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Jacci lives with her husband in Nevada’s high desert. They spend their
mornings hiking through the sagebrush with their big yellow dog, Rocky.
Jacci loves chocolate, babies, and coffee with friends. She’s worn many
hats in her lifetime: therapist, school counselor, campus minister, and
mom. Her favorite hats are her writer and grandmother hats, which come in wild colors and don’t fit too tightly.
Jacci's first book geared towards adults, The Retreat: A tale of spiritual awakening, will came out in March with Harper Legend. It is available now on pre-order in paper back.
Jacci's middle grade fiction, Bending Willow, is about Riley and Mia searching for a father who doesn't know they exist. It is the first book in The Finding Home Series. Bending Willow represented Nevada at the National Book Festival in Washington D.C and was a finalist for the Wishing Shelf Contest. In addition, Jacci is the author of the Amazon best-selling young adult novel, The Cage, the first book in The Birthright series, and many other other Middle Grade and YA books.
on July 23, 2014 :
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to the autor and We ♥ YA Books! for this opportunity.
This story is about four teenagers and a changing life English class. Samantha, Tyller, Orlando and Tiffany are from different schools, different age and even different ethnicities. But they find out despite all those differences, they have something in common: They have to save a girl.
The plot is interesting, but the thing with this book is when you read it, it gives you the impression you're reading a mix of a self-help book and a mistery book. Sure, it's better than a self-help book but fall short in the mistery aspect.
Sam, Ty, Lando and Tiff have their share of difficulties in life, and every single of them is realistic, but it's unrealistic the way they share them with the other three. I can understand the four of them feel very comfortable with each other, but in a week you seriously can't tell your inner fears/thoughts to a bunch of strangers. Or at least that's what I think, it felt rushed. It tries the empathy card, but it doesn't work. In the other hand, the way they assume their 'civil duty' is nice and exciting.
So... I enjoyed reading it. My favorite character is Tiff. She has a strong personality and know how to be there for her friends.
The English class. Mr Monahan made it really interesting for the kids there and the reader, of course. Even if it didn't seem as an english class at all, it was a good class per sé.
Well, I really didn't like the religious tone about some plot aspects. But not's necessarily something bad about the book, it was just not for me.
Who can open the door to free the trapped bird?
Only those who care enough to take the risk of love.
Only those willing to face danger, heartache and rejection.
Only those who hear the voice and see the frightened eyes,
and let their hearts be moved, not just to compassion, but to action.
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)
on Dec. 27, 2011 :
The Cage provokes a lot of thought about the role of young people in acts of justice in our own neighborhoods. It's fun getting to know the 4 main characters, all of whom have vastly different backgrounds (gender, ethnicity, family life, passions) but who pursue together the meaning of some things that are happening within them that are hard-to-explain. The author does a great job with these characters, making them endearing, honest, and interesting. I recommend this book to anyone who is a young adult or teen (or anyone who knows and loves a young adult or teen) who likes to read, likes to learn, and wants to be an advocate for justice to the world around them.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)