Clare Davidson is a character driven fantasy writer, teacher and mother, from the UK. Clare was born in Northampton and lived in Malaysia for four and a half years as a child, before returning to the UK to settle in Leeds with her family. Whilst attending Lancaster University, Clare met her future husband and never left. They now share their lives with their young daughter and a cranky grey cat, called Ash. Clare juggles family life with writing, teaching and a variety of fibre craft hobbies.
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Smashwords book reviews by Clare Davidson
on Nov. 13, 2011
Nalena Maxwell's life hasn't been fun. She loves her mother, even though she has filled their house with reams of paper with "characters" and their "stories" on. At school, she is known as 'The Waste', because a popular girl dropped by her house and saw the paper that covers nearly every inch of the floor.
School politics serves as a backdrop for this refreshing urban fantasy novel. In a market that is saturated with vampires and werewolves, Misty Provencher has created an original supernatural world that is highly engaging.
The story is told in the first person and (unusually) in present tense. As a result, tension is present in every single page and every single word. The main character, Nalena, is easy to love and her emotions come across so clearly, that as a reader you almost fall in love with Garrett along with her.
Speaking of Garrett... Provencher has written a romantic lead who isn't cliched. He may be popular, but he doesn't care what other people think and he certainly isn't a 'jock'. He's also not angst ridden (thankfully)! Instead he is funny, compelling and strong.
The characters and story pull you along to the end and leave you wanting more. I'm really looking forward to the release of the second book and I heartily recommend Cornerstone to anyone who likes YA fiction, romance, action, or fantasy.