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Cross Paperback – January 6, 2018
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Pre-order today
About the Author
D.A. Roach hit the writing scene in 2013 when she wrote Trusting Strangers, a story about a family crisis that occurred in her childhood. Once she wrote THE END, she found herself writing the next story and hasn’t stopped. She writes Young Adult and New Adult and loves the paranormal and horror genre. Besides her own full length books, D.A. has contributed short stories to several anthologies, including the bestselling Thirteen Series. In 2017 she added USA Today Bestselling author to her accolades. D.A. is a full time mom and wife. When she is not doing domestic things (laundry, bills, etc) she is writing, reading, creating mixed media art, advocating for a rare disorder, and listening to music. Her favorite authors include Rebecca Donovan, Richelle Mead, Larissa Ione, and Nicole Williams. Reading great works from authors like these has motivated D.A. to write more of her own stories. WEBSITE: http://daroachbooks.blogspot.com/ FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/DARoachDA/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/daroach12books BOOK GORILLA: http://www.bookgorilla.com/author/B00AQNBVH2/d-a-roach AMAZON AUTHOR PG: http://www.amazon.com/author/daroach
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This was a truly FANTASTIC YA novel. Whether you enjoy this genre or haven’t read it yet, this book is a must.
I absolutely loved Ray’s character (Cross). Going from a “normal” life to discovering he’s really the son of a King AND he’s got a twin brother he never knew about?? Talk about a life-changing afternoon! But even more than his cool life, I loved his easy-going attitude! His quirky comments made me laugh more than once and I also admired how despite his condition, he spoke his mind and did what he believed to be right...always. (I may or may not have squealed when Lauren and he kissed...just saying!)
Yes, there’s a romantic flame burning in the background, but this book is so much more. Once at Yardis, Ray and newly discovered brother, Torin, discover the truth behind who they really were and everything that had happened throughout the years to the village and its people. Curses, powers, barriers, forbidden romances...oh my!!!
Seriously, GRAB THIS BOOK. If you want to dive into an amazing world that will truly have you glued to the pages, this is the book you want. D.A. Roach truly delivered a must read!!! FIVE STARS!!
Cross was an intriguing story of a boy who suffers from a rare disorder “vEDS”, Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. His life is a daily struggle and due to his illness everyone around him treats him like he's made of glass. Which is very understandable but for a teenage boy it must have been so frustrating. When all he wants is to get the girl he's mad about have fun with his best friend and live his life.
Life suddenly takes a dramatic turn and everything he's ever known and believed is turned upside down. He's then thrust into a life of myth, magic and mayhem. All while knowing that this adventure thats been forced upon him, could quite well be the one thing that kills him.
D.A. Roach gives us a great and captivating journey, that takes Cross to this new place. Where he has to deal and face things that he could never have imagined unless he read them in a book. I loved how throughout this story friendship and family were the key. Where Cross may have thought of himself as week, he constantly showed strength and courage all while everything around him was exploding.
Now i'll be completely honest i have never heard much about "vEDS" and it did make take a look and find out more. I really did love and appreciate that through her writing she is able to bring more awareness to this rare illness that i know affects on a personal level, and thats a positive in my eyes.
If you're a lover of YA Fantasy reads this is a great story that flows so well from page to page. That you can't help but get lost in this intriguing life of Cross's.
On the bad side, there's....well, everything else. **SPOILER ALERT** People are hostile upon first (or even second) meeting but then all the antagonism just up and disappears and everybody's buddy-buddy with the hero. Why? Nothing about Ray is especially charming. It's just not believable. Defeat that bully by turning into a dragon, woohoo! Suddenly all his problems are fixed and he's got the girl, too. How....convenient.
I noticed how the story completely ignores the fact his mother as a dragon has killed people she loved (multiple times!) without realizing it until afterwards - but neither of her kids, who can turn into dragons, have any trouble restraining themselves from killing innocents. Does this make sense to you? It didn't to me. But it's okay, she gets her HAE as well. We can't let reality get in the way of romance, LOL.
Give me Percy Jackson any time. Or Artemis Hunt. Or Harry Potter. Anybody, please.