I’m afraid the execution fell a bit short for me. I realize this is paranormal fiction, and as Samuel Coleridge said the reader must willingly suspend disbelief; however, I found some of the events and explanations unacceptable. Parts of the family heritage were explained thoroughly while other things that I thought were important were hardly touched. For instance, the council was explained in great detail though we never encounter them in this novel, but the fact that 5000-year-old Anna just now has a family though her heart mate is never mentioned is odd. Also, when Delana is mentioned, I really thought she’d be a big part of the story, but that whole thing kind of goes away. Some of the actions and the dialogue seemed awkward and stilted. At times, the characters sounded like teenagers, but other times, not so much. I needed more foreshadowing on some events, too. Olivia’s power and the whole aura thing just pop up and seem to come from nowhere. In all fairness, however, this is a series, so I have a feeling some of my issues are addressed in later volumes, but frustration may keep readers from continuing the series.
There are some positives. It’s a quick read. I finished it in a few hours, and it has some steamy dream sequences which don’t go too far (or far enough depending on your perspective), so teens will love it. Scott seems completely sweet and devoted—perhaps too sweet—if you can get past Olivia calling him “Mr. Sexy,” which, for some reason, made me cringe every time she used it.
I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Much like its San Diego setting, this novel is as light and sunny as spring-break at the beach. It’s a reminder of that heart-fluttering, “OMG, I can’t wait to see him!” feeling. With little to no sub-story, the plot is uncomplicated, making for an easy read, without the overload of characters and all their accoutrement. In fact, the only real drama belongs to Kelly, and oh to have Kelly’s dilemma! Two guys—the newcomer, with his dark hair and surfer’s body, and the best friend, with his curling blonde locks and “fix me” complex—vie for Kelly’s hand,. My, oh my!
A warning, though, the novel is predictable. Any chick flick fan will see the plot playing out well in advance of the ending. I felt like I was watching a teen movie on Nickelodeon (but with a lot of sexual tension and a hangover). It all sort of fell into place a little too simply and unrealistically for me. Everyone, even the man whore friend, seemed too squeaky clean. For example, when Brian sleeps with a girl then orders her out the next morning, she quickly forgives him at the next party and even propositions him again. When he refuses, she offers to drive him home! I don’t know a single woman who wouldn’t want to remove vital parts from his perfect physique, and other than yoga and walking her dog, Kelly doesn’t do much. Even Brian, who does at least work, waits tables at a beachside hangout frequented by his friends and lots of eye candy. Maybe this is real life for today’s twenty-somethings, but I’m not completely buying it.
I did like the climactic scene, which was sweet and cornily romantic. However, I’m not certain it fully redeems the rest of the novel.