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

C.F. Fruzzetti , M.I. Pearsall
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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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.

Please visit sundialbook.com for more information and bonus material.


Editorial Reviews

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"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: 480 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: #308,238 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
Format:Paperback
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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13 of 14 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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12 of 13 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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12 of 13 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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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Like the local town theatre group doing Chekov February 28, 2012
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I thought I would try a free, self published ebook and give it a go. I know why this was free. The idea is ok, and kudos to the authors for their commitment to writing and publishing their book - better than I have managed. The problem is that the writing is so amateurish. The thesaurus got a heavy workout and let's see how many 80's brands we can remember. I liked the main character overall, but the amount of poorly written dross to get through was terrible. Maybe I am not the target market for this, but the first half was some weird teenage love story that I am guessing was the authors rewriting their high school days with what they wished they had said and done.i kept waiting for the book to actually get somewhere.
This appears to be the first one star rating so there are many people who liked it but I was not one of them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 18 days 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 1 month 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 2 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 3 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 4 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!!!
Published 6 months ago by iris the virus
3.0 out of 5 stars Please finish this book BEFORE starting the next!!
I would have given this a higher rating except for the end.....there was none. I enjoyed this book until I got to the last chapter, I turned the page only to find the 'sneak peak'... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Z. Tibbitts
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ
This book was a little slow until about halfway and then galloped along. Different to what I am used to but am glad I tried it and have downloaded book two.
Published 8 months ago by dawny
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Finish It
I'm being generous and giving this two stars because I couldn't finish it. Maybe it improved. I read the first chapter and gave up. Read more
Published 9 months ago by RainbowJewels
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasently surprised
I picked this up off my bookshelf hoping it might be something good to read on a Friday night but remembering nothing about the description. I really enjoyed it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amy E. Pantzer
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