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Face-Off (Book One) Paperback – October 16, 2011
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Lots of action and emotional upheaval ensure that this will be a popular book for boys as well as girls. This reviewer's YA Book Review Group gave it nine points out of a possible ten for 'Good Read' status. VOYA
About the Author
Stacy Juba got engaged at Epcot Theme Park and spent part of her honeymoon at Disneyland Paris, where she ate a burger, went on fast rides, and threw up on the train ride to the hotel. In addition to working on her Storybook Valley chick lit/sweet romance series, set at a theme park, Stacy has written books about ice hockey, teen psychics, U.S. flag etiquette for kids, and determined women sleuths. Get your FREE Storybook Valley Welcome Kit on her website.
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The tension is real. That is the utmost truth. I've come across certain books and many high rated novels that I can never seem to get excited for. Half of the time I can't even figure out what the climax is about, mostly because it was such a let down. Face-Off was a little on the softer side for me, as it had no connection to my usual readings. Nonetheless, it was a special read and reminded me of how one's love for writing can start off so simple and blossom into something wild and unimaginable within years of experience and learning. It's a good message that Stacy Juba gives out, a rare one indeed that is neither present nor hidden in most stories. The climax was there and so in your face that you couldn't miss anything.
The short tale offers a lot to young teen readers. It is packed with action, emotional tension, details about the sport of hockey, and well-defined characters facing issues with which the reader may empathize. This book would be a good choice for a reluctant reader as the tone is conversational and smooth flowing. Juba immediately draws you in and holds your attention. Highly recommended for teens, particularly boys who love sports.
..Amazing and fast moving young adult book.
Not my usual type of book. I really enjoyed.
This was the first book I read by the author. Not your typical hockey story. It's about the McKendrick family. They of course have their issues as a family. I enjoyed getting to know the family. How the oldest boys were trying to help and protect their younger two brothers from their parents non stop arguing and just now decided on separation. I really felt the love and compassion of the brothers for one another. Being a very difficult time and adjustment for them all.
I found a quick and easy read. I was k retested to see what happens and where going.
I recommend to teens and YA. No graphic sex. No extreme violence. A really nice change.
..I will read any sequels and other books by Stacy Juba. I found a knew author to read.
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The thing I really enjoyed about this book is that it wasn't my typical hockey book.Read more
I don't often give a full five rating to a book I'm reviewing and especially when it's not in a genre I usually enjoy but I have to say Face Off had...Read more