Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Seven Hours: Challenge Accepted by Angelina Kerner {Review}

Seven Hours: Challenge Accepted by Angelina Kerner
Paperback, 106 pages
Published July 29th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

One pill every 7 hours. That could be all it takes to give Chanel the chance to finally see the world around her. Chanel is an independent 19-year-old, despite what her overprotective mother and senator father may think. Being the daughter of a Senator comes with its own problems, one simple afternoon out with friends becomes overwhelming when they're swarmed by reporters. Keeping the secret of the experimental treatment close to her chest, she is able to fool everyone but her hawkeyed bodyguard, Leon, that has now been assigned to protect her. Chanel doesn't want a bodyguard, but will she get more than she bargained for?

My Review: 3 Stars
It's hard to imagine being blind, but that's the disability that Chanel has lived with since birth. She has such a great grasp on the world around her, for never having seen it. For instance, she can picture what a diamond earring looks like and can only be pointed in the direction of a bathroom in a public place and have no troubles whatsoever. She's confident and spunky, especially when her overprotective parents stick her with a bodyguard, Leon. After deciding to try an experimental drug to try and gain vision, she begins on a new journey and gains new insights.

I love some of the descriptions used to tell Chanel about the world. I also enjoy her friends and the easy relationship they all have with one another. I'm amazed at how well Chanel is able to keep secrets from her friends and family--those who know her best.

I felt there are breaks in the continuity of the story, with irrational character behavior and rough transitions, but I still wanted to know what was going to happen next and enjoyed trying to piece things together. 

For those grammar sticklers out there--there are moments when the dialog and sentence structures aren't natural, which disrupts the flow of the book. Things are worded in awkward ways and there are a few cases of words that just don't make sense, as well as many punctuation errors. If you wade through those, you'll discover a sweet story.

Content: mild romance; mild-moderate swearing (the first half doesn't have any and then it's suddenly thrown in).

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

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About the Author:

Angelina Kerner Angelina Kerner, a Pisces, was born during the Chinese astrological year of the Snake, which she absolutely adores. Angelina loves snakes, and was once allowed to feed one a rat. That was an experience of a lifetime.

She moved around during her young years from Novosibirsk to Kaluga in Russia. Finally settling in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, her teenage years were spent dancing in troupes and performing on stage. The dances ranged from waltz to tango, from Jewish to Russian, and finally belly dance. She was accepted into six out of seven universities, and decided to stay close to her family. Angelina pursued a psychology degree until she saw graduates working for Starbucks and then decided to pursue another career path in the department of Social Sciences. The difficult coursework, her job, and finding her life partner inspired her to turn to writing which, at the time, wasn't so much a hobby as a way to escape daily routine.

She worked on countless stories, never really finishing them, but came to understand that flash fiction wasn't for her. After finding an online community where she met her best friend, her writing flourished, making publication a possible next step. She is now the author of one published novel for both young adults and adults, and aspires to publish her other fantasy and crime fiction works soon. Her next project involves a competition for a beautiful phoenix. That novel will, hopefully, make its debut in 2017 or 2018. Angelina currently divides her time between her family, work, writing, and a lot of cats.

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