Monday, February 20, 2017

The Bitter Taste of Betrayal (Angel Lake Mystery) by CeeCee James | A Book Review

The Bitter Taste of Betrayal (Angel Lake Mystery) by CeeCee James | A Book Review

I got this book from the author. I stumbled onto the AXP website from one of the newsletters I signed up for. AXP stands for Authors Cross Promotion where you read and review a book of your choice. I got this book two months back and was only able to read and review it now. Yes, I actually have a lot of books lined up in my TBR. I had to prioritize those I signed up for with blog tours but I will definitely make sure to read all those that I promised to review. I will eventually get to them within this year. Promise!

This story took place on a luxurious cruise ship. The main character, Elise Pepper, just had her divorce finalized and her best friend Lavina dragged her to relax on this cruise. What was supposed to be a relaxing and invigorating vacation turned into something else--very far from relaxing at all.

The characters in this story are very interesting to the point of being eccentric. Lavina, Elise's best friend has a boyfriend way older than her that she has not introduced to Elise. This guy also had very good connections. The sisters, the housekeeping maid and the cruise ship crew were all quaint personalities also. Lavina has an ability to befriend these people and appeal to them like a long-lost relative. All these characters make for a very enjoyable read. Not to mention, suspicious characters that you can't help but doubt their motives and thoughts. And to top it all, a flamingo in the center of it all.

Elise has the makings of a natural detective. The story hinted of how this skill of hers started. I think she should pursue this skill and make it into a lucrative source income now that she is no longer married to her hot-shot lawyer husband. Her instincts and good observation skills saved and bailed out a lot of helpless characters in this story who got thrown into this terrible, selfish and deadly mess. Yes, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

I give the book 4/5 expensive necklaces in the world. This book made me curious as to what happened to Elise before this book. And I am also curious to know who Mr. G is.

My motto is to always expect the surprises. It's what makes life an adventure. 
- CeeCee James, The Bitter Taste of Betrayal - 

Thank you AXP and CeeCee James for the copy.

Ashes in the Sky (Fire in the Woods #2) by Jennifer M. Eaton | A Book Review

Ashes in the Sky (Fire in the Woods #2) by Jennifer M. Eaton | A Book Review

Wow! This book is intense. The new adventure started right away. No dilly-dallying. It gets into right into the action. 

So, this continues the adventure of Jess with David. This time, she is called to represent our world to David's people. Not to mention, she gets to photograph David's ship. Isn't this a once-in-a-lifetime chance? An experience no one gets to experience in this lifetime. 

If you think this second installment is just about Jess having a grand tour of an alien spaceship? Well, you are truly wrong. This tour turned into something sinister and of deadly proportions. Not to mention a crash-landing into another alien planet. But this also lead Jess to meet a very unexpected and unlikely ally. In this book, the word unexpected would you haunt every time. A lot of very unexpected and literally out-of-this-world happenings were experienced by Jess. It was amazing and most terrifying, at the same time.

This book just added more oomph to this adventure. The energy and surprises just kept on building and growing. I wonder what will happen in the next book. There is no slowing down this trip to the outer space.

I give the book 5/5 clumps of fallen leaves. I really enjoyed this book. Especially, the part where they crash landed on another alien green planet. I think Edgar made all spiders, whether earthly or alien a little less scary. This adorable character has slowly crawled into my heart. I can't wait to know what else will it save Jess and David from. Nice to meet you, Edgar. Welcome to Earth!

Real love was something you shouldn't be able to take away. It shouldn't just snuff out.
- Jennifer M. Eaton, Ashes in the Sky - 

Thank you again, Jennifer M. Eaton and Month9Books for the review copy.

Endless Winter (Guardians of the Light #1) by J.A. Armitage | A Book Review

Endless Winter (Guardians of the Light #1) by J.A. Armitage | A Book Review

This book was set in England. 

The start alone already had my heart racing. Like Anais confused, shocked and disoriented, I too felt like I was kidnapped and imprisoned in that room with her. It was a very stupefying start of a very interesting story. I liked how the author had me caught me unaware, right in the first chapter. Not knowing where the story will take me but none the less, believing that this should lead to more amazing revelations that will blow me away.

As I said, I could not make out what the story was about. And I say this as a compliment. Like Anais I had to wait until the facts and truth were revealed. I liked how the history of the Guardians of the Light came to be. It was very clever. This was a very well-written story that had a very believable background spun from a historical event.

I really had fun reading the story. It felt like I was right there with the characters freezing from the cold weather and liking the feel of snow. My only observations what that for one that was set in England and with all the other characters supposed to be English, I did not hear the accent or the common English expressions and words used in the story. It felt like all the conversations were of Americans, only they are in Britain instead of US soil. I wanted to hear the authentic English tongue. But other than that, it was all good. The descriptions and narrations were really detailed. I can easily picture out the scenes in this book.

I give the book 3/5 paintings of London. The feel of the English countryside was there but I just wished I could also hear the conversations in the British tongue. I did enjoy the story and I am looking forward to reading the next one. Hopefully, if it would still be set in England, I hope it would sound more English than American. This book probably had the best starting chapter. It stunned me and it took a while for me to recover from the shock. 

It really was the most awful feeling, and the worst part is, people keep telling you to get over it as if you are suffering no more than a common cold.
- J. A. Armitage, Endless Winter - 

Revelations by T. Marie Alexander | Blog Tour | A Book Review

Revelations by T. Marie Alexander | Blog Tour | A Book Review by iamnotabookworm

T. Marie Alexander 

Publication date: January 27th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Have you ever craved something so badly that all reason was just an excuse getting in your way?

Have you needed something so desperately that you didn’t care how you got it or who you hurt in the process?

I have—and not that long ago.


Acceptance… from family and friends…

Acceptance of the person I am inside and not outright rejection.

It didn’t come easily for me, and now I believe the world needs to know just how ruthless life can be. How that overwhelming yearning for acceptance can mold you into someone you don’t recognize when you look in the mirror. I’m through hiding behind one fa├žade after another—it’s time for the world to meet the real me.

~Antoinette Justice

Wow! The first sentence alone already had me hooked. How much more the rest of the story? 

This story is written like a series of journal entries. Yes, I have read a book recently that was done the same way. In this book, instead of Dear Diary, it was Dear Antoinette. Antoinette Justice is the main character of this story. Pretty much the whole story revolved around her issues as a teenager. Her need for acceptance and love. Her trying to overcome her insecurities and self-esteem issues. 

This is an account of Antoinette's sad and scorned life. In her young life, she had experienced a lot of heartaches that only happen in a drama series. A life where she is trying hard to fit in, even at home. Her search for love and acceptance brought her to people and places where ordinarily people her age not go. She stumbled upon unlikely friendships which help her get out of her shell. The same friendship also introduced her to people whom she thought will love her but ended up hurting and breaking her more.

This story will squeeze your heart to a breaking point. The events of Antoinette's life could well be situations in real life, only they do not happen to different people. Her own parents, whom should love her unconditionally has a different way of showing love, which are in most cases not at all acts which could be construed as love. She found love in a person she shouldn't get involved. This has been the lowest she could go. Good thing, she had more sense than she gives herself credit for. She got out from that situation even if it took all of her willpower to do so.

This is a coming of age story of finding one's self. Of realizing one's worth not from the superficial gauge people set but from a perspective one has to follow--one's self and values. Growing and learning from life's experiences, no matter how cruel they were, made her stronger and wiser. This is exactly what Antoinette had to do. In the end, all the times she endured and all those hardships have paid off. And she is now free of all the bad things and negative emotions that shackled her. She is free to love and be loved and she can be everything she wanted to be because she is a strong woman. She has been schooled in the hardest lessons in life and she is now ready to take on anything.

I give this book 5/5 pairs of women's running shoes. This is a story of a very strong girl who didn't know her strength and her worth. She had to go through some traumatic and tragic things in life to shine through. In the end, she only needed to find herself.

Life is made of obstacles that test you as a person. Sometimes, those obstacles are people. Sometimes, they are emotions. And other times, the obstacle is you.

- T. Marie Alexander, Revelations -

Thank you again, Xpressobooktours for the review copy.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2) by Brenda Drake | Blog Tour | Book Review

Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2)
by Brenda Drake
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher:  Entangled Teen

Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairy tales and secret gardens.

Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.

And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.

Maybe. If she survives.

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Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2) by Brenda Drake | A Book Review iamnotabokworm

The adventures of Gia continues or the library-hopping resumes. The latter is what I really liked about this story. A tour of the beautiful and historic libraries of the world.

The search for the seven Chiave or keys is on. Gia needs to find them all before the evil wizard Conemar beats her to it and release the monster.

Wow! A lot of things happened in this second installment. Gia has to go through an emotional roller-coaster caused by love. She discovered a lot of secrets. Forged new relationships and met long-lost relations. This book has a lot of betrayals, heartaches, changing alliances and unexpected turns. Be ready for the surprises of your life.

This book is more intense than the first one. If you enjoyed and got carried away by the Thief of Lies, this will surely have you in its claws. I was buried deep in the story. I just can't let it go until I reach the last word on the last page. The events were so undeniably gripping and engaging. It was almost like I forgot to breathe with the energy, excitement, emotion and tension. There is no way the story will allow you to leave until you embark on the conclusion.

I was really attuned to Gia's heartache. Of all people, the one person she trusted the most deserted and betrayed her. Tsk...tsk...I wanted to smack the guy for hurting her. And then, there's confusion...Ah, I don't know what to make of it. I don't know who to root for. How can you choose between two very gorgeous and fierce guys? But then, I think I knew Arik better so I'm kind of leaning into his team. I am not so sure, though. I do love them together. 

I give this book 5/5 skeleton keys. There's just no letting up on the intensity of what's going on in this story. This will leave you breathless until the very end. There is no rest for the wicked indeed. I can't imagine what the rest of the series will look like. I think I will have to make sure I have water and my inhaler handy. There is no telling what the rest of the adventures will be like. If this book is an indication, well, I need to be prepared to loose my mind.

The damage was done. Just as a river couldn't change its course, I couldn't change the direction my heart was heading.
- Brenda Drake, Guardian of Secrets - 

Thank you again, Brenda Drake, Chapter by Chapter and Netgalley for the ARC.

Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.

Jumping into some of the world's most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik's world and her own, before both are destroyed.

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My review of Thief of Lies.

Brenda Drake is a New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2). She grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. She hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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A Ghostly Reunion (Ghostly Southern Mysteries #5) by Tonya Kappes | Blog Tour | Book Review

A Ghostly Reunion

by Tonya Kappes

on Tour January 16 - February 17, 2017

Genre: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal
Published by: HarperCollins / Witness
Publication Date: December 27th 2016
Number of Pages: 352
ISBN: 006246695X (ISBN13: 9780062466952)
Series: Ghostly Southern Mysteries #5
Purchase Links: Amazon  | Barnes & Noble  | Goodreads 

A Ghostly Reunion by Tonya Kappes

Proprietor of the Eternal Slumber Funeral Home, Emma Lee can see, hear, and talk to ghosts of murdered folks. And when her high school nemesis is found dead, Jade Lee Peel is the same old mean girl—trying to come between Emma Lee and her hot boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, all over again.

There’s only one way for Emma Lee to be free of the trash-talking ghost—solve the murder so the former prom queen can cross over.

But the last thing Jade Lee wants is to leave the town where she had her glory days. And the more Emma Lee investigates on her own, the more complicated Miss Popularity turns out to be. Now Emma Lee will have to work extra closely with her hunky lawman to get to the twisty truth.

A Ghostly Reunion by Tonya Kappes | Blog Tour | Book Review iamnotabookworm

This is my first time to read a Tonya Kappes. Though this is a series, it was not hard to get into the story. There was enough information as to how the story evolved or what the series is about. This could be read as a stand alone.

This story was set in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky. Yes, the same movie or book that had a headless horseman roaming at night. I think it is aptly set in this small town with the same name since this book talked about supernatural occurrences as well. Ghosts. Or as our main character, Emma Lee calls them in-betweener clients. 

Emma Lee is the director of their family-owned funeral parlor. This was managed before by his grandma and parents and now has been passed on to her and her sister after they retired. Her sister, Charlotte Rae, left her and the business to join another funeral parlor right after Emma Lee found that she had a gift. She can see dead people --but only those that had been murdered. Now it is up to her to help them cross over by finding their killers. In this story, it turned out that her arch nemesis in high school, the girl who bullied her was murdered before their reunion. Would Emma Lee help Jade Lee Peel cross over into the light?

My first observation was the two-word names. Is this one of the southern charms because it is really cute but just a mouthful. It was just the first thing that struck me when I started this book. I actually liked it. It gives a hint of uniqueness and identity to the story. And if it is really part of the southern charm, then it had stayed through to its setting.

I enjoyed the story. It was straight forward and what I liked most about is was that I was not able to identify the killer. I had no clue which is really really good. I liked that it had me guessing until I can't help but wait for the final reveal of the culprit. This mystery story was so well-written. I was not able to formulate any theories or hypothesis about who the killer is. I just followed the story until the final conclusion. It seemed that all people who spoke to Jade Lee Peel was a suspect but there was not evidence to go by. Hmmm...

Aside from how the story was woven with enough suspense and mystery to get anyone hooked, I also liked the hodgepodge of eccentric characters which added to its charm. Emma Lee, her sister and her grandma have a very interesting and hilarious relationship. Emma Lee's friends or bullies from high school were an even curious breed of personalities. Add in all the other hosts of personalities in their town and those that were not from it. It was all a conglomeration of distinct individuals that have added to the colorful mixture and hue to the story. 

The conversations also were funny. Not to mention the conversations of Emma Lee with the ghost of Jade Lee Peel. Imagine the dialog of these two who had never seen eye-to-eye when the other one was alive. Ghost Jade Lee Peel and Emma Lee's conversation were to watch out for. And I just noticed, these two even have the same middle names. I wonder if the author intended this? Or if the characters were even aware of this?

I give the book 4/5 glasses of southern sweet tea. For a crime mystery, this was a light read. It was amusing because of the smart and feisty dialogs and because of the supernatural aspect. This is a breath of fresh air for this kind of genre. I am looking forward to reading the next book and the rest of the previous books in the series. Nice to meet you, Tonya Kappes.

Sun don't shine on the same dog's tail all the time.
- Tonya Kappes, A Ghostly Reunion --

Thank you again, PICT for the review copy.

Sexy isn’t a firm fanny in a thong, ladies.”

Hettie Bell didn’t seem so sexy in her hot pink leggings and matching top as she gasped for breath in her downward dog position in the middle of Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky. Her butt stuck straight up in the air, right there on display for everyone to see. Her black, chin-length bob was falling out of the small ponytail on both sides and her bangs hung down in her eyes.

“Sexy is confidence and self-acceptance. It’s exactly what yoga provides.”

Hettie Bell curled up on her tiptoes with her palms planted on one of the mats she provided for us. The rickety old floor of the gazebo, in the middle of the town square, groaned as we all tried to mimic her pose. “Yes!” Beulah Paige Bellefry hollered out like we were in the first pew of the Sleepy Hollow Baptist Church getting a good Bible beating from Pastor Brown himself.

“Amen to a good pose!”

Beulah continued to adjust her feet and hands each time she started to slip. If she wasn’t a bit overweight, I’d say it was her eighties silk sweat suit that was slicker than cat’s guts giving her problems. Or it could’ve been those pearls around her wrist, neck and ears weighing her down. Beulah never took off those pearls. She said pearls were a staple for a Southern gal.

“You said it, sister,” Mary Anna Hardy gasped. She teetered side to side, nearly knocking into Granny. Her sweat left streaks down her makeup. Who on earth got up this early and put makeup on to do yoga? Mary Anna Hardy, that’s who.

“God help us!”

“That’s it.”

I pushed back off my heels and crossed my legs, staring at all the Auxiliary women’s derrieres at my eye level.

“I’m here to do some relaxing, not Sunday school.”

Sleepy Hollow was smack-dab in the middle of the Bible Belt and if God wasn’t thrown in our conversations, then we weren’t breathing. But the last thing I wanted to think about was my butt stuck up to the high heavens and everyone up in the Great Beyond looking down upon me.

Tonya Kappes

Tonya Kappes has written more than fifteen novels and four novellas, all of which have graced numerous bestseller lists including USA Today. Best known for stories charged with emotion and humor and filled with flawed characters, her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews. She lives with her husband, two very spoiled schnauzers, and one ex-stray cat in northern Kentucky. Now that her boys are teenagers, Tonya writes full-time but can be found at all of her guys’ high school games with a pencil and paper in hand.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Teenage Temptation and Personal Honor by Meena Jelks | A Book Review

Teenage Temptation and Personal Honor by Meena Jelks | A Book Review iamnotabookworm

Here is another young love story fit for Valentine's Day. 

Teenage Temptation & Personal Honor by Meena Jelks 
Publication date: May 31st 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Fifteen-year-old Gaby swore she’d always put books before boys. She could solve an algebraic expression faster than anyone in her class, play Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor with better technique than her teacher, but couldn’t tell her best friend Anna that she secretly adored her brother, Josh.

Gaby’s secret feelings tormented her for almost a year. Now that they were all going to be counselors at Camp Sesquahade for the summer, Gaby wondered how long she’d be able to keep her own secret.

Surrounded by temptation, she worries about shattering her good-girl image. Will Gaby get through the summer without falling victim to her furtive feelings? How can she be with Josh while standing firm on her values and morals?

This is the story of Gaby. She is a teenage girl with mixed race. She is half-African, half-Latina. She is a good girl through and through. Until her crush admits that he likes her too. Would Gaby be able to hold on to her good girl image and values or succumb to temptations and her hormones?

I guess we all can relate to what Gaby and her teenage friends have gone through. We know how hard it is to stop raging hormones from overruling our commons sense. How youth, inexperience, and disillusionment had all caused trouble, headaches to our parents, and even cost the future. 

This is a very good book not only for teenagers but for all ages. Not all lessons that are to be learned should come from our own experiences. We should also learn from the experiences of our friends and other people. Their hardship, challenges, and opportunities should also be our guide on how to deal with all the issues and problems of growing up and adulting. Life is a never-ending learning process and if you stop learning, then you are doomed. 

I give this book 4/5 necklaces with key pendants. A very inspiring story of growing up and holding on to one's firm belief and convictions. To never be swayed by peer pressure or go jump into the bandwagon because everyone is doing it. Life is what you make it. Your choices and decisions will shape the future. Mistakes are inevitable but the key is learning from them and to never repeat them. Life is hard enough, there is no need to keep complicating it. 

Always stand firm on the choices you make, even if you're outnumbered and nobody understands your vision.
- Meena Jelks, Teenage Temptation and Personal Honor - 

Thank you, Meena Jelks and xpressobooktours for the copy.

Inspiration by Douglas Pershing | A Book Review

Inspiration by Douglas Pershing | A Book Review iamnotabookworm

I just love stories about angels. I know, there was a time when they were all so popular. The likes Lauren Kate, Becca Fitzpatrick and Thomas E. Sniegoski was all the rave. I bought paperbacks of Kate and Fitzpatrick and I have ebooks of Sniegoski's. I have always been fascinated by the story of the fallen angels and their never ending quest to get back into the graces of the Lord again.

This book is not far from the story of the fallen angels. The only difference is that this time it is about the opposite camp--the demons who fought against the angels. This is a story about Satan's commanders and their assignment to rise into the favor of the ultimate King of Darkness.

Zachary is the monster or a Whisperer who was tasked to distract and destroy Emma. Zachary took the form of a human --a Talker to get close to Emma and perform his task. As he learns how to be human like eating and feeling emotions, his confusion about all the things he was made to believe about humans and the Lord of Light started him to doubt.

This is a very unique story about a demon who has found that being in a human body would make him capable of things he never thought he would feel. He started to realize and understand why humans are favored by the Creator. He started to question that maybe there might still be hope for monsters like him. Hope for something, other than to destroy.

This is an amazing story of hope, love, and redemption. No matter how monstrous one could be, even the devil can get back into God's grace if he learns to love again. This story attests that Love is a very powerful force that even the devil has nothing against it. Even they have to succumb and embrace it.

What I like most about the story is Claire's character. Claire represents the innocence and all-encompassing love of children. Pure love and is never jealous. It can accommodate and include as many people as possible. I think in this story, Claire is one of the catalysts that had started the change in the demons. Claire's love and faith in them have made them all want to protect her with all they have--including giving up the essence of who they were. The drive to protect Claire was the start of the metamorphosis in their core that was unstoppable until all they could to do is acknowledge it.

I give this book 4/5 pairs of promise rings. It's never too late to change. Even the vilest creature has the ability to change if he sets out his heart to it. Love definitely makes the world go round. It melts and destroys all the bad and darkness in this world. It is so powerful that even demons had no way of fighting it but give in to it.

That's what love is. Helping someone even if it's bad for you.
- Doughlas Pershing, Inspiration -

Thank you ebook discovery for the copy.

Autumn's Dance (The Season Named Series #1) by Sarah Gai | A Book Review

Autumn's Dance by Sarah Gai | A Book Review iamnotabookworm

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! In the Philippines, everybody celebrates Valentine's Day. It is not just a day for lovers but also for families, friends and for every person who has a loved one. It is a time to express our love and the value we give to each of the people close to our hearts. We give out cards, flowers, chocolates and food to remind those special to us that they are important and loved. It is our way of thanking them for the care, kindness, and support they have provided. 

Let us all remember that you should foster and give love not only on Christmas, Valentine's but every single day of our lives.

Autumn’s Dance 
by Sarah Gai 
Publication date: February 14th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

“A story that captures your heart and continues you thinking about it long after you fall asleep.”

Autumn Nash lives a nomadic existence with her harvest-travelling father, except every summer when they return to one place like clockwork…Ligonier, PA. But this season, Autumn meets a young man who changes her world and makes her long for more.

Eric Foster has been sent to stay the summer in Ligonier with his grandfather in hopes of altering his path as his life spirals downward. His direction changes the moment he sees Autumn; he knows his very reason for breathing is solely to be with her.

When Autumn is ripped away from Ligonier, she leaves Eric confused and devastated that their time is over. Both teens struggle through the years gone by without the other. Will Autumn ever see the boy who changed her life again? Will Eric wait for her? Will Autumn ever make it back to Ligonier? And what will happen when buried secrets surface?

Discover a love that takes you back to what it’s all about—the confusing, yet simplistic, beginnings of falling in love and watch it evolve into something that takes your breath away.

Autumn's Dance is a tragic story of a very unfortunate girl. Autumn. She has no permanent home. She never went to school. She and her father are nomads. They travel to wherever there is work, usually picking fruits. So, depending on the weather, they would drive to the area where fruit harvests are in season to get jobs. But every summer, they always go back to Ligonier, Pennsylvania, which to Autumn is the closest she could ever get to calling home. Probably, the only constant in her nomadic life.

I think Autumn's story is so not far-fetched from real life. The nomadic lifestyle may not be that common anymore but the life of domestic abuse and parental neglect is obviously a staple occurrence. I just hate her drunk and deadbeat of a father. He has no soul. He used and abused Autumn. Physically, mentally, financially and emotionally. Even in his last breath, he thought of nothing else but himself. I really hope he burns in hell. 

I really love stories about strong women. As they all say, adversity builds character if it doesn't kill you. I think Autumn has had more than enough of that to last up to her next life. Autumn is one very strong girl who has survived all the trials and tribulations life has thrown at her. Looking forward to each summer in Ligonier has been her only spark of hope in her mostly dark world. It was the only place where she has friends who treat her like family. The only place she felt loved.

This is another story of love conquering all. Familial love, romantic love, and love between friends. The love and support of Autumn's friends have given her the strength and the courage to stay alive.  Her strength of character and her disposition are also so admirable. I think she is sort of a martyr. She loves her father, even after all the hurt and pain he has caused her. I guess, the love for a parent, even if the parent does not deserve it, is just that. Her only fervent wish that one day her father will finally realize her value. I am so glad and relieved, that finally, Autumn realized that too much is enough. Her father will never change no matter how much she wishes and prays for it. She doesn't deserve all the pain and tragedy in her life. It is time that she saves herself.

This is a very sad story that will wring your heart out. If this were a true story, it would be so unfortunate and my heart out goes out to that kid who has to go through this kind of life. Yes, this may have the makings of a soap opera only because what happened to Autumn is just too tragic to even imagine. I hope no one has ever had to go through this torture in real life.

I give the book 4/5 plates of delicious pancakes. I love that this story has a happy ending. I would hate it if didn't because Autumn really deserved to have a happy life after everything she has been through. I think the universe owe it to her to make amends after a very difficult and cruel life. 

The problem with angry people is once the anger is gone, they just want to believe they are forgiven.
- Autumn's Dance, Sarah Gai - 

Thank you again, Sarah Gai and Xpressobooktours for the review copy.