Amy A. Bartol’s Newest Book in the Kricket Series and Giveaway

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This is a spoiler free review. If ever a series needed a book four, it is the Kricket series. It takes an incredibly talented author to woo her readers into loving the hero AND the villain, and Amy A. Bartol has done it! Bartol has weaved a story that creates a conflict of the heart so intense that the reader is left bereft and wanting more. Be prepared, the ending of this book will rip your heart out, but I believe there is so much more to the story and lovers of this series should demand to hear the end of Kricket’s story!

The Kricket Hollowell character is everything I love in a female protagonist. She kicks butt without sacrificing her femininity. She is loving without being naïve. She’s tenacious and a survivor.

Without giving spoilers, Kricket makes a hard decision, essentially sacrificing herself for others. Stuck in an impossible situation, the world of Black and White morphs into various shades of gray. She is forced to navigate alone in a world where the enemy isn’t necessarily who she thought it would be. In the end, she does what she’s always done—what her time on Earth taught her to do: she survives.

Other characters, too, inadvertently find themselves trapped into making heartbreaking decisions that have devastating consequences. In the end, we find that these characters we’ve come to love have not betrayed one another, but have given up what they most wanted—have sacrificed themselves for others.

It’s refreshing to see a character who discovers that there is no white knight—that if she wants to be saved, she will have to save herself. Bartol breaks from the cliché and it elicits a raw, emotional response from her reader. Thankfully, she leaves her ending so ripe for a fourth book, that we only need hope (and campaign hard!) that her publishers give her the green light. So here’s to Kricket #4!

BAWDABAW!

 

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To buy the first two books in the Kricket series: Under different Stars, Sea of Stars

To buy Darken the Stars

 

Kismet by AE Woodward

 

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Woodward does a fantastic job of painting a picture of what it can feel like to suffer with emotional trauma. When the heroine, who has suffered from trauma in the past has the unspeakable happen to her–something no mother would want to live through, she has a breakdown. Essentially suffering from PTSD, she shuts down to the point where she can no longer take care of herself and has to live with her parents and brother.  In the process of recovery, she rediscovers herself and a lost love that she never thought she could ever deserve.
This book has some intensely dark, emotionally charged moments.  Katie’s journey from the abyss of grief back to the land of the living is shown in a believable progression. Anyone with children can understand the depths of her grief–and yet there is more to Katie’s story.

Parker, her brother’s best friend, and the man she’s always loved is the perfectly flawed book boyfriend. He is real with insecurities and regrets of his own.  I loved the way he was written.

The end surprised me, though it was still  satisfying
Overall, Kismet was well written and emotionally riveting.

Click here to purchase Kismet