Friday, June 14, 2013

Book Review - Chasing Memories

Happy Friday! Wow, what an awesome last couple of weeks. Today, I'm bringing you another book review. I know how excited you are to hear about new authors and new books. This goes in hand with my Indie Fever, 2013, reading challenge. I've committed to reading 4-8 Indie books this year. I think I'm up to six so far. I finished The White Aura by Felicia Tatum a week or so ago; so, come on back Monday to see my review of that one.

Okay, okay, I'll move along here. Before I delve into my review, I'll give you a word or two about Chasing Memories (The Tala Prophecies - Book One) by Tia Silverthorne Bach.

Synopsis:
There isn't another way; not now. The others are coming. I can't let them have you...

Seventeen-year-old Reagan has a problem: She can't remember what happened the night her brother was taken. Now, the dreams haunting her from the incident are becoming more intense by the day. All the while, the lines between what's real and what's a product of her paranormal-obsessed mind are becoming blurred.

Is she losing her mind or has she just stepped into a world she thought only existed in books?

Caught in a web of worried parents, competing boys, Wiccan relatives, protective amulets, and psychiatrist babble, Reagan must determine the truth before it's too late.

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Length: 296 printed pages
You can pick up a Kindle copy for just $3.99 on Amazon or, you can grab a print copy (take a look inside, dears) for just $9.99 on Amazon.

I was the editor for Chasing Memories so, naturally, I've read it. I wasn't sure what to expect when I opened the book and dove in; but what I got was a pleasant surprise. There was mystery, action, family drama, and paranormal activity that left me wondering what was really going on until the last page. Without dragging it out further, I give you my review!

From a reader's perspective:
Reagan is a typical teenager who forced me to care about what was happening to her. There were so many times I wanted to slap her because of the things she was doing; but, on the same note, there were times I wanted to slap her mother, too. That's when I know I've gotten hold of a great book. I loved how the supporting cast of characters came to life on the page, how well I could see Colorado in my mind's eye (I've never been there, but now I feel like I have), and how accurate the descriptions of Georgia were. When I got to the last page, the surprise ending left me wanting more. It's a good thing there's a sequel in the works! Tia also didn't bog me down with descriptions. There were just enough so I saw it, but it left a little to my imagination.

From an editor's perspective:
Well, now, this is a tough one. Because I was the editor, I see no reason for any errors to be present. Not only did I edit, we had a third set of eyes do the proofreading. If you find any glaring errors in this book, I beg you to apply to join our editing team.

My rating:
+ 1 star for giving me teen angst that worked.
+ 1 star for making me love the characters.
+ 1 star for the perfect amount of descriptive text.
+ 1 star for the surprise twist in the end.
+ 1 star for the lack of errors in the writing.

Overall, 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend this book if you love YA or werewolf stories!

Now, for a surprise! If you'd like to win a printed copy of Chasing Memories, here's your chance! Good luck!

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Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!

Jo

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    1. It's a fantastic book, Heather! You don't wanna miss it :)

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  2. Can't wait to get this! I love Tia's writing! xxoo Jo!

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    1. I love it, too, Sandi! It kept me turning the pages :)

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  3. No matter what I always love paranormal books!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

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    1. Then you'll adore this one, Kelly! Congrats on the win and thanks for the comment :)

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  4. Entered - I have 2 girls, too that I think would love your book.

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    1. I think your girls will adore this book, Jan! It's full of wonderful, empowering messages for young women.

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  5. All I can say is... Best. Editor. Ever. Hugs!

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    1. Awwwwww Thanks, Tia! I do what I can for my Indie clients :)

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  6. I can't wait to read this book myself and let my teenage daughter read it!

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    1. I do hope you pick up a copy, Christine! Your daughter will get a kick out of Reagan's antics :)

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  7. I normally don't read paranormal novels. However, I am familiar with some of this author's writing and would love to see what she did with the subject matter. Most of my reading, nowadays, is YA lit. Why not try this and see if I like it? (@RamblinGarden).

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    1. Oh, Alana, you don't know what you're missing if you pass this one up. You'll love it.

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  8. I enjoy reading all sorts of different books - as long as there is a good story line and great characters then I'm hooked. Look forward to reading this one!

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    1. This one will leave you turning the last page and gasping, Ashley. It's got surprises everywhere! :)

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