Excerpt Is that him? Is he back? My legs jerked, kicking and twitching me around to face the sound. I managed to roll slightly, knocking against a soft, solid object at my feet. It grunted weakly, and immediately I recoiled as though I had been bitten. Squinting, I stared, willing my eyes to find light in the dark, but there was nothing. The sound of the runner drew closer, as if they would trample me any moment. A dim, swaying light appeared through the trees, burning away the inky edges of the deep shadows. When light and sound were almost upon me, branches above me snapped, spraying me in a shower of dried pine needles and snow.
Author Stella MacDonald Stella is a married graduate student with three boys. Utah is home right now, but the need to wander has extended beyond the fantasy world of writing and into real life. She's lived all around the US and even into the Middle East. The world is really a small place, only made bigger through imagination.
My Review: ****--4 Stars.
I read the blurb, but couldn't remember what the book was about when I started it. I went back and read the blurb again--it's a great one because it doesn't really give away anything! I was flipping pages, trying to put everything together and figure it all out. It was so mysterious--I couldn't figure out who was good, who was bad, and who was who for quite awhile.
Kate had her struggles, but I thought she did a good job of trying to fit in. I thought her mom would've been more a part of her life, especially considering how she was raised. Kate had some good instincts about who to trust, but she was a teenager, so she didn't always follow up on what she knew deep down.
I liked Sean and thought he was a good, stabilizing friend for Kate. Back to the parent thing--I thought his would have cared a little more, too.
Kali, Emily, and Nelly were a very interesting thread. I really enjoyed seeing the way the story unfolded and came together. There were some interesting concepts that were unique to anything that I've read.
I read Pawns (a short novella) before I started this story and there was some good insights found in there. I couldn't figure out who Leslie was until she finally popped up in Rook. Pawns really made sense of her character and the situation that many like her found themselves in.
Content: a few swear words; some mild to moderate violence. I would say this is a pretty clean book.