It’s been a long time since the last post: I’ve been busy writing and editing book 2 of the Singularity series. But two stunning YA releases compelled me write this entry.
My wonderful critique partners, Martina Dalton and Eileen Riccio, ended up launching their debut novels on the same day–purely by coincidence!
The Third Eye of Jenny Crumb by Martina Dalton
Seventeen-year-old Jenny Crumb appears to have the perfect life. She’s smart, beautiful, and… normal. But, on the inside, she struggles to keep a dark secret from her friends and family. Jenny is psychic—and she fears that if people find out, she’ll be labeled as a loser and a freak.
Jenny falls in love with the handsome new guy in school. But her visions are becoming jarringly intense and she is having trouble hiding her gift. Not only is she having premonitions about a creepy man with a knife, but she also learns a girl in her school has gone missing. Will her premonitions about the kidnapper put herself and the people she loves in danger as she tries to find the missing girl? Even if Jenny survives, her life will change forever.
Like many of us, Jenny Crumb has trouble navigating her teen years. On top of that, she is also haunted by visions and premonitions that get her involved in a missing girl’s case. This YA mystery/paranormal keeps the tension high and the plot rolling, but dashes of romance and humor are sprinkled all over the book. It’s a winning combination.
Jenny is a wonderful creation, a girl who struggles with her gift/curse and the discovery of love, but works hard to understand and control what is going on with her. I also liked her supportive family that keeps her (and the story) grounded. The supernatural element is so well-presented that you don’t doubt for a moment that it could happen in reality.
The precise, delightful writing didn’t let me put this book down. An original and memorable debut novel.
Choosing Sunshine by Eileen Riccio
When you lose everything, you realize who you truly are.
High School student, Sage Parker has never faced a situation that she couldn’t beat through sheer will and determination. That is, until now. The sudden death of her father forces Sage and her mother to move from their upscale home to a rundown apartment complex. With her mother spiraling into depression and unable to support them, Sage is cast into a world of uncertainty. Drawn to tough boy Julian, her choices become reckless and unsure.
Can Sage face up to her actions?
Will her time with Julian ruin her chances of more than just a friendship with longtime pal, Zach?
An engrossing and original novel! This is a contemporary YA that speaks to adults as well. I was completely immersed in the story. The author gives Sage, the main character, a great, distinctive teen voice that carries the book. The dialogue and the conflict are sophisticated and superbly written. It manages to be a touching drama without being melodramatic. And, at the same time, it’s darn funny! It’s not a dramedy, but it’s a drama with humor and without the syrup – loved it. I recommend this witty and powerful read to readers young and adult.
Aren’t those covers just gorgeous? They were both designed by Martina Dalton, who is also the cover designer for the Singularity series books.