Pure Energy Books
Release Date: July 19, 2011
Age: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Action, Govenment
Buy it: Paperback, Kindle, Nook
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Teenager Whitney Forbes thought her biggest problem was surviving high school and determining if there was more to handsome Reid Wallace than just his looks and popularity. She was wrong; her problems were about to get a lot more complicated. Whitney always knew she was special. But when she discovers she is more “special” than she ever imagined, surviving another school day takes on a whole new meaning. Caught in the middle of a CIA plot and her undeniable magnetic attraction to Reid, she will need to decide who she can trust and what it means to become the Sundial...before she risks her heart and an alarming plan goes into motion. Will she have what it takes to not only survive but also prevail? Time brings the truth to light in this epic adventure about love, trust and the process of turning adversity into advantage.Sundial is an incredible adventure of a book! I loved it from page one. It's the kind of book that makes you think, a lot, you can't just fly through pages. It's got an in-depth and intense plot filled with everything from very funny characters, science, high school, parties, CIA, and more!!
Whitney is hilarious!! I can picture her and her snarky attitude in my head. Fruzzetti and Pearsall do a remarkable job creating characters that made me want to keep reading. Whit has some of my favorite features of a girl in charge, tough yet charming, sweet and knows what she wants. From the very beginning I knew I was going to love her. She talks in the book about knowing what she wants and not settling, and not changing her life for a boyfriend and it's a characteristic I think all YA books need in their heroine. We have to teach young girls that, YOU DON'T NEED A MAN but they're nice to have around. ;)
The authors keep the readers on their toes, especially in the end of a book. The plot just gets thicker and thicker, and the ending OMG! I love when I'm done with a book, to feel like I need to skim through it one more time, because it can't be over I NEED MORE!! I'm using a lot of caps in this review, but they are necessary. Am I getting my point ACROSS? K just making sure.
Anyway, onto the boyfriend. Wow! What a charmer. It thrilled me that while everyone else was falling over him Whitney kept her cool. Boyfriends complicate things, and she realizes that from the beginning. Does that stop her from falling fast? Of course not, she's not immune to love but she's a thinker and is always one step ahead of the situations thrown at her, except with him (how frustrating).
This is how I would describe this book to someone wanting to know the genre. It begins as a YA contemporary romance or coming of age, pretty simple plot, easy to get into and used to the setting and slew of characters. Yes some of our characters have unique abilities but they're still just teenagers living day to day until they can be adults. Slowly the story begins to get more complicated and intricate, the authors add in many different elements like martial arts, covert-ops, spy, death, intrigue, drama, nuclear fall outs, until eventually we are consumed in this tale. And yes, on top of everything, it's a love story. And, oh how I love a great love story.
It's books like this that I want to quote when people say to me "Carole, you're 24, why do you still read YA?" because it's freaking fantastic! I mean geeze, get a grip!
I recommend Sundial to fans of Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Powers series and Darkness Rising series, and anyone looking for a great action packed book. Thank you to the authors for approaching me to read this amazing book, it's definitely a series I plan to follow and one I will recommend to everyone and anyone who will listen!
One lucky winner will receive a Kindle copy of Sundial
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