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Sundial (The Light Bringer Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

C.F. Fruzzetti , M.I. Pearsall
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Book Description

SEQUEL UPDATE: Book two, The Light Bringer's Way, is now available.

It is 1988 and teenager Whitney Forbes thought her biggest problem was surviving high school and determining if there was more to handsome Reid Wallace than just his looks and popularity. She was wrong. Her problems were about to get a lot more complicated.

Whitney always knew she was special. But when she discovers she is more "special" than she ever imagined, surviving another school day outside her posh D.C. suburb takes on a whole new meaning. Caught in the middle of a CIA plot and her undeniable magnetic attraction to Reid, she will need to decide who she can trust and what it means to become the Sundial...before she risks her heart and an alarming plan goes into motion.

SUNDIAL is an epic adventure full of romantic intrigue that questions the bonds of love and trust as well as social and economic issues. It unflinchingly dares its characters to overcome adversity to survive and nothing is quite as it seems in this character driven suspense that has a high intensity ending!

SUNDIAL is a 2012 nominee for the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) "Adventure Seekers" category and is the first book in The Light Bringer series. Book Two of the series, THE LIGHT BRINGER'S WAY, is now available for sale on Amazon.

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  • Editorial Reviews


    "Amazing! Sundial is an incredible adventure of a book! I loved it from page one. The authors keep the readers on their toes, especially in the end of a book. The plot just gets thicker..."     - Carole, The Life of Fiction

    "Fantastic read!...Sundial had me from the first page, and I was lost in its pages."- Erika, Moonlight Review

    About the Author

    About C.F. Fruzzetti:
    Best friends since childhood, Meghan and I always knew that we would work together on a creative endeavor. In 2011, we formed Pure Energy Books and released SUNDIAL, the first novel in the young adult series, The Light Bringer. I have a B.S. in Public Administration from James Madison University and am a professional culinary graduate of L'Academie de Cuisine.

    About M.I. Pearsall:
    Like most writers, I have been writing my entire life. Professionally, I worked as a reporter and an editor and in corporate public relations and marketing. I have a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in Community Counseling. When not writing, I am hustling to keep up with my busy family and trying to maintain a gallon of milk in the fridge!

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1148 KB
    • Print Length: 328 pages
    • Publisher: Pure Energy Books (July 6, 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0055T3BXO
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,497 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good Idea, But Has Some Flaws October 21, 2011
    When I read the synopsis for Sundial, I was definitely curious. A girl with unique abilities who is involved with secret government agencies sounded like a good time. When you add in a good-looking, mysterious guy? Even better.

    I'll start with what I liked about Sundial. I thought that the idea behind the story was very interesting and extremely intelligent. The fact that so much apparent thought and brain power went into writing this book is what appealed to me the most. I wasn't quite sure what was behind Whitney and Reid's extra abilities, but then, I like a mystery.

    There were a few characters in Sundial that I really liked. Whitney was strong, capable, and definitely not a whiner. I also liked Reid. He seemed to be very much like Whitney, super smart, athletic, capable. Both Whitney and Reid really seem to have it all. Whitney's best friend Blair was undoubtedly the most fun character to read. She was funny, a little pushy and could be frivolous. Those aspects to Blair made her the perfect counterpart to Blair, who was ever practical.

    So, here's the hard part, because I have to admit, there were a few things about Sundial that I had issues with. Starting with, the characters. I know I said I liked Whitney, Blair and Reid, and I did. But it seemed that every single character was rich, athletic, smart, just too perfect. There was a lot of clothing and accessory labels mentioned that I had never heard of. Maybe I'm lame, I dunno. That made it hard for me to identify or empathize with them. To be fair, maybe the area in which Sundial is set is exclusively wealthy. But still, hard to identify with.

    Another issue I had was the transitioning between paragraphs. For example, several times Whitney would suddenly pass out at the end of the chapter.
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    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish it August 26, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I picked this book up as part of a free promotion for the book. I felt that it started off very strong. The dialoge may have a been a bit too good, but it was entertaining. This a true especially for the dialogue between Whitney and Reid. As the story progressed, it began to wane and slow down. Every chapter was another boat ride or another fancy get-together. I just tired of the same occurrences. The end of each chapter would hint at something coming...but it didn't come quick enough and I gave up on the book. I just could not finish it. It was very easy to read so I have no complaints there. I just wish it had moved at a quicker pace.
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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, page-turning read! July 10, 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition
    A truly fun, well-written and suspenseful book! The main character, Whitney, is a fiercely independent and strong willed heroine - a very likeable character. The authors not only do a fantastic job of capturing the tension of a budding romance between Whitney and Reid, but they also keep the reader intrigued with unexpected storyline plots of secret CIA operative missions and food allergy twists. I found myself cheering on Whitney and Reid as they bravely tackled each new obstacle. I look forward to the next book!
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Not great May 11, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    The author had an interesting concept, but told more than illustrated the story. There were problems with the facts. For example, Africa is a continent and there is no language called African. There are many countries in Africa and each one has multiple languages. Too much of the book focused on an immature crush and not enough on the sci-fi concepts.
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    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    By Kristi
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Hey girls! This relationship driven novel is amazing because a girl gets to play it RIGHT for once. What would you do if the guy everyone was crushing on tried to give you a ride home or threw a party just so you would come? Maybe not what you would expect if you were Whitney Forbes! If more of us were like Whitney we would figure out how to have a lot fewer broken hearts and how to be in control of our own destiny. At the very least, you have found lead characters you can respect and admire.

    The powerful world these characters dwell is alluring. They have money, cars, boats and designer clothes at their fingertips and spin through a cinematic landscape. Yet Whitney is unimpressed. The genius of this book is that her focus is never blinded by the materialism (in fact she seems sickened by it and says as much) because she wants something real. The tiny details of the setting make it authentic and dazzling and teach you NOT to settle for the superficial box checks. What a great message for all who chase the most popular guy in school--there had better be more than just the image because if you settle for glamour you have settled for nothing at all!

    The execution of Sundial is not typical of a YA start. The authors give quality relationship building and background upfront because it drives the plot and makes it believable when one character must risk it all for the other. It is unconventional in others ways as I felt it expected more from the reader than to blitz through it in search of a cheesy, spoon-fed rush because many aspects of the book are sophisticated and intellectual. If you race through it, you will miss clues and many of its unpredictable twists and turns. The foundation of this story is solid and the scientific bent made it plausible.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Very much enjoyed the book
    Very much enjoyed the book, enough to buy book 2 & 3 which I have read all 3 in 3 days.
    Published 1 month ago by Lexi Hansen
    4.0 out of 5 stars really better than expected
    This book is really YA but it was so interesting I read the entire book. Was much better than expected.
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    Published 6 months ago by Ricky E Robinson
    4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
    This was a fun and intriguing young adult novel. There were a few times that the timeline seemed a little off. Overall, I would recommend it to those who like young adult novels.
    Published 7 months ago by Love to read witty and clean
    5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful adventure although I was surprised to find the main...
    What great interesting characters, my vision of both main people are every bit as beautiful and handsome as portrayed. I can hardly wait to begin book two
    Published 7 months ago by Christmas Carol
    4.0 out of 5 stars Just reread it and still loved it!!
    I read this for the first time a year ago and found it to be very interesting and enjoyable. I recently found it again on my kindle and just reread it. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by Christin Elliott
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
    While I know the story is fiction,the concepts are intriguing and addictive.I am spellbound by the characters. Read more
    Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
    2.0 out of 5 stars Not the greatest YA paranormal
    I enjoyed the characters, but the story line was uneven and unbelievable, even for a YA paranormal book. I'm not sure that I'll read the next in the series.
    Published 10 months ago by jbetht
    5.0 out of 5 stars YA done right
    I usually give YA literature a wide berth, but thus novel really catches and holds the reader's attention. Read more
    Published 12 months ago by BMallen
    5.0 out of 5 stars such a great read!!!
    I loved it!!! Such a interesting, unique, story! I can't wait to read all of book 2 it's going to be fantastic!!!
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