Christmas Awards 2011

Sunday 27 March 2016

The Quality of Silence

The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton

Publisher: Random House

February 2016

ISBN: 978-1-101-90367-4

Pages: 306

Contemporary Thriller


 Yasmin, a beautiful astrophysicist and her precocious daughter, Ruby, who is also deaf, arrive in a remote part of Alaska only to be told that Ruby’s father, Matt, has been the victim of a catastrophic accident. Yasmin and Ruby are unable to accept his death as the truth so they set out into the hostile winter of the Alaskan tundra to get some answers.  Yasmin soon realizes that a very human danger is keeping pace with them as a storm closes in on them. They have to keep moving as there is no one else on the road to help them and they are now alone and terrified moving through an endless Alaskan night.

This is a story that will take readers on a roller coaster ride that doesn’t stop until the very end. Just as the reader thinks they know what is going on another clue is revealed to make them start guessing all over again. This proves to be a book that is very hard to put down once the reader starts it.  Seeing how resilient Yasmin and Ruby are makes for an amazing story that will have readers hoping that everything turns out okay for them both.  This is a thriller that is a must read. It is also a thriller that will have readers wanting to read more from this author. The ending is excellent though some readers will be wishing for a more definitive ending than the one provided.

I give this one 4-1/2 red roses


Foolish Games

Foolish Games Family Heirloom Series Book 3 by Karen Wiesner

Publisher: Writer Exchange E-Publishing

August 2014

Pages: 246

Contemporary Inspirational Romance

Peaceful, Wisconsin

Just one year ago Peter Samuels lost his beloved wife, Lydia, to a brain tumor. Now that he is the sole caretaker of their growing children his grief continues to overwhelm him especially now that he is alone again in the world without a partner.

Kimberly Wolfe has always loved Peter from afar even though he is also her boss. She has also endured for years Lydia’s misguided attempts to set her up with one Christian man after another. She envied the love Peter and Lydia had for one another. Though more recently she has been consoling Peter in his grief of losing his wife and her close friend. Kimberly’s ability to trust men was destroyed by her domineering father when he used the bible to justify his God-given place as the head of the household while he destroyed her mother at the same time. Being a committed Christian she struggles to find forgiveness for her father especially as he refuses to repent and see the wrong he has committed.

With just one innocent kiss shared on New Year’s a growing awareness grows between Peter and Kimberly. Peter wonders if he can find love again after such devastation. Kimberly wrestle with her fears that the past has caused. Now the questions are can Peter see Kimberly as more than just an employee and a shoulder to lean on and can he accept her as a Christian woman that isn’t content to live a life without the love of a man or a family.

This is a good book for those that enjoy inspirational stories. It pulls at the reader’s heartstrings as both Peter and Kimberly work through their problems and issues.  It is a good addition in a series that is proving to be very interesting.  The characters are realistic and relatable and bring the story to life. It will also have readers looking for the next book to see how things ultimately turn out for the different characters. 

I give this one 4 red roses


The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Publisher: Hyperion

December 2012

ISBN: 978-142315932-2

Pages: 488

Dystopian Young Adult

West Virginia

Ruby had something change her when she woke up on her tenth birthday.  Frightening enough that her parents end up locking her in the garage and then calling the police. It is also something that got her sent to a brutal government “rehabilitation camp,” Thurmond. A mysterious disease killed most of America’s children but those that survived, including Ruby, emerged different and with something far worse.  They have frightening abilities and they can’t control them.

At sixteen Ruby is now one of the dangerous ones.

Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life when the truth comes out. Ruby is running and desperate. She is looking for the only safe haven for those like her, a haven called East River. When she finds a group of kids that escaped from another camp she joins them. Liam is their leader and is falling hard for Ruby. She can’t risk getting close to anyone no matter how much she aches for Liam. Especially after what happened to her parents.

Once they get to East River nothing is as it seems especially its mysterious leader. There are also other forces at work, ones that want Ruby to fight against the government and those people will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight. Ruby is soon faced with a choice, a terrible choice that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

This is the start of an amazing series that will have readers eagerly reaching for the next book to find out what happens next.  It is full of action and suspense with some wonderful characters that make for an unforgettable story that will stay with the reader long after they finish the book.  The story takes so many twists and turns that it makes for a book that is completely unpredictable and will have readers devouring it just to see what will happen next.  Ruby proves to be a lot braver and stronger than she thinks she is and makes for enjoyable read.

I give this one 5 red roses


Sanctuary Bay

Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

January 2016

ISBN: 978-1-250-05136-3

Pages: 320

Contemporary YA thriller

Sarah Merson has received an opportunity of a lifetime and it seems too good to be true. A chance to attend the most elite prep school in the country, Sanctuary Bay Academy.  Nothing could sound more appealing than a chance to escape to its tranquil setting on Swans Island especially after bouncing around from foster home to foster home. Now she has been thrown into a world of privilege and secrets.  Sarah quickly comes to the attention of Nate who is the class charmer and also her roommate’s boyfriend, Ethan who is dangerously attentive. These things also prove to be the least of her worries. Sarah finds herself in a race against time when her roommate suddenly goes missing. Sarah races to find her but she also needs to save herself and discover the truth behind Sanctuary Bay’s glossy reputation no matter how dark that truth is.

This is a story that takes off right from the beginning and doesn’t stop until the end.  It is full of suspense that keeps building and proves to be entirely engrossing for readers. The characters are intriguing and move the story along at a fast pace and make for a story that is extremely hard to put down.  It will also have readers wanting to check out more books from the authors and hoping for more from Sanctuary Bay.  For readers that enjoy both Young Adult and Suspense this is a definite must read. 

I give this one 5 red roses