Book Talk Tuesday












Three recent Young Adult titles I’ve reviewed for Authors Choice.

Excerpts from the reviews:


CASCADE is an action-adventure story for girls. And it’s a very good one … CASCADE picks up immediately after the end of WATERFALL. Gabriella Betarrini and her sister Evangelia have found an entrance to the space/time continuum and have just returned from 14th century Italy. They are eager to go back but want to bring their archeologist mother with them. Reluctantly, Dr. Betarrini follows her daughters to see where this fantastical sounding adventure started ... CASCADE moves quickly from adventure story to love story then on to a war story. As the sisters help their new friends and loves, they dare to wonder if they can control their time tunnel and perhaps return to an earlier time than when they left ... Young adults, male and female, who love adventure stories will enjoy CASCADE. Even older adults will find it easy to lose themselves in 14th century Italy.

The Violet Flash:

THE VIOLET FLASH is delightful. It’s a sequel to Mike Mason’s earlier Juvenile Fiction work, THE BLUE UMBRELLA ...Though categorized as Juvenile Fiction, readers of all ages will enjoy THE VIOLET FLASH. It tells the story of Chesterton (Ches) Cholmondeley, his family and friends, and Ches’s struggle to repair the hole in the blue umbrella/sky that is allowing evil Horace Henbother to steal time. With each second Henbother pockets, calamity occurs. Ches must stop Horace before he accumulates a whole minute, which will rip apart the world as we know it ...Mike Mason’s story will take its proper place next to Madeleine L’Engle’s "A Wrinkle in Time" and other speculative fiction that points the reader to God and expounds on the nature of good, evil, creation, and redemption ...As a new reader to Mason’s fiction, I was a bit lost at the beginning. It would have helped to have a brief synopsis of THE BLUE UMBRELLA as a prelude to THE VIOLET FLASH. A few times in my life I’ve been present in conditions optimal for the sunset phenomena of a green flash, but it’s proven elusive. Reading THE VIOLET FLASH almost makes up for my near miss.

A Girl Named Mister

A GIRL NAMED MISTER is the story of Mary Rudine, known as Mister to her friends and family. Mister is a Christ-believing, church-attending, purity-committing high school girl. Then she meets Trey, a smooth-talking, fast-hands-and-lips, long-lashed high school boy… Told in poetry, A GIRL NAMED MISTER is a moving story of mistakes, consequences, and forgiveness. The poems are short but eloquent and the element of poetry makes a poignant situation even more so ... A GIRL NAMED MISTER should be read by every teen who’s ever said, “It will never happen to me.”

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