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Gr 8-10–The series concludes in this novel with the promise of a fairy-tale ending: Shaley's mom, a famous rock star, is preparing to marry her high school sweetheart, Gary Donovan, who is the teen's father. After many years apart, the couple was reunited. The wedding day dawns, and things run smoothly until Shaley is abducted by a stalker recently released from prison. The majority of the novel follows her attempts to escape. The narration switches between Shaley's account of the ordeal and a third-person account of the family's response. This format maintains suspense and creates quick pacing likely to entice reluctant readers. The writing is clunky at times, and the novel's religious themes sometimes feel heavy-handed. Students who appreciate a good thriller will likely forgive these flaws, though, and breeze through this page-turner.–Lindsay Cesari, Baldwinsville School District, NY. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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A Freudian would have a field day with the basic setup of the latest in the popular Rayne Tour series. On the very day of the sumptuous wedding celebration of Rayne O’Connor, rock star and mother of teen Shaley, Shaley steals the show by getting kidnapped by a man determined to make her his bride. Despite—or maybe because of—this sexual strangeness, this is a riveting read featuring a tense, protracted hostage situation that forces Shaley to outwit her captor. Fans of this book will be drawn back to the first two in the series. Grades 8-12. --Connie Fletcher
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031071933X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310719335
  • ASIN: B0058M7OI6
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,529,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Collins is a fine writer who knows how to both horrify readers and keep them turning pages." -- Publishers Weekly

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"Brandilyn Collins, the queen of Seatbelt Suspense®, certainly lives up to her well-deserved reputation." -- CBA Retailers

"[Collins is] a master of her craft ... intensity, tension, high-caliber suspense, and engaging mystery." -- The Christian Manifesto

"Collins keeps the reader gasping and guessing ... artistic prose paints vivid pictures ... High marks for original plotting and superb pacing." -- RT BookClub
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Brandilyn Collins is an award-winning and best-selling novelist known for her trademarked Seatbelt Suspense®--fast-paced, character-driven suspense with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith. She also writes insightful contemporary novels with rich characters. She is often blamed for keeping her readers up at night, as they "just have to see what happens next."




In nonfiction, Brandilyn is known for her distinctive book on fiction-writing techniques, Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors (John Wiley & Sons). Writers Digest Magazine named Getting Into Character one of the top books on writing of 2002.

You can read excerpts from all Brandilyn's books at her Web site: www.brandilyncollins.com. That's also a good place to subscribe to her free newsletter, Sneak Pique, so you can be among the first to know about her latest releases.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Power TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 31, 2010
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Final Touch, the third in The Rayne Tour series, follows Shayley, the daughter of a rock star, when she gets kidnapped by a former stalker. The kidnapping at first seems to be similar to Elizabeth Smart's kidnapping (the man who kidnapped claims he's a prophet and wants to take her to be his wife in the new religious compound he's going to start) but takes it's own turn as Shayley works to get free of his clutches. The book moves back and forth between Shayley's view and what is going on back at the house where her mother and friends are in a non-confusing manner. The action is very mild and the Christian aspect is visible but not in your face. There are a series of questions at the end of the book for discussion that relate to the christian aspects of the book.

The voice of the character seemed very young and the content is PG making the book appropriate for even the younger middle grade female readers. Because the character seems so young I would not recommend this book for a high school aged audience, and because the entire focus of the book is following a female character I wouldn't recommend it as a read for boys.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tamela Mccann TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 9, 2010
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The final book in the Rayne Tour trilogy, Final Touch begins with Shaley on her parents' wedding day, anticipating the three of them finally becoming a family. It's been about a year since the last book took place, and it's mentioned that during this time, both Shaley and her parents have accepted God and become Christians. But that's not the focus in this book; instead, the momentous day turns scary as Shaley finds herself kidnapped, beaten, and whisked away to parts unknown but her former stalker. Though he calls himself Joshua now and claims to be a prophet of God, Shaley's fear multiplies when she realizes that his intention is to isolate her and make her his "wife".

Final Touch moves around among viewpoints, including those of Shaley (whose voice is very clear and believable), her mother Rayne, her friend Brittany, and one of the SWAT team members sent in to rescue Shaley. As the kidnapping lengthens into days, it is easy to see Shaley's fear, but her determination not to become a victim is satisfying. There are some coincidences, but life is often like that. More disturbing is the work Shaley puts into making her situation known that is left hanging because nothing comes of it. Maybe life is also like that, but on hindsight, it seems like quite a bit of filler. And ultimately, that's what the entire book seemed to me...filler.

It's not that there isn't a lot of excitement and there were sections when I was eagerly turning the page to find out what would happen next. It's just that the addition of the extra viewpoints didn't really move the story along well, and I felt at times that the author was looking for ways to extend an already short story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard The Buying Hearted VINE VOICE on June 2, 2010
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Kayla (14 yr old granddaughter) Says:

Final Touch was just as I hoped it would be. On the day of Rayne and Gary's wedding everything goes terribly wrong and Shaley gets kidnapped. As Rayne and Gary race to find her, Shaley is learning things and slowly figuring out that if the ever wants to see her Mother and Father again she must risk her life and try her hardest to send clues to them. I have been wanting this book since I finished the second one and I can tell you 'Final Touch' was well worth the wait. It left me guessing right up til the end. If you haven't read 'Always Watching', 'Last Breath' or 'Final Touch' you're missing out on a great series!!! I hope that Brandilyn Collins and Amberly Collins will continue this series so I can see what other mess Shaley can get into!
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Format: Paperback
Why I read this: I received a copy of this from the publisher (Zondervan) through FIRST Wild Card Tours. I have read the first two books in the series and really enjoyed them and wanted to read the next one to learn more about Rayne, Shaley, Gary and others in the band.

How is the novel driven: This one is plot-driven. We do learn more about several of the characters, but this book is driven by the kidnapping and what goes on during it.

My thoughts:
Final touch is a quick read. It has a good suspense plot and is executed well. I really enjoyed the chapters switching back and forth from Shaley's point-of-view (as the one kidnapped) to her family and friends' point-of-view as they awaited news of what was going on. This really kept the book going and gave insight into what it is like to be on both sides. I also liked Shaley's point-of-view because it showed how strong she was. I really enjoyed her character in this book and her determination. Another thing I liked was the fact that at first everyone wonders why God would let something like this happen (I mean who wouldn't in that situation), but the characters all learn from this and attitudes change through the book. It makes an interesting Christian lesson, it's not at the forefront of the book, but it's definitely a message that is there.

Final Touch is a great third book in this series that starts out about Shaley and her mom, Rayne who is the lead singer in a band. While the first two books in the series are wonderful, I think this can be read on it's own. The events of the first two books are briefly covered in the third and you would have a little more insight into the characters from reading the first two, but the storyline of the third book does stand on it's own.

I'm not sure if the series is over or not, if it is, it ends in a satisfactory manner. If not, I look forward to more from Rayne, Shaley, Gary and the whole gang.
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