First of all, I love this cover! It’s beautiful, spooky, and quite fitting of the book!
Now on to the review…
I was a little unsure at the beginning; Somber Island begins by giving a small amount of background about Phoebe and then jumps right into the story. I felt as though I wanted to know more about Phoebe before she was sent away. But after reading more, the beginning did not bother me as much because you learn more about Phoebe and watch her develop as the story continues.
Although the book is based in the past, the language is a little more modern. For me, that small fact made the book flow more smoothly than I think it would have with period appropriate language.
Somber Island kept me absorbed and kept me reading. So, if you’re looking for a young adult book with an interesting mix of a werewolf, a vampire, a ghost and a witch then you should check it out.
I will definitely be reading T. Lynne Tolles’ Blood Series.
Overall I would recommend this book if you’re looking for a good undead read!
Book #2 (The Dead-Tossed Waves) is in route to me as we ‘speak’!
As my very first guest post, Jennifer Lane has kindly agreed stop by and talk to us about two anthologies.
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Jen, thank you for inviting me to your blog! I’m quite excited about the two Summer Lovin’ anthologies released by Omnific Publishing on July 5th. All proceeds will benefit the breast cancer research organization Save the Ta-tas.
As one of the contributing authors, I can’t think of a better organization to support given that breast cancer has affected my family directly. My mother is a breast cancer survivor. Doctors diagnosed her seventeen years ago, luckily catching the naughty cells early. She had a mastectomy and is doing so well now—I’m really proud of her.
Do you like to read sweet Young Adult stories? If so, Summer Breeze is for you, featuring seven short stories.
Both are available at Omnific Publishing. Please support a great cause!
My short story, Swim Recruit, is part of the YA anthology Summer Breeze. Here’s a summary of the story:
Not long after Abby Donahue’s family falls apart, she escapes on an airplane to Chicago for a recruiting trip. A talented high-school swimmer, Abby hopes to score both a college scholarship and some distance from her parents’ recent divorce. But is this university for her?
Her first encounter with freshman swimmer Reese McGowan makes her nervous. He’s a tall backstroker with a mess of blond hair, glittering aquamarine eyes, and a suspension from the team for badmouthing the school to another recruit. As Abby unravels the mystery underlying Reese’s disdain, she begins to unlock her own hidden emotions about her father. Together Abby and Reese battle bullies on the team and inner demons, learning that flipper feet and fighting for family can actually be a good thing.
I’ve written adult romantic suspense novels (The Conduct Series) but this was my first foray into YA and first person point-of-view. I had so much fun writing the story, inspired by my own experiences as a college swimmer. I’m lucky to join twelve talented Omnific authors to support this cause.
I hope you experience some tantalizing breezes during the heat wave this summer!
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Jennifer, Thank you again! I appreciate you taking the time to talk with us! I am looking forward to reading both anthologies!
If you would like to learn more about Jennifer Lane and her writing, you can find her at the below sites:
Goodreads: Jennifer Lane
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Because this is such a great cause, I will be picking two winners. One winner will receive Summer Breeze and one will receive Heat Wave.
· Following is not required (but of course is always appreciated)
· Must be at least 13 years old to win Summer Breeze and 17 years old to win Heat Wave
· You have until July 22nd at Midnight (est) to enter
· The winner will be selected July 23rd using Random.org
· I will email the winner and you will have 48 hours to respond to my email.
All you have to do is leave a comment including your name, email, and which of the anthologies you are entering to win!